44 Photos - Jan 1, 2012
Photo: Day 1 - The Visitor Center at Sunol Regional Wilderness has a fish tank with a very gregarious turtle. I took a few photos but didn't notice the camera had autofocused on the tank wall instead of the turtle until I got home. So here's a slightly sharper sketch of one of those photos.Photo: This is Athena's rendition of octopuses.  But I didn't have to tell you that.Photo: Athena and I both drew a picture of Athena flying a kite. 

I did mine pretty quickly, I think I could have used some more time (and a better eraser) on her eyes and face. Familiar faces are the most difficult thing to draw, since any mistakes or inaccuracies seem so glaring. Maybe in a couple weeks I'll be brave enough to draw a portrait. This is another sketch of an out-of-focus photo.Photo: Athena and I both drew a picture of Athena flying a kite.  Her work is mixed-media, crayon and sticker on graph paper. I think her scene is more expressive, in that it expresses that she wants a kite with faeries on it.Photo: Day 3. This is a sketch of the hills in Sunol Regional Wilderness from the Canyon View Trail, about half way to the Little Yoesmite area. I don't think I really created the sense of depth I wanted, and a detailed scene like this probably needs more time and less vague cross-hatching. Oh well.Photo: Athena drew a cat. I have to admit I helped her here a bit, helping her think of what shapes to use for the head, ears, nose and she asked me to help hold her hand for the ears and nose. Everything else is pure Athena, including the 6 or 7 paws (or maybe 4 paws in motion?) It's fascinating seeing what things she can come up with on her own, what things she can do with some prompting, and what things she could do if she had a bit more coordination with the crayon.Photo: Day 4, a collaboration. I asked Athena what we should draw, and she said "a heart." When I asked her to elaborate, she said to draw an eagle with a heart. I started looking for some pictures of eagles for inspiration, but that taxed Athena's patience and she demanded I draw a roller coaster immediately.

I began to draw but was still too slow, so she pushed my pencil out of the way with her orange crayon. Not my strongest showing so far, but Athena's artistic vision is growing by leaps and boundsPhoto: Day 5. Athena wanted me to sing the "On Top of Spaghetti" song, so I decided to draw a meatball perched as described in the lyrics. I didn't have a plate of spaghetti to look at, so I think it came out reasonably well.Photo: Athena did a lot of painting in school today, but I don't have it here to scan. Instead I'm counting this drawing from yesterday of a roller coaster on a grassy hill. That's quite a vertical loop!Photo: Day 6 - Athena asked me to draw a bouncy house for her to color, then lost interest in coloring.Photo: Day 6, Athena drew a mountain.Photo: For day 7, a sketch of the Sierras and tufa from the Mono Lake State Natural Reserve. I'm definitely not doing the tufa justice - these gnarled towers of calcium carbonate are unlike anything else.Photo: Athena colored in her coloring book today, so I'm sharing a drawing from a couple days ago. It's a roller coaster track over a jungle.Photo: For Day 8, I decided to do a still life - oranges and a banana. I was originally going to draw something out on my bike ride but I'm apparently too out of shape to ride a bike for 30 minutes and then hold a pencil.Photo: I could not interest Athena in crayons today, but she did make this awesome robot from a robot sticker kit. I like how he has his green eyebrows cocked over his single, unblinking robot eye. It's like he's just watched you do some silly, bumbling human behavior and he's all like, "Seriously man? Really?"Photo: Per request, here's Spider-Man, fighting a raccoon playing the steel drums, inside a black hole.Photo: Some how Athena drew the same thing, before the requests even came in!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: