Frozen Perspectives with Anna & Elsa

Anna and Elsa Drawing

Jade Drawing

“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.

Happy Happy Birthday Chalk Art

Birthday Chalk Art

My daughter is super, super excited about her upcoming birthday this month.

She will be FIVE and starts kindergarten in September. It is a very exciting time !!!

Birthday Chalk Art

Dreaming of Yummy Gardens

Carrot Drawing

We only have small carrot sprouts poking out now … but one day sooooon !!!

On the other hand, our beans and peas are really growing.

Garden Greens

Lady-Buggin-Flower

Lady-Buggin-Flower

Jade says her funny doodles are “rascals” and friends.

Their friendship is based on “joking around” and smiles.

I asked for “Pressed Pants” not “Plants” !!!

Pressed Plants / Drawing

All joking aside, Jade and I had a blast at StrongStart yesterday.

StrongStart is a FREE early education program in BC, Canada.

The top drawing is a fun doodle from our pressed plants (shown below).

Pressed Plants / 2

Jade really loved being in the trails and picking leaves and flowers.

And I really liked drawing from our exploration.

This exercise helped me focus on unique details and shapes of our local plants.

Pressed Plants / 3

Cute Little Wooden Clothes-Peg Dolls

Wooden Clothes Peg Dolls

My wife’s been getting creative again. Jade loves these little girls.

Buzzing with Colour

Buzzing With Colour

All the insects parading around outside … gotta love this season.

My Happy Little Painter

StrongStart Painting

Jade loves painting at StrongStart. These are her “happy totem poles”.

Rocking Snails

Rocking Snails

Early this morning, I saw an amazing snail during my walk.

When I arrived home, I told Jade all about it.

Instantly, she wanted to draw the snail with a bunch of friends.

Sun and Flower Circle Pattern

Sun and Flower Circle Pattern

Initially, Jade wanted to draw herself juggling … but she changed her mind while drawing.