Today, the first of January 2011, Bill Barrell had a play date with his granddaughter, Ruby Feltimo.
…. I made my playdate today with my granddaughter, Ruby, into a work play date. I asked her to do my portrait. She loves painting so she was delighted.
I set her up with paints and brushes, hung a canvas 38×28 on the wall, pulled up a comfortable chair, relaxed and let her go at it.
She needed a little prodding here and there but nothing much, just a “take a good look at me” now and then. She went at it in her four and a half year old childlike way.
It was different from slopping paint around on paper. It was the first time she had painted with something in mind. She had a head shape down and I said it would look good with a pair of eyes. She grabbed the brush and dabbed in two eyes. She sat back and looked at it and her face turned into a big smile. I said, do I have ears? She took a good hard look and painted my ears in.
Once, Ruby had said she wanted to be a doctor. Her Nanna asked her, how about being an artist? She indignantly said ” I am an artist”.
Well, she is. All we have to watch for is teachers trying to teach her how to do perspective , shading and realism.
She dated this painting 1-1-11. It hangs in my loft in a very well lit prominent place. I love it, her and the fact we made a memorable play date.
Happy New Year.