Lisa Leonard Designs

a conversation with an artist

March 8th | family, inspiration, matthias

Matthias is very passionate about art. He’s 8 years old and spends at least a couple hours a day drawing, planning, researching and thinking about art. Of course, I love that my son is creative. I try to nurture that as much as possible by keeping supplies around and signing him up for art classes when possible. Today I’m sharing an interview with Matthias and getting his perspective on art and being a creative person.

LL: How long have you been an artist?

Matthias: I’d say ever since I was one year old.

LL: What are your favorite things to draw and paint?

Matthias: Oh, um, that depends. It depends on what I’m interested in–it could be power rangers or made up superheros. It really depends on what I’m interested in. Last Sunday I did an absolutely good job on a power ranger painting.

LL: Do you ever feel like you might run out of ideas? And if so, how do you get inspired?

Matthias: I don’t know but I think I still have a lot of good ideas. I get inspired from TV shows or a really cool toy or whatever. It comes from something else or my brain.

LL: What kind of art would you like to do when you grow up?

Matthias: I’d draw pictures and sell them for a few bucks. I can draw animals or superheros. I could paint paintings or illustrate books but I still need to learn a little about both of those things.

LL: What is the hardest part of being an artist?

Matthias: It might be that sometimes I have an idea and I have to think about if it’s appropriate. Once you make a decision, you just have to go for it. When you get older, you have to learn how to draw all parts of the body. The hardest part of the body to draw is the neck.

LL: Is there anything you really want to learn?

Matthias: Hmm, I want to learn how to make books. I would sell them for $5, $10 or $15 dollars.

LL: Any ideas on how art can make the world a better place?

Matthias: I could teach kids art and get more people interested in art.

LL: What else do you want people to know about you?

Matthias: I want people to know that I am really active and that sometimes I take my time on drawing a knight or king. When I read I get more ideas.

Matthias, that is awesome! Thank you for sharing with us about your art. You rock!

60 Responses

  1. angie says:

    So cute!

  2. angela king says:

    so super cute! those paintings are fabulous! :)

  3. Kerri Leder says:

    Such lovely paintings!! So creative! You must be a proud mom.

  4. Tia Davis says:

    He is really, really good!

  5. Melissa says:

    Wow what a very talented boy! I love all his drawings and paintings shown here. Must warm your heart!! :) Great job Matty!!

  6. Sheila says:

    Oh my gosh! I LOVE IT! I would always love watching him draw and hearing his explanations and story lines- how different characters/superheroes fit together and relate. Absolutely amazing! I love the colorful cat and dog, and the sea monster/dragon drawing looks like it could be an illustration straight out of a children’s book. Thanks for sharing! Matty truly is an artist :)

  7. LOVD says:

    Matthias really does rock, and so articulate, too!!! Continue to feed that passion, Lisa – it’s the greatest gift we can give our kids. Hey, if Matthias wants to try his hand at a McDonald’s giveaway today on my blog, feel free! Happy Meal coupons and a 1-GB flash drive, and more!!! Here’s the link in case you’re not reading this on Thursday…

    Great job Matthias!!!!!

  8. Kara says:

    WOW, what a mature and talented little guy you have! Loved reading this; thanks for sharing! :)

  9. Syvil says:

    Great job Matthias :)

  10. Pam says:

    Wonderful art! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Jenny says:

    LOVE this. I just love hearing his little thoughts (which aren’t so little, actually). He sounds like such a big boy now, Lisa. What two special boys you are blessed with! This made me smile, indeed.

  12. Dan says:

    Mattie, I would like you do do some paintings for my office. Uncle Danny

    • Lisa Leonard says:

      Matthias would like to know what kind of paintings you are looking for. And he says he can do a fairy painting for Megan and Clara too!

      • Dan says:

        I love the dog and cat. Something like that would be great. Megan and Clara were excited about the fairy painting.

  13. Tessa says:

    I love it! My son Jonah who is 12 years old, also loves to draw. I think he gets inspired in very similar ways, and once he gets an idea, he will be a drawing machine for days. He loves to draw a series of characters, or make a collection of things. I love that he is also active – a football player – and has such a wonderful creative side to him too. Great job Matthias!

  14. Kelly says:

    Wow, Matthias, you are one TALENTED artist. I am 34 years old and can’t paint near as well as you. Keep up the good work!

  15. Noelle White says:

    That was such a precious interview…..And wow, his artwork is amazing!!

  16. Hannah says:

    ha ha! “sometimes I have an idea and I have to think about if it’s appropriate.” love it.

    He really is talented though, much better than I can draw!

  17. Nikole says:

    As a middle school Art teacher and a mommy of five…..I LOVE THIS!! What a little smarty he is!!! WOW! How priceless to have all of his wonderful artwork for decor and memories! He is a very talented young man!

