Getting Your Hands Dirty – Stay Forever Young, Artist!

Grace works her flower petals.
Grace works her flower petals.

Today has been a fun time, and I have my awesome daughter to thank for that. I was already to try and do a little painting again today, but to tell you the truth, the arm has taken a kicking this week and it’s a struggle just to hold onto the brush. Grace thought it would be fun to do something with clay. Internally, I groaned, thinking…oh dear ….what a mess this is going to be to clean up. Then I thought, well why the heck not? So, we cleared off the kitchen table, put the plastic down and got dirty!

It was a ton of fun, and therapeutic in so many ways. I got to play….and feel the spirit of a young, enthusiastic, loving gal :: just what every artist needs! Getting your hands on a different medium than what you are used to is GREAT for the soul. I had no expectations, and I admit the first thought I had was, “I’ll make a little pot with the coil method.” DUH…heck no. I let that go and just started playing around with the clay, watching how excited Grace was and how SURE she was about making a flower, a lily pad and a frog. Here they are:

Grace's frog, lily pad and flower.
Grace’s frog, lily pad and flower. Oh my.

I am so amazed at the creativity of an eight year old. My messy bust pales in comparison! Grace, you’re my idol.

Clay busts
Our messy fun today.

Slowly, this fellah emerged. I haven’t finished it, but it’s been awfully fun messing around, and much easier on my arm today. Yippee….thanks for making me get dirty Grace. I have so much to learn from you….wait…I’m coming…teach me so more!!!!


FOREVER YOUNG  – The Lyrical Poetry of Life and Living

My favourite version of “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan is sung by Audra Mae & The Forest Rangers, as part of the “Sons of Anarchy” TV series. So beautifully sung, I dedicate this to my daughter and every working artist in the world, wishing her (and you) everything in this lyrical, beautiful song:

Forever Young…

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.


This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. catherine anderson

    Sweet! I love Grace’s creations! This makes me want to get some clay and get dirty. Thanks so much for sharing! All the best!

    1. Janice Tanton

      Well I hope that you can take some time and play. It was amazing fun for us.

  2. Lisa Graham Art

    Love the happy picture of your daughter and what you both made! Be well Janice!

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