Last night my 5yo and I sat at the kitchen table after dinner and worked in our art journals. She has her very own sketchbook which she treasures like a jewel. It's wonderful to watch her sit in the big white arm chair in our lounge and scribble away feverishly, or sprawled out on the floor with her crayons.
Her sketching habit came from two sources; necessity, after spending hours in hospital rooms and doctors offices with her baby brother, and reading. You see she is a prolific and gifted reader, and has been since a very young age. With such a ferocious appetite for books we've spent many many hours in libraries. One of the things we enjoy most is choosing books based on how beautiful the illustrations are. We would read the book then pour over the pictures, chatting about the beautiful colors and the funny way the artist would draw things.
In the spirit of this, this is the page I did last night from one of her library books. It's a strikingly beautiful book call "The Sleepy Owl", written and illustrated by Marcus Pfister. He has a fabulously loose style of watercolor painting where everything bleeds into everything else. Quite different from my own usual style, but lots of fun. The challenge in this case was to change the colors of the owl and draw him awake instead of asleep. She wouldn't let me show her picture, when I asked her she said "Mom, it's my secret journal". But take my word for it, her picture came out much better than mine.
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