A Child in the Garden of Darkness and Light

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once she grows up.”

― Pablo Picasso

Kimora Paints
Grandpa, why did you hide all the pink markers under the couch? To teach you to use other colors my dear child. Watch your lines…

My grand-daughter is seven and has been an avid art student since she first painted an epic battle scene between dots, circles, and lines on my living room wall at one year old.  She is a fifth generation student of the Garden of Darkness and Light. Her grand parents have immersed her in music, art, writing, math, science, and literature.

Her first negative frowny-face on her school report card from the teacher stated Kimora often reads books above her level in class and this just will not do.  So now she and I sit endless hours and read to each other until our imagination calls us to the art studio to pour our visions on black and white velvet paper we found on a lower shelf at our local Super Wally World store.  The raised black velvet outlines help train the wee ones to stay in the lines and covers any small mishaps in eye-hand coordination – mostly grandpa’s.

We color together on the same sheet, all the while discussing strategies for colors and workload balancing. Mostly, I follow directions dictated in a firm voice with eyes glistening from all the energy expended in that glowing mind. Her piercing gazes at my unsteady hands tell of her disapproval of my hiding all the variations of pink markers.  Pink is her favorite color and often the paintings are only a monochromatic shade of pink which she adores and glues to her bedroom wall with my industrial strength glue gun.

This new genre of paintings was inspired by  Debra over at images + words from bluerockKimora and I spent a great deal of time looking at Debra’s ink sketches and paintings.  But it doesn’t stop there.  Her website is a gallery of art, images, music and stories. And now I come to the point of all this.  Debra’s time spent sharing her gift with us has captivated Kimora’s imagination and motivated her to try her own hand at creation and sharing.  I am just the old wizard that makes art supplies magically appear in the shopping cart at the checkout counter.  The true artists that share their passion on WordPress are the stewards of countless readers that look in wonder and dream of creating and sharing their work too.

Visit us again when you can.  I’ll be introducing other artists that share the greatest gift humanity has left for us and yet unborn generations – the arts and literature.



15 thoughts on “A Child in the Garden of Darkness and Light

  1. Thank you for sharing your fine stories, and I was SO thrilled to see my blog mentioned as inspiration. I felt my cheeks blush when I saw my name. I’m so very happy that ART is being sprinkled on the littlest artists. What fantastic projects you are doing with Kimora. Let’s keep spreading the light… xo Deb

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    1. You do truly inspire with your gift, Deb. It was such fun looking at your paintings and sketches and then challenging Kimora to do her own interpretation. The precut velvets aid her in form but she has to figure out the color scheme and balance. We have a great time and have a lot more to share in time. I am convinced the arts are the Garden of light that guides a young mind to be more than they dreamed possible. And, thank you for sharing with us 🙂

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  2. Your granddaughter sounds like the sweetest person. It’s so wonderful to be able to share this art with her – even if it doesn’t turn out to be something she pursues in the future, she will always have the fond memories of creating magic with her grandfather. x

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    1. Thank you Topaz 🙂 This is very true. I did the same for my daughters, always careful to encourage but never demand they seek to master their talent. Both daughters are very gifted in their creativity now as young adults. They pursue their dreams and not the dreams of their father which is how it should be.

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      1. Living vicariously through one’s children is always a train bound for disaster. I’m so glad you’ve given them the chance to explore their own horizons. 🙂


    1. I have the advantage in that Kimora is here alone and we practice our art and drawing when she is in the mood for it. When her little sister is here with her, all hell breaks loose and I have to be referee instead of artist 🙂

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  3. Reblogged this on Teagan's Books and commented:
    I’m supposed to be fervently working on my National Novel Writing Month book, The Guitar Mancer. But of course i had to stop and read this post from Daniel (aka Randstein). His words charmed me and i thought it would be nice to share, but i was hurrying through my morning mail, all the while feeling i should be writing. Then i saw all the links he included for creative bloggers. I “woke up” and knew i had to stop and smell the roses. All those people were creating, if much more artistically than me and my NaNoWriMo book. So, as you see, I knew i had to share Randstein’s post with all of you. Wishing you a fabulous hug filled Friday.

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    1. Thank you Aquileana! I put a backlight filter on the image which washed the colors out a little but Kimora has done very well and grows her skill in leaps and bounds while I hold on for dear life so she doesn’t get too far ahead of me. And I am a big fan of your blog by the way. I’m only 7% Greek but I feel it all in my love for Greek mythology of the Titans and later Olympians and their profound influence on the Ancients and our arts. This old Centurion will be visiting you often 🙂


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