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Coming Full Circle

We are tidying up the house before school starts tomorrow. An ambitious task, given a week or three, let alone one afternoon…

The boys went through a HUGE pile of their artwork in the kitchen and decided what to keep and what to recycle (I didn’t dare look). Aside from lots of kids’ artwork, they found some interesting other items including, a bag with a badge and pen from a toy train festival, two of my missing tax activity statements… for years already lodged (ahem), a pile of receipts for the same, and a few bits of my own mislaid drawings.

pencil testing pony

Mitsu-Bishi Hi-uni Poni with black wings

These were among them. They refer back to the first tests of the new pencil range that Scott bought in his Pencil Period, which I blogged about when I had just started Endpapers.

Here is another odd pair of sketches. I”m including them just because I have to finish cleaning the kitchen now :-)

pencil sketches kids with dogs

Miscellaneous! This was the beginning of my whippet phase, because of Thunderstorm Dancing. And Dexter the ball-obsessed Staffordshire Bull Terrier is of course the perfect foil to a whippet.


Chicken supermodels: art by the grade 2s

But wait! There’s more!

Hugo came home with a box of chocolates, two thank you cards (one from the art teacher  – a lovely hand-made one) and a whole book of thank you letters! One from each child in grade 2. Wow! I feel privileged! These are originals! I had such a lovely time going through this book. These teachers are wonderful. They are teaching the children to think creatively, to draw, to write, and to have impeccable manners. (or should that be unpeckable?)

I was going to include just a few, but couldn’t decide between them. They are so wonderfully full of variety and individual style. Here they all are.


cover art by Hugo :-)

chicken thank you - Tanner

Tanner recognises a queen when he sees one. He also draws fabulous computer chairs.

chicken thank you - Sonia

No need for a photo. You can tell exactly what Poppy and Hilda look like from this

chicken thank you - Shuta

Shuta must be a scientist. He added a wonderful life cycle.

chicken thank you - Shanae

Shanae has drawn the girls chatting amiably together. Wish I knew what they were saying. It looks like it might have been funny.

chicken thank you - Shaedyn

Shaedyn has put so much work into this. Just look at those interlocking tail feathers and that delicate feathering!

chicken thank you - Ryan

Ryan has noticed a most important thing – the water bowl. He has also done some lovely work with overlaid colour to get the effect of the subtle colouring.

chicken thank you - Riya

Riya is very interested in animals of all kinds. She obviously worked hard to observe and draw the chickens and their environment and wrote a wonderfully descriptive letter.

chicken thank you - maybe Jesse

This letter is anonymous but very energetic. I get a sense of the whole class surrounding the cage. Something nobody else drew.

chicken thank you - Luke G

Poppy has a magical presence in this drawing! She is filling the whole cage with her majesty. It almost looks as though she is appearing between the curtains of a stage.

chicken thank you - Lucas

Lucas has carefully observed those decorated tail feathers, the shaggy leg feathers and all of the other details of the cage environment.

chicken thank you - Leah

Leah is a sensitive child like both of my boys. I can tell that she has worked very hard to get this drawing right and perhaps was not happy with it in the end. Leah, it is lovely! Also, this letter is very special as it is the only one addressed to Hilda and Poppy.

chicken thank you - Kai

Wow! Kai has created a distinctive design with his composition. (It would make a nice postage stamp.) Look at those interesting tail feathers, each ending in an arrow point, rather like a dragon.

chicken thank you - Jack D

I love the honesty of Jack’s letter and the effort he has put into his work. He has recognised the rounded shapes that make up a Pekin chicken and drawn the overlaid sections of feathering.

chicken thank you - Hannah

Some beautiful, bold drawings of chickens echoing each other’s shapes in contrasting colours. Lovely!

chicken thank you - Georgia

Georgia is so enthusiastic. She has put careful observation and effort into her drawing of the perch as well as the chickens themselves.

chicken thank you - Fiona

Fiona’s gorgeous girls are almost Manga in style. They have tails like flames. They are a celebration!

chicken thank you - Elyse

Elyse has done a wonderfully confident drawing. Her pencil marks are assured and strong, her shapes lovely.

chicken thank you - Ella

Ella’s chicken characters are so Hilda and Poppy, they make me smile. Hilda is industriously tidying the straw, and Poppy is sitting above and thinking Poppy thoughts… somewhat akin to Woody Allen thoughts, I suspect. ‘This perch feels like it’s about to break… Hilda will blame me… she always blames me…I think I’m going to lay an egg… everybody is looking at me. How embarrassing…’

chicken thank you - Eliza

Eliza wins the prize for drawing most accurately those delicate partridge patterned feathers on Poppy. She has also captured that special alertness that chickens have with their bright and beady eyes.

chicken thank you - Ebony

Wow! This is a drawing but also an illustration that tells a story. Poppy has been busy building a nest to sit in, and Hilda is standing on guard at the top of the pile of straw. Ebony has even given her letter a decorative border.

chicken thank you - Dylan

Dylan is a keen sportsman. I’m not surprised that he has taken care to draw those running legs. The chickens look as though they are ready to get out of the cage and do a bit of running around in the sun.

chicken thank you - Declan

Declan has wonderfully drawn the rounded shape of a Pekin. It’s mostly fluff. (They look funny when they’re wet) And he’s also carefully drawn the drinker.

chicken thank you - Daniel

Daniel has done some great work with his free lines and even given some great background patterning, suggestive of straw. Daniel and Declan both came up to me in the corridor with shining eyes to tell me about their day with the chickens.

chicken thank you - Daniel G

This Daniel has chickens at home. I wonder if this familiarity accounts for the confidence of his drawing? He has done a very large, bold rendering.

chicken thank you - Dakota

Dakota is a great character. I’m not surprised she recognised another (smaller) character in Hilda :-)

chicken thank you - Charlotte

Charlotte has worked so hard on this drawing and expressed the honey gold glory of the straw like a flame.

chicken thank you - Bryce

Bryce liked the way the chickens moved around. I wonder what he would have done with an animation :-)

chicken thank you - Bianca

Bianca has created her own individual characters here. They are sparkling with personality.

chicken thank you - Amy

Amy has done a sensitive rendering with wonderful, delicate use of black on black, with a hint of warmth in the wings.

chicken thank you - Aahliah

Aahliah obviously loved the chicken visit so much. They will have to come again :-) Notice the ghost chickens in the background, peeping forwards at the viewer. Aahliah must have decided that the profile view was irresistible, with opportunities for drawing feather patterning.