Collage 1 and 2, collaborative works by my granddaughter and I

Collage 1, titled “Nine”

Collage 2, titled “Animals”

For some reason she doesn’t like doing the collages. Not sure why. I think it may be because I don’t let her have the bottle of glue. We’ll try them again in a couple of months. She does seem to enjoy the painting a lot and I will scan in some of her watercolors later.

Every so often, I’ll read poetry to her. She will start by saying “no gramma” or “stop” but I continue. The poem below is by Emily Dickenson and when I read it out loud, Mia got up to look at the page. No pictures, of course, but there must have been something about the way I was reading it that got her interest.

Wild nights! Wild nights!
Were I with thee,
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!
Futile the winds
To a heart in port,
Done with the compass,
Done with the chart.
Rowing in Eden!
Ah! the sea!
Might I but moor
To-night in thee!

by Emily Dickenson

Below is my first attempt at an app, or program, called Flame. It was fun. Hope I can find it again to continue experimenting with it.

Surprise, surprise! I’ve actually started a small acrylic portrait on paper. Will scan it in when I can. Just had to do lots of updates on my pc. It’s Sunday and today I’m going to the mall to walk. It’s gotten a bit cold. Had our first snow on Oct. 4, then it warmed up. Then it started snowing yesterday and we have about 3 inches. Had to push my minpin out the doggie door. When the snow gets higher, I’ll go out with her. I’m hoping the winter will be as mild as the last one.

Hope all of you are well.

About pam

I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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28 Responses to Collage 1 and 2, collaborative works by my granddaughter and I

  1. Dudley says:

    :up: :up:

  2. derWandersmann says:

    Good! Get her interested, but fer chrissakes, don't let her have the glue! Smart move on your part, I'd say!Kind of interesting collages, BTW … and BTW (again), teach her to cut accurately with scissors … it's amazing how many kids never learn that.As an aside, that Emily Dickinson poem reminded me of a really pretty Muslim girl I once dated … she expressed it as "Red nights, black days!" … I liked it.Snowing there, is it? We've nowt so far, and the met folk are threatening us with a coming Winter like the last … too warm and 'WAY too dry. Bloody climate change!That "Flame" thing is interesting … not exactly my cuppa, of course, but if we were all alike, what would be the point? Keep at it; it might turn out to be something.LOL … an acrylic portrait, eh? Did you find that your hands had lost some of their "knowledge" after the hiatus? Happens to me, and my dad always swore that if he didn't paint every day, he lost ground.

  3. PainterWoman says:

    Hi Andy! Thanks for visiting.dW: Thank you too. Oh all the cutting was done by me. She doesn't quite have the coordination yet for cutting. I just cut random shapes, or cut up old calendars and whatnot, put the pieces in front of her, then I put on the glue when she hands me what she wants. Then she places it on the sheet the way she wants. I will say the two blue shapes were already on the first one. Must have been an old start of a collage of my own. After going through bunches of old work and supplies, I found all that we needed for our little art classes. I haven't had to buy a thing. And, yes, I've sorta lost some ground. I feel pretty stiff. I need to put on some music the next time to loosen up. And it has to be when everyone is gone. Too tense when they are home.

  4. gdare says:

    Nice drawings of animals :up:

  5. derWandersmann says:

    Dope their food … if they serve curry, I have it on good authority that powdered opium works wonders.

  6. Dacotah says:

    Awesome collages. :)Snow already? Yikes. We haven't had any yet. Don't think it will be mild this year like last year. Think we will get colder weather on top of lots more snow. That program looks like fun, Flame.

  7. kentsopera says:

    Hi Pam, A pleasure to see how well you are doing, and I am sure despite the colder weather, you are happy to be near your family; especially, now that you are a Grandmother. :happy:

  8. PainterWoman says:

    Darko: The animals are from a wonderful calendar I saved and cut up the pictures. I managed to save about a dozen from the trash. dW: Nah, I think I'll just stay out of her….um…their way in the evenings. I try to on the weekends but not sure what to do for my nap. Sleep in the car? I cook dinner sometimes then retreat downstairs and say I've eaten…then, while they're eating, go out the basement door which enters the garage and hightail it out to get a fish dinner somewhere. Or a glass of wine and a walk around the mall. Carol: Thanks. I have a sneaking suspicion it's not going to be mild this winter either. If I can find the link to Flame, I'll post it. Kent: Thank you. Yes, being a grandma is great. Mia is fun to be with. I love hearing her little voice. Especially when she says "gamma, your so funneee". It's just so cute the way she says it, then she'll lean over, slap her knee and laugh.

