Grace Vanderwaal: I’m Not Clay Painting

Have you heard of Grace Vanderwaal? She’s certainly hard to miss these days… especially around my house. When it comes to music, I want to know the artist, where the inspiration for the music came from, and I want to see them play/sing. I want the real, raw version of the artist and their music, not a glammed up, picture-perfect pop-star. Not that I don’t like to to get down with todays hits… I mean, we I do have dance parties around here quite often, but it just doesn’t bring the same raw emotion and meaning to the music that I crave.

But, GRACE VANDERWAAL, ladies and gentlemen.  I remember my dad coming over one evening to have dinner with us and one of the first things he said was “Do you have your computer handy? You’ve gotta see this girl!”  It was right after her first audition/appearance on AGT.  This beautiful young lady is only 12-years old and is an America’s Got Talent winner who was later signed by Columbia Records. At only 12 years old, she is a singer, songwriter and ukulele player with an infectious voice and the most adorable personality.  Her first EP, Perfectly Imperfect, was recently released and it is beautiful. Although some of the lyrics lend towards her younger age, her songs have messages that anyone at any age could take from.

One of my favorites, Clay, inspired these paintings.

Try to change my shape
But, baby, I’m not clay
Sorry, not today
‘Cause, baby, I’m not clay

Your silly words
I won’t live inside your world
‘Cause your punches and your names
All your jokes and stupid games
They don’t work
No, they don’t hurt
Watch them just go right through me
Because they mean nothing to me

I’m not clay.

I haven’t painted much with pastels before, but it’s what I saw in this song: youthfulness, growth, constant movement, unexpected change, solidity, certainty and many layers of real emotion. I love how the colors worked together here and how this trio of canvases turned out.



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