From the mouths of babes: How to decide what to paint

Ceylan is the 10 year old artist and inspiration behind The Happy Art House. Here she talks to her mum, Gemma, owner of The Happy Art House about what inspires her, and what she enjoys about making art. 

So, lets start with your hobbies. What do you enjoy doing as a hobby Ceylan? 
My favourite things are food, animals, and family. I like art and crafts, baking and going swimming. 

So your art hobby, what was the first painting you remember making? 
Ceylan recalls the first bit of art she can think of. When prompted to think right back to being little, she says the first painting she remembers was a canvas of her hand and footprints. 
Gemma did these at home with Pound Shop canvasses and skin safe paint in bright green and red, to give as Christmas presents to family when Ceylan was 3 and half years old. This was an interesting answer for her mum, because it certainly was not the first painting Ceylan had done. When asked, Ceylan said she remembers being allowed to get her feet and hands covered in paint and it felt funny. She remembers giving them to her grandparents, who still have them hanging on their kitchen and hallway walls at home. She said she remembers their happy faces when they opened their presents. 

Tell me about another painting you have done, for example, the Snowman riding the magic carpet. How did you choose to paint that?
'''I think we had been to see a show of the Snowman and the Snow dog, so when I got a new paint set and paper for Christmas, I just felt like painting it, and to make them fly my imagination decided to put them on a magic carpet. It makes me happy to see it now. It reminds me of watching the Snowman on TV at Christmas which is really nice''

   ''It makes me happy to see it now. It reminds me of watching the Snowman on TV at Christmas which is really nice''

Ceylan explains that seeing things in real life inspires her to draw and paint things. She thinks she can make a better version, using bright colours. 
'"I like bright colours, they bring a bit of WOW factor, everyone says 'WOW' when they see bright colours. Sometimes, I just want to draw. Usually it is things I have seen, sometimes it is my imagination, or I trace pictures and copy from my art book. My favourite painting is my Manga character, in the rain with her hood up. I got a Manga book from my nana and I use it to learn how to draw Manga people.' 

      "I got a Manga book from my nana and I use it to learn how to draw Manga people.'' 

Do you have favourites, when it comes to colours, or paints? 
"I love my pastel pencil set.  And my favourite colour is Rose. It's really pretty. And Blue and Purple. those three colours are in like, the same colour family, and look really nice together. I don't have a favourite paper. I will draw on anything, even lined paper if it is all I have.'' 

  

Do you enjoy art at school, what are you doing in school at the moment?

'We do art every Monday afternoon. At the moment we are learning how to print. So we are using Styrofoam, we cut out a picture on the foam, dip it in paint and print a picture.'


 
What would you like to do with art when you are grown up?
  ''I would like to have art in a gallery, and show it to all the people, let them know '' I'm HERE!'' But I will probably keep it as a hobby, as I want to be a chef. I feel happy when I paint. I ''express my feelings! (she says laughing at her goofiness).. ''in my book, I like scribbles of colour, like spaghetti, I feel artistic, happy, sad, emotions dancing through me!'' I like giving my paintings to people. I like giving! I feel proud when people say it is good''
      ''in my book, I like scribbles of colour, like spaghetti, I feel artistic, happy, sad, emotions dancing through me!''
Where do you think you get your talent from, and who do you admire?
''Probably from my mum. My idol of the art world is... Quentin Blake. He does really good half stick men cartoony drawings. I copied one of his from Matilda and find it quite easy.''
What three words mean 'ART' to you?
''Aspiration. Creation. Emotion.'


   Aspiration. Creation. Emotion.

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All of the notes for this blog were written in Ceylan's note book. Which exposed her secret drawings to her mum for the first time. She was happy to share some for the purpose of this blog!
Ceylan and her mum are often out hunting for new art supplies that they haven't tried at home. You can sign up to our newsletter below to hear more about their art experiments, and upcoming events they are planning to host in the community. Art is all about fun, family and feelings. For these two, anyway!
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