Sunday, July 19, 2009

More than fine art

Chickie is turning into quite an artist. Now, I know I'm biased, so to be fair I'll admit that it's not exactly fine art. But she loves making it, and I love looking at it.

I've started asking her to explain some of her pictures to me, since lately more and more of them are representational, instead of just pretty scribbles. As she described one of her pictures to me the other day, I took notes on it.
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First you'll notice the face in the middle--prominently situated and larger than the other faces. She informed me this one is Grammy. It makes sense, considering that Grammy is perennially Chickie's favorite person in the world. (The lines on the mouth are teeth.)
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To the left, and smaller, are Mommy and Daddy. Mommy's mouth looks a little funny, though. Chickie informed me that's because Mommy has a spider on her mouth. Mommy's saying, "Aaah! Aaah! Aaah!" (That's a high-pitched scream, and I appreciate Chickie not demonstrating it nearly as loudly as I would if I really had a spider on my mouth.) Photobucket

There's one other face, but Chickie tells me it's "Abstract." That's a term she learned from Caillou, and while she often uses it correctly, in this case I think "Abstract" may actually be the name of the person she drew.
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I was confused about the shapes on the top left of the picture, until Chickie explained to me, "It's somebody who is fishing, but his fishing pole is not working." I told Grammy about this, and she said, "Oh, it must be Sampa!" Poor Sampa--he doesn't have the best luck fishing.
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Lastly, I asked her about the creatures on the right side of the picture, and she told me they are her "pet sheeps." The one on the right is standing on grass. I'm happy to see that her sheep have four legs each; past versions have had about six.
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No, it's not fine art. The artist's proud momy thinks it's way too good to be just "fine!"

14 comments:

Call Me Cate said...

I think it's fabulous. And I love that you asked her about it and took notes - those will come in handy some day.

My only question... Is she trying to send a message about Zoodle? Where is he? Or has she taken to calling him "Abstract"?

Mama to a diva said...

That is great!!!! You have a very creative little girl on your hands!

caryn said...

I love that you took notes what I great idea! My mother use to call this "Fine Art of the Heart" and she would proudly display our work mixed in with some real fine art, to her they were all the same.

Scriptor Senex said...

I wonder how many of us oldies have pieces of art work from our children hidden away in cupboards. I know I have loads. When my Mum died in her nineties I found a birthday card that she'd kept - I'd it made for her when I was tiny. You should ask Sam and see if he has any of yours and Becki's.

bARE-eYED sUN said...

and way too good 'tis!

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Fannyfanackapan said...

I loved this. Fascinating to see into the mind of a future great artist.

Cathy said...

I simply love that I'm the main character in this little saga. Even though she drew me with braces :). So...are the red spots on my eyes maybe, uh, age spots??? Or maybe what I look like after I had a sleepless night? I want a copy of that finest of art. - Grammy

Michelle Brunner said...

Love it! Chickie is a wonderful artist:)

2cats said...

These pictures will become even more precious as she grows up. Good thing to take the notes.

beckiwithani said...

I love it! You need something like a cedar chest, so that when Ana is bigger, she can spend hours looking through all of these mementos. :) One of my best childhood memories is looking through Mom's memories with you.

Lyndsay said...

Oh, I absolutely love it! Kate's drawings have been similar and I've loved hearing her narratives. I hadn't thought to write them down ...

Our Scoop said...

That is SO good!! Wow! I love how you ask her about it and she truly tells you. She is very smart! And as always, when you write a humorous post, I am laughing out loud - probably waking up Andrew!!

Janet said...

Stopping by from SITS. This post is fabulous! I love that she said part of it was "abstract." I giggled a little at that.

addhumorandfaith said...

I think it's great that you thought to write on it as she explained it. What a fun drawing for her to look at (and read) in 20 years! :)