Between 1901 and 1904 Picasso went through a Blue Period. It’s a bit harder to tack down the dates of when Jack went through his Dragon Period. I keep this small sketch he did one afternoon on the back of an envelope on our magnet board to remind me of this phase and because it’s JACK-ness makes me smile. Wouldn’t it be cool if a dragon really did peek out of our piano one day…?
Up close shots:
Jack checked out a book from the library that taught the basics of drawing a dragon. He learned a basic technique and then got creative! He made many of his own styles and types of dragons. Be not deceived… if there is a dragon missing arms or that has extra appendages it wasn’t a mistake. He wanted them that way. My fave in this collage is the bottom middle. There was some story he made about it going on a quest and finding that jewel…
When I was raiding some notebooks to find these sketches I found some pages where he just worked on perfecting one aspect of a dragon… wings… faces… claws… Please notice the top left pic. I have named that one “Dragon’s Soliloquy.” It’s one of my faves!
I also really love the pics he drew of dragon’s fighting each other. Although I think in one of these (bottom right) it’s actually dragon vs dinosaur.
But not all pics of dragons together were battles. Check out this one of a parent dragon reading to their child:
In other news: Hi! I’m back! Did you miss me? I have missed being online, but the whole month of September was crazy for me, particularly things with my calling. I have been touring the wards and branches of our Stake addressing the subject of Women and the Priesthood (fun!). There was also Stake Auxiliary Training, a special Psychological Disorders Training (that I didn’t teach but that I did coordinate) and a new Relief Society Presidency in Tuscola to orient. The MOST work-filled event of all came this past Saturday. Our Stake has a long standing tradition of holding a dinner for the Sisters prior to the General Relief Society Broadcast. It was wonderful. Really, really wonderful! So fun, so uplifting! But it was also a heck ton of work! (Are Stake Relief Society Presidents allowed to say “heck ton?”) Anyway, I enjoyed the work, but I am relieved that it is done too.
And of course in the midst of calling business there were also dishes to do and children to care for and a baby to grow in my tummy, etc. etc. etc. 🙂
Things have slowed down significantly now though and I hope to be back to the blog and back to normal life. I still owe Aly and Truman letters about their special baby-ness… and a whole month has gone by without me blogging so there is lots to report!
And PS: If you wrote me an email during the month of September that I didn’t respond to… just know you were probably not the only person that happened to, and I will get to those soon too!
Thanks for being patient with me! See you soon!