Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Wooden Horse Finds Some Dolls

Welcome to Day 10 of Drawing Into Poems, my daily drawing/seeing/writing study into poetry.  You can read more about this month-long project here on my April 1 post.  Feel free to read the books with me, and pull out your own sketchbook and jewelry box full of metaphor too...

Day Ten - Wooden Horse
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Students - Today's wooden horse drawing is a little awkward...but I still like it.  I like it because I learned something from it.  I am learning how back legs look shorter than front legs when you draw something from the side. And I am learning that to imitate paint strokes, one must use the pen lightly.

This wooden horse once belonged to my Great Aunt Kay, a woman who loved to travel.  She would always come home from each trip with two dolls: one for my sister Heidi and one for me.  I remember playing with these beautiful dolls, putting their shoes on and off. playing with their small beaded necklaces.  We would compare our new dolls each time, and someone always got the prettier one.  But the doll I remember most was not fancy at all...she was rather plain, with a black vest that was easy to take off and easy to put back on again.  I remember lying by the heater in my bedroom just playing with that doll and her friends for hours.

Well, look at that.

I just found a whole new writing idea from this drawing.

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  1. Once again, you inspire me! I'm already planning ahead to a sketch a day in July, when I'm sure to be able to

    S L O W D O W N.

    None of that in my life right now...sigh.

  2. I have a few objects like you describe, Amy. You're inspiring me every day to take up the pencil. I have done so much with students, but not as a lit coach. Time to begin again. I'll look for your drawing!

  3. I'm in with both Mary Lee and Linda. How long would you say you spend on your sketches. I love what you have done with the pussy willow and I think your comments are superb. I think this will be great to share with kids. If they have a sketch book (which might be a great homework assignment that kids might love....) they would have a treasure trove of writing ideas to go back and mine. Which I know is your point....Bravo, Amy. But who can be surprised? I am really sad that I came so late to the Kidlitosphere. I am curious how others found out about this. So maybe I will put that out on FB to find out. In looking at different blogs, I am seeing lots of things from years back..but better late than ever and there is gold in the archives!!! So thanks for all of your hardwork...that goes for other bloggers reading this, too.
    Janet F.

  4. Amy,
    I am so loving your focus this month. Writing and drawing are so linked. Thanks for your continued inspiration!

  5. I am loving this, too. The words you put with your sketches are so meaningful, and story themselves.

  6. I don't remember how I stumbled across your blog. I think I saw your name and book on another site and googled you to see if you had a website. Your book looks amazing! My son is in 3rd grade and he just asked me for a sketch book to take to school. I have a small collection of carousel horse music boxes. Hope to visit your blog more often. Hope to get more into poetry, too!