More than a little talent or perhaps just a proud aunt.


At six years old I thought my nephew had talent. He seemed to have an eye for detail. His drawing of the mangroves was true to scene with areas of mangrove separated by deeper water. Although it could be said to be crude and his crabs not instantly recognisable I doubt that I could do much better myself. Or is this a proud aunt talking?

These two were done somewhere between 8 years old and 10 years old. He seemed to be experimenting with colour and like all boys of that age had a fixation on war both on earth and in space and naturally guns and tanks had to be drawn. Although I thought he had talent, because of the subject matter, I admired and dismissed. I didn’t fully dismiss as I did photograph his work. Somewhere at the back of my mind I thought that when he became a famous painter the world would be so relieved that a record of his early work had been kept. I knew that was a proud aunt talking.

Now at 11 years old I am convinced he has talent. I know the dogs. Muffin and Bundy and I think he has captured them to a tee. Not only did he get the likeness, including Bundy’s red eyes and Muffin’s lack of eyes, he captured the look that melts our hearts. It might not melt yours because they aren’t your dogs but I look at the picture and feel full of love. He did this one evening when we were watching television. It didn’t take that long before he was downstairs again telling us that he had done something for us. He could not have given us a better present. This one is being framed.

The next day he did a picture for Grandma. She has already framed hers.


© irene waters 2017

We have bush turkeys up here everywhere. They are a real pest where there is food and will come and steal food from you without a second thought. Felix was obviously taken with them and I think this shows real talent. Mum was thrilled but a little upset that we couldn’t centre it in the frame. I told her I think that Felix wanted to give the impression of the bird running and it looks as though it will be moving out of sight quickly. Exactly like the real life versions.


© irene waters 2017

I don’t believe it is just a proud aunt talking.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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11 Responses to More than a little talent or perhaps just a proud aunt.

  1. Felix is a very talented young artist. Seeing only the very top of Bundy’s portrait, I knew exactly which dog he’d drawn – those eyes beseeching me. I think the one of Muffin got left out, however, for a repeat of Bundy. Keep encouraging him to draw.

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  2. All children are creative and one wishes that this creativity would stay forever. As they grow up some keep this miracle of creativity and keep seeing the world in wonder. Many don’t and loose it, which is a great pity.
    I love the above paintings and drawings.

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    • Thanks Gerard. I know what you mean. I never had an artistic bone in my body but my brother did some prize winning paintings but totally gave it away when we moved to the city. Now all he does is doodles while on the phone. His elder son also had talent (although less in my opinion) but at fourteen he no longer draws. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Felix will be the one to continue.


  3. pixiejan says:

    Thank you Irene. No it’s not just a proud Aunt…His art was and is outstanding…

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  4. Charli Mills says:

    Great that you are a proud aunt, but your nephew does have talent and an eye for detail. He seems to have a eye for natural elements, and also technology. Maybe he’ll be an artistic scientist or engineer one day.

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  5. mahimajalan says:

    Amazing post… Loved it😊

    Pls check my blog. Would be honored 🙂

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