So - my college roommates were art majors (I was English Lit). One is now a high school art teacher, and the other is a graphic designer. I have ZERO artistic ability. When we planned this weekend of fun, one of them made the "mistake" of offering to help with a project while they were here. Well, I held them to that promise.
The selected project was to create art for Alex's room. Those of you on Facebook may remember my struggle to get him to accept updated bedding with his updated walls. I think it's just about time he moves on from Thomas, but change is hard for him, and he's still madly in love with trains. So, I returned the adorable monkey bedding, and Thomas will stick around a bit longer.
As a bribe for the ladies, I made them my friend Beth's French Hot Chocolate. Check out the recipe from her blog HERE. It was simply AMAZING! The presentation was wonderful, and it was so yummy too!
After trying a couple different ideas, we decided to go with something simple and vibrant. Since I have NO IDEA what direction his room will take in the next year or two (since he recently vetoed my vision), it was difficult coming up with art that could easily blend with ANYTHING. But the ladies came through! My inspiration for them was apparently based on Rothko.
(my inspiration - for sale at Bed, Bath & Beyond)
So - back to the bribed artwork....... Paint and an almost two-year-old really don't mix well. So, after the boys went to bed on Saturday evening, the paints came out, the French Hot Chocolate was made, and creativity happened right in my very own dining room! I don't think either of the ladies have ever painted pieces commissioned by an almost five-year-old before. And we were all hesitant to see how "Mr. I Hate Change" would respond to them.
HE COULDN'T HAVE BEEN HAPPIER!!! So - the ladies deserve a standing ovation! He was even super excited to hang them up on his freshly-painted walls! (The evening before, as he went to bed, he quite loudly vocalized how much he didn't want anything hanging on his walls.) But as soon as he saw the finished product he was thrilled!
(The pictures really ARE real squares and straight - I guess my angle was off taking the picture, 'cause they look kinda "unstraight" in this photo.)
Thank you, ladies for giving my son some personal art - and art that he likes to boot!