Arts the Life!

Niamh and her picture - Niamh and her picture of a Brontesaurus and Pterodactyl at the Artsfest exhibition
@mummymo (23707)
May 11, 2008 8:40am CST
Well most of my friends know about some of the achievements and exploits of my 6 year old daughter Niamh and I was very proud of her yesterday. The week before we got an invitation to the opening of a schools art exhibition at our local university - it was invitation only and there were 'artworks' exhibited from every local Primary School (5-12 year olds) in the whole region. The opening of this Artsfest exhibition was by invitation only and the exhibition then opens to the public for a few weeks. She didn't like the picture that was exhibited as she has done better but the specialist art teacher for the school had chosen this one to go forward so she just had to make do with it - the art teacher kept telling us that Niamh was very arty and a pleasure to work with, she is sure that Niamh will be very talented as she grows up. I have no idea where she gets that from as neither Dad or I are any good at art - although as with reading I have always made sure she has art and craft things and gets to use them! I just wanted to share this with you all and to ask if you or your children have ever had anything in an exhibition like this? How did you feel? Am I just being too proud of my daughter? Oh yes and for all of you guys celebrating Mothers Day out there - have a good one! xxx
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
11 May 08
And so you should be right pleased with her, the picture is brilliant, and I laughed because already she's a critic of her own work at 6! Yes I can see some great times ahead of her, if she's talented at 6 can you imagine all that talent when she's 16! She looked so bonnie in that dress, a little cherub and to be invited to an exhibition at 6, well that is amazing I hope you kept the invitation so you can show it to her when she gets older. I was never talented like that at school and I couldn't draw to save my life, even now I am hopeless at art, any art. Well done Niamh you have made your mum so very very happy and proud. Thanks for sharing xxxx
@weemam (13377)
11 May 08
Hiya pal , I have been at her big brother to laminate the invite for her all week , She did look lovely , she is just so like her Mum in looks Brian,she is a wee sweetheart xx
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
11 May 08
I know nan, David is a very very lucky man indeed xxx
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@mummymo (23707)
11 May 08
Oh my I am blushing so much I may burst into flames here! lol Thank you so much! She has mastered that innocent , sweet look hasn't she? lol Niall still hasn't laminated the invite but he has promised to do it tomorrow and he has been out and about all weekend- he even went up Dumyat today with some friends after church! Love you both! Oh and Wolfie my darling little brother I think I may have found a way to cool you down in the hot weather but I am keeping my mouth zipped (and my fingers) for a few weeks! xxx
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@weemam (13377)
11 May 08
I don't know about arty but she sure does get her brains from Mum and dad , she looked so proud , tell her me and grandpa think she is brilliant , I keep joking with her will she still talk to us when she is famous lol , She is just a wee sweetheart , xxx
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@mummymo (23707)
11 May 08
Thanks mam - I will tell her in the morning and she will probably giggle a lot and pretend to be embarrased as she always does - you know how she acts then! lol Did you manage to get the ice cream sauce off everyones clothes! xxx
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@weemam (13377)
11 May 08
Yup Faither had them all washed and tumble dried when I got up yesterday, and I did all my ironing , so they are all back in the wardrobe , Ross has just had a phone call from E and he is smiling :) xx
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@mummymo (23707)
11 May 08
That is great - I was so worried they would be stained! You 2 are show offs - having everything washed, dried and ironed so quickly! lol I can imagine what his face is like - tell him to wipe that cheesy grin off his face right now! xxx
11 May 08
Congratulations to your daughter. It is nice to have a talent. My daughter is seven and has recently been published for her artwork. It makes us mums very proud and it is something to look back on in the future. I can't draw for toffees neither can my husband but obviously the talent comes from somewhere, I think my grandfather who was a keen artist who I likened to Lowry.
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@mummymo (23707)
11 May 08
Wow your grandfather must have been good and it is great that your daughter inherited this talent! My son and my niece have a certain degree of ability with art but it is more on the engineering /architecture side than anything else! I have no idea yet where my Niamh developed this from! Isn't it great when your kids do special things? From one proud mum to another I want to welcome you to Mylot and say I hope you have a great time here! xxx
@Gollywog (1092)
11 May 08
You should be very very proud of your daughter, show her off to every one children thrive on praise. Give her all the encoragement to keep trying, Each one of my four children had something special about them, my daughter it was maths, the eldest boy music he can play any instument, the next he loves landscape gardening, the youngest is a footballer, he plays for a big city team. Im not alowed to say witch one, he hates me bigging him up lol. I know if I didnt big them up they wouldnt have thought they could have got this fare, so be a PROUD parent your daughter will go far. Keep happy.
