She also has been drawing lots and lots.
At least 4 times a week we have an "art show" at the dinner table. No matter that there are only three of us. Usually I am the Emcee of the show, introducing the evening's selected artist, who invariably is our own Artist-in-Residence, Miss Hannah Duston. Then we page through the pile of papers she has produced during the day, sprinkling in descriptions and items of note. It ends with applause and a bow.
(One unsolicited tip, when admiring a child's artwork, never ever assume you know what it is supposed to be. You will be wrong more than 75%, and have a disappointed artist. The trick is not to talk about the elephant/rabbit/robot that might or might not be under a dump truck, but instead describe what you see in terms of color and movement: 'Wow! I see that you've used both crayon and pencil here. This red area looks really strong the way it arcs across the page...and this green part is really interesting. Tell me about it.' Don't judge and say, "This is BEAUTIFUL!!" because sometimes it might not be supposed to beautiful--and you won't know when it is.) (it does help if the artist actually labels her own art work) (end of tangent)
Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm please to introduce Tonight's Featured Artist, Miss Hannah Duston! These are works done during her late 11 year old phase, with a final flourish from art class, received today in her portfolio. All other pieces originate from home.
We really are so proud.