In January I mentioned something about saving kids' artwork. It can be a challenge to find space to store all of it, or to determine whether or not every single piece should be kept. But everyone seems to agree that framing select paintings or drawings makes a child feel great.
Long before Amanda Talley's work was selected to hang in law offices and banks, her mom valued it and often framed it. Amanda tells me that when her mother placed the art on the wall, it felt real. Shown here are samples done around the time she was in the sixth and seventh grades.
As a young girl in Louisiana, Amanda was fortunate to study in the attic studio of Libby Johnson and Michael Crespo. She began by drawing from still life set up by Libby, and by copying old master paintings. The work above was a study of an Edward Hopper.
If you're still struggling with where to put all the paintings that won't end up on a wall, Amanda Gordon Miller has a good tip about utilizing a salvaged old desk for vertical storage. I think her ideas could be interpreted to suit a variety of tastes.
All images except the storage box are courtesy Amanda Talley and her mother; storage system via Amanda Gordon Miller.
BTW: Today on her blog Louisiana Amanda has a link you might enjoy: Susan Woodward Watercolors. Above is Susan's inspiration board.