It’s Art, Baby

RR draws. She’s prolific and focused and, well, our entire home is covered in sheets of colorful people parading across paper edges, stretching to fill the borders, and tiptoeing out onto tables and walls. After the first set of markers ran dry, we bought a new set (washable this time), and then another set. She doesn’t fuss when it’s time for new ones, just switches to her battered, broken crayons or dull colored pencils. The people march again, no matter the media.

elsa

Flipping through her notebooks, there are Elsas upon Elsas, one after another. They clearly explain why the blue markers, blue pencils, and blue crayons are flattened and shriveled. On the walls, we catch her drawing us, a family of 3, in many multiples. On a good day she doesn’t use ballpoint. I’ve tried to hide them, but I love to do the crossword in ink and, well, there you have it.

Lately there are fairies showing up everywhere. Sprouting like mushrooms from the cracks of the sofa and under the bed. I slip fairy wings out of her nap bag at school and find pixie dust stars shining around the heads and hands of happy, smiling characters. Because they nearly always are. Happy. Smiling.

fairies

Sometimes I find a touching drawing of my wife and I sleeping, RR tucked next to us, the dog sleeping on the floor nearby. Other times I wonder what exactly was going through her mind. I mean, we are nearly buried under a heaving mountain of cheery art and then there will be a little…gem…a glimpse into RR’s other side. So here you are, from my home to yours, a teeny bit of our daughter:

RR

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4 Responses

  1. My girl was about this age when she had a bit of a Tim Burton inspired kick – she drew lots of smiley skeletons similar to Nightmare Before Christmas.
    Those fairies are beyond cute!

  2. Elsa is an obsession for my cousin’s kids.

  3. This was such a beautifully written illustration of your daughter’s hobby. I relate to this in so many ways. Punky is drawing EVERYTHING, literally an entire ream of computer paper has been littered around the house with her ever evolving ‘people’. She’s not as good as RR yet, but I’m loving being able to watch her draw and interpret. You put my experience into words I couldn’t have come up with on my own!

    • Littered is a good word for it. But all things considered, it’s better that than a rain of orange peels or dirty tissues!

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