“My Kid Could Do That.”

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When I was Two.

I was nearly new.

When I was Three

I was hardly me.

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But now I am Six, I’m as clever as clever,

so I think I’ll be six now for ever and ever.”

Quote from A.A Milne, Now We Are Six

When you clean up your room, you find all kinds of things.
I found a box of of folded paintings I had made in
nursery school,ย when I was around three. My mother
had saved my first paintings.
The first painting is poster paint on faded yellowed paper.
The second painting is acrylic paint on canvas 30″ x 30″
I created this painting last month.
The thread is there. I’ve been making art
since I was was two and nearly new.
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25 thoughts on ““My Kid Could Do That.”

  1. love the two together. That old paper looks familiar and isn’t it amazing how the colors have held their richness. Did you discover the thread AFTER you painted the 2nd one..not having yet found the 1st one? Clumsy but you know what I mean.

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    • I’m not sure which Linda I have here ๐Ÿ™‚ I painted the last painting before I discovered the paintings I did when I was a little girl. Yes I remember that old paper, the color. The colors here because it’s digital the colors are showing more intense which makes the old painting so close to the new one. ha ha well, you know what I mean.

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  2. love this entry, and i think it’s the art-making that provides a bridge between nearly new and hardly me (that Milne guy was so clever). i think some problems set in when we think we know what we are. keep on discovering/uncovering! AND have you ever seen the movie “My Kid Could Paint That”? a fascinating documentary, available on Netflix if i’m not mistaken.

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    • Hi Zack! I read this over many times in the last week or so. thoughtful – thank you.I agree with you . We get caught up in how something should be – like my right hand draws something the way it has been taught to draw. My left hand doesn’t know so it comes out with something quite interesting. more interesting than the right hand one.I’ll find that movie. No I don’t know it. Thanks. C

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  3. What a treasure this is. And I’m so glad your mom saved your paintings and that you are springing from there. How validating and how lovely.

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    • Thank you. I’m thinking of painting one like the one I did when I was six. It’s got so much space, I wonder if you’ve come across any of your first photographs. what they were llke when kids take pictures.

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  4. The rhyme, the painting, the narration, and everything altogether. Clever, engaging and a well put together blogpost. I’m guessing the tile is in reference of the movie/documentary “My Kid Could Paint That “.

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    • I haven’t seen that movie. I’ll look for it on Netflix. I was thinkiing how people look at abstract painting and say oh my kid could do that.Thank you for the compliment – coming from you that is something. Carla

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  5. Oh Carla! Those paintings are wonderful. and the poem..I loved that book and think I still have it from when I was six. I’m going to look for it now – I want Alexander Beetle, you made me remember him. Cheers

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  6. How wonderful to find this connection..these paintings are like old friends meeting..I love how the second shows more layers of meaning and experience, greater depth, but still has echoes of the past..very like a person..I wonder what would you say to this young artist now should you meet her today? Very moving!

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