I have been staying with my wonderful relations in Mooresville, NC. I’ve had a great time sharing art making and creative talent with my eight year-old cousin Kathryn. She is a musician and plays the guitar, violin and piano. She tried to teach me to play chords on the piano, but I am not as musically talented as I am artistic!
Kathryn is learning to play the Turkish March by W.A. Mozart and it was lovely to be serenaded throughout the day as she practiced. She also has a beautiful, melodic singing voice. We went out shopping for some art supplies one day and while we were driving through Mooresville looking for an ‘old-timey’ water tower to photograph we sang Moonshadow together.
Kathryn is a natural visual artist in that she is able to look at the world around her and really see it. I gave her some drawing lessons and she learned about perspective, proportion, value and working with new media and techniques.
Kathryn’s four year-old brother John joined us in some art making. He is an ace computer game player and the clown of the family.
John, Blue Monkey and Jub-jub
Kathryn’s youngest brother is James who is two. He has the most beautiful eyes and dimples.
James is a great hopper and galloper and loves to have an audience. He plays a really cool interactive computer game called ‘Baby Wow!’ which teaches words and counting and has amazing graphics. He and I also played Barbershop in which he alternately combed my hair and then tickled my neck and shoulders with the comb, sending us both into fits of giggling.