Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Red Haired Woman

Call me a proud father. Every now and then one of Maya's drawings really stuns me. This is the latest to do so (And as you look, remember that Maya's just ten years old!):

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Blogger Dave de Burgh said...

Very, very nice, Maya! You've got incredible talent! :-)

You have every right to be proud, David - I think she may just do anniversary covers for you some day soon. :-)

12:30 PM  
Blogger Kate Elliott said...

I love her drawings. She's an artist. And I mean that in both the largest and most specific senses of the word. I particularly love the expression on the woman's face.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Meghan said...

Even today I can only manage a stick figure with a ruler and a compass. You should be very proud!

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Steven Till said...

Wow, David. I mean that is really really good for someone who is only 10. Creativity must run in your family. Do any of your little ones show an interest in writing? :)

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Tia Nevitt said...

She's got a great eye. And if she can already handle noses at 10, then she definitely has talent.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Stunning drawing. I can see that she's retained the creative freedom that most children begin to lose at that age. (See Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards for more on that-- we get confused by symbols as we grow out of childhood and no longer draw what the eye sees).

Do you draw, David? I worked through the exercises in Edwards books with my younger son and we both had loads of fun...

7:23 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Thanks! Maya is pleased with the reaction, although she can't quite figure out why I'd want to put her drawings on my blog!


Maya also writes. A lot. She draws more, but she's got many notebook pages filled with stories. I think they're remarkably good, too. For one thing, she's able to write in other people's voices. She can write first person characters with very different personalities than her. Again, she keeps surprising me.

Sage loves reading just as much, but he's harder to get to write. Part of it, at this point, is just mechanics - handwriting and spelling etc make it a slower process than he would like.


I did draw when I was a kid and teenager, but I don't really anymore. Writing takes up my creative impulses. It's interesting that you mention kids losing creative freedom. At the moment almost all the stuff she produces is on her own, without direction or lessons. We have consistently enrolled her in art lessons, but not one of them has worked with her on real drawing and technique. It's all been about making coffee mugs or cut and pasty type stuff. I don't object to that, but I can she's just going through the motions, not engaged with it. She'd like to have lessons where she worked on technique, but we haven't found anyone yet that thinks in those terms for a ten year old.

Maybe that's a good thing.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Brendan McGinley said...

Quite lovely. Dig the manga eyes.

5:59 PM  

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