Usually, I work alone. Just me, my brushes and my easel, painting away after the kids have gone down for bed.
But sometimes, I have a helper.
A tiny, tiny helper. Who thinks it’s pretty cool that she gets to assist mom sometimes with her work.
I did this painting for my new niece, Berkley, awhile back. My five year-old happened to be at home that day, and was pretty intrigued with what I was doing. And since it was a painting for her new baby cousin, I thought it would be special if she helped. So the outside border became her area to work on.
We did get a couple of smudges on the inside. But the nice thing about acrylic is that mistakes can be easily covered up and painted over. So we ended up with a few extra, unplanned dots around the flowers.
But, personally, I think those make the painting.
And, of course she got to sign it as well (albeit a little larger than intended). After all, what kind of painting would be complete without the artists’ initials at the bottom?