Kim Kardashian claims 7-year-old North West did a lovely Bob Ross-looking painting

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s oldest child is North West. She’s seven years old, and she’ll be eight this June. While I haven’t paid much attention to the Kardashian-West kids in a while, I do think North is probably a lot like her dad in creativity and attitude. She seems like a good blend of both of her parents, actually, and it’s my hope that all of the kids got the best from both Kim and Kanye. It’s easy to forget it now because of Kanye’s perpetual MAGA state, but he was a sort of musical/artistic wunderkind, playing instruments and composing and producing music at a very young age. So now people wonder if North has inherited some artistry from her dad. Kim Kardashian posted this on her Instagram stories – allegedly a painting done by North.

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When I first saw this, I was like everyone else in that I assumed Kim was lying. But then I was like “wait, how old is North? Is she at an age where she could paint this?” I think…maybe. It’s totally possible that Kim is lying but I have no idea why she would? It’s just too random for Kim to suddenly be like “here’s this beautiful painting that my seven-and-a-half year old daughter did.”

So, obviously, people had some thoughts and those thoughts involved the dearly departed Bob Ross, who used to do lovely painting tutorials on PBS.

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Photos courtesy of Kim’s IG, Backgrid.

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  1. Tom says:

    A big thump to Kim because she’s mega-exaggerating. A big hug to North because she’s being pressured to be mega-amazing.

    North painted that like Donald Trump wrote “ The Art of the Deal”, like JLo sang on all her hit tracks, like Martha Stewart makes all the appetizers at each and every one of her corporate parties.

    That painting was 90% outsourced.

    • AnnaKist says:

      May I please sit with you?
      Why would Kim lie about this? Well, why did she lie about everything else over the years? That’s why.

      • Miranda says:

        Does anyone else remember a few years back when Khloe posted photos of a pie that she claimed to have baked, only to be immediately called out because she neglected to remove the little decorative pastry leaf that was basically the signature of the bakery it ACTUALLY came from? Maybe Kim did it because taking credit for other peoples’ work (or worse, doing so on behalf of a little girl who doesn’t need the pressure of being a “prodigy”) just runs in the family.

      • minx says:

        They lie like they breathe.

    • Kelly says:

      It could be a paint by number. I’ve gotten into those during the pandemic and have been surprised at how good most turned out.

  2. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    If she did, we’d all have known about her artistic genius long before this. Publicity stunt, diversion, misdirection, whatever lol.

  3. Snuffles says:

    She probably just followed a Bob Ross tutorial like millions of other people across the globe.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      This! Because bob ross made it so easy to learn how to paint that style. And if you’re a child learning you absorb it better. People need to back off because her mother is her mother. This feels like another case of attacking a child for their parents sins.

      It’s completely plausible north painted this.

      • PrincessMe says:

        This. People’s reaction seem a bit mean and unnecessary. It’s possible that she did it. I was a really big into art when I was young (primary to high school age) and I painted and drew some “nice” things for my age. If I had access to Bob Ross’ step by step method, it’s possible that I could have done it.

      • Larelyn says:

        I totally agree. At that age, I was very much a copy cat. If you showed me the technique, I could recreate something similar to the original but childish looking like North’s picture. Also, don’t forget she likely had a teacher right beside her teaching her the techniques and possibly touching up mistakes (“happy accidents”?) I totally believe she did this, but I think there was a tutor by her side the entire time.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Having help near by is likely and fine. Like another poster said. We should be encouraging it. Not nitpicking.

      • NYStateofMind says:

        Yes, I agree. My gf daughter is only twelve now but she has been not only drawing but painting like this since she was six. Not unheard of. Stop bashing. Not cool people.

      • emu says:

        Yes! it’s not that detailed and it’s easy to follow a tutorial.

    • Swack says:

      I’m not sure I could do that good even with the tutorial. Much less have the attention span to do so.

    • Wilma says:

      Totally possible she did this based on a tutorial. It’s not that hard.

    • laura-j says:

      I suck at painting and did a lovely mountain scene during a Bob Ross party… (in the before times)… If I could do it a 7 year old could. And this looks super Bob Rossy.

  4. ClaireB says:

    Does that baby in the bottom picture have lipstick on? Yikes.

    • FHMom says:

      Looks like it. And please tie that baby’s shoelaces. It’s an accident waiting to happen.

