"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." (Pablo Picasso)
My daughter and I are participating in the Marian ATC Swap, hosted by Pondering in My Heart. I'll share mine before I send them out, but this post is about my daughter's cards.
When she showed me her ATCs, I was moved by the joyful spirit and imagination of each one. More than artistic stuffiness or theory or anything formal, her drawings focused on a Mary that is very much a real living person, a mom and wife. I asked for my 9-year-old girl's permission to share these with you, and she was happy to do so:
Above left picture: "Mary feeding the Child Jesus
The simplicity of this picture makes it one of my favorites. Jesus, as a child, needed to eat. Mary is his mom, so she fed him. That's that.
Above right picture: "Our Lady of Guadalupe"
La Virgen de Guadalupe is my favorite apparition, and it made me happy to see that my own love of this one has spread to my daughter.
Above left picture: "Mary in the Manger"
Above right picture: "The Coronation of Mary"
She looks so cheerful, doesn't she? Like she can hardly contain her grin, and her hands are clutched in anticipation on her lap. My daughter's Mary is full of smiles and peace. She doesn't have a nose because my daughter doesn't want her to have one. And I love that she's confident enough to just skip it and depend on the strength of the rest of the picture.
Above: "Mary with Joseph"
My favorite part of this is her cute rounded belly and the fact that Joseph is showing his love for her with a big bright heart.
Whoever receives these pictures in the swap should know they were drawn with a great amount of love and cheer. I think it shows.