What Do You Think of This Painting?

Do you like this painting? Well, it was painted by a six-year-old named Kieron Williamson.

Called the next Picasso, Williamson is now 7 and has amazing talent as a painter. At seven, I recall trying to control embarrassing drooling and cursive writing.

Williamson’s paintings are selling like hot cakes and attracting considerable buzz on the Internet, here and here and here.

With a religious nut attacking a grandfather and granddaughter with an axe this week and other extremists pushing our species to extinction, young Williamson reminds us that we are capable of so much more — and perhaps there is hope after all.

For 19 paintings by the young master, click here.

For the full story, click here.

48 thoughts on “What Do You Think of This Painting?”

  1. lottakatz–

    Thanks for the link to the paper art exhibition. Those are some amazing paper constructions.

    Have you ever seen any of the pop-up books done by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart? They are truly works of art. I’ve bought a couple for myself.

    Last October, my husband and I attended an opening reception for an exhibition of picture book art done by Wendell Minor at the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut. While there we saw a really interesting and eye-catching temporary art installation done by Lisa Hoke called The Gravity of Color. It was made entirely of colored plastic cups.

    You can see a picture of Hoke’s exhibit here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandcastlematt/3149009226/

    (Note: Wendell is a fine artist as well a children’s book illustrator. He has also done the book jacket art for more than 2,000 adult books–including all of David McCollough’s books.)
    http://www.minorart.com

  2. Lottakatz:

    I am not hostile toward Pollack or Picasso, I just think that most of their work isn’t very good. It is only my opinion but I do have very strong likes and dislikes.

    Take ice cream for example, I love rocky road but I cant stand mint chocolate chip. I don’t know why, just bent that way.

  3. Elaine,

    Mrs. M sounds like a great teacher. That’s how it should work and I’m so happy that your daughter had her.

    Of course, rafflaw deserved to have his paper taken from him, so in that case, the nun was correct! 🙂

  4. William Glaser
    1, January 3, 2010 at 10:03 pm
    Prove it’s not just Photoshop.

    Will,

    That’s a question everyone should ask about every image that they see printed, including motion pictures.

    That Photoshop is a two-edged sword for a fact. Lovely program. Art in the right hands. Dangerous deception in the wrong hands.

  5. Blouise–

    “In fourth grade, my teacher told me that the apple tree I had laboriously drawn looked like the work of a kindergartener. Sadly, I was not meant to be a Renaissance woman.”

    ***************

    That is so sad. My daughter showed no artistic ability when she was young. She probably would have been criticized by an art teacher like the one you had in fourth grade. Fortunately, my daughter had an exceptional art teacher all through elementary school. That teacher unlocked the hidden artist in her. She helped my child–and all her other students–feel safe in her presence. My daughter opened up and created some beautiful drawings and paintings and pottery in that teacher’s class. Mrs. M. even selected some of my daughter’s work for the special school art exhibits that were put on display during the town’s art festival every July.

  6. To All,

    That was an interesting discussion you had on art. It was a pleasure to read.

    To Blouise,

    I am sorry that your gift almost took away everything of value from you. It isn’t right to treat a child that way. Good for you that you went back to school to study the other things you wanted to know about. I admire the fact that you did this. As to your teacher, perhaps she didn’t know what she was talking about. A lot of teachers seem to judge children rather harshly, as if they can read the future. If you want to paint, I would do it and not give a fig for what that teacher said!

  7. Buddah.

    Nor have I seen one in person, but the documentary which showed Pollack doing his thing showed that he was putting the paint on pretty thickly so that the three dimensional shape of his various “Brush” strokes would be very obvious if you were to see the painting other than in a reproduction.

    I have tons of art books, and one can look at reproductions of the same painting in different books and find different colour casts in each, one cannot know which is most accurate without seeing the original.

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