Thursday, February 28, 2008

Something Old, Something New...

...something scribbled, something blue.

I have sketchbooks chock full of my random doodlings. They generally sit around collecting dust, but this weekend I decided to put them to work as coloring books for the girls.* Here are some of the results:


Illustrations by moi. Colors by Lulu.


Illustration by moi. Colors by June.

Since the median age of our "art collective" is six, do we qualify us as outsider artists. Will we become a flash-in-the-pan New York sensation with a much-hyped show in Chelsea—the "must-attend" event of the season? Will the New York Times write an enamored article about us? Will the price of our work surge skyward in a grossly inflated bubble? And then burst six months later, selling for cents on the dollar? Will we return to our humble Southern roots and discover that we are, in the end, happier just making our art in peace, far from all that big city hoopla? Will that happen?

* Art projects are an essential tool in my parental keep-the-kids-busy arsenal. They grab the young uns' brains for at least a good forty-five minutes or so. (Time, precious time!) And it doesn't cause that post-staring-at-a-screen-for-a-long-time behavioral hangover that DVDs and other more expedient (but mildly nefarious) techniques often cause. (Not that I'm in any way above using the aforementioned mildly nefarious techniques when necessary.)

8 comments:

  1. craic-head11:32 PM

    I don't have any theoretical answers on how you'll be received by art critics, but I can tell you that I concur with colorist June: foreheads most certainly do turn blue in the presence of hypodermic needles.

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  2. Will we return to our humble Southern roots and discover that we are, in the end, happier just making our art in peace, far from all that big city hoopla? Will that happen?

    Well, who knows? You could end up with a reality Slimbolala TV show!

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  3. This is a great idea.

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  4. is Lulu's fave color red now?

    And WHOA Nellie- June's a color diva!

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  5. Louise's current favorite color is turquoise, but she was experimenting with limited color palettes, and red clearly played a principal role in this one.

    And yes, June is wild with the colors. She likes to take sheets of paper and fill every square inch with elaborate geometric color explosions. (Very different from what Louise was doing at that age. It's funny how they have different styles -- just as they different personalities -- straight from the get-go.)

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  6. no joke. It's all fascinating to me. AND there is nothing that exhibits personality so clearly like presenting a blank paper to a child with a box of colors on the side.

    As for Lou, I personally love the combination of a good tomato red with turquoise. Does she say turquauze like a native? How 'bout urnge?

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  7. Anonymous12:46 PM

    "Turquaze" is the French pronounceiation. God knows where we get "urnch" from. Maybe the same place we get the name "Lerce" for "Lois".

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  8. très interesant.

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