Elly's Art for Nina
1. the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
I’ve always encouraged my daughter, Moriah, to grow and use her creativity. Every Christmas and birthday included gifts of paper, colored pencils, markers, paints, brushes, etc. Imagine my joy when my granddaughter, Elaina, began showing an interest in art and I could bombard her with finger paints, watercolors and playdough! My husband would rather buy her a BB gun and camo pants – which I’m not opposed to – but I have to convince him I’m not going to purchase the entire stock at Hobby Lobby. At least not in one day.
Elly draws me a picture every time we’re together, whether it be at her house or mine, or sitting in the church pew on a Sunday morning. I have post-its and paper scraps everywhere with her sketches, most of which include my name, “Nina”, written in her little 5-year-old handwriting. These are treasures which I cannot bring myself to ever throw away, and I have them scattered everywhere: in my Bible, my purse, the desk drawers, the fridge, in frames on the walls, in folders in my filing cabinet. I’m thinking one day I just might have enough to wallpaper the house.
The thing that pleases me the most about her sharing her artwork with me is the pleasure SHE experiences when she hands me a new masterpiece. It’s the joy in her eyes when she sees the joy in mine. It’s the pride that she takes in herself, not as boastful or arrogant, but that she was able to do something for someone else to make them happy. I appreciate this feeling because as an artist, the reactions of my clients when I hand them a finished painting by far exceeds the monetary payment. To be able to create something that triggers a memory or an emotion -- that’s when art lives. I’m blessed that it lives through my family.
The best thing about art is that it comes in many forms. So many people have said to me, “I can’t even draw a straight line.” (Truth be told, neither can I without a ruler.) But drawing and painting isn’t the only way to share something beautiful or of more than ordinary significance. When we express our love and appreciation for others, that’s true Art, whether it be through a gift, a letter, a listening ear, a meal, a hug. Just letting someone know you care is the most magnificent masterpiece in the world. Share your Art with someone today.