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henry's first sketchbook

When both you and your husband are artists, it's natural to wonder whether your child will be one, too. I have no idea whether or not Henry will be the next Van Gogh, but I do know that—like most young children I know—he loves to color.

Rama bought Henry his first sketchbook last Christmas and we've been filling it ever since. Sometimes, Henry sits alone on the floor, surrounded by a sea of markers. He scribbles busily on the pages, filling white space with explosions of color. Dots, circles, lines and swirls. Other times we draw in it together, side by side. We make a drawing, he colors it in. He demolishes the drawing, we start again. It's an exploration of color,  a practice in spontaneity, a lesson in humility. Nothing is precious, and everything is beautiful.

Henry, and the work we do together, is always surprising and inspiring me.

Top: Shoes & text by me, color by Henry
Middle: A portrait of Maira by Rama, color by Henry
Bottom: Explosion of color by Henry

Reader Comments (11)

Kid art is the best. It's like the perfect combination of unrestraint and the need for lots of color. Makes it tough when it comes time to edit and discard. I just want to keep it all!

September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

that is just the SWEETEST thing ever. I can't believe he has his own sketchbook! Wait. I can! Look at who his parents are! I wish that I could get Cooper to color. He's more interested in crayon wrapper peeling than using them!

September 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertracy

That's so adorable! I'm pretty sure that your son will be an artist like his parents. And who knows, he could be the next Van Gogh.

September 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHalley | Brochure

LOVE all these! He's already a great collaborator!

September 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpenny

These pages are soooo sweet!!! Love, love, love them!

And a great philosophy: "nothing is precious, everything is beautiful." Indeed it is!

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersuzanne

He better NOT be the next van gogh!
That guy ate paint, cut his own ear off (supposedly), and committed himself to an asylum before he killed himself.
G-d forbid.

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrama

This is so sweet! I love seeing your drawings side by side! xo

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