Kid Art: Elevated

This past Christmas, my 3-year-old niece Abigail gave me the gift of art.

And by gave, I mean I picked it out.

And by gift, I mean I took it from an empty wine box labeled ABBY ART when her mom wasn’t looking.


A couple years ago I wrote a post about the time when my uncle tricked me into thinking a gallery was interested in selling my oil painting. I was nine at the time. And although it was a rotten trick to play on a little kid, that event made a huge impact on how I perceived myself and my artistic abilities. I have taken kiddo art pretty seriously ever since. Lucky for me, ahem, my niece is exceptionally talented.

No, really. Don’t even think I’m saying because I am her aunt or something. She is THAT TALENTED.

That’s right: ALL CAPS TALENTED.


And yes, SHE IS THREE.


Obviously, paintings of this caliber need to be displayed in something special. So I grabbed a couple of white frames  and had some fun with the mats. Three words: gold Sharpie markers. Love them. 

Initially I was going for some irregular line formations, but I decided the abstract of the painting paired better with a grid. It’s an opposites thing.

I did this once before with my Matte Stephens portrait.

I also did this with a plain old black sharpie and a dingy white mat. One day I would like to get this piece in a real frame, but until that time, she looks pretty snazzy in this temporary on, no?

And while those other pieces might be the work of respected artists, it’s Abby’s art I want to look at the most.

Can you blame me?



  1. says

    Well you didn’t mention she was also a princess! No wonder she is such a talent!

  2. says

    Oh, so cute! I’ve been trying for ages to paint something abstract for my dining room, but nothing has worked out so far… Abby makes it look so effortless. I guess I need to find my inner child (and maybe get some finger paints). 😉

  3. PeachesFreund says

    I would normally agree, but considering photos of her are allllll over my house, I think we might keep that wall open 😉

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