That Gentle Rustle You Hear? It’s the Sound of Monet Rolling Over in His Grave

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  1. kmkat says:

    Wow, Groomeo's watercolors are nice! I especially like the workers in the [northern MN] ginseng fields.

  2. Becky Cazares says:

    Oooh, I like the Deck one. There's such a peace about it. Can't figure out how it was done, though. No deck I've ever seen looks misty and smooth… Like the bicycle wheel one, too. Mostly because I had a bike like that – when I was 8 and couldn't reach the seat while pedaling, not that it mattered.

    The in-laws house makes me dizzy thinking of all the "perspective" lines to make that angled roof, angled everything. Yikes! My last art class was probably 4th grade when I learned that "perspective" is really hard!

    But the drive-thru window is really something special. Textures and colors are amazing.

  3. Pearl says:

    Pretty talented, isn't he?

    Diggin' the way you write, as usual…


  4. Logophile says:

    I like that excuse for making children clean, it's artistic.
    Your husband is quite the artiste but Paco! Well…
    LOVE the artistic expression in the last photo, in fact, (insert pretentious art chatter here).

  5. Jazz says:

    If I did a "deck litter" pic, it would be ever so much more littered.

  6. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    That's what I love about looking at art. It amazes me how other people can so skillfully capture the little things the rest of us miss.

  7. Erin says:

    I love watercolor – to look at, not actually do. Groom did well!

  8. secret agent woman says:

    Im my book. kids enjoying any art is great.

    I like the bank window. Sort of like a Mondrian.

  9. furiousBall says:

    holy moly, Groom's pieces are great. i really like the workers in the field.

  10. alwaysinthebackrow says:

    That bicycle watercolor is great! The ability to make something really look like the subject is a mystery to me. How lucky to have such talent in the family—-both the painting and the performance artistes!!

  11. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    Wow. Those are fantastic. Might he consider a commission? I could send him a picture of my house and he could do it in watercolors.

    I get a lot of compliments on the look of my house (very cottage-y) and I must say I adore it myself.

    I'm going to have to hit an art show soon.

  12. actonbell says:

    I'm impressed with the watercolors, and Deck Litter is fascinating. And your writing is wonderful, as usual, and your kids are ever so cute…

  13. christopher says:

    All excellent…I am most drawn to the bicycle watercolor and digital 'deck litter'.

    Since I always skip the food at those settings, I'd probably be in the contest in the parking lot too.

  14. Jeni says:

    What a great post! Loved the pics of Groomeo's art pieces and he is indeed a very talented artist. And you -ah but you are a brilliant young woman to have had the good sense to snag a fellow with such talents. Don't have to tell you to hang on to a catch like that do I? "Spit takes" -great shot! As I started my comment here, I had another bit of pithiness to add but by the time I was on a roll typing, it rolled right on out of my pea brain then too! See what happens when you deal with the elderly and senile?

  15. Pam says:

    Keep the 'art of the spit take photo' for when Paco grows up to be a sculptor of fantasy-figure fountains!! You can remind him where it all started from. Lovely to hear of his enthusiasm, rather than my daughter's "can we PLEASE go now?" art ventures at his age. This was a really enjoyable post Jocelyn, and great fun to see what you have all been up to. Watercolours are so hard!! …Groomeo did well – and Deck Litter? Stunning.

  16. Deborah says:

    You two were made for each other! Your Groom has an undeniable talent for visual arts, and I think it's terrific that after his previous field of study, this should emerge so clearly.
    I love the bicycle wheel! The deck photo is also superb, but there's something about the painting that really appealed to me.
    I also love the way you described the show – being funny without meanness – and Paco's reaction to it. There's a lot of truth in 'Paco's untrained taste, which makes him the perfect audience for artistic work that grows out of, ahem, untrained taste. For many participants and onlookers, it's their first brush with creation and appreciation.' Beautifully put.

  17. lime says:

    you have perfectly described all that is a student art show. watercolor is indeed a challenge but one to which groomeo has most wonderfully risen. thanks so much for sharing. just don't let the performance art and the watercolor get too close to each other. i fear for both in that event.

  18. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    I always thought ginseng grew in woodsy places – it does in NC. Groom is a fine artist – he has a strong but delicate style now. Can the museum shows be far behind?

    And Paco does a wonderful imitation of a fountain! Have you noticed how children never mind getting wet, no matter what the weather? I'm pretty sure I'd like to be Paco in my next life.

  19. phd in yogurtry says:

    Groom certainly has a talent! A course well spent. I like Deck Litter, too. But I think I like the Ginseng one best. Is that textured paper or does his watercolor skill make it look that way?

    p.s. love the comment about liking to watch your little people vacume. heh heh.

  20. chelle says:

    OOoo your husband is talented!!!

    There seem to be zombies everywhere I turn lately.Strange.

  21. Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings says:

    Ah, spit art. Magnificent. Next time put some paint in that kid's mouth. You'll make millions. Guaranteed. Of course you'll need a canvas too.. . .

  22. Patois says:

    My jealousy knows no bounds.

  23. Midlife Jobhunter says:

    Hahahahahaha! Perfect way to rid the body of art show manners. I like the ginseng workers also, but I would like to visit that farmhouse.

    Sorry for not being around much. Hope to cure that soon.

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