Playing Outside for Jade’s 5th Birthday !!!
Last week, there was a city wide celebration called Vancouver Draw Down. Leading up to the event, were daily online challenges. The above image was my response to the Day 3 Challenge.
Find a pattern in nature and fill a page by repeating it over and over, using at least eight different colours.
He Shoots, He Scores !!!
Jade drew my portrait at the start of the hockey season. She asked about this drawing again during the Stanley Cup Finals. It is now proudly hanging in my den.
The Thrill Of The Stanley Cup
Jade’s early childhood education teacher won hockey tickets, hotel accommodations and a flight to the opening game of the Stanley Cup Finals in Los Angeles. I said Jade and I will be looking for her on the TV during the game. For the first time ever, Jade was actually excited about watching hockey with me. (Yes!!!)
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” — Albert Einstein
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Once Upon A Time …
Jade, like almost all girls her age, is a huge Frozen fan. She is constantly singing and drawing scenes from her favourite movie.
In A Faraway Dark Forest …
When we went to the cinema together, I noticed the movie was based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. I was intrigued and took out an anthology of his writing from the library. With past Disney films, it is quite interesting to note the major changes the studio has made from his original stories (another example The Little Mermaid).
The Villain Appeared … Then Disappeared …
Earlier this week, Wired Magazine had a post about “re-telling” fairytales. It was a thought provoking article and I really appreciated their inclusion and notes regarding Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked.
If you haven’t read the article, I highly recommend it:
Maleficent and the Big Problem With Disney’s Fairy Tale Reboots | WIRED
Happily Ever After?
Even though fairy tales are mainly illustrated in simplistic terms (Good vs Evil), I find they provide a colourful spectrum of timeless dialogue between Jade and myself. These interpretive stories are fascinating catalysts to explore subtle differences between ourselves, other people and some of the various perspectives within our world.