Kiddie Art


Everyone colors at grandmas, but not in coloring books.  If you want lines, draw your own… although grandma will give you a swirl or something if you ask.  We talk color, compliments and neutrals, experiment with shading and blending… try this or that, see what happens, but bottom line is do what you want… it’s your art.


DJ (says he’s 11 now)


Zarah (age 6)


Scribble art by Zeth (age 2) and Zavie (age 3)

Scribble art by Zeth (age 2) and Zavie (age 3)

I’ve been told that I ruin kids for school, where coloring neatly within the lines using only one color of crayon per section will achieve the desired result, so we use paper and Prismacolor pencils instead of coloring books and crayons.

I am making a conscious effort to zone into things that really matter – art, peace, children, music, friendships, etc. It is kind of like choosing my battles wisely, as even though there are things here that hit me crooked and I know they are not right, advocating for change renders nothing.  All it does is waste my energy, like beating my head on a brick wall. Is it my problem? No… so I took a line from Paul Simon’s Gumboots and called the whole thing to a halt.






Paper, Pencils, & Faux Bling

Three favorite things… though not so thrilled with the pretend crystals accenting the legs of my new glasses. They are like cut glass, shine kind of white… no lead content means no true sparkle. I’ve got to wait a year before I can pop those babies out and replace them with genuine Swarvoski crystals as remodeling them sooner would void the warranty. The color is “Merlot” so in normal light, it is a wine hue, not quite as purple as they looked under lights bright enough to make plain ol’ glass or acrylic pretend to sparkle. OH WELL… guess the important thing is that I can see again.

Added ten new colors to my Faber-Castell Aquarelles today and, once again, suggested stocking the Faber-Castell Polychromos.

I have written emails pleading for and praising my favorite pencils, but alas… not one damn store that I know of in the entire city & suburbs of Youngstown, Ohio, will sell my pencils.

Okay, so I am a wee limited to stores located on the WRTA bus routes, so if you live around here and know of any store that sells Faber-Castell Polychromos, sets or open stock, please let me know.

I think Prismacolor has purposely cornered the market by fooling buyers for store stuff into thinking that artist grade colored pencils are ye about all the same… why stock two brands of the exact same thing? Prismacolors are slightly cheaper than Polychromos, so they stock Prismacolors and a General or maybe Crayola, couple really cheap brands, call it a day… that is enough variety.

BUT… those are all WAX based colored pencils, so it is like stocking a variety of apples and NO oranges! Polychromos are OIL based colored pencils… major, major difference. Apples and orange are both fruit, but oh so not the same. They can stock grapes (watercolour pencils) but not Polychromos.

Don’t even let me get started on paper… Strathmore is in cahoots with Prismacolor, imo, dominating the local market with some monopoly strategy to squeeze out some very fine papers. Yes, it would be very nice to buy Stonehenge 100% cotton papers locally.

I did buy three sheets today – but not Strathmore. I am boycotting Strathmore. I’d boycott Prismacolor but that would by slightly hypocritical as I already have the entire set… they are “okay” pencils and I suppose Strathmore makes “okay” papers… just galls me that MY favorites are not available locally.

Is this just Youngstown? Or are certain brands dominating your local market, too?