  18. Wendy says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed the interview and art show!

  19. jessica says:

    i was cracking up when he said “last sunday i did an absolutely good job on a power ranger painting.” ahha so matter of fact…and he was right. love the interview.

  20. Paige says:

    That was the best! Love it!

  21. Diane A. says:

    What a precious interview! Matthias is a great artist. I loved your questions and his responses. You clearly inspire him, Lisa! Thanks for sharing your beautiful family with us.

  22. Rachael Barclay says:

    I love that you did an interview with him, what an awesome creative mind he has!! I love that his animal drawings are all different colours.

  23. Charla says:

    FABULOUS!!! What a talented and sweet kid. Be proud, mama!

  24. Amy K. says:

    pretty much the sweetest thing ever!

  25. Oh my gosh. This was the cutest thing EVER. Have you ever considered making a necklace using one of his knights as the template? So cute.

  26. Sue says:

    Precious – made me smile this morning. :-)

  27. Teresa says:

    Best interview ever! I LOVE the cat and dog pics. Kind of reminds of Eric Carle. Tell Matthias that Auntie Teri is requesting original art for my next birthday. XXX

  28. Amanda says:

    Wow! This was a fantastic interview! Matthias, I get ideas when I read, too!

  29. Kristi says:

    I love your interview with Matthias! Thanks for sharing! Hugs and love to you and yours! :)

  30. Julie says:

    Love it!! Thanks Leonard Family…

  31. Melissa says:

    I love this!

  32. AMY says:

    “I could paint paintings or illustrate books but I still need to learn a little about both of those things.”

    This is so awesome. I love it.
    Keep up the great artwork!

  33. Kelli says:

    I love that you and Matthias share this interest! What a special bond.

  34. liz r. says:

    Beautiful art, Matthias! I love the bright colors!

  35. Meli says:

    WOW! He is so insanely talented. I know you must be so proud….I am beyond impressed. :) Makes me smile BIG!!!!

  36. Julie says:

    Very cool post. Your son is a super great artist.

  37. Rebecca says:

    He is so talented! I was smiling the whole time reading his answers!

  38. emily says:

    so neat! kids are so precious. love the real, honest answers.

  39. emily says:

    got my captured heart necklace recently!! sooo neat. even my hubby commented how neat it is and how much even he likes it.

  40. Elizabeth H. says:

    oh my gosh Lisa, what a cute interview! he is really a great artist! My son is 3 1/2 and LOVES art! his idea of a special treat is always more art supplies! I think art is such an important part of a child’s life. When I was a teacher I always incorporated art to help the children express themselves. Wonderful post!
    Keep up the great work Matty!!

  41. Megan says:

    So inspirational! Thank you Matthias, I loved your interview and your amazing artwork!

  42. Chrissie says:

    Love Love Love!!!!

  43. jerikay says:

    so sweet… made me smile! thanks for this Lisa + Matthias!

  44. kristin says:

    “I’d draw pictures and sell them for a few buck.”How cute is he!! I loved that!! Lisa, he is too precious!! What a fabulous artist he is. Thank your for sharing Matthias interview, that was awesome.

  45. Christine says:

    Matthias is an awesome artist! He has a bright future!

  46. kristi says:

    So awesome!Thanks for sharing!

  47. kay burnett says:

    lisa, this is wonderful. i cannot wait to share this with my son, max. he is 6 and loves to paint and draw. amazing that today i received an envelope from his art teacher with one of his drawings. max was so excited! i love the interview with matthias. so glad to know there are other mothers signing their children up for art classes. our max could care less about sports. just give him some paint and he creates. thanks for sharing :)

  48. Sarah says:

    Amazing interview & artwork!

  49. Erica Marbury says:

    Wow! Some great insights. I loved “It might be that sometimes I have an idea and I have to think about if it’s appropriate. Once you make a decision, you just have to go for it.” Encouragment for the day – once you make a decisions, you just have to go for it!

  50. Peggy says:

    So Cute. I just seen a great article where they took the photo books you can get printed on-line and put all their childrens artwork in. Great way to keep it all together and he would have a book of all his art in one place.

  51. Lauren says:

    That was so adorable! What a great budding artist!

  52. IndiviJewels says:

    I love kids drawings/paintings, much more interesting then grown ups. My favourite is the dog well done Matthais

  53. Linda Stoll says:

    aren’t conversations with kids just the best?

    here’s my most recent one with my 5 year old grandson as he talks about mercy …

  54. Angie Racine says:

    WOW – E! He is soo good at this! Can’t wait2 c what he does In the future!

  55. Patty K says:

    Long time reader and first time commenter. I’ve always loved Matthias’s drawing. His attention to detail is mind boggling! You should offer his pictures on notecards or prints. I truly think they would sell!!! Great talent!!! Keep up the great art, Matthias!!!

    Patty from TX

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