Yes, Yes, Yes, I know I've been gone a while; life has just been a tad bit, well, crazy!....But, I want you to meet my grandson Isaiah Micheal. Isn't he absolutely adorable? Isaiah has always showed artistic tendencies. I have many of his little treasures, drawings he's done for me over the last few years. Ok, maybe I'm a bit biased, but wait until you see his masterpiece, the surprise he made for his mommy!
Last month Isaiah and his siblings, my two other grandchildren, lived with us for three weeks. You can read my last post here where I explained the crazy and unexpected tragedy that happened to my daughter and her family.
But before I show you his masterpiece, I want to thank all of our family, friends, and the many others we don't even know, who blessed our family with so much love during this difficult time! It was wild! Like the floodgates of help and support opened up (from many unexpected people and places) and poured down fast and furious....coming from everywhere! The amazing beauty and overwhelming love of God was so very evident! Our hearts were encouraged indeed...and still are!
Isaiah worked on the background first. He chose the colors and I showed him how to blend them. He did everything himself!
I then showed him the bubble wrap technique. At first he thought that was a silly idea, until he tried it, and then he really got into it and I had to persuade him not to cover his entire painting with little bubble imprints.
Isaiah started getting tired after about an hour of painting.Pretty good for a 6 year old boy!
His original idea was to quickly finish in one setting, but I told him how artists work on their paintings over several days, weeks, and sometimes years! As his eyes grew big, he agreed it was better to put it away until he was excited and ready to paint again.
Here we are again, this is after several days. Isaiah wanted a heart that said, "love". I lightly drew a heart with the word Love inside. Of course he wanted a red heart! He chose a metallic red. Lots of concentration here!
Here we are again, session number 3. Notice his buzz cut? Yup, that was the work of my 17 year old son Nick.
Isaiah painted in little areas at a time. It was hard for him to keep his hand from smearing the wet paint. He chuckled when I pulled out my hair-dryer as the drying tool. He said, "Nana" with a grin as he shook his head.
He's ready again...a few days later, painting in his PJ's. He seemed to work much better at night after the other kids were in bed. His concentration was so intense.
I figured it would be better for him to use a marker to draw the lines instead of painting them. When he was done I simply sprayed it with a matte medium to prevent the ink from running.
He painted Hologram Extreme Glitter over the heart. It goes on white, but when it dries, it has a beautiful iridescent shimmer.
Look at that proud little face! Isaiah kept saying, "Mommy is going to love this!".
When his painting was completed and it was time for Isaiah to sign his name, I was so moved with emotion for him...almost like when I'm finally happy with a painting I have been working on and the time has come to add my signature. It's like, oh YES! the creation is complete and I'm happy with it!
It makes me think of when God created the world. After each day of creation, He said, "...and God saw that it was good". Being created in God's image allows us to create and then stand back and look at our creation and experience a sense of satisfaction.
And Ta Dahhh.....drum roll please! Here's Isaiah's awesome masterpiece! Isaiah used the word "masterpiece" to describe his painting after the second time he worked on it...so cute, and yes, he was right ! I'm so proud of him! He did a fabulous job!
I took this picture the morning just before we left to drive our three grandchildren back to Florida. I wrapped Isaiah's masterpiece between two pieces of cardboard for safe travels.
We arrived in Melbourne, FL past midnight, after 11 hours on the road. We had a beautiful time of reuniting. And after we unloaded the car, It was time to give mommy her special surprise! Kari Loved it and Isaiah's masterpiece has a special place on their their living room wall.
It's been several weeks now since we brought our grandkids back to Florida. Now I'm preoccupied with my daughter Sarah's dorm room. Preparations are well on their way with only one week until the big day when she moves in. Wow! I still have lots to do! And my to-do list keeps growing...make curtains, duvet cover, build furniture, make headboards and a million more purchases. Ugh! the list goes on and on....but this is sooooo much fun!
I better get busy!