In the meanwhile, I'll post some of her recent pictures that I have been extremely impressed with. And I definitely need you to Ooh and Aah and tell me what a genius my 5 year old is. Because, frankly, she is.
All of the following pictures are drawn in her favorite medium: Ball point pen. I have tried to convince her to go for pencil so she can erase (instead of getting angry and scribbling over the entire picture and then crumpling it up for the garbage), but she is having none of it. Sometimes she leaves it black and white, and sometimes she decides to color things in a bit. Either way, it's all pretty darn good for a Kindergartener.
This is a doughnut factory. (You'll also notice that she is getting good at sounding out words to write them for herself.) I'm not sure where she got the idea to do this, but there you go. I love the doughnut machines spitting out the dough onto the conveyor belt.
This is Chloe and her Kindergarten teacher. Notice that Chloe's sweater has a hood, which was exactly what she was wearing the day she drew this. Also, her teacher has a zippered sweater/jacket. Don't ask about the papapapa....I'm not really sure what that's about.
This is a picture of me and Joel, with Chloe giving Joel a hug. The shelf beside us is a pretty accurate representation of a shelf in our house. Notice that Joel's glasses are round, and mine are square. This is true in real life. Unfortunately, this is one of the masterpieces that little sister got a hold of. You can see how she desecrated it with a red marker. Chloe was beside herself, as usual. But, it wasn't too bad this time.
This drawing of a birthday party amazes me most. I love the pinata. I love that there are six girls and six of everything. One for each girl. There are six gifts, six cups and six plates on the tables. There are six goody bags hanging off the side of the table. (I love the wrought iron look of the table on the left.) And there are six balloons. (She numbered the face of each girl...I guess so she could keep track of them.)
Speaking of balloons, did you SEE the detail she drew into them? Not only did she draw the little light reflections, but she drew the parts of faces and hair that are behind the balloons more lightly, as seen through the latex. Simply amazing. I'm not sure I would even think to do that. Have a closer look: