The girls' artist trading cards are out the door and in the mail. We missed the mailing deadline after I realized that the post office does indeed close at noon on Saturday. Oops. They went in the mail yesterday and Jane had two arrive in our mailbox for her!
While doing this project, I found my children have such different approaches to their art. Jane is detailed and meticulous. She sat down for long periods of time and drew. She chose creatures from the Spiderwick Chronicles as her subject matter and used pencil and colored pencil on each one. She drew 11 cards and from those, chose the best 9 to send (she was in two groups). There was one that I really liked, but she didn't. No amount of discussing could convince her to send it so now it's mine.
Kate, on the other hand, had quick bursts of energy. She drew what she saw, the flowers sitting around the house: an orchid, a hyacinth, some daisies, forsythia and alstroemeria. She finished three cards right away and then for days, she wouldn't even attempt to do the other two. In the end, she sat down and did them together – right before the deadline. I cringe to think that she is a procrastinator like her mother. But then I remember, that sometimes it takes a long time for all those ideas to brew. Or in Kate's case, maybe she was waiting to see what other flowers I brought home.
I loved this exercise for my kids. Blair has said that the small size of the canvas gave her kids confidence in a way that a large piece of paper cannot. I found the same to be true for my girls. The smaller they had to draw, the more time they took, the more detailed they were. If you take a look at the flickr pool, I think you could say the same for these young artists. I sure hope that those of you who joined the swap, enjoyed it just as much as we did.