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@mummymo (23707)
11 May 08
Isn't it funny how the very thing that encourages them when they are younger embarrasses them when they are a bit older? lol I too believe in encouragement and praise going a long way - and I always try to do that with both my kids , we shall see if it works soon enough! My eldest is 14 and although is a smart, caring and good lad he is at that stage where everything you say to him is wrong! lol I had to ask Niamh for permission to post this as she was quite embarrased when she found out about the reading in the bath post and I didn't want to upset her! lol Sounds like you have done a great job with all of your kids and you are quite rightly very proud of them all! Go on tell me which team your youngest plays for - I am in a really nosey mood today ! Pm me
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@Gollywog (1092)
11 May 08
All I can say is he is not in the MAN U, LIVERPOOL,CHEALSY,ARSNAL thats as much as I dare say. You can be as nosey as you like lol. I cant tell you!!!!! I will always be proud of my children even if they fail misserably in the future. They should know what they want as they are adults, not babys any more! My Daughter has four children 1st Boy,2nd Girl,3rd Twins,Boy and Girl shes stoped there, thats it! They are all little darlings.
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@mummymo (23707)
11 May 08
LOL Ok I wills stop digging .... for now! I agree with you , as long as they try and do the best they can if they fail they can still say they tried instead of regretting it later! I didn't realise you were a Gran and to 4 of them! I bet you are proud of all of them and that they are gorgeous! xxx
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
12 May 08
Hi mummymo! I do think you are doing a great job with Niamh as she has been displaying a lot of small and probably big achievements for a 6 year old. Now, her work is being exhibited! Congratulations! Take care and happy mylotting. God Bless!
@mummymo (23707)
12 May 08
Awww Thank you so much Faith! How is your hubby's t design doing? xxx
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
12 May 08
Hi mummymo! We still don't know how it is going to fare. He still have a month for his design to be displayed on the net. Thank you so much for the support. We both appreciate it very much. God Bless!
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@mummymo (23707)
14 May 08
WEll I am hoping that hubby does well Faith honey. Do let me know how he gets on if you can! xxx
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
12 May 08
I think it is a very good pic. and the teacher must have been imprest with it or she wouldnt have picked it. good for her .
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@mummymo (23707)
12 May 08
I met the specialist art teacher at the exhibition and she was raving about Niamhs artistic talent - she apparently won another art contest in the school the other week! xxx
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
12 May 08
wow that si great! she will be a great artist wait and see
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@mummymo (23707)
14 May 08
Weemam keeps asking if she will still talk to us when she is rich and famous - Niamh just smiles! lol xxx
@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 May 08
You have everything to be proud about Mummymo. Niamh getting into that exhibition is fantastic. She's clearly already going places - such maturity - thought that she had a better painting to enter. LOL. Now that's the sign of someone confident. Have you a photo of the piece that you could put up on your Profile or somewhere. I'd love to see it. I hope that she keeps it up. Well done her. Hugs all round I think. HUGS.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 May 08
This is what happens when you answer discussions direct from e mail notifications. Those monsters look very real to me. I wouldn't want to meet one wandering about my back garden. She's captured them beautifully. Here's to the next exhibition.
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@mummymo (23707)
11 May 08
LOL I do that all the time sweety! The monsters are a Brontosaurus and a pterodactyl - she was learning about dinosaurs when she did that picture! Did you know the Brontosaurus was a long neck and that it had a very small head - it would eat foliage off trees and shrubs and had to eat allo the time to keep it from getting hungry? These are some of the things she told me yesterday! lol Hugs to you my darling! xxx
@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 May 08
Send the Brontosaurus round please. I need the garden weeding. I'll stay inside and watch though. Niamh can give him his orders. He looks very fierce.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
14 May 08
How exciting. But what a shame Niamh cannot enter the picture of her choice. My girls did not excel at anything while at school although one was very artistic. She simply did not have the motivation to work at her skill or craft...so sad because she had a talent. She was simply not interested in anything that resembled work.... You can never be too proud of your children Mo. Bless you my friend and give Niamh a hug from Tickle please.
@mummymo (23707)
14 May 08
It is a shame when your children have talent and don't want to use it honey - I am sure that they have their own strengths and qualities. You know how pleased Niamh is going to be when I give her a hug from you - don't you? Perhaps it will calm her down - her friend comes around at 7 tomorrow morning and she wants to be up and ready before her friend gets here so they can play - she will probably make me login to show her your avatar! lol xxx
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
18 May 08
Do you know how delighted I am to bring such simple pleasure to your angel? I'm happy to think she thinks I'm special. It tickles me....
