Monday, April 28, 2008

Scribble.


The boys get over-done sometimes. Today my sister and my nephew came to visit (we haven't seen them in AGES) with my mom. The boys were so happy and played and talked and performed (oh yes, song and dance!) for the longest time. So when everyone left, the boys were done. Over done. When they are running in circles shrieking at each other I like to go to a corner and start on something quiet. Reading a book. Setting up a puzzle. Or drawing on the chalk board. Inevitably, within a minute or two, both boys will be with me, participating quietly, focused. All the tension released, both relaxed.


Tonight I went and quietly started drawing. A and G both came over immediately and started drawing with me. I did outlines and major shapes and shading, and they scribbled inside the forms to fill in color with me, and rubbed chalk on its side to create shading. It was fun to see them watching my hands and then trying to create shading with the use of line and color. When we were done, A ran a soaked dripping sponge over the whole piece, watching the color run off and disappear. Happy again!

15 comments:

Eluciq said...

You are one amazing MAMA!

maymomvt (or Sarah) said...

Great drawing! I had a similar experience this weekend--sat down at the dining table to work on my garden journal (which I haven't touched since fall) and within minutes, I had 2 companions working steadily away in theirs.

Lisa Anne said...

Wow! Very cool.

Poppy & Mei said...

Great post! Xxx

La casa nella prateria said...

Your house is full of artists!

saskia said...

WOW!

Dawn said...

I'm going to remember this the next time my own kids are over done and try something similar (although I don't think my drawing skills come even close to yours). I'm so impressed.

Sharon said...

That is so gorgeous!! I think you're going to have to buy the kids a new chalk board and hang this on a wall somewhere.......the color, lines, the expression......those eyes are just penetrating. Wow!

Donna Boucher said...

How beautiful!
Happy to meet you Denise.
I, too, am a homeschooling mom.

Looking forward to reading your food blog too!

Donna aka Miz Booshay

Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

well done to all of you
like your pictures
Jen

Anet said...

As a preschool teacher... I must say Denise, Wonderful parenting skills!!! The drawing is fabulous and this activity of working together, letting them add to your art is what will make them into peaceful, centered artist when they are grown.

Delena said...

Looks awesome! Good for you for including them. Its beautiful. How big was the chalkboard?

ladybug-zen said...

how wonderful. my boys too become "overdone" very easily. that's a great idea.

Maria said...

Wonderful. I wish MY quiet drained to my child...it doesn't quite work that way around here...I envy you! I LOVE the collaboration on this picture. Truly beautiful work of three quiet like minded people!

Karen said...

You damn good, girl.