Sunday, February 6, 2011

castles, and castles


There has been a lot of castle play happening here recently. Sometimes the girls are king and queen or princesses themselves. More often though they are creating their own elaborate castle worlds on paper.

The girls like to lay out notebooks together so they can draw extra big pictures. So we have here the interior of the castle as well as the courtyard. (This is Chloe's castle, Chessa had moved on to other things.)

Within the castle walls are gardens, animals, people working, and children playing.

I love the girls dancing in a ring. And the little woman leaning over the garden with her watering can. And the men harvesting the wheat. Okay, I love it all!

There is so much detail in these drawings, and much of it is very tiny. Therefore hard to take photos, and so we have here a blurry queen and king.

I love all the people bustling about in this one! The woman in the green dress and red apron, hair in a bun, is supposed to be me. I guess I'm a maid? (I won't take offense, the girls know cleaning makes me happy.) There are also a lot of cats in this castle!

There is a royal coach parked by the fence and a wagon traveling along the road. The wagon is called the "Help Yourself Wagon". You can go and get whatever you need.

The girls often spend many, many hours a day on their drawings. There are always stories to go along with them. Chloe can flip through a notebook from a year or two ago and tell you what every person or animal in the picture is doing and thinking.

The castle pictures prompted a search at the library for castle books. They were enjoyed, but there was some doubt, and the girls have realized that perhaps they do not want to live in a castle after all. (Lots of violence in those old castle times!)

They did however want to build castles of their own. And how excited they were when I handed over some thick paper and let them cut and glue to their hearts content.

The castle is now populated by a beeswax royal court, and you will be happy to know that this kingdom is in a land of peace.



gardenmama said...

Your girls are true artists Renee!
I remember you sent me a drawing Chessa did and I was impressed with the beautiful details she made. This post reminds me of when I was a little girl, I enjoying drawing the rooms of a home set up just like this with all the tiny details! I enjoyed doing those drawings long after I was little : ) What a wonderful 3-D kingdom of peace! xoxo

a little crafty nest said...

Oh my!!! These drawings are stunning! I, too, loved making detailed creations of my dream house and dream island. I still remember the quiet serenity they provided me with. Perhaps that is why I love the detail of embroidery work?! Happy week to you:)
xo Jules

Marina said...

Oh Renee, what clever girls you have! I so love all the detail in their art, I wish I could move into their imaginary kingdom!

xoxo, Marina

The Provincial Homemaker said...

Exquisite drawings. The kind of detail in them reminds me of Pieter Bruegel the Elder's painting - Children's Games. I think you can find it online, but I saw the original in Austria.

Melanie~Our Ash Grove said...

oh Renee, your girls are so incredibly artistic! I just love the details of the drawings- and of course any castle that's worth anything would have lots of cats. :)
I will have to show Ella the finished paper castle- she will very much love the details of it!!!

Plain and Joyful Living said...

What amazing work and such beautiful creative time. Thank you so much for sharing. I have also shared it with my Abby.
Warm wishes,

6512 and growing said...

Wow. Those girls are amazing artists. The detail and motion in their art is really impressive. Glad you can capture these moments forever!

Anonymous said...

This is truly beautiful Renee! Your girls are very talented.
Inspiration from the heart :). Thanks so much for sharing.


Beth said...

I am so impressed! The detail is amazing, and the attention to perspective on the fences and position of the people. Chloe has an artists' eye!!

hands follow heart said...

Amazing drawings! So intricate and full of details, like their imagination I bet!

Kerry said...

This is really remarkable. So beautiful and detailed.

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Sara said...

Wonderful pictures! And such details! I love the castle, too. Looks like they are having a lot of fun with it.

Tahara said...

Wow, that looks great!...My boys would love that!

momma rae said...

i absolutely love to see her drawings!!! they are incredible. sienna shares her passion for drawing. i am impressed with the castle they built! xoxoxoxo

earthboysblog said...

I showed Sasha these amazing drawings of Chloe's, so much detail and story in each of them. It seems your little girl is quite drawn to farm living my friend. :). How are you doing out there in the cold? I forgot to tell you that your website looks great, so very sweet - oh when will I have another? Will I? Renee Fabien has found an amazing property in the South of France, his parents shall visit it next week - the house is a thousand years old!