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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


If you're looking for Lane, you can find him at his desk with colored pencil in hand. Yes, he loves to run around outside, play army, cowboys, and Battleship with his friends Matthew and Jotham. But he squeezes in drawing whenever he can. He dashes downstairs first thing in the morning, hoping I won't notice him sneak past in his jammies, and heads for his desk. Here are some recent drawings (Lane is six, nearly seven):

Lane loves to draw sailing ships. He gets ideas from Richard Scarry's books and other illustrated books around out house. After we noticed that he drew his sails quite small, he was frustrated by the feedback. Then he explained it was hard to draw the sails big and still leave room for the flags. Mr. Edwards showed him photographs and drawings of real sailing ships from the internet and helped him see the overlap of sails and mast. After that, he began changing the way he drew his sails.

Lane is careful to draw the flags blowing the same direction in which the sails are billowing. Notice the Union Jack. He is listening lately to "The Spirit of the Stars and Stripes" from The Story Hour and imagines sea battles.

In this picture he drew a cutaway view of a submarine.

He experimented with drawing the ship's ends, bow and stern.

An earlier attempt at drawing a ship's bow with a submarine ramming the side. As you can see, he lost interest in this one.

In this one the sails are much bigger. Notice the cannons on deck. I see some signs of Lane trying to draw them in perspective.

This war battle scene is an earlier drawing he made of the scene that inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."

This ship is docked. The rectangle shapes on the side are the cannon doors, shut since the ship is docked.
A pirate ship.

Cowboys herding cattle. I noticed that Lane did a nice job of drawing the cow behind the fence, near the barn, and the black horse running with two cows running along side. Lane drew the barb wire fence sagging down to the ground because he often sees something like it on our drive to the lake.


Laura said...

Great work, Lane. You are a budding artist, for certain. God has given you a special gift!

I personally love your barn picture the best of the ones your Mom posted... the cowboys look so real.

Mrs. Waits
The World is Our Classroom

Anonymous said...

Wow! I am truly impressed!


Mrs. Edwards said...

Laura and Amy.
Thanks for the compliments. The interesting thing about Lane's art--and this is a little hard to describe--is that he seems to have to do it. I don't actually think his skills are all that great right now because he rushes and still lacks good control over his fine motor skills (such as in handwriting and drawing), but he seems to have an eye for detail and a burning drive to do it.

It is as if the idea is in his brain and he will burst if he can't run off and draw it. I'm not sure what to make of it. Perhaps it is a pre-writing way of expressing ideas and as he becomes more skilled at writing composition he will do that instead? Or perhaps he will become an artist?

Isn't it interesting to wonder what childhood interests and skills will develop into life long hobbies or vocations and which interests will fade away?

Anonymous said...

I agree, very interesting! I bet you are right about the pre-writing phase.

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