Wednesday, April 2, 2008

An Unexpected Apprentice

Fourteen month old Annelie decided to help me out with my latest drawing. A little bit unexpected, of course. She has begun climbing things lately, but I never expected to walk into the kitchen area and see her sitting in the middle of the table happily drawing all over my picture with some red colored pencils.

But there she was: My little artiste, colored pencil clenched in her fist, happily scribbling away.

And to add insult to injury, the dog was under the kitchen table chewing on one of my colored pencils (Tuscan Red, for crying out loud. I love that color!!!).

It is amazing how quickly kids at this age grow. And get into trouble. It is so true when people say, "Oh you can't take your eye off them for even a split second." Because that is seriously all it takes for little ladies to climb up to your drawing board and scribble away!!

In the end, I think Annelie did some good for my picture. I hadn't expected to cut out the airplane flying sock monkey, but I refuse to give up on a good drawing. Luckily she was using red, so I was able to blend most of her handiwork into the airplane and then cover the damage with more shading. She also drooled all over the monkey, which I hid with some black shading. I hadn't expected to use so much black, but that color certainly did the trick.

As for the background-- I think I like it better with acrylics. And the blue from colored pencil doesn't always show up nicely when I print my pictures, so it will make for a nicer print anyway.

And as for the devastation of having a picture scribbled over... well she is easy to forgive, especially when she crawls into the TV stand drawer to watch "Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus." Pretty cute, for a little hellion!

17 comments:

Nikki said...

I think it turned out great! I'm glad you were able to save it.

alyson king said...

Oh, god. The cuteness.
Annelie is adorable!

Cicada Studio said...

Too cute! Well, not the scribbling part, but at least the main part was salvaged!

blazedanielle said...

Haha! What a little cutie! :) It's a good thing she has a patient Mama! Perhaps when she's a bit older, you to can really collaborate!

Hope you're having a wonderful day!

Rosebud Collection said...

The drawing is great. Just think of the memories you will have for life, when you look at that drawing..She is a darling..

Beth L said...

I'm loving these sock monkeys and the drool and extra color seem to have worked out well in the end! Love this story!

Karen Erickson said...

Ah she is so cute. And I love the monkey in the airplane - so cute! You have a lot of talent. I wish I could draw...

Chris Stone said...

whatta cutie! looks like you have a future artist on your hands!

roz said...

Oh that is too precious for words!!!
I'm new to your blog but look forward to reading regularly and enjoying your lovely work.

ThisOldHenHouse said...

oh my how cute! Look at her all perched in that drawer! Ahh the wonders of Barbie!

UniqueNurseGranny said...

She is a darling.Love the drawer perch.Once when my youngest a world class climber who could barely walk was alone briefly in the baby proofed kitchen he was on top of the regrig in an instant.Scared me to death,,It was an apt sized but a good 6 ft.

Angie said...

Cute :) I don't have kids, but I have had kitty paws all over some of my works....

Sarah Preston-Bloor said...

That happened to me too. I had a commission to do a colour pencil portrait of two little girls and Iwas almost finished. My son Dan thought he'd help me! I had to start it again. My son is 15 now and he still remembers his artistic flair that day and the horrified but silent look I had when I saw his artwork. I didn't dare open my mouth after seeing 20 hours of work ruined. He remembers thinking he was trying to help Mummy! How can you shout at a cutie comment like that!
Lovely work by the way!

Tammy said...

How funny! Annelie will certainly keep you on your toes. I love how it all turned out. Soemtimes there really is a rainbow after the storm.

casserole said...

Awesome rescue job! This just proves that you are a goddess... And that picture of your little one in the drawer - that's PRICELESS!! I think I'd have to forgive her too, she's so darn stinkin' cute!!

Candice said...

Too cute! I used to climb into the entertainment system when I was a kid too...I wonder why kids find that so enjoyable!

bumblebird said...

Thank you for sharing all the time and detail that goes into your art. The result is just wonderful! Your little "artiste" is so cute in that drawer. My little girl is the same age and she doesn't walk yet, but she sure climbs onto and into everything she can reach!
~Heather

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