Sandra had a great birthday. Swank yarn, Calvin and Hobbes, books on painting fairies and the history of underwear…all opened in bed after a breakfast of chocolate chip banana pancakes.
Obviously, she got the day off formal homeschooling because, like, d’uh. But she exploded in creativity, clearly inspired by How to Draw and Paint Fairyland and a DVD on P.J. Lynch’s illustration process for The Bee-Man of Orn which we’d watched a few days earlier.
It’s not often that I remember to take process photos of the kids’ work, so I’m really glad I was able to both watch her and record her.
Sandra was clearly affected by Lynch’s complex layering of colour and texture. I loved watching her add to it. At every stage I would think, “Yep, that’s it. Great. Ooooo…No, no! I dunno, is she going to overwork it?” and she’d do something and I’d be so happy with the visual energy and the way things tied together.
I became quite jealous of her freedom. I’ve gotten away from art, largely because it’s assumed such a serious mood. But Project Spectrum is inspiring me and I’ve already played with the paints again. Just played. It felt so good.
She gave me the finished picture. I asked her, “It’s your birthday, so why am I getting the best gift?”