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A LITTLE SONG OF LIFE
Glad that I live am I;
That the sky is blue;
Glad for the country lanes,
And the fall of dew.
After the sun the rain;
After the rain the sun;
This is the way of life,
Till the work be done.
All that we need to do,
Be we low or high,
Is to see that we grow
Nearer the sky.
Lizette Woodworth Reese
So, I’m curious? How many of you read your kids poetry? Not Dr. Suess or Shell Silverstein, but poetry written through the ages?
I’m not very good at it, but we have many poetry books that I try and pull out and read over a fire, or out on the lawn. Addie memorized and performed Robert Louis Stevenson’s THE SWING for her class talent show this spring. So wonderful to say out loud!
Even without pictures, my kids really love poetry! In this overly visually stimulating world, I’m amazed at how my kids will sit and listen to poetry….words that paint pictures. And when we take the time to memorize, it’s even better. I don’t know about you, but I miss poetry in the world. I miss reading it, hearing it…it almost seems like a lost artform that might just be considered a bit old fashioned, and not part of what we read to our kids all the time. Not flashy enough, maybe? Too much work to catch the meaning in the first try?
I’m going to be increasing my exposure to poetry and hopefully to my kids as well. When I was a child, I wanted to be a poet. And it’s because I was exposed to a lot of poetry. It made me want to write and write and write.
This poem came from a favorite book of mine called SILVER PENNIES. Do you know it? It’s a vintage collection of poetry for children that my mother had on her shelf, and I would read through it on rainy days. Do you have any favorite poems you read to your kids?
I’d love to know!
Happy Summer Days:)
Hello! I hope you had a lovely, lovely weekend. 3 Day weekends are bliss. This weekend, my husband took the kids out of the house on a fun Daddy trip so that I could play major catch up on work & art. Like I mentioned before, we’ve always played tag team at home, and since this year so far has been a bit different than most, I have weeks and weeks of art making to catch up on (books, fabric, portraits….and much more!) So this weekend was a welcomed guest. But the kids are coming home in 10 minutes and I’ve better go put the icecream away. Hee Hee.
So, at the beginning of the year, I made the goal to draw every day. Or at least as often as I could. It’s so theraputic for me. It’s what I love. It’s how I think. But like anything, it takes setting aside time. I try to have a sketchbook out when I’m with the kids, but it usually gets overthrown by their drawings. Which, of course, I love seeing monsters and dinosaurs in my sketchbook. But I need time to refine my skills daily. It’s how I come up with ideas. Ideas don’t just HAPPEN. They come when I’m putting pencil to paper. I have to be actively getting things out of my head for anything good to ever come.
How about you? How do you make time to do those things that truly make you feel like YOU? It’s seriously something that takes conscious working out. But so worth it.
We have 2 days left until school is OVER! I can’t wait. I really love summer time with the kids home. Summer period.
PS: I will be posting daily sketches to INSTAGRAM, but I’ll be sure to upload batches of them at a time here on the blog from time to time. Instagram is a mother’s helper! So easy to keep up with you all. Are you doing #365drawings? There are a lot of you on instagram now. Hope to see more of you! xoxo
Do you feel it?
Do you love the changing of the season?
Ohmygoshohmygosh. I’m raising my hand super high.
I’m so ready to shed off winter for good. And I’m starting to see and feel color again. I like winter. I really do. Especially here when there is lots of white snow, and we get winter light warming us in the library, and the winter animals that come out….But I’m kinda-sorta-officially done.
Give me flowers and give me color.
This illustration came to my head this week, and I had to put it on paper.
I’m still in the throws of catch up mode here at home. On all fronts: making books and making my laundry room (closet) look like it wasn’t attacked by some alien explosion. But I’ve snuck in rearranging furniture, planning out new plants to put in the yard, and thinking about new art for the walls. And stitching and eating fresh greens…..
And stocking up on more band-aides and ice packs again cause little knees and feet aren’t used to all this excitement.
I’m starting to feel like me again:)
This print is available here in the shop.
PS: I almost forgot to mention! Today is big birthday for my darling, amazingly efficient assistent Ann who runs the shop. She really deserves a big high 5 for everything she does. We’ve had a lot of hiccups this year with some transitions happening behind the scenes, and I couldn’t run this machine without her. Say Happy Birthday! And Cha-cha-cha:)
Hugs and kisses for spring!
Hello Monday! Hello to-do lists, and getting back in gear after the weekend. Hello jumping in full force before I’m ready. Hello Laundry I didn’t do over the weekend.
This is my thought today. And my 5 minute warm-up before working (did I tell you I’m working on another book right now?)
And I’m skipping ahead because I’m not posting every.single.drawing-a-day.
Taking a moment to be grateful for the little things.
I’m actually drawing every day this year! This project has been great for me. I actually can’t show you a lot of what I’m drawing though. Mostly cause it’s top secret:) But I am hitting pencil to paper, which is a big deal. Mostly cause kids and house and life demands so much.
These two are totally different: one was made 3 years ago, and I just brought it back to life, and the other, inspired by some designs I saw in the Mini Boden catalog this month (it’s a good one this time…well, as always I guess.)
I know a lot of you have taken on the #365Drawings project. Would any of you like to do a link party? I’m not really sure how to do that, but pipe up and I’d love to keep you in touch with all the other artists who have joined in.
Another warm-up for work today. I just let myself draw whatever comes to mind. I thought of feet and sand and swings. Sometimes I just long for those days of sitting on the swing and aimlessly making pictures in the dirt.
I’m super excited to show you more stuff in the coming days….I’ve got so much up my sleeve that’s starting to come to the surface. Did I tell you I’ve got a fabric line coming out super soon? And lots of other fun details.
Do you remember your dreams? I usually do, but for a few years now, they haven’t been as vivid as usual. Probably cause I never got much sleep! Something about being pregnant though, man! My dreams are nuts. Like dreaming that I had dinner with Kate Middleton and we became instant best friends. Like chums for life. My husband laughed so hard at that one. Hey! A girl can dream, right?
But last night, nothing crazy…just color.
All I remember was purple and orange.
Do you ever dream with color as the main character? Maybe I’m weird. But I kinda like this combo, and I want to keep playing with it.