"These little kittens have lost more than their mittens. It seems to me, they’ve also lost their innocence."
Or so writes Dan Consiglio, who keeps a blog which he uses to write about kids' art.
Now, I'm all for kids' art- Anevay makes some pieces that defy genre, period, and even art movements.
But damn, is Dan funny. He seems to say some of the things we adults think but don't often say aloud...
My daughter once made something that looked similar to this:
Dan is pretty blunt about his feelings:
"This is the blog's first foray into sculpture. For obvious reasons, it is also the last."
(My dirty mind might add a few more lines about what this sculpture looks like, but that's neither here nor there...)
Anevay has also made pieces in the past that resembled this charming elephant:
Dan, however, gets down and dirty in his critique:
"This is pretty much self-indulgent garbage. The two eyes sharing a side of the face in an obvious nod to Picasso seem sorely out of place with the Max Beckman-ish rubenesque physique. Obviously created to shock the viewer, L seems to have played her hand too quickly; revealing too much, concealing too little. The one saving grace is the broad, foppish brush strokes, which nicely bring such a clumsy unelegant creature to life."
Click here to read more of Dan's blog, What My Kid's Art Says.
Any of you brave souls want to send Dan some of your kid's art? Perhaps you think he doesn't have the credentials? Well, he has an answer for this. He writes:
"They create it, I interpret it. And don't you think for a second that I don't know exactly what the hell I'm talking about."
And there you have it, folks. Submit away, and let me know the comments that follow...
I am Melissa Banigan. I've been many things under the sun, but am currently a single mom raising an amazing kid in Brooklyn, writing novels and short stories, and working on some art (canvases and paper). I also, under the moniker melifera, produce off-the-cusp embroidered clothing and bags.