      • Lexy says:

        Ugh both of these comments are ridiculous. There are things that you can easily parent shame people for, these two things are not it. Fake concern is not necessary.

      • HeatherC says:

        Those aren’t shoelaces. They’re ties from the bottom of the pants. (I’m sure there’s an actual name for them but I can’t think of it)

    • Chanteloup says:

      Man I don’t envy their life but those are some beautiful kids

  5. Case says:

    Maybe she took an art class? It seems really young, but I feel like it’s possible. If you look closely it’s not so outrageously perfect where it seems impossible she could’ve done it.

    • Emm says:

      No, the highlighting on the trees? No. I believe she probably did do some of it, probably even a lot of it but I also believe she had help or assistance.

    • PizzaPizza says:

      Yep. There have been those “Wine and Painting” nights for years at restaurants. It’s like a ladies night or date night thing. The teacher has everyone paint the exact same scene, and takes you through how to do it with her, step by step. Everybody leaves with a finished painting that looks the same as the teacher’s example.

      Because of the pandemic, lots of those classes have moved online to zoom, and they have tons of zoom classes just like it for kids (minus the wine). Little girls are doing zoom birthday parties like this. I believe that’s what happened here. NorthWest probably had fun making the painting, and the outcome is a demonstration of her ability to follow directions, which is a useful life skill. Is the painting really “Art”?…. Nope, but that’s ok. She’s a little girl.

  6. BearcatLawyer says:

    It is so clearly a paint by numbers. Exactly the kind of art I would expect a 7 year old to do.

  7. Merricat says:

    Blue Ivy won a bunch of awards for her musical talent at age 8 and Kim is a little Beyonce-insecure.
    “Wait, aren’t there emmys for art?”

    • Julie says:

      I think so too. I think Blue is some kind of benchmark for them. But both things that Blue is cited for a very personal to her. She’s on the soundtrack of brown skin girl because people mocked her for having African features and for narrating a book about natural hair because how own hair has been heavily mocked. This is just so random and feels like a troll.

  8. Emm says:

    My son who is also 7 and genuinely great a drawing for his age (I have another child who is not good at drawing or coloring and I’m not worried about it in the least), loves it and is very thoughtful about it. He did a bob ross inspired drawing a little while ago with colored pencils that blew us away, the mountains and trees were great and anyone would know it was a “Bob Ross” picture. We watch Bob around dinner time sometimes to calm everyone down and I grew up watching him. Anyway, his drawing was nothing even close to this and he does paint and loves that too but he could never paint like this so no. You would have to show me a livestream of North doing this by herself for me to believe she did this alone. Is it possible that some seven years olds can paint like this? Maybe some very rare talented ones but coming from this family? No. Do I think North has talent? Probably but still no. No.

    ETA: to be more clear I don’t think north just picked up a canvas and some oil paints and did this one afternoon in her room. I think there was direction, possibly like someone said paint by numbers, maybe her and her mom or teacher did it together but I still don’t believe this was north by herself just doing it off the top of her head.

    • StormsMama says:

      Came to say the same Emm

      My daughter is 8 and a half
      And with our exaggeration spent 2 hours every morning for the first 3 years of her life painting in our “art”room which was just a messy playroom with paint everywhere.
      Anyway she still paints regularly — began experimenting with oils last year but went back to acrylics Bc oils are messy and complicated. So she is prolific and constantly finding cool ideas on YouTube etc
      She’s truly got talent-
      And this…this strikes me as…implausible.

      I mean- maybe a pint by numbers? But I haven’t seen those. And maybe a Bob Ross? But…
      The thing is, with kids, they aren’t so rigid. As artists, they don’t have all the “rules” in their heads like adults do. They just don’t do everything perfect and it’s great.
      This looks like someone tried to correct and make perfect…if it was a teacher or nanny, they are lame at their job Bc you should let a child express themselves without the need to create “something” – let it be whatever it is

      So….that’s my two cents.

    • lucy2 says:

      Agreed. My mom was a really great art teacher, and I grew up seeing literally thousands of young kids’ artwork – from the kids who could barely hold a crayon to truly gifted young artists. I don’t believe for a second that Kim’s kid painted this all on her own.

      The sad thing is Kim only cares about impressing other people. She should be proud of her kids no matter what they do, and not feel the need to lie or exaggerate.

    • Meghan says:

      At my local zoo when they open a new exhibit kids submit their pictures to be featured, one for each grade. There is one of a hippo that either a first grade or kindergartener did and it is amazing. I could never do that in a zillion years.

