Wednesday, August 12, 2009
When I was 5 my family moved. Our new school was a public school, much larger than the small Catholic school we had been attending. I felt scared, and I remember my new teacher praising me for coloring "inside the lines", and I even won an award for being the "best colorer" in the class. I loved to color as a child, and that is one of the many similarities I see between Abby and myself. I loved to draw, too, and this is another trait I see in our little girl. On average I would say Abby creates about six drawings a day. Of course we cannot save them all, but fortunately we have a scanner and I can scan those in particular that make me smile. I am certain, at age 6, that she is drawing much better than I was at that age.
I was so excited when I made the BoBunny Design Team, but I think Abby was a little confused by the name of the company. I remember her asking, "so you love bunnies mom?". I said, "yes I do, I love BoBunny for scrapbooking, and real bunnies are so soft and cute." Because of my professed love Abby made me a drawing - and I am totally impressed, not only is the bunny cute, but it is in my favorite color of green! When I made the team I was thinking how fun it would be to have a bunny nibbling on the skittles in my photo above, but hey, I am not that talented! Instead, I scanned, edited, and flipped Abby's bunny drawing to hang out on the left side of my banner, do you like it?
Something unique I have noticed about Abby's art is that it is often interactive. Many times she will use tape and create a flap for "hidden journaling or art" -- hmmm, wonder where she got that idea? For this one she gave her drawing of Spirit (certified horse nut and watches that movie over and over!) bangs, with instructions on trimming them. How cute!
Realism is also a big part of her art. She likes to draw what is going on in her world. Yesterday she presented this drawing to her dad, and said, "this is what the caterpillar looks like while he is waiting to come out and fly." We have three Monarch chrysalis' - and we are all waiting with anticipation. I should warn my new boss that on the morning of a transformation, I will not be in. The butterflies always form their chrysalis late in the day, and always begin the emerging process at daylight, and it can take several hours. (This is the repeated pattern we have seen over the years in our home.) I am determined to get some awesome photos, if I can maneuver around the inside of the habitat. Not a one made their chrysalis in a location convenient for photography. Nature is not always cooperative!
Did you see the smile on the caterpillar inside the chrysalis? Do you think it has any idea that soon it will begin a journey of several thousand miles to Mexico? (LOL) I hope Abby's drawings have made you smile. She creates and gives away her art all the time to the special people in her life. Today I simply wanted to share her art with you, the special people in my life who choose to visit and read my blog. I want to leave you with this thought, as you create, know that you will make somebody smile with your creation. That is the beauty of art made with love.