One Year


This post is to celebrate my daughter’s work. This past weekend, we drove down to Valencia, near L.A., and dropped her off at Cal Arts for a month long intensive art program (one of the more terrifying and exciting things I’ve done as the mother of a 15 year old). These are self-portraits she drew- exactly one year apart. The one on the left was finished last week, the one on the right last summer. I just think it’s such a testament to our capacity for growth. That truly, we are hardwired for growth. And hard work. It is rare that Alexandra is not either drawing or carrying one of her sketchbooks around. She lives for graphite. She would probably eat it if she could. If there were more hours in the day, she’d spend them drawing. I bought her three sketchbooks to last her the month she’ll be gone. She fills them so fast, I can hardly keep up. 

She inspires me.

8 thoughts on “One Year

  1. Jo

    What a talent! Do all you can to encourage you even when it terrifies you as a mother to let her go. This young woman has a unique!

  2. shelley

    wow! your daughter certainly has some amazing talent, that self portrait is wonderful. she’s lucky to have such a cool mom to support her.


  3. Bea

    I love to see teens involved in art. I teach a workshop for teens called Life/Art Journals. It’s a joy to teach. I walk away shaking my head at the talent and hope that they continue creating.
    I’ve enjoyed your blog. I stopped by for the first time today. I’ve just started exploring using wax in my paintings. It’s addictive, isn’t it? 🙂 Right now I’m just using my little quilt iron and melting off what I need. Your work excites me to keep experimenting.
    I’ll be back to see what you are doing.
    :)Bea //

  4. Flo

    I love graphite almost as much as I love wax, so was thrilled you see what your daughter was doing. My grandson is a young artist and I forwarded a link to your post to my daughter – his mother.

    I was also thrilled yesterday when 45 people showed up for my encaustic demo!!! Wow! I was thrilled to share and excited by their enthusiasm.

    1. LisaK Post author

      wow, everyone, I’ve had such wonderful response to this post. There’s nothing quite like seeing a young artist take wing….

      Congrats on the demo! That’s quite a crowd- It’s exciting to share such an unusual medium.


  5. mark

    while talents can sometimes be passed on, i think that the real advantage that alexandra has gained from her artistic family is, as you say, an understanding of the hard work that is a part of any real growth. i really enjoyed seeing these drawings, and also wonder about the changes in her manga style as well…


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