Thursday, October 6, 2011

Of wizards, three year olds, and Halloween

Young Wizard in Training
10" x 14"

Three year olds make wonderful models.

They are more than willing to put on a variety of costumes and interact with all sorts of props (although edible ones, especially candy is preferred).

Three year olds don't think they're too "cool" to model for their artist mother nor do they break down into uncontrollable giggles when I inadvertently spell the word s-u-P-P-l-y out loud ("P P!! You said pee pee!! hahahahah!" This is what happens when you are the only FEMALE in your home. You miss the undeniable appeal of toilet humor.)

Their modeling fee is very, very reasonable. (see the candy note above)

Three year olds have the ability to turn everything around them into an adventure, and by so doing allow you to see adventure where you wouldn't have before. For example, this is not a boy in a wizard costume selecting candy for his Halloween bag. No, no. He is Merlin, or Harry Potter selecting the necessary ingredients for a powerful potion or magic spell.

And best of all, they are always around, being too young to go to Hogwarts just yet, always smiling, always happy. . . Except when you decline their request for candy bars before breakfast.

Then there is always the possibility that they might 'accidentally' turn you into a toad.

:)

I love Halloween.

"And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure." Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

27 comments:

  1. I always end up with a smile after reading your posts. Your three year old has surely done very well here. And the bit about toilet humor.. LOL..
    Okay coming to the painting.. We all know how difficult it is to work with those strong colors in there. And this painting looks strong without being too strong. You know what I mean..That complexity of shapes in the blue robe that he is wearing have been painted with so much ease. And the light just keeps getting better and better and better.. I just adore this one.
    And I too am a BIG BIG Potter fan. :)

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  2. The photorealism of your work is amazing. True talent.

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  3. Une peinture réalisée avec les yeux et le coeur généreux d'une maman formidable... Une superbe capture...
    Que du bonheur!
    Gros bisous à vous deux et sûrement des bonbons, s'il était près de moi, à votre bambin!

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  4. a little bit of your magic in this one crystal .

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  5. It's just adorable, Crystal...he is such a wonderful subject.

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  6. I really miss my little models. Would you believe they had the nerve to grow up? This is such a lovely piece and the writing made me smile remembering the games and stories from years gone by.

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  7. complementary colors doing a very fine job in a totally cute composition :) You are melting every Mom's heart!

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  8. Wonderful post! Your painting is so very good ... right down to the little three-year-old cute toes!!

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  9. This new painting is gorgeous!!! I love it...and so perfect for the fun Holiday coming up at the end of the month!!! lovely work!!!

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  10. I just love it Crystal!!! I can not resist those little toes:) Such a great painting, I mean it's so full of life and fun! Are you selling prints of this one?

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  11. the light and shadow; and the texture of the skin..so beautifully rendered!

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  12. Love reading your posts. Crystal.. they are as full of life as your paintings!
    Love the boy wizard, am looking forward to seeing a painting showing his shocked delight as he realises he can magic up his own candy before breakfast! :lol:

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  13. LOL I love Harry Potter! Adorable painting :D

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  14. He is adorable. Love those little baby feet! And the light in this painting is wonderful!

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  15. your blog is such a wonderful journal of your family life and your journey as an artist-not to mention the amazing paintings. Thank YOU for your blog.

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  16. What a wonderful painting, Crystal! Brings me back to those fun days of trick or treating!! Don't let them grow up!!

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  17. wow, you are amazing. your post and the painting are outstanding. a pleasure to read and i always leave with a smile in my heart! happy weekend my friend! my list of favorites of yours just grew...i'm astounded by this, it is just incredible!

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  18. Wonderful painting as always and story to accompany it two great talents you have.

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  19. I have a three year-old granddaughter, so this put an especially big smile on my face. Your work is so beautifully luminous, Crystal!

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  20. I can't believe it was a year ago when I was reading your last Halloween post! Where does the time go? I remember loving the Halloween painting of 2010 and this one is just as amazing and gorgeous :0)
    Three is such a wonderful age isn't it? They are just the cutest! :0)

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  21. Hope 'Harry ' had the time of his life :-), you certainly made a wonderful painting out of him.
    With admiration.....

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  22. Your post is so nicely penned (or should I say keyed). But that must not take anything away for the gorgeous painting of your son in the HALLOWEEN costume. Its so beautiful with lots of colours. Also your previous post was very nice and informative. I will surely check out Mary Whyte's portraits on the web. And I too am a fan of children's books. I have a Marathi translation of "Chuk i Gek" by Arkady Gaidar. It was gifted to me by my mom when I was about 7. I still enjoy reading it and also the lovely B&W illustrations in it.

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  23. Great painting,great post, and I bet you are a great mother.

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  24. A delicious painting full of contrasts and colour! The satin robe, the wood bench, the skin and that bag! And what a sweetheart you've got. Good thing he's so agreeable ; )
    I hear you on the humour. Last week my youngest started giggling and told me: Guess what? I saw a commercial for Hellman's mayonaise and *that's its REAL name!* They're too funny!
    p.s. I really love the rim on the hat!

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  25. For some odd reason I find potty humor...humorous. Maybe my husband is wearing off on me. Or maybe I should write MG! ;)

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