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