My two young sons are both my greatest and most enthusiastic supporters, as well as being my toughest and most demanding critics. Let me paint a picture of what painting a picture looks like in my house...
6 year old: "Mommy, we are going to bed, I want you to surprise us with a new painting in the morning. Can you paint something now while we sleep?"
Me: "Sure son, do you want me to paint anything in particular?"
6 year old: "Pretty flowers, it is fall now and there aren't many flowers in our garden so I want to see a painting of flowers."
Me: "Ok, I will try. I will make a start but I probably won't get it finished in one night."
6 year old: "Ok, but please try your best. I love you Mommy."
3 year old: "I love you too Mommy, don't forget to surprise us with the new painting."
Me: Skips sleep and paints most of the night.
6 year old to 3 year old: "Let's go check on Mommy's progress."
3 year old: "I hope she finished it. We slept lots of hours so she had lots of time."
6 year old: "Mommy I love it! It is beautiful! Don't sell this one, I want to keep it."
Me: "Thanks son, I'm so glad you like it."
6 year old: "But there is a problem, why did you sign it when it isn't finished?"
Me: "I thought it was finished. What do you feel is missing?"
6 year old: "It needs a bee collecting pollen from the flower. I want you to add a bee."
Me: "Sorry son, once I sign a painting, it is finished, I don't modify it."
6 year old: "Well, you can sell this one if you can paint me another version with a bee? How long will it take? I don't mind if it is a little bit smaller if that will make it quicker." (He says as he stands in front of a painting that is 4 feet wide).
Me: "Ok son, I can try and do another version with a bee, but not right now."
3 year old: "Forget the bee, I want you to do a painting of Darth Vader fighting The Hulk."
Me: "Son, why do you want me to paint that?"
3 year old: "Because I want to see who wins the fight."
Apparently my eldest son thinks I'm a miracle worker who doesn't need sleep, and my youngest son thinks my paintings have some special insight into the unknown.
I love my boys.