      So is this color by numbers or Bob Ross tutorial? Probably. But some kids do have amazing artistic talent!

    • Stacy Dresden says:

      Same here. Great child artist same age, does Bob Ross, not as refined. Not buying it.

  9. A says:

    A girl on tik tok posted that her mom is norths art teacher.

  10. Mina_Esq says:

    It is completely plausible that North did this. I’m sure she has already had years of instruction and practice. Combine daily one-on-one art class with natural giftedness, and you could easily get this painting.

  11. Sam says:

    Do we think when she divorces Kanye she’ll stop dressing like an aging dominatrix?

  12. JennyJazzhands says:

    Why does Kim lie about any of the many things she lies about? Attention!

  13. Lightpurple says:

    When I studied child development to get my teaching degree, one of our assignments was to ask several children of different age
    groups to copy a series of shapes such as circle, square, triangle, diamond, star. I can’t remember the reason why but most kids under 7 struggled with triangles, diamonds, and stars. I’ve been around youth art programs my whole life, taking art courses myself at a museum starting at age 9 so I know kids can produce amazing works but I’m having some problems believing this claim.

    • windyriver says:

      It’s the highlights and shadows that particularly bother me, as Emm mentioned above.

      I took a painting class when I was 9; did a fruit bowl from a still life set up (I like colors!) Am fairly talented and it was a nice enough painting. Showed it to my teacher, who took a tiny bit of white on a brush and in about 15 seconds added a few strokes that emphasized the dimension of the bowl. It was such a revelation I still remember it years later, but even knowing what he did, I wasn’t yet capable of that small bit of sophistication myself.

      So that’s what I see when I look at the mountain picture; a very nice base painting, likely based on a photograph, that a talented art teacher then went over to demonstrate the small touches that make it come to life.

      • lucy2 says:

        That’s what I’m seeing too. Maybe the child did the overall shapes and some other stuff, but I think an adult did the detail.
        I’ve never like anyone touching my work, but sometimes you need to see how someone else does it to learn. I had an instructor for a while who went overboard though, and would end up doing half the (adult) students’ paintings. I always asked them to do it on a separate paper or something.

        I will say it’s great if her children like art and are taking lessons and all, but trying to pass this off as a 7 year old’s work so her vapid mother can feel special and get internet likes is just sad.

  14. Scarlett says:

    Hey, it’s possibly North painted that. I actually had to take a break from painting the Sistine Chapel with this new guy Mikey something…to come post this, we should be encouraging talent, not doubting it….

  15. Velvet Elvis says:

    I’m sure she didn’t just sit down and paint this off the top of her head. She probably followed some kind of video tutorial or did it in a class. They have those “Paint Nights” around here for kids sometimes. The instructor takes them through easy to follow steps and they end up with a surprisingly good painting.

  16. happy_fat_mama says:

    the best thing i can say in a situation like this is…North is a creative young person. if North enjoys art i hope she keeps at it. Some of her artworks will be wonderful and some will not work out the way that she or her mother or social media would like them too, but regardless of what happens North will still be creative. So if North loves to paint, then paint North paint!

    • megs283 says:

      Agreed! I just wish Kim sent this to her family via text. She must’ve known it would be torn apart.

  17. Chanteloup says:

    Guys maybe she was referring to the little smiley face at the bottom when she said “my little artist”

  18. ME says:

    I’m guessing Kim will now post a video of North painting to prove the internet is “just jealous” lol. This is what Kim does best. She loves attention and drama. She gets people talking and then tries to hand “haters” receipts. Please Kim, we are on to you.

  19. Bibi says:

    I think Kendall does some painting, so North probably took a painting of her’s that was to be thrown away and just added a few touches and Kim called it hers. However, it is true that some kids are exceptionally good in art.

    • Lady D says:

      My older brother could have drawn that entire scene at six. When he was four, he was copying the little drawings they always put in comic book ads. “If you can draw this picture, you too can be an artist” He has a staggering talent when it comes to drawing anything. Me, I can’t draw a recognizable stick man.

  20. caitlinsmom says:

    It is entirely possible that North West watched Bob Ross on you tube and painted this. My own daughter has done that several times in the last few years. Bob Ross was a great art teacher. I’m pretty sure my cat could follow along and produce a decent painting. There is no reason that North couldn’t do the same.

