I thought I'd take a minute to share what Gunnar has been up to.
When we were at the beach in June, Gunnar started fooling around with drawing and painting sand dollars. There's quite a collection of them in the cabin, so he would take each one and make a painting of it. The first one went to some friends for their baby's nursery, and a friend of ours loved them so much that she offered to sell them in her shop.
Found is a treasure trove of vintage goodies, furniture, and local art/jewelry. She's in the middle of remodeling, and asked Gunnar to paint a huge sand dollar for the ramp between the rooms. This one is about 3'x5' in size. It's done with floor paint, and has about 8 coats of polyurethane over it. We went down for a day trip in July so he could paint it, and then we went home. She did the polyurethane and installation herself. We didn't get a chance to go back to see it installed until this week.
It looked fabulous. It fits right into the shop and its vibe. However, when Gunnar walked in, she put her head in her hands and said "I'm so sorry! I ruined it!" She had been moving a sleeper sofa by herself and dropped it right on the piece, which broke through all of her layers of protection. She was mortified. Gunnar's response? "I think it looks even better this way. It belongs."
So, those chipped edges will be sanded, and new poly applied. It will gradually be worn down, and someday he'll paint her another one. He's learning to put himself out there as an artist and figure out what works and what doesn't. He regroups and does it again. He explores new idea, new media, new techniques. He hones his aesthetic and his skills.
As for me, I'm loving watching where this all goes. He has big dreams, that boy. I, for one, will put my money on him making them come true.