And remember, these were done by a 6 year old boy.
Experts have said that the six-year-old's atmospheric paintings, which began with harbour scenes and expanded to include rural vistas, animal portraits and landmarks, have perspective, shadow and reflections that demonstrate an ability well beyond his years.
His mother, Michelle, said: 'Until last year he didn't draw anything and in fact we had to draw dinosaurs for him to colour in.
I haven't figured out what I think about this. His parents have a gallery (and how's the gallery doing these days?), probably have art around the home, and he has been taught. I'll agree he's a quick learner, assuming it is him who is doing the painting (which I do, at least temporarily). At the least, he has fair hand eye coordination and a nifty sensibility re color and atmospherics. How much help on the colors and technique?
I'm not saying he's not got quite a start. I'm just not ready to say freaking prodigy.
Maybe not - but from someone who buggers stick men, the idea that a six year old did these paintings is pretty incredible.
Fri 31 Jul, 2009 05:01 pm
I didn't learn to paint until, gads, I was about thirty three. Art seemed this whole other world, not least since my mother used to repeatedly tell me that she couldn't draw a straight line, which apparently she was told in third grade, probably by her brother, which would have been in 1909. In all my years involved with art in one way or another, I've never been asked to draw a straight line, except when I do drafting in the old fashioned non computer way, and then I used devices like parallel bars (etc.) unless it was freehand, and precisely straight didn't matter - although one got better at that over time.
I think it is his "interpretation" of a scene that makes it so amazing for a young child. Could this six year old just have a more mature appreciation of how to spend a day, rather than playing with toys and watching the telly?
Now if he got his own tv show that was used in public schools for an art program, that would be interesting.
Sat 1 Aug, 2009 08:05 pm
Nah. It's a formula thing.
We've watched dozens of these painters in Cozumel, among other places. All the paintings look fairly similar because they all use the same technique. After you watch them for an hour or so, you could do the same thing. They sell them for $2-20 each depending on the size. It's entertaining to watch for a while, and some of the painters are real showmen, but I certainly wouldn't call it real art. It's a tourist trap thing.
Sat 1 Aug, 2009 08:18 pm
Sorry, I was talking about Deckland's spray-painting video.