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Monday, October 20, 2008

Art His Story
Last week my daughter drove us north to pick up my son's art portfolio from a university art department to which he was recently accepted.  We happened to catch the director of the program who gushed over his illustrations.  Her compliments reinforced our

road-less-traveled decision to pull him from high school his sophomore year, help him earn his GED, and enroll him in a four-year bachelor's program in an art institute.  He's now a sophomore in what should be his senior year, and doing great as he considers transferring to a university where he can double major in art and science. 

And Her Story

Now our daughter is traveling a similar path.  She is home schooling now and begins her college career next semester.  When her classmates
graduate with their high school diplomas, she'll receive her Associates in Arts degree.

And she and he, and my husband and I shall each be the better for this decision to follow the grassy path wanting wear.  Whether or not we later tell this with a sigh, only ages and ages hence will determine. 

(Top: Study of Autumn Gourds by Leo, charcoal, 24.5" x 19.5"; Work Boots by Leo, graphite, 19.75" x 23.5"; Washing Dishes by Abby, water color pencils, 22.5" x 18.5"; extremely amateurish attempt to photograph my children's art work by Mom; sorry, kids.)

4 comments:

Tanya Darling said...

I love your line, "... follow the grassy path wanting wear."

Your son is very talented--his illustrations are beautiful. I'm glad your children are doing well after being home-schooled. I'll keep it in mind when my son is in high school.

Dana said...

Ah, thank you. But, alas, I can take no credit for the line. 'Tis Mister Frost who inspired the line in his famous poem.

I hope public high school has changed by the time your son arrives there. We have found it a frustrating place for anyone with a brain who happens to question the world around them. Thank goodness we had other choices.

Thanks for stopping by and for the compliments!

Meghan said...

I know I told you in class but after revisiting this page it bears repeating - your son's art is amazing. I absolutely love the boots and wish I had it for my bedroom. The first time around I didn't notice the last painting belonged to your daughter. Very cool. You must be so proud. Does Abby want to pursue art as well? Best of luck to your family. Kudos to you and your husband for the sacrifices you have made, are making, and will surely make in the years to come.

abby said...

WOW your kids have talent!! haha jk. leo does :]