The 52 Project 2014: 2/52

the 52 project2“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014. My goal for the year: highlight her most recently acquired and/or favorite skill, activity, or milestone, in hopes to document her blossoming personality and mind as well as her physical appearance. ”

2week 2014(pepto bismol baby, dressed by daddy. and he said he wasn’t going to allow pink…HA)

One of Mia’s Christmas gifts from me this year was that small, tabletop art easel that I found on Zulily. One side has a dry-erase board and clips to hold a sheet of paper. The other side is a green chalkboard surface. The package came with crayons, paints, paint brushes, chalk, dry-erase markers and an eraser.

Mia had taken an interest in “drawing” months ago. It began with a highlighter and scratch paper during feedings, to distract her from her crazy idea that she didn’t want to eat. With drawing tool in hand, she would willingly open wide while I spooned in her meals. She slowly graduated from the highlighter to a crayon, then to a pencil and pen (supervised, of course). Now feeding time has regressed back to a chore since she’s making all kinds of requests of me to draw her a moon, a bee, a dog and cat. I spend more time doodling for her than spoon feeding her.

I knew that it was time for her to have an art center, all her own. For now, this small easel is the perfect size for her. We’ve already tagged up the chalkboard side. Most of the chalk have broken into a few pieces already. On the reverse side, we’ve been mastering the art of scribble, using mostly crayons. On this particular afternoon (shown in the photo), Mia was introduced to markers. She learned to return the cap back onto the pen after using it. She also walked away from this activity with rainbow hands and inked lips. Typical life of an artist, right?

Mia is so aware and purposeful when she “draws”. Each piece of art she creates becomes more colorful and full. She’s learning to cover more of the paper with lines and color. I know that this is only the beginning of her creativity and self expression. I love art. I grew up drawing, coloring and painting. I took classes in junior high and high school (in school and out) and then in college. Heck, I taught it to 4 year olds through the 2nd grade for the past 11 years at a private school. It’s kinda my thing. I can’t wait to teach Mia what I know and to see on paper what she’s been thinking in that beautiful head of hers and what she’s been feeling in her sweet little heart. I think there’s a good reason as to why my home’s walls are mostly bare. They’ve been waiting to be filled with works of art that have yet to be made.

Like last year, I’ll be including with each weekly entry, my favorite few portraits from the week prior at Practising Simplicity’s linkup. You can check out the rest of the entries from week 1 here.

  • My Little Garland: This chubby, teeny tiny hand, grows way too fast. I miss that size.
  • Visual Love Notes: The caption written for this portrait is funny, because it’s so true. I LOVE art! This little one looks he’s having a blast. Great idea, Mama!
  • Being Mumma: It’s amazing how powerful a picture can be. This one got me choked up because of it’s simple beauty and its message. What a perfect way to announce some amazing news. LOVE THIS!!!!
  • Fields of Sage: Get a load of this mama’s pregnant silhouette. How beautiful is this?!

Before you go, don’t forget to enter in my current GIVEAWAY (win a littlePortrait from la belette rose)!!!

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Comments

  1. She looks like she’s having a great time and this is a great photo!

  2. a painter in the making, she looks so professional :)

  3. Love the serious look on her face!

  4. I love your take on The 52 Project. Drawing is a favourite with my Big too. I’ve not ever thought to try it as a distraction during mealtimes – brilliant!

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