Friday, June 07, 2013

"Cool Fair" working title 12 x 12 oil

Every Memorial Day weekend, our local art association, North River Arts Society, hosts its Art Festival - this year was the 37th annual.  I paint on the street for both days, chatting with visitors.  It's great fun.  

This year, Sunday afternoon, our neighbors stopped by my easel.  Their 9-year-old daughter stepped right up to my easel and asked me if I painted the people right in front of me.  Interesting question.  I asked her if she'd like to help me with my painting.  Her parents and brothers were behind her shaking their heads; I guess afraid she'd do
 something terrible and unfixable.  No problem.  She was brave and game and stepped right up.  

First I asked her to fix the balloons, making some color more intense.  Then I asked her to add a figure on the right side, any color but blue.  She chose purple, and dove right in.  (BTW, no surprise with the purple, as she was wearing purple sweatshirt and Converse).  

She was wonderful, great listener, even held her paint brush like a pro. We had such a nice time together, and she reminded me why I love teaching so much... with her little intrepid-on-tiptoes self.   She and I are going to name the painting together.  "Cool Fair" is a working title.  I played around with the painting a little bit after it came home, but everything that she
touched is just as she left it..    
What a great day.  

Ideas for a title?  

Thanks for looking.


  1. Jody, this is such a sweet post - you are too much - and your apprentice sounds like she was delightful!

  2. What a wonderful painting and how special to have some strokes intact -added by a your young pupil... this memory will stay with her for life I'm sure!

  3. I like the working name and your apprentice is a very apt student. The colors in the painting are wonderful.

  4. Not Tim... Kelley MacDonald.... hijacked again.

  5. The painting is now officially titled "Festive All". My young student gets the pun, likes the title and I'm still smiling at our painting time together.