Making and offering art for birthdays has become somewhat of a family tradition. I make paintings for everyone in my family either for their birthdays or for another special occasion. For me this is easier than coming up with a gift idea that is likable and useful. It is also very personal.
This is a painting I made as a gift for my sister. She took a weekend break to spend time with the tribe and brought me a pair of quad roller skates (because why wouldn’t you buy your uncoordinated sister who can’t skate a pair of roller skates 🙂 ) which FriBoy loved so much that he drew himself skating with his aunt.
I made this painting as a Christmas gift for my in-laws. I asked FriBoy to draw them, transferred the drawing on glass and painted it in a style that would speak to them. For grandpa that means circuit diagrams.
Il y a beacoup de façons de donner vie aux dessins d’un enfant, voici celles que j’ai utilisées le plus souvent pour les dessins de mon fils.
This is a new painting I made based on a child’s drawing. This time it’s a 4 year old dutch boy who drew a rainbow who inspired me, in turn, to paint a rainbow of textures.
This is another painting I did starting from a child’s drawing. It’s the drawing of a 5 year old boy. I love his style, he makes very detailed and delicate drawings.
FriBoy made this drawing of us for my birthday and I was inspired to paint it like this after I saw an exhibition, The Boomerang Effect at the Ethnographic Museum of Geneva. It’s my favorite place in Switzerland and I wanted to spend my birthday there.
Making his own stuffed toys is a great way to teach a boy about engineering, design, planning and sequencing, problem solving, the value of one’s own effort, while developing creativity and patience…even if this means putting a needle in his hands.