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(Boston Globe)   "Cows are really the easiest to paint, they don't require much detail" says painting prodigy, age eight   (boston.com) divider line
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2010-08-14 9:25:22 AM  
It's true. In fact, the only painting I ever made any $s off of was my first attempt at acrylics and was of an ox.

I still have the original (sold the printing rights to a record company), you should come over some time and I'll show you my etchings. Sometimes I see it on t-shirt and it makes me smile. I gave my grandmother (god rest her soul) a print of it. Her criticism was "That's super, what did you do this when you were two?"

Granted I'm of the outsider school (naivete bordering on devoid of talent) but Jesus gran, really?
 
2010-08-14 9:53:28 AM  
It's easiest to paint them when they are sleeping. Sometimes they wake up when you are trying to get the inside of ears though.
 
2010-08-14 9:58:01 AM  
And of course the article provided no examples of his work.

Useless.
 
2010-08-14 9:58:35 AM  

demanton: It's easiest to paint them when they are sleeping. Sometimes they wake up when you are trying to get the inside of ears though.


Ahhh I came to make a similar snark, but you far outdid it. Well done.
 
2010-08-14 9:59:54 AM  
What a painted cow may look like:

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2010-08-14 10:02:40 AM  
FTA: "Paintbrush prodigy Kieron - dubbed "mini Monet'' by the British press - is a trans-Atlantic sensation. All 33 of the pastels, watercolors, and oil paintings in his latest exhibition sold, within half an hour, for a total of 150,000 pounds ($235,000)."

If demand increases, this kid is going to be able to retire by age 12.
 
2010-08-14 10:04:33 AM  

MindStalker: And of course the article provided no examples of his work.

Useless.


Here you go: Link (new window)
 
2010-08-14 10:05:29 AM  
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2010-08-14 10:07:37 AM  
His work is impressive for a child, but hardly a genius.
 
2010-08-14 10:08:36 AM  
But can he randomly splodge paint?
 
2010-08-14 10:08:45 AM  
MindStalker
And of course the article provided no examples of his work.

Useless.


Came here to say just that.
 
2010-08-14 10:12:48 AM  
Best Advice Ever: Take the money and run. Milk it for every penny but don't harm the child.
 
2010-08-14 10:18:23 AM  
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/approves
 
2010-08-14 10:29:47 AM  
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2010-08-14 10:32:56 AM  
I give that advice to every girl I meet. "Milk it!"
 
2010-08-14 10:36:59 AM  
He paints at maybe an eighth grade level.

If marketed well, he could be the next Thomas Kinkade.

People are dumb.
 
2010-08-14 10:40:19 AM  
"Kieron Williamson, Britain's most talked-about young artist, worked on a drawing at his home. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press"

A cartoon character is apparently working for the AP.
 
2010-08-14 10:44:27 AM  
Bet he still eats paste!
 
2010-08-14 10:45:02 AM  
I agree, get me a can of spray paint and I can paint any cow, as long as they are cornered somewhere.
 
2010-08-14 10:46:45 AM  

pippi longstocking: His work is impressive for a child, but hardly a genius.


It will definitely be some time before he catches up with Grandma Moses.
 
2010-08-14 10:48:34 AM  
I thought cows were just a bunch of painted horses anyway?

(obscure??)
 
2010-08-14 10:55:32 AM  

demanton: It's easiest to paint them when they are sleeping. Sometimes they wake up when you are trying to get the inside of ears though.


that's when you put down the 9" roller and use the 1" brush.

Coconice: Best Advice Ever: Take the money and run. Milk it for every penny but don't harm the child.


if the parents are smart they'll do that and be able to live comfortably for some time. even if this kid is a great painter interest will go elsewhere.
 
2010-08-14 10:55:41 AM  
I disagree. udders require a lot of detail, concentration, and respect.
 
2010-08-14 11:02:55 AM  

PeppermintNightmare: I disagree. udders require a lot of detail, concentration, and respect.


No way, just suck on them a little bit to get the dirt off so the spray paint will adhere. Of course you have to blow on them to get them dry first. Careful not to get kicked in the head though.

//rolls eyes
 
2010-08-14 11:05:25 AM  
Here's some of his watercolor work (pops) from way back when he was six years old.
 
2010-08-14 11:05:50 AM  
those would look nice in the guest bathroom. i'll get some real art for the foyer.
 
2010-08-14 11:07:55 AM  
I am always skeptical of so called "child prodigies" who paint. But, I gotta tell you the kid knows how to paint. He obviously been taught the basics on technique, but he actually gasps it and understands it.

Also, great marketing helps, too.
 
2010-08-14 11:09:46 AM  
FTAKieron shrugs off the attention. "It feels normal to me,'' he said.

