“Blue Butterfly”

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“Blue Butterfly” is included in the collection “50 Oil Paintings Inspired by Nature“. It was created for the special 2014 children’s book project “Grandpa Smiles“. Since then, Natalie has published several oil painting books for children and is currently working on the third in a series of books for adults/families.

Grandpa Smiles is my first oil painting book. I wrote it about my son and my late father. Dad died young (age thirty-seven) after losing his battle with cancer. He didn’t live to see me grow up, get married, and have children. But somehow, my son has a special bond with the grandpa he never met. This simple picture book illustrates how Grandpa smiles; watching over his grandson’s life from birth and every year since.

– “Grandpa Smiles” book by artist Natalie Buske Thomas
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“Blue Butterfly” oil painting by artist Natalie Buske Thomas

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“I’m SUPERMAN!”

Watch me paint “Superhero“, an illustration for children’s book “Grandpa Smiles” in one minute (time lapse)

"Grandpa Smiles is my first oil painting book. I wrote it about my son and my late father. Dad died young (age thirty-seven) after losing his battle with cancer. He didn’t live to see me grow up, get married, and have children. But somehow, my son has a special bond with the grandpa he never met. This simple picture book illustrates how Grandpa smiles; watching over his grandson’s life from birth and every year since."

- About the 2014 children's book "Grandpa Smiles" by Natalie Buske Thomas

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Update to the above story…

 

Before my son went to college, he first took a few classes at a tech school. Of all places, we were temporarily (for only one year) living in the same state where my father had lived, and the nearest tech school was the same system that my dad had once taught classes for! The connection to his grandpa continues to amaze us.

 

The story behind “Superhero” (the page “The Child Leaps”) is shown in the video below. This was my little guy when he was a toddler. Every year since, he wore a Superman costume- in bigger sizes as he grew (the illustration for Grandpa Smiles is inspired by how he played as he was older, tearing around the house and yard).

 

I can’t remember the day when he finally hung up his cape, and I’m glad I don’t. Growing up happens gradually, otherwise we’d drown in buckets of tears. But, I’ve seen evidence over the years of times when my son rose heroically out of nowhere, as if secretly there’s still an “S” hidden under his jacket.

My son is also the inspiration for many of the stories in the comic “Dramatic Mom“, both the version illustrated by my talented daughter, and the unpublished version drawn by me (featured image for this post is a sample of that). I will share some of the funnies from the “Dramatic Mom” family comic series in a future blog post.

“Grandpa Smiles” Videos

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“Flying to Heaven”

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“This art (‘Flying to Heaven’) is the eighth illustration for my first oil painting book Grandpa Smiles, published in 2014. It is a short sweet inspirational and comforting children’s book about losing a grandparent. A family’s love is forever.”

NOTE: There are several more oil paintings featured in the book that do not have videos:

  1. The boy’s karate class attire and backpack
  2. His shoes
  3. Profile of the boy as preteen and teen
  4. Portrait of the boy’s grandparents on the wall

Items 2-3 were done on scrap flatboard. Item 4 was a previous painting for a gallery exhibit.

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“Cardinal in a Tree”

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“This art (‘Cardinal in a Tree’) is the seventh illustration for my first oil painting book Grandpa Smiles, published in 2014. It is a short sweet inspirational and comforting children’s book about losing a grandparent. A family’s love is forever.”

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“Jumping in Leaves”

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“This art (‘Jumping in Leaves’) is the sixth illustration for my first oil painting book Grandpa Smiles, published in 2014. It is a short sweet inspirational and comforting children’s book about losing a grandparent. A family’s love is forever.”

This art is also included in the collection “50 Oil Paintings Inspired by Nature“.

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“Hospital”

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“This art (‘Hospital’) is the fifth illustration for my first oil painting book Grandpa Smiles, published in 2014. It is a short sweet inspirational and comforting children’s book about losing a grandparent. A family’s love is forever.”

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“Superhero”

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“This art (“Superhero”, for the storybook page “The Child Leaps”) is the fourth illustration for my first oil painting book Grandpa Smiles, published in 2014. It is a short sweet inspirational and comforting children’s book about losing a grandparent. A family’s love is forever.”

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“Flutters By”

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“This art ‘Blue Butterfly’ (the ‘Flutters By’ scene) is the third illustration for my first oil painting book Grandpa Smiles, published in 2014. It is a short sweet inspirational and comforting children’s book about losing a grandparent. A family’s love is forever.”

Blue Butterfly” is included in the collection “50 Oil Paintings Inspired by Nature“.

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“The Toddler Creeps”

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“This art (‘The Toddler Creeps’) is the second illustration for my first oil painting book Grandpa Smiles, published in 2014. It is a short sweet inspirational and comforting children’s book about losing a grandparent. A family’s love is forever.”

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