Sunday, October 25, 2009

Tents by the Lake

I showed Josh some of KungKung’s paintings that I posted in my other blog. I pointed out the elements in the paintings –the clouds, the mountains, the boats, the “tents,” the school, etc. That seemed to have lit a fire under him. He told me, “I’m going to practice and practice so that my drawings can be as beautiful as KungKung’s. Even more beautiful!” Off he went and churned out six drawings, one after the other –all within half an hour. Most of the drawings included ALL or some of the elements that I’d pointed out to him that were in KungKung’s paintings!

It was already past his bedtime then and he still wanted to continue drawing. I told him to pack up and that he could paint again in the morning. He whined a bit about it, about how he might forget. So I made up a big sign that named Oct 24 “Josh’s Drawing Day.” He was happy with that and went off to bed.

So yesterday morning, he climbed onto our bed at 6:30-ish. Chris and I were too sleepy to play; besides, Zoë hasn’t come in to our room and we didn’t want to wake her up. Josh quietly got off the bed and headed out to the living room.

By the time I rolled out of bed at 7:15am, he proudly showed me this --

Tents by the Lake1 (Oct 23, 2009)

…and he was also busy at work on another one, reiterating that he needed to practice and practice so that his drawings would be as good as KungKung’s.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Berry Field


I don’t know what inspired this drawing, but we did go blueberry-picking this summer when we were in Canada.   And the place that we went to also had a little “tent” where we got our buckets with which to pick the berries.

Here, though, in Josh’s drawing, he decided to make it a multi-berry field instead.  The top and bottom rows are strawberries.  In-between, you have the blueberries, the raspberries, and the blackberries.

Berry field (OCt 22, 2009)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Spot the Differences


I always have sketch books lying around the house and we try to always bring one along with us when we go out, so that Josh can draw.  That’s a good way to keep him occupied, especially if I know that we’ll be doing much waiting. 

Today, I got a new sketch book for Josh (and Zoë, too –because I pretty much have to get two of everything now).  Upon coming home from school, he immediately set to work.  Within minutes, he presented me with this:

Spot the difference

I was supposed to “Spot the Differences” between the two drawings.  Can you spot the differences?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Beach

This drawing was inspired by a drawing that Cheche N. drew for Josh when she was here on a visit a couple of months back.

He loves that drawing and thinks it’s pretty. He told me tonight as he was drawing this, “I am going to make my drawings even more beautiful; that’s why I’m practicing now.”

I love the detail in this drawing –the “sea lilies,” the yellow/orange coconuts, the many, many seashells all over the sand. The colors did not come out very well in the scan, but there’s a very light beige wash at the bottom of the drawing to show the sand. He also took pains to explain to me that some shells are round and others are triangular. I just love the little whorl he did on the round ones.

Oh, the green lines on top that you see are “sea lilies, only they’re not flowering yet.”

The Beach

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Outer Space

I know that Josh has been learning about the solar system at school. It was not in the focus guide where the topics that will be covered within the month are listed. I know, because he came to me with this drawing and took pains to explain to me what each part was:

The Planet Earth - The blue thing in the middle, with areas shaded to depict land masses.

The yellow round things around the Earth? In case you didn’t already guess, they are the Moon –in different phases, as it goes around the Earth. (Josh pointed out to me each phase and explained how "more and more shadows get on the moon.")

The Sun.

And what would be a good space drawing without an alien in his spaceship?

Phases of the Moon

Mickey in Hot-Air Balloon

Mickey Mouse (pink balloon) and Pete (orange balloon) are having a balloon race. See the flags? Both Mickey and Pete had to collect flags along the way to win the race. (This was straight out of an episode of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.)

Mickey in hot air balloon

Game (1)


Many of Josh’s drawings of late are of his “games.”  They’re basically shooting games where you use a pen and slide/flick it so that it leaves a “skid mark” as it tries to “shoot”  the bad guys.

I love his use of colors in this one.

Game (1)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ice Cream


The “dots” are supposed to be different ice cream flavors…  Note  that there is one “rainbow” flavored ice cream in the mix.

The man holding the ice cream cone is “an old man who loves ice cream.”

Ice cream art (Oct 2009)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

First Artwork

…that Zoë brought home from school, that is.

ZOE - Giraffe (Sep 2009)

She enjoys coloring, but is still learning about coloring inside the lines and filling up all the spaces that need to be colored.  Her coloring homework (yes, she has homework –every day!)?  She attacks with gusto and would often want to color more than the designated page.