Picnic under a Rainbow

This is the latest variation to Laura’s drawing series featuring a blue sky as a line at the top of the page, grass as a green line at the bottom of the page, and a rainbow. In the drawing, Laura and Jason are having a picnic lunch of blueberries, oranges, lemons, and grapes under a rainbow. On the left, Laura wears red lipstick, has purple hair, and is eating a grape. On the right, Jason has orange eyelashes and is eating a blueberry.

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11 Responses to Picnic under a Rainbow

  1. Momma G says:

    Notice the joints she put in her legs; significant for the detail also is the addition of eye lashes. Very deliberate color choices also. Watch for fingers to be appearing at the ends of the arms. I would save this drawing with the date and explanation on the back. Keep her supplied with lots of paper. A good way to control the paper storm is to have an under the bed box to store all treasures collected during the month, including drawings, school papers, souvenirs, etc. At the end of each month, have her go through it and pick out the 5 best to save in a file folder marked by year. I always saved creative writing also. The rest go into the recycle bin. You can get buried by paper if you don’t have some way to control the amount that comes home from school plus art projects. Robin uses some of her children’s artwork for wrapping paper. Also, I strongly feel that you should use the phrase, “Tell me about your picture,” without making any judgments about the work. To say, “what’s that?” is stifling, rather negative, and implies that a creation has to relate to the real world. Also, putting your interpretation or judgment on the picture limits the child’s thought process because children, some more than others, will then begin to draw what pleases you rather than what pleases themselves. Children’s art is such an important creative outlet that should be encouraged, not for product but for process. Never compare one child’s work with another’s. Be sure to provide different kinds of media, everything from pudding, mud, sand, clay, pencil (use Prismacolor, not the cheap ones), mixed media for collage, etc., etc. Keeping a box of “junk” for collage making provides fun for a rainy day. Include toilet paper tubes, spangles, stickers, puffy balls, cotton, felt scraps, wall paper scraps, just about anything that can be created with. Reading books by Ezra Jack Keats can show a child how to introduce collage into artwork. In fact, writing a story and illustrating it is so fun. Have Laura dictate to you while you write the words of her very own book; then she can do the illustrations. So Fun!! I love children’s art! Momma G

    • Beth says:

      I keep an accordion file of Laura’s art, trying to remember to date them and note what she says about them. A lot ends up in the recycling bin, but one’s like this get saved. She surprises me with the details that appear both in the drawings and in her explanations of the drawings. Like Pete, I remember your magical files. Being able to see those early expressions brings back a lot of memories. The file you kept for me is packed away in a box, probably in the guest room closet. Maybe it is time to pull it out and remember.

  2. Uncle Pete says:

    Well, momma g definitely said it all. In on of my photo albums from growing up mom put a self portrait I drew as a second grader shortly after we moved to Salem. I can still remember my favorite red and white stripped shirt I drew as well as when I actually drew it 23 years ago. Life was so mug simpler there and it provides an insight on how it is important to remember the little things in life growing up will last a lifetime and how just a simple drawing growing up as a kid will bring back many fond memories as an adult. Those memories should be preserved so that Laura and Jason can look back when they are older and say, hey do you remember when… Life is fleeting and when you don’t take the time to remember all the little things, then where does your life end? It’s easy to say I never had this or that, but love and the memories built as a child will always remain with me. The little things are the best, especially when its represented by a little girl dreaming of a picnic with her little brother eating the best fruit in the world. Lots of love, uncle pete

  3. dogear6 says:

    Wow I love these comments! You’re a much loved woman. Loved Laura’s picture too.

  4. My five year old is working through a “rainbow period” too. I liken it to Picasso’s Blue Period šŸ˜‰
    Perhaps we could get the works from these two budding artists together for a fab gallery exibit.

    • Momma G says:

      Your comments about periods of art brought to mind the “Dinosaur Period” that one of my boys went through. I really had to bite my lip about the blood dripping from teeth, one dino attacking another, etc. This period was replaced by hunting trophies: deer with antlers, lots of camo. Kids do seem to go through focus periods with subjects of interest, or objects they feel confident drawing, that meet their product expectations. I remember using flowers as subjects myself because I felt more success with them than with people or animals. Another son went through a period of creating imaginary cities.

    • Beth says:

      That would be fab. I find myself wondering what comes after rainbow.

  5. dinnerwithdelores says:

    I don’t live too far from Whiteface. It’s one of the most popular skiing spots in Northern NY and a lot of people come from all over. There’s a lot of camping areas around there too. It’s beautiful.

    • Beth says:

      From the photos I’ve seen, the whole area looks absolutely gorgeous. You are fortunate to live in an area filled with natural beauty.

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