Having children is one of the great joys of my life. I don’t share too much about them on this blog (I hope), but I have shared the story below in an answer on Quora concerning when a child can be considered a ‘creative genius’. I think my five-year old daughter Nica shows considerable talent, but I’d hesitate to call her a genius or even gifted. Nevertheless, the response on Quora to my answer was huge (28,000 views and 120 upvotes), even getting comments from people interested in buying her drawings/paintings.
Nica loves to draw and colour. A few of her works show that she has some talent in the direction of the creative arts. If you bear in mind that she’s came up with these drawings herself:
This Purple Cat drawing (made when she was four) she explained to me that up close you see dots, but when you look at it from a distance it’s a cat:
She had never heard of pointillism…
This robot drawing she made after her fifth birthday:
Which is reminiscent of the CoBrA movement, especially Corneille.
After showing these drawings on Quora, I got some requests from people about posting more of my daughter’s ‘art’, so I posted some more:
I’m the pirate on the left, with my eyepatch for glaucoma:
I have a lot of these random sketches. My daughter explained to me that this is the ‘Paas Mevrouw’ or Easter Lady:
Police officer stopping a motorist at a zebra crossing for driving through a red light:
Fish Bowl with Tropical Fish:
Cat and house painting:
This is a ‘very fat rabbit’:
This is a machine for making candy:
I put up more of Nica’s Art on her own photo page: Nica’s Art