She’s Not A Fan

Mrs. Earp was substitute teaching at Princess P’s school Tuesday, and as she was walking down the hall, she saw a row of Eagles papers colored by the students. After looking for a moment, she found Julia’s, which can be seen at the left.

(It’s also at the bottom of this post, and if you click it, the photo will enlarge.)

Any hoo, Julia is not just a princess because she’s so darn cute, but also because she supports her father in his Eagles hatred. Instead of joining the mob and writing pro-Eagles slogans, Princess P wrote the following:

“Nah, I like the Beagles and the Puppy Bowl… And hockey… but whatever.”

She finished her ensemble by drawing the New Jersey Devils logo on her shirt. I’ve never been more proud of her!

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Old Young Masters

You may remember back in July when I posted about Julia’s entry into a Philadelphia art contest. The program, hosted by the Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News is called “Art Thief,” and contestants would draw the picture posted in the newspaper for the current week.

Julia spent a lot of time recreating the picture – in this case, a chickadee – and sent it in to the judges. Apparently they thought it was impressive, because she received an email priasing her work.

Julia’s Chickadee was shown at the Art Thief’s Art Show Friday evening.

Naturally, I was working. We tried to suggest Julia dress up for the event, but while she didn’t get into a dress, she didn’t look like a slob. She had a great time at the art show, proudly showed off her work, and at the end of the event ice cream was served.

I’m always proud of my kids, and Princess P didn’t disappoint.

Domo Arigato, Mr. Omega

A few months ago, Julia started watching New Japan Pro Wrestling. It’s on once a week – usually Friday or Saturday – on the AXS Network. Like me, my sons were all into wrestling at one point or another, but Julia is simply obsessed.

New Japan is in the middle of their summer tournament to crown a new champion. I was ordered – not asked – to tape every leg of the tournament while were on vacation, and when she watches the matches, the house could catch fire and she wouldn’t care.

Which brings me to this week’s Julia’s Art feature. She drew of picture of my favorite NJPW wrestler, Kenny Omega. (It’s at the right, obviously, and you can click the photo to embiggen.) You can also click this link to see the real Kenny Omega.

This was the first work she’s done where she wasn’t entirely happy with the outcome. Kenny’s right hand wouldn’t cooperate, and even after drawing and redrawing, it never came close to perfect. I thought it was great, but she’s a stickler for detail.

She also decided to do a self-portrait. You can see it below…

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Mortal Artwork

Last week Redneck Geezer asked about Kevin and Julia’s art. It’s been a while since I’ve posted some drawings, but the timing off the request was perfect.

You see, when we were at the shore – I’ll post about that when I’m not totally exhausted – Julia spent her mornings making something for Kyle, who goes away to college in less than two weeks. Kyle is a big fan of the Mortal Kombat video game, and decided to draw one of his favorite characters: Liu Kang.

It encapsulates her favorite things: karate and drawing. I think it came out really well.

For a comparison, here is a picture of Liu Kang from Mortal Kombat similar to what she was recreating.

Julia will likely be the hardest hit when Kyle heads to Texas, so I think she wanted to give him a going away present. She will certainly miss her “Ginger Buddy,” and wanted to give him something special before he heads to college.

My Little Chickadee

So, the Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News is sponsoring an art contest – called Art Thief – open to Philadelphia kids. The newest contest showed a small version of a chickadee, and challenged people to reproduce the art work.

At the Daily News, we really love Art Thieves. Not the kind that go into museums and steal priceless paintings! We don’t like them! Our Art Thieves are hard-working kids of all ages who “steal” drawing tips from our professional artist, then share their drawings with our staff and with each other.

Julia tried her hand at the chickadee – click the photo to embiggen – and she received this email.

Dear Julia,

Everything about your chickadee drawing is 100% charming! You have the proportions, the shape of the wing, the shape of the tail, and the feathers just right!

A copy will hang in our end-of summer art show on August 30. An invitation will arrive via email. Thanks for submitting this terrific drawing.

Miss Amy

When I first saw the final work, I honestly thought Princess P traced it. Mrs. Earp immediately debunked that, saying the original work was much smaller. The girl is really talented, and I am so very proud of her.

Julia’s Art

Kevin isn’t the only artist in the family. Princess P is rather talented, as well. She likes to paint on poster board, paper, or ceramics – although her first Disney Princess was heavy with the lipstick. She looked like the Joker.

Julia’s fourth grade teacher is just out of college. She talks about her dog Tess pretty much every day. Julia, never missing an opportunity to break out her art supplies, has drawn and/or painted pictures of Tess a few times this year.

Last month, she decided to paint Tess in a President’s Day theme.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you “Abraham Tess-on.”

(Click the photo to embiggen.)