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@mummymo (23707)
18 May 08
LOL She took great delight in showing your avatar to her friend Kaitlin and explaining that you were Mums friend Tickle and always sent her hugs - I am glad if it gives you pleasure too - that is what I call a win win situation! Hugs xxx
@dana234 (2116)
• Spain
11 May 08
You´ve got reason enough to feel proud. She has a treasure, which is her talent and her work has already been exposed. That´s great. Her attitude towards her artwork reminds me of my daughter. She loves drawing and has always been very critical with her work. Others could praise it, she was hardly ever satisfied with it. Reminds me of myself, I used to be exactly the same when I was a kid. I always felt very proud of her talent, I think it´s normal, just means that we are happy that our kids have this special gift which means happyness and sense of achievement to them. Congrats to your beautiful daughter :-) A big hug to a very modest mother! XXX Dana
@mummymo (23707)
11 May 08
Oh dana my darling it is lovely to see you here sweety and to hear about your beautiful daughter! I guess we are both very lucky to have such wonderful daughters who bring us such joy! Oh yeah i have to say I am proud of my son too - he made prefect at school this week! lol Hugs sweetheart! xxx
@dana234 (2116)
• Spain
14 May 08
Yes, we are blessed we our daughters. Good to hear that your son is doing well too :-)) It´s weird, but I´ve never received this comment of yours in my mailbox. Must be a mylot problem. I came here to check because I´m so used to you commenting on your responses. That´s how well I know you by now and I´m glad that I do. XXX Dana
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@mummymo (23707)
15 May 08
LOL it does seem to be a problem right now dana - I am having a lot of trouble keeping up with things as there are often no notifications! I am glad you know me that well too! Hugs xxx
• United States
11 May 08
Of course you are not being too proud. I think it is great that Niamh has such a God given talent and that you are supporting and encouraging her. You are being a mother to be proud of and I am sure Niamh knows that and loves you.
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@mummymo (23707)
11 May 08
You know whiteheather you have really touched me with this response - I thank you from the bottom of my heart! You know what is so spooky is today she made me a card telling me I was the best mum in the world and she loved me - we had mothers day in March and she didn't know it was Mothers Day in America and Canada! xxxx
• United States
11 May 08
Wonderful. That was not spooky but one of God's little reminders that you are loved.
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@mummymo (23707)
12 May 08
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@raydene (9875)
• United States
11 May 08
Well see that She has inherited artistic talent from her American Gran and Uncles and Aunts. Just another acid test that we are truely related....Hehe Tell her Gran is very proud of her. oxxoxoxoxoxoxo
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@mummymo (23707)
11 May 08
So that is where it came from - it is starting to become clear now! We keep passing thses tests don't we - one of these days we will meet in person and it will be as though we have been family forever! Ii have told her and she is walking around with a huge grin on her face now! Hugs Mom xxx
@weemam (13377)
11 May 08
yoohoo , just remember to take me with you :) xx
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@mummymo (23707)
11 May 08
LOL Now how could I go see my Mom and not take my Mam? xxx
@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
13 May 08
As I told you last Night she is one clever Girl and she looks so pretty there to I know you won't tell her that but I will because she does Hugs xxxxxxxxxx
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@mummymo (23707)
14 May 08
LOL I WILL tell her - I am not as mean and nasty as you make out - that is Nialls job but Gissi will sort him out! Thank you for last night angel! Hugs xxx
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@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
14 May 08
Hey there Sweetie no need to thank me as long as you are ok that is what matters love you xxxx
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
14 May 08
Her art work is brilliant. Good work, Niamh. I enjoy art very much myself. I hope she continues to enjoy it and to show that talent she has already. You should be very proud, Mo.
