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Emma Painting – Some Additional Thoughts

What struck me as I watched Emma paint the other day was how she has placing the colors on the paper.  She was not simply dipping her brush into the paint as it was placed on her palette.  She was looking at the colors then very methodically placing them on the paper in a specific way.  In the beginning with a slash of color near the middle of the paper, she then added another slash nearby.  As I watched she continued with a streak of color on one side fanning out from the middle.  She did not simply alternate colors – first one side then the other, but seemed to consider where the next color would go.   None of this was done in a perseverative way.  What struck me was how non-perseverative the process was.  She seemed to study her choices of both color and their placement before putting brush to paper.

This morning I said, “Hey Em!  Want to paint?”

“No thank you,” she said as she shot by me on her scooter.

“Hey Nic!  Want to paint something?” I asked.

“No. I’m good, Mom,” came his reply.

Emma Paints

About a week ago I bought some acrylic paints and brushes with the hope  Nic and Emma would feel motivated to paint.  Upon seeing the art supplies Nic said, “Ooh, ooh!  I want to paint something!”

So we set up the easel with new paper and unwrapped all the brushes and paints.  Emma stood nearby and watched.

When Nic was finished painting a particularly gruesome monster – his specialty, Emma said, “Mommy!  Can I have a turn to the paint?”

“Absolutely Em.  Here let me get you a fresh piece of paper.”

I showed Emma how to hold the palette in one hand with the paintbrush in the other and then stood back and watched.  It was fascinating.  She was very careful, methodical even, considered her choices before putting brush to paper.  This series of photographs show in chronological order her “process”.  The whole piece took about twenty to twenty five minutes to complete with neither Nic nor I saying a word.

Emma begins

The Final Touch