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The artist inside
Giving artistic feelings free rein can be messy.
Adele Hamilton, Editor Parent24 (Tammy Gardner)
'I'm really good at colouring in,' says Joel, who at 10 is finally a little neater.

The picture he's perfecting is a family portrait, with me huge in the middle, him and his brother smaller, and a space that Dad is going to have to be squeezed into.

I can remember at the same age feeling I was a good artist, using colour exhuberantly. Until I hit high school and a teacher who made me feel that my pictures weren't neat and normal enough.

Miles, now 16, lost his muse in preschool, when he was told that zebras can't be purple.

I'm hoping Joel will have a lifetime of expressing himself in pictures, writing, dancing, singing or whatever he feels like.

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