My girls have, inevitably, been inspired by each other, but also have their own distinctive styles. With Grace, my third daughter, I am especially enjoying the familiarity of seeing each stage emerge - the move from scribbles, to scribbles with names, to form, to the adding in of details (eyelashes, cheeks, fingers) - as well as the uniquely 'Grace' way she has of doing things.
|Girl, flowers, rainbow|
Rainbows are a common theme in her drawings at the moment, as are flowers and stars. Those three fingered hands kill me.
|Girl with fireworks and hearts|
I like that anatomical correctness is not important. Soon enough she will never draw a person without arms but this girl is right, just as she is. The conforming of the child to artistic conventions is always slightly heartbreaking.
|Map to the shops|
|Signed by the artist|
Three fingers are obviously just right.
Now that she is a confident drawer she can join in games of Pictionary.
On the Monday she turned four, on the Tuesday she rode a pedal bike without training wheels for the first time and just took off, on the Wednesday she went to kinder, kissed me and said "I'm going outside" without a backward glance.