Beautiful but temporary: Why would an artist ever choose such a fleeting medium?

This is remarkable, beautiful, unbelievable, and maddeningly temporary. You must watch. 

It's hard to imagine why someone so talented would create art that lasts for such a short period of time. 

Perhaps he doesn't suffer from the existential crisis that plagues me.

My daughter, the eccentric artist

My daughter, Clara, loves to create art. She once said, "I let my mind go wild, and then I fill it with art."

Our living room has become her gallery, with pictures hung with scotch tape all over the walls. While I initially wondered if I wanted a living room covered in marker and crayon drawings, haphazardly hung over every surface, I've grown to love the look of the room. I find myself in many well appointed, meticulously decorated homes, and while they are lovely, my home is a mismatched, chaotic celebration of the imagination of my daughter, and more recently, our son, and I can't imagine anything better.  

There will be time for well appointed and meticulously decorated. For now, I'll take this child-centered place of color and shapes  

Clara's methods, however, can be eccentric. It's not uncommon for me to find her sitting on the table, drawing, coloring, and sketching, even though a perfectly good chair is available. 

Despite of the bizarre seating positions and postures, I can't help but love what my little girl produces.

She would not be happy on a skateboard, but these kids are.

My favorite thing about my daughter's picture of skateboarders is the smiles on their faces. 

She wouldn't climb aboard a skateboard if her life depended upon it. 

Maybe this will change someday, but I suspect not. She is not a risk taker. She is not physically daring. She is cautious and precise as she moves through this world. Dainty, even. 

She has many great qualities, but climbing aboard a skateboard and soaring up and down concrete ramps is not one of them.

And yet she still can see the joy that others derive from skateboarding in one of these parks, and she does not judge them for it.

I also think it's kind of remarkable how my little artist daughter manages to capture posture and motion in her drawing, but admittedly that might just be a proud father talking.