Monday, July 12, 2010

Painting Style and Personality

When Jared paints, he picks the biggest brush. He wants to squeeze the paint onto the palette in great big globs, and then he loads paint onto the brush. Then, without a second thought, he smears the paint on the paper in great big strokes. He loves to layer the paint, blending the colors into each other in subtle shades.

Alexa, on the other hand, picks the long, skinny brush. She doesn't want to squirt the paint out; she has to dip her brush straight into the jar. She she studies the paper first. Then, very slowly, she makes deliberate strokes across the paper. If she uses different colors, they rarely mix, although she always seems to place them next to each other in interesting combinations.

As I looked at their artwork the other day, it struck me that their painting styles truly reflect their personalities. Jared usually jumps into things, without seeming to think ahead of time. He also can make decisions easily; he has a very clear idea of what he wants. He's bold, loud, bright and intense, just like the colors he chooses. Alexa takes a much longer time to decide things. She moves slower, and is more cautious. She isn't as loud, although there are plenty of times she can be right up there with Jared, but she questions things to a greater degree than Jared and we have to be very precise with her. When we say something will happen "later," that is not good enough for her. She needs to know the exact time, everything that will happen before that, and is getting better with telling time on a clock because she needs to know when things will happen.

So, I'm curious. Has anyone else noticed this too, or is this just something that's happening in our family?


Diane said...

Thanks for the prayers. Grace has been on a water color painting spree lately. I love that home schooled kids get to do so much art related activities, because in public school it is a thing of the past. Especially if you have a child that is more atune(?) to fine arts instead of alot of academics.

legendswife said...

Its just your kids....just kidding! Like everything children are different.How they learn,play,and eat.Yet they all have one beautiful trait:there willingness to forgive as little children.Such sweet blessings.It looks like they had a blast. :)Blessings to you and your family this summer!

Nicki said...

I've noticed it with Little Bear... she always gets really INTO her work... literally... getting paint all over herself, and usually painting fast and churning out about forty pictures an hour. Rafael, on the other hand, is UNcharacteristically careful and precise when he's doing art projects.

Chris said...

Diane - it's sad that public and private school have a small, select agenda for kids and if if their talents and gifts lie elsewhere, they won't be able to spend a lot of time engaging in them.

Legendswife - I love the diferences! Life would be so bland without them.

Nikki - it's good to hear about other kids' painting personalities. I love what makes them unique.