She wore it special for opening night.
One of the funnest things ever: Cookie's painting is in an honest-to-goodness art show.
The local art institute maintains galleries and offers classes that are discounted to members. Our family has a household membership. Another benefit of membership is that each year, each member can enter one thing in the members art exhibit. Our household chose Cookie's painting "Turtle Girl" as our entry.
The curator was so cool when we entered it! She asked Cookie what gave her the idea, chatted her up like artists do, and then asked whether her piece would be for sale. Cookie's eyes got big. "No, it not for say-o."
Hanging in the show, there is no indication that the work was done by a 6-year-old. I love to think of the hundreds of people who are looking at it, not knowing. And I love that Cookie has seen that art shows are for her. They're not just something that "other people" do.
The only instruction Cookie got for this painting was from me. I wanted her to paint the canvas, let it dry, and then come back to paint more. Previous paintings she has done end up blended to that army-green color that paint and Play-Doh turn into. Or all black. This painting, however, was done in three sittings. "It's a girl because there's pink in it," she said.
She has inspired me. Ideas come cheap, but seeing the idea through is what we all should be aiming for.