Monday, August 10, 2009

Magic Marker Monday

"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."

~Pablo Picasso

Esmé's Mommy here.

On my reading "stand" (an empty medicine cabinet that belongs in our unfinished bathroom but sits by our bed) is the library book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. I've been lamenting my lack of drawing skills every time Esmé tells me: "Draw a sheep! Draw a horse! Draw a pig!" So my husband's aunt recommended this book to me, and I have hope! I will get this brain switch thing figured out one day and come up with passable art!

Two-year-old Esmé, of course, already has the brain switch thing figured out. How else could she take one of these 2-inch critters (encased in a jar for her viewing pleasure and artistic pursuits)...

...and carefully craft this magnificent replication of the scene?

At least she wasn't into tattoo art this day.

And don't ask what we did with the beetle after its modeling stint...

(Thanks to for the beetle photo...)


ShEiLa said...

He, he, he... I won't ask.

Gorgeous artwork Miss Esme.

I always just did the best I could when my kids asked me to draw stuff... unless I look at something as a guide... I am no artist.


Leslie said...

LOVE IT!!! Future artist!

SarahHub said...

Great interpretation of the beetle! Nice work, Esme!

Madeline said...

Esme's artistic interpretation certainly puts the beetle in it's best light.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

We love art and crafts time. That Esme' is some artist!!
Here is the link to the announcement post. Congrats! OH, and I am a graduate of 1989, as well!!!

SoCo mom said...

I love that explosion of orange!

"Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" was a required text for my drawing classes in college. The real trick is to practice a little every day -- you can do it!

sheila said...

great concept~!
The beetle went back to his wife and kids...right?

sunnymama said...

Fantastic representation of the beetle!

Alice Audrey said...

That looks exactly like some of the stuff I saved in our "art archives" from when my kids were little.

Childlife said...

HAHAHA!! I can imagine a host of uses for such a beetle around our place... but yes, perhaps it's best left to the imagination ;)

Quite the little artiste extraordinare you've got there -- already working on her life drawing skills! LOVE it! :D

~Michelle @ 5MFSN