On one day of the week, Winkie goes for Art class. Something that I thought he would enjoy, but not to this extent. I have never seen him as animated as the times that I pick him back up after his 1 hour and 15 minutes. And its not only because he enjoys art. Its because he likes his teacher so much. They share this rare chemistry, where they actually like each other and actually like talking, and as a result, what comes out as expressions of that time is that same friendly conversation. She guides, but he leads. She prods, but he perfects. She initiates, but he impresses upon it. And it is pretty gratifying to watch his personality and his happiness bloom as a result. Here is a sample of some of his latest creations (click on them for closer viewing), some of them in this new setting (top 3, in watercolour), and one from school (the pumpkin, in oil pastel) and one from home as an idea prompter from me (after we read the book, 'The Spider Weaver').
And this last one here, is my favorite. Its acrylic on canvas, his first ever canvas painting, and it depicts our recent holiday at the Dells, on a jetboat tour. The people on board are him, Thambi & their 2 cousins, who had come visiting, and they all enjoyed the rowdy splashing on this tour. I just love looking at those waves, and how choppy they look. All in all, bright, cheerful and completely his own expression, which now graces our side table.