The Little Gallery-Daydream of Stained Glass

stained glass

Daydream of Stained Glass,” © 2015 Little Man

“From the moment I held the box of colors in my hands, I knew this was my life. I threw myself into it like a beast that plunges towards the thing it loves.”
― Henri Matisse

Little Man chose this little piece of art for his gallery this week. It’s a project that he did in his art class, and was pretty proud of it. It’s called “Daydream…” because it’s made of some sort of semi-transparent paper, rather than of glass. This, of course, bummed him out. I told him that there was probably a good reason why they didn’t give glass shards to a group of 10-and-11-year-old boys for the purpose of “creative expression.” © Racheal Lee Bradford


The Little Gallery – Thinking Outside the Box


Thinking Outside the Box, © 2015 Little Man

“There is only one way to see things, until someone shows us how to look at them with different eyes.” -Pablo Picasso

This week, I encouraged Little Man to create something inspired by Matisse, but he wasn’t having it. Instead he opted to try his hand at Cubism, because he thinks Picasso is “pretty cool.” I really dig the drawing, but I think the real art is in his tongue-in-cheek title! © Racheal Lee Bradford

The Little Gallery–Legoland

Legoland 2015
Legoland, © 2015 Little Man

“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.” -Pablo Picasso

Little Man continues to try his hand at different art styles, mediums and tools to see what feels best. This week, he would like to present one of his first attempts at “cartoon art,” drawn with brush markers. He’s getting quite good at his drawing, but this is a bit of a diversion from his typical style. He informs me that “it’s supposed to be surreal.” Haha! Well, ok then. Well done, Little Man. © Racheal Lee Bradford

The Little Gallery-Run From Glove on Boxing Day

Run from Glove on Boxing Day
Run From Glove on Boxing Day, © 2014 Little Man

“Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.” –Paul Klee

Between holiday glitter and some general life happenings, the last month has shaken both Little Man and I off our routines a bit. I suppose that’s not always a bad thing, as it can inspire a new perspective. But it has certainly put Rachealizations on the back burner.

So now, as we approach a new year, we are both eager to re-immerse ourselves in our creative endeavors.

First thing–The Little Gallery (I, of course, have allowed myself a few extra days for a proper blog post. Because that’s the way I roll.).

Little Man began working on this one several weeks ago, but it is now ready for public viewing. His take on Edvard Munch’s The Scream. But with a sense of humor. Just awesome.

© Racheal Lee Bradford

The Little Gallery–The House in the Valley

The House in the Valley
The House in the Valley, © 2014 Little Man

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” –Vincent Van Gogh

I realize that I may just have a touch of “Proud Mom Syndrome,” but I was impressed with Little Man’s next installment for The Little Gallery. In fact, it took my normally sarcastic breath right out of me.

He is taking this whole thing rather seriously, which makes me happy. So seriously, in fact, that we had to go to the art store this week to test the various art tools to find what “feels right.” Just for his “Little Gallery” works.

This picture is his first attempt at using pastels. A Van Gogh in the making, perhaps? I would be very proud, indeed. Well, except for the whole ear thing. And the gun shot thing. Ok, so maybe I’ll show him some works by Renoir…. © Racheal Lee Bradford

The Little Gallery–The Pumpkin Patch

The Pumpkin Patch
The Pumpkin Patch, © 2014 Little Man

Linus: [after Sally yelled at him] “You’ve heard of the fury of a woman scorned, haven’t you?”
Charlie Brown: “Yeah, I guess I have.”
Linus: “Well, that’s nothing compared to the fury of a woman who has been cheated out of trick-or-treats.”

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

Little Man’s newest addition to The Little Gallery. As a parent, I am wondering if I should be concerned about this one…. Perhaps it’s his take on the reaction of a child who received a bag of kale for Halloween.

I wonder what his reaction will be when half of his candy mysteriously disappears tonight…. © Racheal Lee Bradford

The Little Gallery–First Installment


Legolife , © 2014 Little Man

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” –Pablo Picasso

I have been trying to encourage Little Man to write a guest blog for some time, but it seems that the academic and social demands of 5th grade have afforded him insufficient time to compose something Rachealizations-worthy (It also seems that I am an insufferable perfectionist when it comes to other people’s work…my own, of course, can be total crap.)

He did, however agree that my blog needed something that might actually be of interest to visitors, so we agreed to reserve a spot for his art work on Saturdays. We shall call this special spot “The Little Gallery.” He also wants to make it very clear to visitors that all work posted is his intellectual property and he will prosecute unauthorized use to the fullest extent of the law. Plus he will beat offenders with a rubber sword and make them smell his dirty socks. Harsh, dude.

And now, a little note from Little Man:

I would like to present my first picture: Legolife. It is the main project I am working on on my youtube channel, Legoace. I will soon make the next episode, but for now, hope you enjoy! Seriously.
-Little Man.