First Day Of School-St. Ambrose Elementary School by Marita McVeigh

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This is an oil painting that I did reminiscent of my first day of school so many years ago! St. Ambrose Elementary, Roosevelt Blvd., Phila., Pa


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I discovered my talent in art as an adult. I am creative and really like to experiment with all the different art mediums, from oil paints to printmaking. Vibrant colors are a favorite of mine to use in my art. Nature is a constant theme although I am not limited to that and continually explore other ideas for my art. I enjoy being expressive and free with my paintings and I am not inclined to use too much detail.

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  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 5 years ago

    lovely….I do remember mine…only there were a group of us that walked in together! good to capture memories on canvas/paper

  • Yes actually my big brother took me on the first day. But I wanted to portray how scared I was!!!!

    – Marita McVeigh

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture of how small a child can feel in comparison to the large institution of education. Good one!!

  • Marita McVeigh
    Marita McVeighover 5 years ago

    Thanks so much Marion. I remember being very nervous that day!!!!

  • Suzanne Glenning
    Suzanne Glenningover 5 years ago

    The bright colors are so appealing, but they do convey a bit of nervousness. Are you thinking, “Is that a nun or the grim reaper at the door?!”

    Great job!

  • Marita McVeigh
    Marita McVeighover 5 years ago

    yes, being that I was only 5 years old I think I had no idea what that was waiting for me!!!!

  • Rainer Kozik
    Rainer Kozikover 5 years ago

    Lovely – does capture that feeling on the ‘unknown’. Well done :))

  • Thanks very much Rainer!

    – Marita McVeigh

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerover 5 years ago

    It’s really gorgeous…beautiful!!

  • I am so glad that you like it catherine, Thanks for your nice comment!

    – Marita McVeigh

    BLYTHARTover 5 years ago

    This is a good painting and typifies the feelings of a child attending school for the first time. I know this sounds like a joke, but honestly, I was as good as gold on my first day at school, yet I nearly raised the roof with my shouts on the second day as I hadn’t realised I had to go for more than one day …

  • Marita McVeigh
    Marita McVeighover 5 years ago

    Yes, I can relate!!!

  • CarolM
    CarolMabout 5 years ago

    I love how you managed to create this from a childlike point of view. The first day can be exciting or scary for a little one. Well done, Marita.

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