Of course it does. You're eight. You are the centre of the damned world. I was when I was your age, too.
 
2010-08-14 11:12:52 AM  
You know what? After having a look at his work, I'd say this kid has a great future supplying paintings for dentists surgerie's and doctor's waiting rooms.
 
2010-08-14 11:15:38 AM  
That kid is really talented for his age, but check out this kinetic gadget created by a chimpanzee.
 
2010-08-14 11:16:02 AM  
Maybe a tattoo artist in the making...

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/sorry
 
2010-08-14 11:39:02 AM  

Alleyoop: Maybe a tattoo artist in the making...

/sorry


Cowse?
 
2010-08-14 12:02:11 PM  

Dubai Vol: /approves


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Gary Larson approves so much more.
 
2010-08-14 12:09:40 PM  
Eat moar chikin
 
2010-08-14 12:29:11 PM  

brap: It's true. In fact, the only painting I ever made any $s off of was my first attempt at acrylics and was of an ox.

I still have the original (sold the printing rights to a record company), you should come over some time and I'll show you my etchings. Sometimes I see it on t-shirt and it makes me smile. I gave my grandmother (god rest her soul) a print of it. Her criticism was "That's super, what did you do this when you were two?"

Granted I'm of the outsider school (naivete bordering on devoid of talent) but Jesus gran, really?



Zzzzzzz....
 
2010-08-14 12:30:14 PM  
I wish I was this kid's art teacher..I'd make the kids paint a picture every day, then sell his stuff on ebay.. $$profit$$
 
2010-08-14 12:34:27 PM  
"We don't understand it. We don't know where it comes from,'' his mother said. "But he's adamant it's what he wants to do. When your child has got such a gift and a talent, you have to support him.''

That hasn't stopped the Williamsons from worrying about whether they are doing the right thing in exposing him to so much attention.

"It's not a natural thing to want to put your kid in the media spotlight,'' Michelle said.

You know how I know you're not American? Seriously though, these sound like some pretty awesome parents, as far as one can judge from 2 paragraphs in a sparse news article.
 
2010-08-14 12:37:42 PM  

Ed Willy: Dubai Vol: /approves

Gary Larson approves so much more.


Woody Jackson approves most.
 
2010-08-14 12:42:34 PM  
Pictures of what crappy child's art may look like:

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/oblig?
//Vrrrrrooooooooooooommmmm F
 
2010-08-14 12:44:05 PM  
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/hopefully not too obscure
 
2010-08-14 1:21:39 PM  

entitled: Zzzzzzz....


Yippee! My riveting tale has inspired the fans to blowing their vuvezelas in my honor!
 
2010-08-14 1:24:59 PM  

brap: Granted I'm of the outsider school (naivete bordering on devoid of talent) but Jesus gran, really?


When I took an art class in college, I concentrated on edges as well. The professor used to compare me to Gris, and tell me to focus less on edges. Honestly, my grade partially depended upon me following her orders, despite the fact that the edges were how I got the perspective more accurate.

You can't win against critics.
 
2010-08-14 1:27:50 PM  
Hmm, the father is an art dealer. Pretty coincidental that his kid is the biggest thing in art right now. I don't buy the parents' shock and concern. I am sure they created this phenomenon and are enjoying the dough pouring in.
 
2010-08-14 1:41:22 PM  
So you are expressing your udder disdain?
 
2010-08-14 2:48:42 PM  
He's a bull shiat artist.
 
2010-08-14 3:51:29 PM  
I know I'm not exactly a spectacular artist but man, being showed up by an eight year old sucks.
 
2010-08-14 3:55:25 PM  
Why can't my kids do this? They couldn't even color inside the lines.

My spawn have no talent.

I wouldn't mind owning one of those- nice work.
 
2010-08-14 3:57:53 PM  
Amateur. I was painting spotless Holsteins in a snowstorm when I was 5.
 
2010-08-14 4:57:08 PM  

anonymous6494: Amateur. I was painting spotless Holsteins in a snowstorm when I was 5.


Pictures or GTFO.
 
2010-08-14 6:10:18 PM  

SilentBob583: Pictures of what crappy child's art may look like:

/oblig?
//Vrrrrrooooooooooooommmmm F


No way, an update? I haven't seen this yet. (new window)
 
2010-08-14 6:16:06 PM  
Swear to Christ, this was the front page story on the Las Vegas Review Journal this morning.

Really RJ? REALLY!

I guess they really did fire all their staff writers and just copypasta from the AP.
 
2010-08-14 6:54:32 PM  
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2010-08-15 1:19:56 AM  
The coolest thing about this kid's paintings is that they are apparently un-photographable.
 
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