My daughter Sophia is 10. She's taking after her grandmother with her artistic skills. And I love seeing how she progresses. This image above was a drawing she did of our sitting room - fireplace, photos and vases on the mantle. An excellent rendition I believe. Anyway, I told her if she kept up doing her drawing that I would devote a blog post to her on a regular basis.
We watch a lot of Disney movies together on Friday and Saturday nights when my husband is at work at the pub - he works at The Half Barrel here in Nenagh. This is what she drew after watching Avalon High on Disney a few weeks ago.
And her drawing notebook started with this charming "fashion" drawing - notice that the dress should be made of red wool and trimmed in yellow fabric.
And this I believe is Sophia jumping on her trampoline with my mother's marmalade cat name "Rumble".
This is her drawing of one of the wooden Nutcrackers we had on our mantle at Christmas time.
I thought it was appropriate to do this post now because this past Tuesday, The Irish Times had a great supplement talking about Art in the Classroom. Art is so important for all of us - we should partake in it, go and see art exhibitions and meet artist - you know I love doing that! We are pretty excited in this household that Tutankhamen has come to the RDS in Dublin - we'll definitely be booking tickets to see that - huge fans of Egyptian art in this house.
If you didn't see the supplement, see if you can find a copy - of course the Year of the Craft 2011 plays a big part and the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny has an exhibit on now called Jerwood Contemporary Makers which runs until March 10th.
There's a great description about what is craft? "Craft is about creating interesting unique objects for everyday use or display using glass, metal, clay, wood, textiles or a combination of materials. Craft can also be about how we make these objects, either traditionally by hand or using new technologies and materials....A crafts person can work as a furniture maker, basket maker, wood turner, ceramicist, potter, weaver, leather worker, candle maker, fashion designer, textile artist, blacksmith or jeweller.....
Craft is creating objects of great beauty and design, with great skill using your imagination and having great fun."
What a wonderful description don't you think? I'd like to be a crafts person in this sense but my craft is this blog - finding interesting things to talk about that I enjoy and hopefully you all enjoy too.
Don't forget - if you are a crafts person or know a wonderful craftsperson - please let me know - I'd be more than happy to blog about your work in my "Love Irish Crafts" blog campaign.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.