The Artist

A few weeks ago I found a cloud of scribble on the back of an envelope. Though it was unsigned, it had all the hallmarks of Rose’s handiwork, especially considering her love of the many pens that litter our living room. Impressed as I was by her guerrilla art, I realised it was time to provide more suitable drawing materials. I read up on Amanda Blake Soule’s tips for drawing with little ones. A tiny part of me hoped that Rose’s very first crayon creation would be a work of sheer genius, a testament to the creative mystery of childhood that would sit framed on the wall forever. Thrilled as she was with the lovely beeswax crayons her Grandma had sent, their artistic potential remains untapped. They now bear the telltale marks of little teeth whilst the drawing pad bears only a smudge here and there. I can hardly blame her, they do smell delicious. Maybe she’s being postmodern?

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6 Responses to “The Artist”


  1. 1 Keren May 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    This morning I set Amos before an array of coloured play-dough for him to get all tactile. I showed him how to make a ball, and then I made a sausage and a banana. He then licked my demonstration, and I made the mistake of laughing – he wouldn’t stop licking the play-dough or laughing hysterically every time he did so. What would Amanda say?

  2. 2 mavisandfrank May 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I really am laughing out loud. It’s no wonder Amos decided to lick it, I could often go some play-dough myself actually. She would probably say something sensible about the need for sensory exploration, and then something incredibly sentimental about the joys of childhood. Amanda, if you’re reading, could you shed any light on this?

  3. 3 lesley May 5, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Rather than showing her talent – perhaps she is more focused on how versatile she can be – thinking up all the different ways to use both the crayons and the box. Im sure that she will soon show lots of talent like her Mum. God bless. Lots of love

  4. 4 Mirjam May 6, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Hi Alison,

    your old neighbours Jill and Dick sent me the link to your blog because they think we might love to contact each other. I live approx. 1 hour away from Stuttgart and met Jill and Dick when they did a trip to Europe with their band in summer 2000 (oh, that’s 10 years ago now!!!). One year later, I did a trip to Australia myself and spent some time with Jill, Dick and her daughter Toni. Me and my family loved hosting Jill and Dick when they stayed in our town and I really enjoyed my time with them in Australia. We are still in touch and at least at christmas time we are always sending letters, photos and emails to each other. Well, Jill and Dick thought you would like to get in touch with a “real swabian girl” that is familiar with all the curious things Germans do sometimes… And they thought that I would love to be in touch with an Australian girl that reminds me of my time there and lives so close to me now.
    I read some chapters of your blog and had a really good time because it reminds me of myself being a stranger in other parts of the world and not familiar with the people and traditions.

    If you have the wish to contact me please feel free to do so. I would very much like to get in touch with you and learn more about you, your family and your time here in Germany.
    Kisses form the “Schwäbische Alb”
    Mirjam

    • 5 mavisandfrank May 9, 2010 at 7:17 pm

      What a thoughtful thing for them to do! I’d love to meet a real Swabian girl! I’ll send you and email and we’ll oranise something. Thanks for getting in touch x

  5. 6 Annaleise May 15, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Eoin’s disappointingly ungenius with drawing too. I ended up throwing out his first two attempts at fingerpainting. They just weren’t worth holding onto. No balance or creativity 🙂


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