My kids are now almost 11 and 12 years old, but the canvases I have hanging over my desk in my studio are so precious to me, even though they were done years ago. Their artwork is timeless to me. No matter how their artistic capabilities have grown over the years, there's a magic in these canvases that always captures my heart.
The decor on my the shelf above my desk may change, but those canvases are there to stay. If I had my way (and I hope that I do), I'd love to have that whole wall in my studio covered with canvases that my children create. A timeline of their artistic phrases throughout the years.
As I look back at how protective I was of my canvases and paints, I'm actually embarrassed with myself. I love my art supplies and I tend to be overprotective of them. As the years have gone by and my kids have wanted to express themselves artistically, I've had to let go of some of that. It's just paint. They're just canvases. It's not like there won't ever be more of them at the craft store. Sure, there are still things in my studio that the kids can't use because it would cost too much to replace them and I'm waiting for them to be a little more responsible and mature before they use those particular things, but when it comes to basics, I let them have (almost) free reign.
I think my wall is aching for some new art to be added to the existing art. Looks like we'll need to take a trip to the craft store to pick up some new canvases for the holiday school vacation.