02 January 2010

Learning from the Master



When my parents were visiting over Christmas, Josh kept after KungKung to give him lessons in watercolor painting. (You can see some of my father’s paintings here and here.) My father even got him Winsor & Newton watercolor paints –the real deal, for serious artists. Ahem.

Josh has a favorite painting of my dad’s –the one hanging on our wall in the living room. It is a painting of Guilin (桂林) and one that my dad had refused to sell, despite several offers. For some reason, Josh really loves that painting and refers to it as “The Famous Painting.” If Josh says that he is making a “famous painting,” that means that he is trying to replicate KungKung’s Guilin painting.

This is one of their “lessons,” where my dad is making a smaller version of The Famous Painting.

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Here, Josh is making his own painting using a professional brush that my dad bought for him. Spoiled, spoiled, spoiled. That’s all I can say.

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My dad had told Josh in one of their phone conversations last week that Josh has to “practice painting every day.” Josh took those words to heart. He threw a fit got massively upset when one night, right before bedtime, he wanted to practice painting. I’d told him that he could practice the following day. Wails of “But KungKung said to practice EVERY DAY!" followed. Another time he wanted to get the paints out and I suggested that he draw on his sketch book instead. I got “But I want to paint, not draw. Painting is so much more fun! That’s not fair, Mommy!” Thanks, Pa!

I am quite pleased that Josh is taking this painting thing seriously though. He has always loved to draw. I have a separate blog that documents his many different forays into the world of art. While the ‘artist’ gene seems to be nowhere in my genetic make-up, it seemed to have found its way into Josh’s.

16 COMMENTS:

A Mom With A View said...

That is great he has an interest so young..Looks like he really enjoys it..and with Kung Kung to guide him...what is better than that...I checked out the watercolors...beautiful indeed..!!

Jana said...

oh the mind of an artist is such a powerful thing! I know you can believe me when I say I get chills for every painting of your dad's that I scroll through...its just such an amazing gift, I couldnt paint to save my life. I cannot wait to watch your little artist grow!

Menopausal New Mom said...

What a lucky little boy to have such a talented teacher right in his own family. It's wonderful that Josh shows such an appreciation for art at such a young age and the fact that he wants to create art himself. Yes, nurture this young talent!

Nezzy said...

Hey sweetie, did you know your pics aren't showing up in this post?

Have a super day!

Mom of the Perpetually Grounded said...

It is wonderful when we see that our children have been born with gifts and passions passed through the family. Your father does beautiful work, you must be so proud! My father was an oil painter and I love seeing him reflected in my middle child.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I love to see such passion in someone so young. He really is gifted and of course, like you said, he gets taught by the master.

I read back through some of your posts that I missed (don't make a habit of missing any of your posts) and congrats to winning the I "heart" faces contest and then, the photos for 2009...just gorgeous.

Also, I don't know if you told me this before but when does Zoe turn 3? Baby Boo will turn 3 on March 31st. (By then, we should have the potty training thing down, right?)

Happy New Year to you too, my friend!

Wanda said...

Oh, it just warms my heart to see how Josh is so inspired by his KungKung. (Psst......get grandpa to tell Josh that sketching is the best way to become a famous artist!)

And you think the gene skip a generation. How do you know that? Have you ever really tried? (Oh, I just heard my Mother's voice.....sorry.) Seriously...you do have an artistic gene...perhaps evidenced in other areas than watercolor...............like photography, huh.)
:)

Enjoy the rest of the holidays!

Anita said...

Your dad's art is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it.
It's wonderful to see your child so interested, too.

*Jess* said...

absolutely beautiful!!

Alicia said...

I think that is awesome!!! I bet he just loves being taught by his own grandpa!!!!!!

JennyMac said...

This is really special and something he will remember forever. Love the pic of him with your Dad.

Veronica Lee said...

Grandpa's art is beautiful and it's great to know that Josh has his talent.

jen@odbt said...

That is great that they can share this love for art - it must be such a special time together for them. Can't wait to see some of Josh's great work.

Lindy said...

How wonderful for Josh to have someone to teach him!!

Dorothy said...

What a wonderful opportunity to have grandpa unlock your son's special gift and be patient while he develops this gift.

Thanks for sharing...

Dorothy from grammology
grammology.com

4 Lettre Words said...

Precious post, my friend! Love it.

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