Carol A. Hand
My granddaughter’s frequent visits inspire me to draw and doodle. I’m always surprised that she doesn’t realize how gifted she is as an artist. She often tells me that she wants to learn how to draw people, animals, and other things that look “real.”
During her last visit, she wanted me to show her how to draw hands. (Funny, given our last name…) I told her that it’s not an easy thing to do! But she tried, anyway.
One of her earlier attempts was sitting on my desk where it joined the pile of scraps that are expediently handy for taking notes or doodling while I’m on the phone. The hands of her figures were left undone, and I let them stay that way.
I loved the shapes she drew of people and added a few details – a collaborative, playful inter-generational creation. I decided to post our version of art, although my photos don’t really do it justice.
Drawing: Ava S. Hand Johnson & Carol A. Hand
Her artwork fascinates me. I hope that her creative originality won’t be lost to the normalizing judgement of what constitutes “good art.” Work that inspires others to join in the process of joyful creation is a gift. And her work never fails to bring a smile to my face. Thank you, my dear granddaughter, for the beauty and joy you bring into my life.
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