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@mummymo (23707)
15 May 08
Thanks you sweetheart! You know I had to ask her if I could do this post as she sometimes gets embarrased when she finds out I have said things here about her! I do hope she continues to enjoy art as I am not very good at helping her - I can provide the materials and do funny things but not artistic at all! lol Hugs xxx
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
13 May 08
That is awesome mummymo. Isn't it wonderful when you see them do things like this. My son's artwork has been posted up in the local public library and the post offices. I think most schools do this. He loves arts and crafts especially painting and I think he gets it from my side. My brother is an artist on the side and my Uncle paints as well and exhibits his works in New Zealand and Hawaii. He is also a well known Pacific Island writer. I am always proud when he does something like this and achieves great things in school and love sharing it with everyone. Thanks for sharing to us about Niamh and I hope she continues to do art throughout her school life :)
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@mummymo (23707)
14 May 08
Wow maddysmommy you certainly seem to come from a very creative family - that must be amazing! Well done to your gorgeous son too on his art being displayed in different places - I love when they can do things they really enjoy and get praise for it too! xxx
@subha12 (18453)
• India
12 May 08
it seems that she is really a very talented child. you have valid reasons to be proud of her. its nice. hope she becomes more successful in life.
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@mummymo (23707)
12 May 08
Awww thank you subha! I am pretty sure that she will be succesful in life - she is bright and friendly and talented - I don't know how I managed to produce such special children! xxxx
• United States
12 May 08
Of course you are being overly proud of your daughter... You are MUM, you are suppose to be. Heck remember when they were babies and all they had to do was pee-pee and we were proud and excited? My middle son is the talent in our family, you probably remember from one of Sissy's discussions our first run in with his talent, he used his own green poop as the paint.. LMAO. He has never had anything in an exhibit other than like science and fair projects, but there are alot of folks now sporting his particular brand of art on their bodies. Once Mo I had commissioned a local artist to do a chalk for me as a special gift for a friend. This was before I knew how talented Mark Shane really was. After I got the picture back that I paid for, (it was of dancing frogs), I was a little disappointed. Mark Shane was about 12 then. He said mom let me give it a try, he had drawing pads and chalks, so he set about drawing this picture.... His was ten times better than the one I had, had made. I bought him the canvas and chalks needed for the the gift, the end product that I had framed and sent as a gift was my own Sons. So yes mame we have a right to be overly proud of what some people might think of as a mundane event... To us moms it is the grandest achievement on earth... and Mo, it just might be! BTW Thank you for the happy mothers day. I had a great day indeed.
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@mummymo (23707)
12 May 08
Good grief angel you are right! lol I do remember even them giving a big sigh in their sleep was exciting! I think it is great that our little Picasso moved on from his first medium of art - the green poo may have made him a fortune but boy would it have stunk! I wouldn't think that gift was mundane - specially when Mark did such a great job of it! I think it is wonderful that he is so talented and even I am proud of him! So glad you enjoyed Mothers Day sweet - you deserve it! Hugs xxxx
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
11 May 08
Hi Mummymo My kids did not have anything in an exhibit when they were little. but my son was in his ' late teens and entered the photography section of our fair, and won best of show four times in a row for his photographs, I was very proud of him. My husband and I won second prize in a garden display at the county fair that same year. we were so proud of our hundred dollar gift certificate that year.
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@mummymo (23707)
11 May 08
Wow that sounds as though your son is a very gifted photographer - no wonder you are so proud of him! You were right to be proud of your garden display and your prize - just think your son could take photographs of your garden and it would be a win/win situation! lol xxx
@kbourgerie (8774)
• United States
11 May 08
Although I have artistic qualities, I cannot draw. I like crafts, painting, beadwork, scrapbooking etc. My 11 year old son can draw though and I have thought about putting him in a school for the arts. This year his art was chosen to be displayed in one of the Phoenix art museums. The only problem was the display was only shown in those hours I had to be at work, so I didn't get to go and see it. I was very dissapointed. I can hear your pride and think it is well deserved. Congratulations to you and your daughter. Give her a big mylot hug from all of us. Happy Mother's Day.
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@mummymo (23707)
11 May 08
Oh my sweety another new avatar! lol It is really pretty! I am so sorry that you missed seeing his art displayed - I can imagine how horrible that was for you - if it helps I bet he will be exhibited again and this time you will get to see it and the time after, and after! I will give her an extra hug in the morning sweety! xxx
@Breath (1297)
• United States
11 May 08
Sounds like you have a very good reason to be proud of her!sounds like she has a beautiful art filled future ahead of her in life...Sounds like your doing a wonderful job in supporting her dream...My daughter also loves to draw and paint and she is 5 turning 6 this month...So CONGRADULATIONS AGAIN!!!!
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@mummymo (23707)
11 May 08
Aw thanks Breath! I can't do much physically so I love to encourage them with things and support them any way I can! She says she wants to be a blood doctor when she grows up (her words - she is fascinated by blood) I just hope she doesn't combine that with her art - could get gruesome! lol I bet your daughter is really cute too! xxx
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