Displaying Your Own Kids’ Paintings

According to The Star today, the work of Australia's acclaimed photographer Geoff Letchford is on display here in Malaysia in Bangsar until July 9. He will also be here in person if you want him to put the photos of yourself and/or your love ones on interesting medium like canvas, albums, cushions, calendars, 3×3 panels, curtains, etc.

Fun with colorsOf course it is extremely satisfying to have your pictures on all conceivable items in the house. But if you are short on cash or, for some reason, do not like to see you face on the walls or on the cushions day in, day out, I have a suggestion. Your kids love to paint, right? Now, instead of putting their paintings in the kitchen on the overworked refrigerator, why don't you get some frames from IKEA, frame the pictures and hang them in the living room? Besides, your guests are less critical of an art piece if it is done by children. Especially if they are your children.

Sometimes my 6-year old daughter would suddenly have the urge to paint during the weekends. The younger 3-year old would not want to be left out. She wants to paint too.Exaggerated strokes Some of the better results from her work can be seen on the left. She is very free with her brush. And with colors too. I have to make sure she won't mix all of the colors together and end up with a rather gloomy mess. I could not make out any sane resemblance from the top painting in the frame (maybe someone fencing?). But I could vaguely see two people dancing from the middle and some sort of flowers from the bottom one.

On the right you can see three watercolor paintings by my 6-year old. Everything is exaggerated, of course. From a flower bigger than a house to a bee bigger than a flower. But I like the exaggerated pink fish best. It reminds me of one big flat pale graceful marine fish I saw on National Geographic (or was it the Animal Planet?) the name of which I have forgotten. Man, it is so hard to search the Net for a fish name by its shape and color.

Lines can be funEven a spaghetti-looking colourful random lines could look interesting (left). This doodle is also done by my 6-year old using magic pens.Mother fish, three small fry and an alga Another one she did with magic pens and some template is something I aptly title "Mother fish, three small fry and an alga" (left). I am imitating Paul Martin Lester's "Two guys, a tree, and a bicycle" here.

So there you have it. There are many ways to fill our boring walls. And it does not have to cost much. Kids are prolific when it comes to doodling. Pick the best ones and display them with pride!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. clientsfromhell
    Aug 27, 2006 @ 11:34:06

    Awesome stuff – nice paintings and a great way to display! Thanks for sharing.


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