Beaux's 'Ernesta with Nurse'
Renoir's 'Mother and Baby'
Sargent's 'Beatrice Goulet
The Art of Parenting through Art
Art is not typically considered a source of inspiration for parenting yet it can be. Portraits and poetry about children may not provide concrete answers to the specific questions we have about ourselves and our children but it can go deeper to refresh the spirit and provide altogether new directions.
'Mountains' GroupProject, Acrylic on plywood'Summer Fashion' Simran Kohli aged 9, Collage with AcrylicsThe Fall

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Children in Art
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Renoir's painting of his son Claude Renoir painting at his own easel. Click to see more 'Children in Art'
Renoir's son painting

 Life to me is no brief candle; it is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."
George Bernard Shaw

New Portraits:

Gainsborough's 'Miss Linley and Her Brother'
Tarbell's 'Child Grooming a Horse'


        Some of the Recently Added Quotations:

"That's the wonderful thing about crayons . . . they can take you to more places than a spaceship."
~ Guinan, Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Rascals"

"My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it." ~ Quentin Crisp

"Never fear spoiling children by making them too happy. Happiness is the atmosphere in which all good affections grow. ."  ~ Thomas Bray 

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Recent Book Reviews:

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv

Does Anybody Else Look Like Me? A Parent's Guide to Raising Multicultural Children. by Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons

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Dorothy Humphrey