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Everybody is an art critic

A few days ago, while I was still interacting with my family instead of hiding from all living being so I could write my dissertation, Matei and I were passing the morning in drawing.

Flush with success at drawing an Easter Egg, he drew me (and it is a wonderful depiction I shall do my best to locate and scan in. I am particularly taken with the fact that my eyes are a constellation of dots completely outside my face).

Then, he realised that me drawing and him issuing commands was clearly playing to both our skill sets, so the following exchange took place:

Matei: Mummys, draw me a tractor!

Nina: -complies -

Matei: Mummys, now draw a steering wheel for the tractor, and a seat for the man to sit down in.

Nina: -adds these in-

Matei: Now draw a man to drive the tractor!

Nina: -with just a hint of artistic weariness, draws a stick figure next to the tractor-

Matei: Mama, that is NOT a man! It is a scarecrow!

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casaubon
Apr. 15th, 2010 09:21 am (UTC)
Daniel went through a stage where he knew exactly what comprised a face (ears, nose, eyes, mouth, hair), but he didn't really care where on the paper each bit went.
Now he does the same when writing his name - his letters are quite good but they're scattered in a cloud wherever he thinks they look best.
rainsinger
Apr. 16th, 2010 08:37 am (UTC)
A name cloud! I love this. I think that's going to become my new signature.
chiller
Apr. 15th, 2010 09:43 am (UTC)
Ahhh, Matei!

I remember playing that exact same game with my grandmother. It's so nice how few things change, from one generation to the next, when children are small.
rainsinger
Apr. 16th, 2010 08:38 am (UTC)
I'm starting to think that's probably how cave drawings came about.

Now paint me a buffallo! And a man chasing a buffalo!
chiller
Apr. 16th, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
AND AN OLI-FOMP!
spoofed
Apr. 15th, 2010 12:18 pm (UTC)
I have to draw a lot of fire engines.
I CANNOT draw. Seriously, the average 6 year old draws better than me.
rainsinger
Apr. 16th, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)
Oh dear. I have to keep re-reading a book about fire engines and that seems draining enough.

spoofed
Apr. 16th, 2010 11:03 am (UTC)
Josef likes me to make up stories for him, but he's very directive as to what's in them, and always have to involve a fire engine. He tells me that when he grows up he and Aleks will both be fire fighters and will share a house!
67threnody
Apr. 15th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
Your kid's got standards! Seriously, what were you thinking, trying to fob off a stick figure as a tractor driver?

I love the eyes all over the page. You have eyes everywhere, just like a mother is supposed to have. Take it as a compliment.
rainsinger
Apr. 16th, 2010 08:41 am (UTC)
You're totally right - a stick figure would violate any number of Health & Safety driving regulations.

I'm completely gutted I cannot find that portrait.
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