11 posts categorized "Maddy Art"

November 08, 2008

Maddy's Art



A few extra comments about our little artist:

  • First of all, when you look at Maddy's art, keep in mind that our Baby Rembrandt is just barely four years old.  She was born 7/31/2004 (4 pounds, 2 ounces) and was probably at least two months premature.   It was only just this past week that she finally hit 30 pounds in weight!  She's a peanut but she's a powerhouse!   When you consider her young age, her art skills are even more impressive!
  • Maddy is meticulous (almost to a fault).  For example, if she makes a tiny mistake when she signs her name, she'll throw the whole picture away.  I can't tell you how many times I've waited until she wasn't looking and raced to the trash to retrieve something I thought was really special. 
  • I love this pickle. Pickle_2   It was one of the things I pulled from the trash because she was frustrated that she signed her name with a tiny little wiggle on one of the D's.  I cropped that part off because I knew she'd be horrified to see it later.  That's my goofy little girl!  We're constantly reminding her that perfection isn't a goal you have to achieve right away.  For the most part, she understands this and the next bullet point is a good example.
  • She thinks her animals are more special if they have more than the four legs God gave them.    Here's her giraffe.  Giraffe_multi_leg_2I asked her how many legs he had and she said there were six -- and she was pretty darn happy about that!  I just hugged her and told her he was the most awesome giraffe ever!
  • When she drew a cherry last week, I told her how to spell it and she wrote it down.  A few days later, she drew another cherry and wrote "CHRRY" under it totally from memory!  My girl rocks!
  • She wrote "Mommy" above the prettiest flower I've ever seen and brought it to me while I was in the bathroom putting on my makeup (see top left photo, above).   It made me cry then I had to put my makeup on all over again!  I'm so blessed to have Maddy in my life!

September 17, 2008

Another drawing from The Princess of Crunchville

It's been a week since Maddy's surgery and she's been eating soft foods without much protest -- until just now. 

After nap, she asked for a "crunchy cookie".  Not just a cookie but a crunchy cookie.   I can't really blame her since squishy food must be getting pretty boring by now. 

When I explained that she still can't have crunchy food, she ran into her room and cried.  My poor little Princess still has one more week to go!  When it's all over, we'll celebrate with the crunchiest Oreo cookies and Cheetos and Ritz crackers!  But for now it's soup and soft toast.  Ugh.  Maybe I'll melt a Hershey Kiss and let her lick it off a wooden spoon.  Who wouldn't like that!

Before nap, she was my usual happy little artist and she drew this handsome lion (background added by Mommy).   Don't you just love that tail? 


Today is Andrew's parent's 42nd wedding anniversary.   Two of the nicest people I know who just happen to have created the man of my dreams.

Happy Anniversary to Nana and Grandad!

September 15, 2008

Elmo (more Maddy Art)


Click to enlarge image and read text.

Yep, it's more of Maddy's fancy artwork.  She spends the entire day doing this sort of thing.  Really, that's every waking minute not taken up by pre-school, park, nap and dinner.  Her fingertips are permanently stained by the crayons and pensa but the beautiful smile on her face appears to be just as permanent!

Maddy has natural talent but her drawings don't come straight from her pretty little head.  I'm not an artist (far from it!) but I show her how to draw the things you've seen on this blog.  I demonstrate once and she's eager to give it a try on her own and that's what you see posted on this blog.   Pretty soon, her skills are going to far surpass mine so I'm very grateful to everyone who's commented (or emailed me) with a link to a good drawing instruction product for children.   Since my own skills are so basic (and crappy), I'm excited about trying some of these products myself! 

Art is fun.  I'm really happy that Maddy has a very special hobby to pour her heart and soul into.  I wish Gwen had something as special but I suppose she's more the typical four year old with wishy washy interests in a hundred different things and no special focus on any of it (yet).    So far, her interest in crayons hasn't extended beyond peeling the paper wrappers off and snapping them in two! 

September 12, 2008

Our Family Portrait (Maddy's Art)


Maddy is an amazing little artist.   Last night, she created this masterpiece all by herself!  Click it for a larger view.  Keep in mind that this little girl just turned four on July 31st!

She sits here in the playroom and draws pictures every minute she's not at preschool or sleeping.  All the practice is paying off as her technique improves by leaps and bounds every single day. 

Most kids have some interest in art but very few can pick up a crayon and draw something without being taught a few of the basics.    Even if it's just stick figures, it makes a world of difference to give them some instruction.  We started by showing Maddy how to draw a person's face by drawing a circle with two eyes and a nose and mouth.

She practiced her faces this way for more than a week but when she was ready to add a body, all her people had arms and legs sprouting from their head!  So I taught her to draw a neck then a square for a shirt and rectangles for sleeves and pants. (a triangle for a skirt for a girl).  A few days later, we added hands (small circles with fingers) and "L" shaped legs and feet.   Just this little bit of instruction made so much of a difference!  Before long, she'll be teaching ME!    

Our favorite art supplies are Crayola products.  They have a bunch of stuff that is "twistable".  Non-toxic crayons, colored pencils, even markers that don't break or lose their point or have messy paper wrappers or lids to get lost.  Most are washable and many are erasable.  Our most recent favorite is "Crayola Slick Stix".  They're almost like drawing with Mommy's lipstick but there are more colors and you don't get in trouble afterwards!

September 08, 2008

Maddy's Gift (surgery update too)


Yesterday, Maddy brought me a piece of paper with a rainbow and a heart and said "Happy Birthday Mommy!  I made you a card.  It has a heart on it because I love you!"

It wasn't even my birthday (not until Thursday) but it was the best present I've ever received anyway.  Her priceless gift is pictured above.  All the artwork in this collage is from her drawings this week (she's 4 year and 1 month old).  The photo of Maddy is from this last weekend.

Maddy has grown to be such a talented, independent, generous little girl.   She loves to draw pictures and give her beautiful creations to everyone who is special in her life.  She takes a picture to school every day.  She'll carefully fold it in half and write "Miss Amy" on it and tell me that "Miss Amy will be soooo happy!"  Sometimes I want her to give the art to me but I appreciate that she wants Miss Amy to have it even though I'm a little bit envious.  But I'll never let on!

My baby girl has her surgery at 7:30 AM tomorrow morning.  Much earlier than we ever imagined!  So early that we'll have to leave the house at 5:15 just to get there at the 6:00 check-in time.  And we'll have to go alone since Daddy must stay home with Gwen to get her off to Miss Amy's class without us.  This will be the first time in Gwen's post adoption life that Mommy has not been there to greet her when she wakes up.  It's the first time Daddy will ever fix her hair, pack her lunch, and take her to pre-school.  It's the first time he'll pick her up and fix her dinner and put her to bed.  Obviously, I'm really stressed about how they'll both deal with all these 'firsts'.  Meanwhile, Maddy will be at the hospital and she'll want Mommy and her needs are greater than anyone else's right now so I know where I have to be.  I'm actually relieved that the choice is so clear cut.  But it doesn't keep my heart from wanting to be at home to care for the other half of my family too.

It's times like these when I wish our family lived closer.  Our adoption community friends are amazing and we love them so much but we don't really have anyone who lives close enough to help us navigate these rough waters.  Thank Goodness they're not rough very often!  We do appreciate the comments and private email messages containing warm words and prayer promises.  We are so grateful to have such amazing friends and we tell our kids every day how much they are loved by people they don't even know!

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