Claudine’s potato people drawings are evolving. She’s been drawing them much like the above for awhile now. As you can see, she’s added hair, ears, fingers and shoes from her early versions. She’s also learning how to write and spell (“mina” is supposed to be “mia” with an extra “n” thrown in there). The sad person (I think those are tears?) is supposed to be her Aunt Lara who is sad because she is not here visiting NY. Claudine drew this last month. But then…
…all of a sudden one day, she started drawing people very differently. The heads got much smaller and suddenly had elongated bodies and noses, sometimes even eyelashes and really long hair (though we seemed to have lost the ears).
I love this drawing above. It’s gotten a bit abstract and even a little goth, but it KILLS me that she drew tufts of grass under the people’s feet. I mean this kid just turned 3.
Mia’s people have evolved since school started too. It’s gotten less “sweet” but there’s more expression here. The figures almost look a bit Tim Burton-esque (why yes, I *am* analyzing my kids’ art).
The girls will draw for quite a bit of time sitting side by side next to each other at the table and I’m sure that is how Claudine has picked up on drawing bodies for her faces – by watching her older sister. Mia’s also helping her to spell her name since unlike “Mia”, “Claudine” is a handful of letters to remember. I watched them tonight playing a game called “mail” where they will draw or write each other letters and put it in the “mail slot” (usually through the open bookcase or under a door). They’ll then call each other on their “cellphones” and discuss the day’s mail like little old ladies. Wouldn’t it be nice if life were that simple and pleasant?