An Artist in Training.

In the days before Tori was born, and in fact for many months afterward, Brian had a mantra of sorts. “Be a lawyer. Be an engineer. Be a doctor.¬† Just don’t major in liberal arts,” he’d whisper to her.

He’d talk about how we needed to buy her chemistry sets and teach¬† her math and make sure she was friends with all the smart kids. Anything to steer her away from the artistic tendencies that are no doubt all over her genome.

Through it all I’d smile and roll my eyes, knowing full well that we’ll ultimately let Tori be anything she darn well wants to be.

And sure enough, it wasn’t long before Brian began to change his tune. When she began to show a passing interest in music, Brian hauled my old electronic keyboard out of the garage and together they’d spend hours (well, okay minutes. We are talking about an infant’s attention span here) making “music.”

Soon, he was talking about the budding virtuoso we had on our hands.

And when she started coming home from daycare with paintings? Daddy puffed up with pride. He examined each one, eventually proclaiming that Tori has an actual Style.

“See how she uses textures?” he’d exclaim. “And the circles, they’re concentric!”

Shortly thereafter, he dug out his own oil paints, built an easel and started painting again. He insisted it was for his own enjoyment, but I know there’s a little part of his brain excited to teach her about the art he loves.

And sure enough, this was the scene in his “art room” on a recent Sunday morning. Tori had discovered his easel, and wanted to paint. But since oil paints and toddlers don’t mix, Brian went to the garage to find his old acrylics and sorted through it, looking for bottles she could paint with.

Finding the right paints.

Creating the perfect palette for our budding artist.

Painting together

Before long, Daddy and baby were creating masterpieces together.

Daddy and Tori painting

Now that's what I call quality time.

I think it’s time we admitted to ourselves that we don’t know how to raise an engineer. But a piano-playing, oil-painting writer? That we can do.

This post was inspired by Alli n’ Son, who’s taking part in a month long challenge to capture those she loves on camera over at the Joy of Love. The post idea I’m borrowing asked her to catch her loved ones doing what they do. Go visit – her pictures are lovely.

12 Comments on An Artist in Training.

  1. BalancingMama (Julie)
    February 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm (5 years ago)

    Ha! Looks like fun! My husband is an engineer, and he’s telling Amelia not to be one! It seems the title, civil engineer anyway, is not all that. He works too much and deals with BS all day. Steer her to med school, perhaps.

    • Amber
      February 3, 2011 at 9:20 am (5 years ago)

      Med school would be nice…as long as I don’t have to foot the bill. Maybe something with computers (whatever computers are by then). My luck, she’ll want to go the starving artist route.

  2. Rebecca
    February 2, 2011 at 9:46 pm (5 years ago)

    Those photos of Tori and her daddy, capture my heart. So very sweet.

    • Amber
      February 3, 2011 at 9:20 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks. I was suffering from cute overload myself.

  3. Jen
    February 2, 2011 at 9:50 pm (5 years ago)

    This is just so sweet. I love it. :)

    • Amber
      February 3, 2011 at 9:19 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks. Brian noticed that he was conspicuously absent around here, so I decided he needed more posts about him. He’s not happy about the pictures I took, but oh well.

      • Brian
        February 3, 2011 at 11:58 am (5 years ago)

        Please forgive my appearance. I remember right these pictures were taken like a half-hour after I had woke up on a Saturday.

  4. Anthony D'Addese
    February 2, 2011 at 11:50 pm (5 years ago)

    It doesn’t happen too often that one writes about his family and let alone posting pictures of his loved ones. BRAVO

    • Amber
      February 3, 2011 at 9:18 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks. This is sort of my online memory album, so…

  5. Lady Jennie
    February 3, 2011 at 3:41 pm (5 years ago)

    Aaaw – that’s one devoted daddy.

  6. Allison @ Alli n Son
    February 3, 2011 at 7:20 pm (5 years ago)

    This is beautiful Amber! You have a lovely artist on your hands.

    P.S. Thanks for the shout out.

    • Amber
      February 5, 2011 at 8:57 am (5 years ago)

      You’re very welcome. Of course, now she’s obsessed with painting, but that’s another story.


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