Paint me a picture

It all begun back in the olden days, before I blogged or had a very posh camera or Instagram was even invented…

My son started painted oil paintings.

He painted one at two years old, one at three and one just before he turned four.

Last week he asked for a new canvas to complete his quadriptych ( his favorite number is four as you all know. )

As soon as it arrived he went to work.

Today we decided to hang them.

I laid them out to what I thought was the best grouping, but the artist disagreed.
And arranged them the way he wanted.

From top left, clockwise:
Mess made by a tornado (Little J, 2010)
Tornado (Little J, 2011)
Mess made by volcanic eruption (Little J, 2011)
Erupting Volcano (Little J, 2012)

I am so proud of him.
And the fact that he spend most of the evening sitting under his art work makes me think he is rather proud of himself too.

Here is all you need:

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.

~~Dr. Seuss

Little White Whale

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  1. Jessica July 11, 2012 at 19:32 #

    Twitter: goaliej54
    He is adorable. And, wonderful artwork, Little J! My favorite is the bottom left. Awesome. :)
    Jessica recently posted..Stasha’s List

  2. Alison July 11, 2012 at 21:33 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    I love this!! Also, you have a very nice house.
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    • Stasha July 12, 2012 at 01:04 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you. Everything except toilet paper is from IKEA. You would feel right at home 😉

  3. Amanda July 11, 2012 at 21:57 #

    Twitter: lilahbility
    Love! I think he already has his mama’s eye for colour. Your white room is the perfect backdrop, too!
    Amanda recently posted..Now We Are Three

  4. Bridget July 11, 2012 at 22:16 #

    Twitter: twinisms
    I’m proud of him too:) Now, will he be an artist or a scientist?
    Bridget recently posted..FYI: Jacksonism For Today

    • Stasha July 12, 2012 at 01:01 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Shark watcher he says. Until recently it was a garbage truck driver though…

  5. Janice July 11, 2012 at 22:55 #

    Twitter: mommyslounge
    What a talented young man! I absolutely love these. As you know, I love art, and this just made my day. I think I ought to do something like this with my girls and hang them up too. Thanks for the idea!
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  6. Barbara July 12, 2012 at 01:10 #

    Twitter: babspinfrance
    I love this, and the fact that they are on display is so great! I am inspired to try this with my boys.
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  7. Mark July 12, 2012 at 03:24 #

    Twitter: Rsimplelives
    He makes it look so easy.
    Mark recently posted.."See the pretty girl in that mirror there"

  8. Liane Markus July 12, 2012 at 04:18 #

    What’s nice with this kind of activity is that kids are able to improve their skills and creativity because through drawings and paintings, they can bring out what is hidden inside them.
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  9. Claudia July 12, 2012 at 05:12 #

    My best wishes for him. He is doing really great!
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  10. Mary @ A Teachable M July 12, 2012 at 05:15 #

    Twitter: ateachablemom
    I love this post! So happy! You made me smile and say wow really early on a Thursday (not an easy feat!). Thank you. Your son is adorable, and I’m blown away by his artwork. Lovely!
    Mary @ A Teachable M recently posted..Piggy, Piggy

  11. christina July 12, 2012 at 05:56 #

    Twitter: finallymom
    oh my i love this SO much!! awesome.
    christina recently posted..I Am

  12. Arnebya July 12, 2012 at 06:40 #

    Twitter: whatnowandwhy
    Thank you for this. I’ve always wondered where to get a blank canvas (not wanting to go to Michael’s and buy canvas and board because of the lazy gene that continues to worsen). My girls see completed ones in Target and ask for them but I tell them it’d be so much nicer to create your own. Little J’s are fabulous! I do love that white chaise.
    Arnebya recently posted..Wordful Wednesday: Love Her. Now.

    • Stasha July 13, 2012 at 21:41 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you Arnebya. The chaise is from IKEA and I scored it in the half off section too!!

  13. Bruna July 12, 2012 at 07:39 #

    Twitter: beeswithhoney
    Stasha, I think this is wonderful. You never know, he may grow up to be a famous artist!

    Love the wall of fame and how he spent all night reading under it. ♥
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  14. Grete July 12, 2012 at 08:06 #

    Amazing! Your 4yrs old son must be really talented! I really do like his paintings, I could picture myself that I have them on my wall in the living room. A small impressionist guy:)
    Grete recently posted..Scrappen und Ohrenschmerzen

  15. Bits of Bee July 12, 2012 at 08:48 #

    Twitter: Bitsofbee
    I love them, and they look so beautiful on your wall! I love that all of the paintings are related to volcanoes, so cute. Also, little J is just about the cutest little boy I’ve ever seen!
    Bits of Bee recently posted..A Boy And His Dog (Quotable Bits #27)

  16. Brandee July 12, 2012 at 09:27 #

    Twitter: archaeolemur
    So amazing! Good work Little J! I love that he wanted to arrange them himself, and that you have encouraged his artistic side by doing that.
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  17. Kim @The G is Silent July 12, 2012 at 09:32 #

    Twitter: GisSilent
    I LOVE THEM!! What a fantastic beautiful idea. Thank you for hanging them. Thank you for all the kids whose parents don’t. I still have Noah’s first picture he ever drew in a frame. Now I want to go buy all that and pain with Noah, who is weeks away from being a teenager but will LOVE it.
    Kim @The G is Silent recently posted..What Have I Been Reading?

  18. Ally July 12, 2012 at 11:37 #

    Twitter: normalmomally
    So cool. I’ve always loved displaying my son’s artwork. They really do have a sense of pride!
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  19. Diane July 12, 2012 at 12:24 #

    Twitter: dkotucker
    You have THE BEST ideas!!! The paintings look great on the wall. Real works of Art! Little J takes after his mom. 😀
    Diane recently posted..I’m Going on a Roadtrip!!!

