A mother recently let her four-year old daughter finish her paintings for her and the results are simply hilarious. Artist Mica Angela Hendricks would not let her daughter near her professional sketch book but the little girl persisted.
The nail on the coffin that sealed the deal between mother and daughter is when the little girl said that if her mother could not share, then the book would have to be taken away, just as her mother does to instil discipline and good morals in the girl.
Angela had no option but to let her daughter finish one of her sketches. One sketch turned into two and the trend continued. For a period of time, a trend developed where the little girl would ask her mother if she had any ‘heads’ for her.
The mother would draw the heads of people and then the daughter would finish them off after which Angela would then add color to the sketch to transform it to a full painting.
In her words, Angela says that she learnt to be a better artist by letting go of control so that wonderful things could happen. The daily flipping of the daughter through Angela’s sketchbook produced a great collection of collaborations.
The resulting paintings range from full size depictions of people to animals and plants as Angela’s daughter exercised her budding drawing skills. The paintings of people outdoors and the depictions of nature are particularly amazing and captivating.
If Angela was afraid of what her daughter’s doodles would do to her sketchbook, she is now appreciative of the help she got from the little hands. All in all, the partnership and its results bring out the innocence of children and the wonderful ways that little things can teach us a lot. Next time your child asks to be involved in your activities, it seems wise to let them in and allow them enjoy the fray.