First of all, I want to tell you about my very embarrassing moment that happened yesterday. I made the mistake of writing yesterday's post very quickly. Then, I had to get ready to leave the house to go to an event for the Grand Rapids Public Schools. I didn't get home until late, and I decided to re-read the post. What did I see? In the very first sentence I used "here" instead of "hear". Ugh. I swear I know the difference. I even know the difference between there, their, and they're! :-) If you're still reading after that ridiculous typo-- thank you.
Last night my husband and I had an event for his work. It was a fundraiser for the public schools, and the night began with a silent auction of framed art done by the students. I stumbled upon this painting of a running river and birch trees.
There was not much information on the bid sheet, so I just assumed it was painted by a high school student. But this morning I discovered the label on the back. Shammar, the artist, is in elementary school.
I was totally hovering around the painting and the bid sheet. I was nervous that someone would swoop in and outbid me in the last moment. Another woman was lingering near, and although she wanted it, she was already "winning" a watercolor so she agreed to quit bidding on this painting. I'm assuming my dagger eyes scared her away.
It's no surprise that this painting drew me in. There is gold metallic paint (Um, hello! Love that.) with blue, green, white, and features water. SOLD!
I had no idea where I would put it. At first I was thinking Jack's bedroom. But once I got it home I liked it too much and wanted to enjoy the painting in a common area. Our dining room seemed like the perfect spot. I like the contrast of how serious & fancy a dining room can feel against the playfulness of this painting. Plus, it will make for a fun conversation piece when we have guests for dinner.
I think it is so important to value original art. And frankly, I could care less if it is by a famous painter, myself, or an elementary school student. I hope it encourages our boys to grab a paint brush! xo