Thursday, March 31, 2011

I completely agree:

A Perfect Night
by Gracie


Mom was about to get rid of a bunch of old clothes...  Thank goodness Isaac and Gracie intervened in time!  With the help of scissors, needles, and thread, the kids brought a batch of new friends to life:

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Lily's Creature
by Lily

Funny story along with this picture...  First, I was wowed by the drawing - I've never seen Lily make anything like it.
I asked her if she looked at something, and she said, "No, I just wanted to make up a creature."
I said, "So... you mean it's not a pangolin?"
"A what?"
So I googled "pangolin" for her.  When the photos pulled up, her eyes bugged out and her jaw dropped.  She had invented this crazy creature all on her own, and now there it was: a living, breathing, 3 dimensional version running loose in the world.  Lily was astounded that she and God had both dreamed up the same thing.  Although she did confide that God's was better than hers...

Sunday, March 27, 2011


Asian Dragon
by Isaac

Friday, March 25, 2011


by Lily

Lily painted me a bird too! I think Spring is on its way...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Dad has a new favorite picture up in his room...

Sunny Day, Blue Bird
by Gracie

Friday, March 11, 2011


Last Apple
by Isaac, with cut paper

Note the image is all one connected piece, cut from a single sheet of black paper.  Yeah.  Isaac amazes me.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Rock on!

Last month our family watched "Exit Through the Gift Shop."  We loved it.  In fact Gracie was bound and determined to become a street artist when she grew up.  I tried to explain that while the art was fun and the story was great, vandalism isn't a good thing.  But she was smitten.  Her obsession with Banksy finally wavered a bit after she saw his recent Charlie Brown street art.  Oh, ho, ho -- you mess with Gracie's beloved Charlie Brown, and you've crossed the line buddy.

Aaaanyway...  All that to say, the kids were majorly inspired.  Now of course we would never in a million years damage anyone's property.  But we wanted to do something artsy.  Something stealthy.  Something public.  Then I had a bright idea...  We spent an afternoon making these guys:

I picked up a big sack of rocks, washed them, and painted the base colors.  Then Isaac, Gracie, Lily, and I each claimed a color and decorated them with as many faces and expressions as we could think of.  48 rocks in all.  A few close-ups:

A couple of days later, we stuffed our pockets, hit the town, and stuck our little friends in fun places.

Artsy?  Check!
Public?  Check!
Stealthy?  Check!
Fun?  Double check!!
And in no way damaging.

Hopefully we were able to spread a little happiness to anyone who stumbled across these little guys.  Here are some of their landing places...  Hope you enjoy them too!

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