FLY ON MY WALL  is a series, for reference, please check out the first post


You are looking at all the quintessential little boy gear, Pikachu, Angry Bird, Om Nom, Puff-Ball skeleton and Darth Vader.  What’s that?  What’s that you say?  You want to know why there’s a pink pillow smack dab in the middle of my boys bed?

Heh heh, funny you should ask.

It all began a year ago while we were in the throes of moving to our current home.  I made the mistake of saying “C’mon kids why don’t you pick out something and we will base your new rooms around it.”

My preschool son chose the pink pillow.

Now I am that mom that will be damned if I am going to tell my boy he can’t like pink when there is absolutely no gosh darn reason why he shouldn’t.  I think socializing stinks period, not that I wasn’t aware that there are social repercussions for not going along with the herd.

We bought the pillow.

O’Dogs room is awesome.  I put up surf/skim boards, a disco ball, spin art, cool brown walls. Dare I say, it’s the coolest room in the house….but then kindergarten came.

Needless to say, my boys favorite color is now red…black….and he likes spiders….snakes….skulls….and anything else he can come up with to prove his six-year-old manhood!

To tell you the truth, I don’t think he even notices that the pillow is even in his room anymore. But I do, I remember it was one of those days where as a parent I had 30 seconds to decide what I was going to teach my kid about colors and masculinity and I wasn’t going to pass on that B.S.

No boy, you don’t have to have a glove in your hand to be masculine. You don’t have to wear blue every day of your childhood to prove you are a boy.  You can love music, art and the color pink and it doesn’t mean you are effeminate.  It turns out the world has a little more say than mom. However, in my home, they will not be learning what it means to be boy or girl, they will learn what it means to be human.

Enough said.  What it boils down to is I don’t really care what my son is into at the moment.  It will change like his underwear which I’m pretty sure he doesn’t wear every day!

What I am thankful for is at the end of each day, he still begs me to come in and snuggle him up.  Which to me, means whatever I’ve done as a mom, can’t be too bad!


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Or should I say fly on my window!

This is my view every morning from my kitchen sink. I started collecting wooden dancing toys for their bright happy colors and now one by one my girlfriend Maria sends me these little wooden surprises. Thanks Maria! They make me smile every morning.

What is also funny is when people come to visit they change the figure’s poses. Right now the robot is doing an awesome 80’s dance (or is it the pee-pee dance?).  Pop-Pop the pirate had a whole week of adventures on Block Island where he battled crabs and fought off scurvy. You just never know where they’ll wind up and what funny poses they will be in.

Another funny tidbit is when kids come over to visit they are quickly educated on which toys are kid toys and which toys are “Ms. Mary’s” toys! I have a bright toy car collection, a Pee-Wee Herman toy collection and random odd ball toys I find at the Salvation Army like a giant green robotic frog and a Kung-Fu Panda.

This week I treated myself to a new Sakura black ink pen. It’s awesomely smooth. I just love it. This image is a contour drawing (focusing on the outlines of images). However I did create a pencil grid before I started so that I could keep the figures relative to my sink.

There is a fly in the drawing…check back to post #6 for it’s relevance.

In summary, I think toys are great at every age. Everyone needs a touch of whimsy or down right silliness in their lives.  Try slipping some little figures in hidden places in your house and see if they don’t make you smile once in a while. You may even find them difficult to share with the kids!


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#6 Fly On My Wall

The concept behind this title is being a fly on the wall.  By observing my blog you sort of are a fly on my wall. For this entry, you can gain a look  inside my inner world -literally. Here is my living room! Once and a while I will document my surroundings through contour drawings.

For this piece I chose the approach of a blind contour drawing. “Blind” meaning you do not look at the paper. You take a pen, you look at the object, you guesstimate shapes, relationships, positive & negative spaces while solely looking at the subject matter. You  are documenting  what your eyes and brain are perceiving.  It is great practice for an artists eye-hand coordination.  It’s a lot of fun.  Sometimes you are off by two inches or objects overlap. In the portrait of the woman, I completely ran out of room for her upper torso.  The light switch is on the plant because, when not looking, you can be off a bit.  I think the effect is freeing though.  The over lapping, the wonky lines, the bent drape rod, yes they are not realistic, but you do gain insight into the character of my room.  I love color and I love adding lots of different patterns to my interiors.  This is why I decided to use a second finer pen to add the details of the art and fabrics.  My room would not be my room if I had simply only left the larger pen strokes as the final marks.

Both pens were archival ink. The thick lines for the gestural drawing and the thin lines for the detail. Next I added water color because again, for a room to be my room it has to have bright and bold color!

For added fun, I added a fly to the drawing. So in future posts. If you see the title “FLY ON MY WALL” look and see if you can find where I added a fly – because quite simply, that’s you!


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