I did start this blog as a way of showcasing my work, creating new networks, linking with other artists, and finding a sense of community. But as a mother I can't help occasionally showing off what my children do to constantly amaze me with their leaps and bounds in thinking, seeing, understanding, and representing the world. And as so many of you out there are also mums (and a few dads too!), I'm sure you'll allow me this small indulgence. My 5 year old did these this afternoon, in a little 'break' from sewing some Christmas presents (with a bit of help from mummy in knotting the end of the cotton...though she can thread a needle better than I!). I am frequently in awe of what my children draw, and though I can't stop other children at school, and sometimes adults, from telling them "this is how you draw a cat" (ie. large circle, small circle on top, 2 triangles for ears...I'm sure you know what I mean), I have made it my rule never to 'teach' them how to draw anything, and to let them discover their own way of seeing and representing. I love seeing how their skills develop, one day dots for eyes, the next day eyelashes appear as if by magic. Mermaids shift to faeries, move on to ballerinas...and sometimes a bit of all three!