Gift Ideas, Inspiration, Painting Process

Unique gift for teacher

Teacher appreciation gift on your mind?

It is that time of the year again. Close to the end of the school year. The time when we begin to brainstorm ideas for teacher’s gifts. Finding that unique gift for teacher, one that encapsulates our deepest appreciation for all that they do, is never an easy task.

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Neutral bases painted to look like a weathered wall, before the kids’ individual brushstrokes were painted.

Give a custom painting as an end-of-year teacher gift!

This year, why not commission a piece of art as a special gift for your child’s teacher? In my son’s first school year, the parents commissioned me to do three special pieces for our kids’ end-of-year teacher’s gifts. It was a greatly fulfilling project. I engaged the help of all of the kids to make each piece a meaningful, lasting piece of art that the teacher would treasure for years to come.

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The completed canvases with the kid’s expressive brushstrokes and their names beside it for posterity!

In keeping with my non-objective painting style, I created a super-textured graffiti wall base on canvas, and had each child paint an expressive brushstroke in a different colour. I wrote the child’s name beside each brushstroke. I then finished each piece off professionally. The teachers were touched and awed by such a special and customized gift. The kids were particularly proud to have been a part of it too!

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Close up of the individual brushtrokes by the mini Picassos of Mrs Paterson’s class at Kingsway Montessori!

So, please do put this idea into your top ten gift ideas for teachers and others, and contact me to create your next unique gift idea! Browse my galleries for more ideas, including gifts for baby showers and kid’s rooms.

And of course, thank you to my son’s very first school teachers: Ms.Paterson, Ms. Sarah and Mrs. Dee!

Passion Renewed

My lovely baby boy, a rambunctious toddler in every sense, leaves me awash with equal parts of fatigue and fascination daily. But he also fills me with an electrifying creative energy. And when he is sound asleep, I race away hungrily to dip my brushes into my bright, buttery paint and connect soundly with my canvas.

My son has had everything to do with my renewed passion for creating art for babies and their environments. The nursery room art that I have painted since his arrival has been gratifying on a whole new level.

baby jaydenSophisticated Art for Baby!

My art for babies and their rooms is fashioned from my core work as an abstract artist. The paintings emerge as sophisticated pieces of art sprinkled with whimsical elements and motifs, including, if desired, baby’s name or any other written calligraphy. The room, the furniture, the baby and the parents all feed in to the artwork… resulting in a timeless, one-of-a-kind piece of original art.

So, a big thank you goes to my own baby, Zayd, for illuminating my internal and external world. His arrival brought new and fruitful revelations for me as an artist. All is different, sweeter, softer, more compelling. Ah! The sweet perspective of motherhood… I had heard so much about it, and now I know what all the fuss is about.