Friday, April 12, 2013
Journaling on the Go
These first two pages were from a day when my husband and I took our three-year-old grandson who lives in Maplewood, NJ, into Manhattan via New Jersey Transit and then by subway to the Museum of Natural History. Nate is crazy about trains and subways, and while we rode the train we looked for the most interesting things we could find at each station, and then Nate would tell me what to draw. You can follow our trip and marvel at the gorgeous and exotic things that caught his eye. I can't tell you how truly excited he was by each of these stations, and when we got home we overheard him playing train scenarios with his Thomas trains that involved Brick Church, Secaucus Junction, East Orange, and the C train!
This third page is a kind of followup to the cow gameboard that I posted in February. As we were all walking in Maplewood one bleak and icy day, we saw a soccer field in the park with robins evenly spaced and all facing the same direction. I loved how geometric the whole thing was. I added the little squares for each robin in the same spirit as I put in a game board for the cows. We decided the robins were staking out territory, although the ground was impossibly hard and frozen at that point. Optimistic birds!
New Hampshire visits usually include field trips to great museums and nature centers and maple syrup operations, all tucked away in beautiful countryside. This time we all went to the Vermont Institute for Avian Studies in Woodstock. In spite of chilly winds, Barnaby, aged 4, and I spent a lot of time sketching bald eagles and snow owls and other raptors. The birds were in large outdoor enclosures but were perched close enough to the fences that we could get good detailed drawings.
We returned to Maplewood to help out some more with newborn Abby, and on Saturday mornings in Maplewood I got to go watch Nate do gymnastics. The kids were great fun to watch and the watching parents almost more fun. I jotted down conversations that I overheard. Nate was wearing his favorite brown pants. He told me that brown is his favorite color.