Camping Was...



rolling in the sand


can't camp without it


stick star graffiti



Of all the activities I packed for the kids, the tracing paper was by far the biggest hit. Heather of Five Sweetpeas gave me the idea, and at the last minute I found a tablet of tracing paper to throw in with our art supplies (which included a clipboard full of blank paper for each of us - also a big hit).

I used to draw quite often when I was a teenager, but have done very little drawing as an adult. I had a drawing epiphany last week while tracing a picture from a coloring book onto tracing paper for my great nephew (can you believe that I'm a great aunt!) - drawing a picture is simply drawing a series of lines. Of course this seems so obvious, but it helped me immensely to get over my personal drawing hurdle by breaking the art of drawing down to the simple drawing of lines. Duh!

I hope to share this new-found knowledge with our neighborhood math and science club tomorrow. We will be exploring the art of Observational Drawing. I can't wait to share the results - I can only imagine drawing with ten children will be inspirational.


bench monday :: calves and butts

Happy Bench Monday! Don't forget to deposit your butts.


  1. i am so gald that you had fun!! thanks for the blog tip. i just hopped over to sweet pea and then my lirbary website and reserved the ed emberley books for max.

  2. looks like fun! Want to come creative camping with your family...

    Was thinking about you this week. Finally found a good tshirt for my 76!!! I'll have to send you a pic once it's done. Yeah!

  3. Love the "butts", I needed the laugh today! It looks like you guys had a blast camping! I can't wait for next summer, everyone will be potty trained and ready to go!

  4. Sweet bench pic!

    I, too, used to draw all the time, and doodle, if that can be classified as drawing, but I don't do much any longer...I miss it.

  5. lovely!! where did you go? we're looking for a good camping adventure on the way home.

  6. Yay for good times camping and for drawing again!

  7. Looks like you guys had fun! love the dirty picture...
    Hope we can make Math and Science tomorrow - it's going to be close. Can I draw, too? ;)

  8. haha. i love the bench monday photo. i also really love the idea of just drawing. i never drew much as a kid, but find myself interested in it now. i'm going to have to try it out.

  9. Utterly fantastic BUTTS Bench Monday. I missed it again due to working and was too exhausted last night.. : (

    Looks like you had a wonderful time. The sand rolling brought a smile to my face, as I used to LOVE doing the same thing..!! Hooray for summer!

  10. It looks like you have a wonderful time on your camping trip. Love the drawing of the camper.

  11. I always bring art supplies while camping. And I eventually see even the adults sketching their surroundings. It looks like you had a great time! By the way, I love your header!!!! Have a great week!

  12. Man! my boy loves tracing paper! Glad your's enjoyed it. Camping looks fun, beautiful pictures as always.

  13. Hello. Was checking out new blogs and came across yours and I think its really cool. Hey come check out mine if you'd like.

  14. I love family camping trips. I'll have to remember to bring some art supplies next time we go. I always feel like I take too much STUFF but sketch paper...that's not a bad idea.

  15. AnonymousJuly 15, 2009

    heehee. butts.

  16. Don't you love it when you have an epiphany! I need to remember to post my Bench Monday!

  17. what a great post, i use to draw fanatically as a kid and put it aside for more "adult" pursuits i guess. a while ago i sat down with my nine-year-old artist and it felt so good to draw again. thanks for sharing!


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