  21. Willow says:

    It must be incredibly hard to be a child living their entire lives in the public eye. The adults made a choice to live like this but the kids didn’t. I just hope that as the kids get older, if they want to withdraw from public life, that the parents respect that. And I’m talking about all children, not just the Kardashians.

  22. fluffy_bunny says:

    I have a freshman in art school. This is bullshit. There’s no way a 7 year old did this. I’ve paid for years of art lessons and never got anything close to this.

  23. Samantha says:

    Not totally unbelievable. When my little brother was around that age he was an amazing little artist and was even featured in a children’s museum after winning a contest. Does he paint now? lmao no.

  24. Jezebel's Lacefront says:

    I want to believe. But, Kim’s such a liar, that I’d have to see the child paint in real time.

  25. Mary says:

    I saw a TikTok from a girl who said her mother is North’s painting teacher and that painting is one she teaches all her students. She also showed a photo of that same painting she had done when she was around North’s age.

  26. Katebush says:

    The only thing I came here to say is that I’ve never seen. Worse outfit than that pink flesh coloured spandex number she is wearing. Why would you walk out the door wearing that?

  27. fifee says:

    Dont believe it for a second. The wee girl might have artistic abilities but this is just TOO detailed for a 7 y.o.

  28. Hell Nah! says:

    Little North West may very well have painted it (and we should all be prepared to apologize to her and her latex-clad mother, if so) but as her mother has had a long history of LYING for a living (and just coz’) …the skepticism makes sense. I wonder if Kim has ever read North the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf?

  29. BodegaBay says:

    Actually it’s totally possible for a 7-yr-old to paint that, with guidance. I don’t care what the guidance is: in-person art teacher, YouTube tutorial, DVD, whatever. I have a 7-yr-old niece who I 100% believe could do this with good instruction and the materials.

  30. suzysunshine says:

    wow. People are willing to believe the worst. North absolutely could have painted that and anyone who has taken a class with a good instructor could as well. Back off the lil kids y’all.

  31. JustMe2 says:

    Ladies we are always saying support each other and here some of you are coming for a 7 year old who is probably wondering where her Dad is and a woman , who despite the obvious questionable antics in the past, is still a Mom. A mom readying to divorce a from all accounts a bipolar off their meds who has had very public manic events. Let her have this one …do you not have Art After Dark and such ? they do classes for kids too

  32. Mel says:

    Maybe she did, maybe she didn’t. I don’t think we have to care.

  33. Mel says:

    Maybe she did, maybe she didn’t. I don’t think we have to care.

  34. jwoolman says:

    It’s possible that the girl has learned how to draw what she sees rather than just following conventions. I myself produced some amazingly realistic drawings of objects after just reading about that technique, as an adult with no particular artistic ability or interest or training. You have to focus on the lights and shadows that actually reach your eyes and separate from what you already believe about the object (especially from art classes we had to take in grade school…). Our art teachers definitely preferred the art that was not drawn that way but rather followed their conventional rules. My best drawing ever barely passed because it didn’t follow “the rules” and was deemed too simple rather than the cluttered pictures they loved.

    Obviously the entire class was focused on painting this particular picture for several weeks, with step by step instruction on how to do it. Kim has said that herself. So it was an exercise in faithfully copying a painting already done by an artist, most likely. A nice project for the kid and she could definitely have done it herself under those circumstances, but mom the known liar went overboard selling it on social media.

    I hope Kim shuts up about her daughter’s art from now on and just lets the kid have normal fun experiences with art, not just learning how to copy art with intensive assistance from an adult. Copying is useful for learning techniques, though.

  35. Bunny says:

    Bob Ross paintings aren’t too hard. They’re easy if you have the right brushes, palette knives, paints, etc. He tells you exactly what to use where.b

  36. Gunna says:

    I really don’t get why anyone would doubt a 7yr old painted this. It’s a really basic paint by numbers kind of painting and it’s far from perfectly executed. Literally anyone with the necessary motor skills and the ability to follow instruction could do this. Some kids would obviously struggle with the latter, but plenty of kids really like following along.

    People talking about the shadows and highlights, watch a Bob Ross tutorial. He’ll show you exactly where to place them. You don’t have to have the slightest clue what you’re doing.

    If Kim had made up a story about how they went on holiday and North painted the view from their hotel room, then yeah, that would be obvious bs, but that she didn’t do that.