  9. thaodp says:

    Doing the collages? Aww, I forgot that she grows quickly. Really want to see her painting :heart:

  10. PainterWoman says:

    Mit, thanks. My next post will be photos of her painting and the paintings themselves. I must get busy and scan them in too.

  11. kentsopera says:

    Mia is a delight, from your description – you are fortunate to watch her grow up and to share these special moments with her. ENJOY! πŸ˜‰

  12. Dacotah says:

    Pam, we just got are first dusting of snow here today after I left a comment. πŸ˜†

  13. Stardancer says:

    Glad to see you again, Pam, and lovely to see what you and Mia have been up to.:smile:

  14. PainterWoman says:

    Kent, thanks. Yes, I am enjoying it. I am tired all the time it seems though. Carol, as soon as we talk about snow…ta dah….it snows. The Weather Channel says Friday and Saturday for here. Star: Thanks. All my time is spent with her during the week, 9am to 5:30 or 6pm. Think I might take her to a gallery today for something different and then lunch at a kid friendly place. We'll see how rambunctious she is this morning first.

  15. Dacotah says:

    Yep, :lol:It started snowing here already this Fri. morning.

  16. Olgita says:

    art is wonderful and it is so nice that we can make our kids love it!

  17. I_ArtMan says:

    lovely post pam. i can feel the strength. :happy:

  18. PainterWoman says:

    Carol: It snowed lightly all day Friday and was supposed to snow all day today but, instead, everything melted. Hmmmm….maybe it's building up to something.Olga: Yes, art is a wonderful thing for them to experience and learn about so young. I've already taken her to an exhibition opening with all the ordeourves (or however that is spelled). She actually pointed at some of the art work which were very large abstracts. She seemed to like the ones with the darker colors. Scott: Thanks. At 2 and a 1/2, she is very strong willed, of course. They all seem to be at that age. She didn't like me being the only one using the scissors and the glue with the collages so we haven't done as many as I would like. With the watercolor, she does it all herself. All I do is put the brushes out, about a 5 x 7 sheet of paper, a bowl of water and the paint set.

  19. Dacotah says:

    Could be. The forecast was for in the 50's for last week-end but didn't quite make it.

  20. derWandersmann says:

    She's got a lot of control, to be able to use a 5 Γ— 7 sheet.

  21. NLDH says:

    What a sweet blog! I must say, Mia is a lucky little girl having grandma around to take care of, play with, and read poems. I love reading poems of Emily Dickenson and E.E. Cummings – one of my fave poems is I Carry Your Heart With Me.The Flame is beautiful and really fun to look at :up:Love to little Mia and a wonderful weekend to you, Pam.

  22. SittingFox says:

    Wonderful projects to do with her πŸ™‚ Yes, young kids and glue don't seem a good mix :faint:Glad to hear that you are painting again. I've done a bit of drawing with a graphics tablet but I rarely use paint and a brush these days. Looking forward to seeing your work!

  23. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    She's got a lot of control

    She has her moments.Originally posted by NLDH:

    I love reading poems of Emily Dickenson and E.E. Cummings

    Me too. She doesn't quite have the appreciation for them yet but if I keep reading them to her….maybe.Originally posted by SittingFox:

    Looking forward to seeing your work!

    Thanks and looking forward to sharing it too.

  24. Weatherlawyer says:

    Originally posted by PainterWoman:

    Below is my first attempt at an app, or program, called Flame. It was fun. Hope I can find it again to continue experimenting with it.

    I can't say I liked that but it has flashes of your style in it.I'm firmly of the I don't know much about art but I think Jackson Pollock is crap school of thought.

  25. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by Unasia:

    and HA…two artistsHow cool is THAT, very, very nice work to both of you

    Thanks Clance. And for the links too! Found the Flame already as it was in my Opera folder.Originally posted by Weatherlawyer:

    but I think Jackson Pollock is crap school of thought.

    Oh I love Pollock. Didn't at first. Didn't like Dali either at one time, in my twenties I think. But now, I love all art. I'm trying to think if there is some art I don't like. I guess it would be something shocking, gory, bloody….almost the same for movies.

  26. nopanic says:

    You guys are doing great. 😎

  27. Dacotah says:

    Happy Easter Pam.Pam I sent you a message, hope you get it. Take care.

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