art direction

Ro has recently become interested in representational drawings—as in, “Mama, draw airplane. Draw Teacher Lisa. Draw Mama. Draw RoRo. Draw squirrel. Draw letter A.” She understands that one can draw a representation of an object that is not, in fact, the actual object. And she also understands that she herself does not yet have the ability and coordination to do it, but that the adults around her do—or at least have the ability and coordination to try. Meanwhile, she continues to draw the most amazing abstract and uninhibited lines, circles, loops, and dots. The dots she makes by smashing the marker forcefully into the surface of the paper. Occasionally she also cheerfully uses herself as the canvas.