I Can Get Nervous Too

My niece had been wanting to do art together for awhile and our afternoon together finally worked out.

When I was thinking about what we could create together I knew that the first project in Danielle Donaldson’s Creative Girl:The Land of Light and Shadows would be perfect.

Our home is a bit loud and silly.

We break out in dancing and singing hourly.

My niece is quiet and when I am with her I have to make myself be more quiet…and that is good for me too.

I sat with her for over two hours just playing and creating together.

I put on my favorite instrumental album at the moment because I told her she couldn’t pick George Strait (I know she was thinking about it).

She let me know before we started that she was nervous because she didn’t know what we were going to make.

She was nervous that I would show her how to make a girl or a face and she was nervous how it would turn out.

I told her that sometimes I get nervous too.

I told her that I have to remind myself all of the time that art is not about what it looks like in the end.

I think that surprised her.

I think I enjoyed our time creating together even more than she did.

I mean to do a lot of things.

When I actually do them …that beats just talking about them.

Hanna, thank you for creating with me.

Thank you for our sweet conversation.

Thank you for sometimes being a little Jeanne and making me smile (except I have never been quiet:-)).

I sure love you!


I wanted to let you guys know that we have added four new pieces of art to my Society6 page.

This site is wonderful if you are interested in my art on phone skins, phone case, wrapped canvas, cards, prints or framed prints.

Thank you for looking.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Karen

    Meaningful time spent together is always a treasure for both. Thanks both of you for sharing! Hanna’s painting is beautiful.

  2. Melissa McCutcheon

    Such a lovely post. The love and sweetness deep in her soul shows in her beautiful eyes. Sometimes I believe art is God quietly showing us His Way.

  3. Randi Schmechel

    “I told her that I have to remind myself all of the time that art is not about what it looks like in the end.” This sentence made my heart stop. It is a truth that I have felt, but my eyes and head make arguments against. It keeps me from playing, from enjoying the benefits of getting paint, ink and glue on my hands. That is going to change. Thank you!

  4. Sandy

    Jeanne, what a sweet gift you gave to Hanna and to yourself. She will remember her time with you and the joy of creating every time she looks at her beautiful work of art.

  5. Debbie L Gregory

    Such a beautiful post, time with your niece, I know that is a time she will treasure always as well as you. Her canvas was amazing and that was her 1st, if we all can remember to create art that way will definitely be more enjoyable.

  6. Suzen

    I have Art Dates with my 8 year old granddaughter, which I have had from the time she was old enough to hold on to anything. (Lately we are sewing together.) She will always remember this about us after I am gone and she will have these skills to carry forward. But truth be told, I am the one getting the most out of these times together. It truly feeds my soul. Aren’t you so glad you had this time with her??? I think there is a verse in Isaiah, …”and a little child shall lead them.” So true! (PS I hope you have outtakes of that scene from your course “Studying under the Masters” with you introducing the material and your 3 kids in the background. Soooooo funny! I could not believe your composure and how deliciously cute your kids are, mischief and all!)

  7. Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    Jeanne, I can only imagine the sweet memory and imprint you planted in Hanna’s heart that afternoon. I know my daughter cherishes the times she spent just hanging out with her Aunty. Hanna is very talented – love her creation!

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