  20. Runnermom-jen July 12, 2012 at 14:56 #

    Twitter: runnermomjen
    Oh, I love that idea, Stasha!! So proud indeed :)
    I love that he sat under his work all night.
    Runnermom-jen recently posted..Today was Good…

  21. kelly kardos July 12, 2012 at 15:26 #

    It’s just so awesome 1st that Little J titles his pics…and you…Great mommy….hang them up…and THEN…Little J reads under his work. Such great self esteem building stuff!

  22. Tamar Strauss-Benjamin July 12, 2012 at 16:15 #

    An art-ist! They are amazing, I would hang them in my apartment!
    Tamar Strauss-Benjamin recently posted..Pier 1

  23. Anne LeBlanc July 12, 2012 at 20:26 #

    Twitter: littleredhens
    I love his quiet intensity. It’s great that he is doing oils. They are so fun. Do you paint also? PS I am impressed that his shirts stay so clean!!
    Anne LeBlanc recently posted..Ten Questions Answered.

    • Stasha July 15, 2012 at 11:09 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I am fascinated by all forms of art but unless it involves clicking I am terrible at it. You however are a beautiful artist Anne!
      The shirts? He is a neat freak, honestly. Not from my genes though :)

  24. [email protected] July 12, 2012 at 21:45 #

    Nice collection! I love to give the kids’ canvas paintings as gifts but I really should hang some up in our house. I love the quote you ended with.
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  25. Audrey July 13, 2012 at 09:37 #

    Thanks for the wonderful idea! I love his paintings :)
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  26. Andrea July 13, 2012 at 09:42 #

    Such a talented sweet little artist! His style is similar to Van Gogh’s!
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  27. Jessica July 13, 2012 at 14:28 #

    Twitter: Mytimeasmom
    Love that you hung these up for you all to enjoy.
    Jessica recently posted..Essence Of Now {A New Meme}

  28. Leighann July 13, 2012 at 17:04 #

    Hes very good and likes tornados.
    I have bought my daughter canvas to paint when she’s a bit older. Love this grouping.
    Leighann recently posted..Wait… You’ve Changed.

  29. Cassie July 13, 2012 at 17:45 #

    Twitter: FotoFriendlyMom
    I absolutely love this post! (as I do for many others of yours). The last picture is my favorite. He looks like he’s don’t a good day’s work and is relaxing with his finished products displayed behind him. He’s very talented at such a young age. I hope he continues with his art in the future!
    Cassie recently posted..The SPILL- Tomorrow Is Another One

  30. Jackie July 13, 2012 at 18:36 #

    Twitter: notwifezilla
    How talented is he already! I must say, my most favorite part are his titles.
    Jackie recently posted..Hugs in the Sun

  31. Greta July 13, 2012 at 19:46 #

    Twitter: gfunkified
    I love them! And he just looks so…where he belongs underneath them. You should be proud, mama! (And happy that that’s the hobby that he spends his time on!).

    Thanks so much for linking up with #iPPP, Stasha!
    Greta recently posted..A Letter #iPPP

  32. Julie July 13, 2012 at 19:46 #

    He’s a big fan of natural disasters! I hope he doesn’t draw from experience for his great works. :)

  33. Susi July 13, 2012 at 20:43 #

    Twitter: bocafrau
    How wonderful… and his smile! This is such a great thing to do, hope he will continue to add to his collection. I wish my husband would let me get more stuff at Ikea…
    Susi recently posted..Time for some fill ins…

  34. hollow tree ventures July 14, 2012 at 05:47 #

    Twitter: RobynHTV
    Amazing – he’s very talented! I love the theme. :)
    hollow tree ventures recently posted..The 7 Stages of Putting Baby Back To Sleep

  35. Sarah @sundayspill July 14, 2012 at 06:57 #

    Twitter: sundayspill
    Stasha, I am loving your sweet boy from afar. What an artist you have on your hands :) That bottom picture is perfection :)
    Sarah @sundayspill recently job might be better than yours–the spill

  36. OTandET July 14, 2012 at 07:24 #

    Twitter: otandet
    i love this SO SO much! how wonderful. even if it didn’t end up looking so gorgeous i would just love this on principle. but the end result is just wonderful looking as well. love is pouring out of my soul and shooting in your direction <3 xo
    OTandET recently posted..we love chapter books and some other thrifting

  37. Ado July 14, 2012 at 12:53 #

    Beautiful! I LOVE his artwork!!
    Ado recently posted..Every Tear Drop Is A Waterfall

  38. Christine @ Love, Li July 14, 2012 at 17:43 #

    Twitter: cyu888
    OMG LOVE these!! They look fantastic and he’s one little artist isn’t he. Such a great idea to have them paint a canvas each year.
    Christine @ Love, Li recently posted..Friday Round-Up – Close Call

  39. Sarah July 14, 2012 at 21:30 #

    what a beautiful keepsake to have in your home! x
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  40. Kerstin July 14, 2012 at 22:25 #

    Twitter: kerstinauer
    I love IKEA and I wish we would not live 3 hours from the next one!!! We used to live 30 min. away from one of the biggest ones in Germany and I loved going there all the time.
    Anyway – love your pictures and your post – as always. And Little J is quite the artist! Right on!
    Kerstin recently posted..Here’s to more fun

    • Stasha July 15, 2012 at 11:21 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I have an IKEA obsession. For a while it looked like I might be cured since shopping with a toddler is anything but fun. But now my son loves going there. It is over 2 hours drive for us too :(

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