Childhood Flashback

01 Jan

Happy New Year friends! I hope you all welcomed the new year in style last night.

January 1st is a day when many of us set resolutions for the year ahead, and reflect back on the years past. I haven’t actually made any resolutions, but I did take a stroll down memory lane the other day.

Looking back into my childhood, there are 3 things that instantly jump out: (1) Arts and Crafts, (2) Full House, and (3) Super Mario World, in that order. In primary school, I pretty much lived in the Arts and Crafts corner. My favorite “toys” growing up were my coloring books and sets of colored pencils and markers. I never wanted to share these prized possessions. And I mean never!

That's me in the Arts and Crafts corner doing my thing in Grade 1

That’s me in the Arts and Crafts corner doing my thing in Grade 1

The only exception was with my fellow arts and crafts lover/next-door-neighbour/best friend, Evelina. We grew up together and pretty much spent all day every day doing some kind of arts and crafts. To this day, she is probably the only one who truly understands how much I enjoyed enjoy art.

My 5th Birthday Party. Those crowns that we're all wearing...we made those at the party lol

My 5th Birthday Party. Those crowns that we’re all wearing…we made those at the party at the arts and crafts table. Shocking.

I was always (secretly) jealous of her because I thought that she was much better at it than me so a few weeks ago when she told me that all she wants from me for Christmas is a painting, I was actually so humbled. In my eyes, it was like Picasso asking me to paint him something. I asked her for to list of her 5 favorite paintings of mine so that I knew more or less what she liked.

I first did a quick sketch on a 10×30″ canvas, and then used a palette knife to paint a background.

Can you guess what it's going to be?

Can you guess what it’s going to be?

Then I painted in the couple and the umbrella, added street lamps, and reflections on the ground as well as some shading onto the background. Low and behold, here is the finished product!

10x30" - Acrylic on Canvas

10×30″ – Acrylic on Canvas

And here’s a side view. As usual, I extended the painting along the edges so it doesn’t need a frame.


One of Evelina’s gifts to me literally made me laugh out loud. She got me a “glitter-by-number” arts and crafts set. Our childhood revolved around things like these, and she said that when she saw this at HomeSense, she immediately thought of me and had to get it. Not a word of a lie, I cracked it open as soon as I got home and probably enjoyed myself too much!

And yes, there is now glitter EVERYWHERE. And I mean everywhere!

And yes, there is now glitter EVERYWHERE. And I mean everywhere!

I know I said I didn’t make any resolutions for 2013, but after writing this, I’ve decided to make one: I’d like to embrace doing things I enjoy. Such as this. No shame. haha

Did you make a new years resolution? If so what?

What are some of your favorite childhood memories?


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8 responses to “Childhood Flashback

  1. Luc

    January 1, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I like these participatory updates of yours. And good choice of resolution. Something similar made this past summer into the best time of my life so far, and looking back it’s actually difficult to believe parts of it really happened.

    Not a resolution either, per se, but I will be doing less. Fewer things anyhow, allowing me to focus more completely, and work through the tedious but necessary bits, rather than jumping about in distraction (as exciting as that can be).

    And funny you mention childhood memories – I’ve had very few, but recently they’ve started coming back in fits and starts. Not all pleasant, but often useful, and I like to think it’s a sign that I’m doing something right.

    Nice painting, by the way. Though something rubs me the wrong way about the people and the lampposts being in the same depth of field – it makes me feel claustrophobic, but I imagine that this is an issue of personal preference.

    Happy new year!

    • Agata Lawrynczyk

      January 2, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Glad to hear about your summer resolution/success. I hope 2013 follows a similar pattern for both of us.

      I like your resolution for 2013. It’s so easy to get bogged down by trying to do everything. This makes me think of my constant battle in life trying to find more balance; focus on the things that matter and learn to say no. Sounds so simple but I find it quite challenging. Good luck to you. If you figure out how to do this, please let me in on your secret.

      I totally agree with you about the lampposts in the painting. I didn’t mention it in the blog because I forgot to take pictures along the way, but I actually redid them a couple times because I kept finding them really awkward….I couldn’t put my finger on it, but something just wasn’t right. I eventually settled on how you see them above, basically because I didn’t know how else to ‘fix’ them.

      Happy new year to you too and thanks for your thought out comment. I really enjoy the feedback 🙂

  2. evelinaskalski

    January 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Agata, I love you! You are such a sweet heart. I love my painting, it is a beautiful addition to my home. P.S. It was really hard not to keep that sparkle-by-number for myself. Glad you enjoyed it though. And I’m so proud of the incredible artist you’ve become!

    • Agata Lawrynczyk

      January 2, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      Thanks love! I love you too and glad you like the painting. As soon as work slows down for you, I’m helping you start that blog;) You’re awesome!

  3. hayley

    January 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Another gorgeous piece of art Agata!! And your painting isn’t half bad either. ;o) How do you make a paint by numbers look so good? I am sure that if I had the same set they’d come out much different!

  4. hayley

    January 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    One more thing… “They” say that the activities we most like as adults are often the activities we most enjoyed when we were children. While you were painting, I was choreographing dances for Michael Jackson and Madonna. Look at me now. I am a school counsellor. Similar?! 😉

    • Agata Lawrynczyk

      January 2, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Haha that’s so true. “They” are so right. I also read the other day in “The Happiness Project” that “they” say that you can’t choose what you like to do, but you can choose what you do. I think as kids we didn’t care what people thought so we just did what we enjoyed, then as we got older, we got socialized to think that those things aren’t appropriate so for some silly reason we stop doing them. Let’s embrace that inner child and just do what we love 🙂 I’d love to see one of your MJ dances next time we hang out!!! 🙂

  5. davidtripp

    January 7, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Very fun reading, indeed! Thank you for looking at my work as well. Your Christmas gift painting is magnificent, and I know you felt great joy as you created it. Let’s both wish for a Happy New Year in making art and enjoying life.


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