The world is his canvas

Jonathan has become quite the artist these days. He’s almost always drawing something new and imaginative. We first cataloged his work here, here, and here.

A few weeks ago we caught Jonathan drawing on the living room carpet with crayons. He didn’t understand that getting crayon marks out of carpet is tough work, and we sternly corrected him for that. The next day, Cassia bought a pack of washable crayons. The timing couldn’t have been better: soon Emma picked up on the coloring habit, and we found stray marks on the walls and wood furniture. Those washable crayons made clean-up a breeze. Cassia loved the washable crayons so much she bought a few more packs, and we’ve since confiscated all of the regular crayons.

Cassia also bought a few containers of washable sidewalk chalk for the children to use to draw on our backyard porch. They’ve all really enjoyed it, and since it’s been raining every few days lately, they regularly get a fresh slate on which to create.

Allow us to share a few examples of Jonathan’s artistry:

Annie traced Jonathan's body with sidewalk chalk; he embellished it.

You can see some more of Jonathan's work here. The rainbows were drawn by Annie.

You can see some more of Jonathan's work here. The rainbows were drawn by Annie.

Jonathan drew this picture on Saturday (7/26). It's a picture of his bed, with Lightning McQueen on the comforter and little 'Mater and Lightning pictures on the left side. His pillow is directly above it, with depictions of 'Mater and Lightning. Also visible are two of his favorite blankets.

Jonathan drew an impromptu flower for us after church on Sunday (7/27). You can also see some of the letters he knows how to write.

Today (7/30) Cassia took the kids to an indoor jungle gym called Monkey Joe’s. After several hours of literally bouncing off the walls, they came home and she tried to put them down for a nap. One thing you need to understand is that Jonathan and Emma stopped napping several months ago, which has been quite taxing for Cassia. But she needed a break today and insisted that the kids needed one too, so they stayed in their room most of the afternoon. I finally heard them quiet down at about 5:30pm.

Dinner was ready at 6:00, so the three of us ate in peace and then I went upstairs to wake the children and bring them downstairs. When I tried to open their bedroom door I realized that something big and heavy was in the way. I forced the door open, then realized that the large object in the way was Emma’s bed.

This is what I saw:

Yes, those are crayon marks. On the fitted sheet.

Yes, those are crayon marks. On the fitted sheet.

Here are additional markings on the crib itself. The small black cylinder under the crib on the right side of the image is the weapon of mass destruction.

Here are additional markings on the crib itself. The small black cylinder under the crib on the right side of the image is the weapon of mass destruction.

Here are the decorations added to the fitted sheet of Annie's bed. Tiger stripes!

Some additional scribbling on the box spring. We bought this mattress set new from Costco about 7 weeks ago.

Some additional scribbling on the box spring. We bought this mattress set new from Costco about 7 weeks ago.

Not even Emma's favorite baby doll was spared. We have some reason to believe this element, at least, was a joint operation.

Here's a close-up view of the left side of Jonathan's "canvas."

And the right side. He's getting better at drawing people.

Amazingly, there weren’t any marks on the walls or carpet. They remembered that lesson! Neither were there any marks on Jonathan’s bed or any of his toys.

When I first saw all of this my first instinct was to . . . well, let’s just say we’re all glad I followed my second instinct, which was to take pictures of the carnage so we could laugh at our misery later.  I prepared Cassia for the experience by showing her the pictures first.  I think that made things a lot better.

Thankfully, the crayon was of the washable kind, and removed from the wooden bed frame like magic.  The box spring was harder.  Nearly an hour and half a can of Carpet 409 later, it now just looks smudged instead of vandalized.

Jonathan’s facing some serious consequences, of course.  He and Emma are energetic, creative children, but they’re also the human equivalent of baking soda and vinegar.

This happened just over a month ago (6/22). I don't know how Jonathan managed to flip over Annie's twin mattress like that.

They like to strip their beds too.

They like to strip their beds too.

This post is dedicated to all the mothers of young children who have to put up with shenanigans like this.  We salute you.

4 Responses to “The world is his canvas”

  1. When we got the children up for dinner just a little bit after taking these pictures, we broached the subject of this art: “Jonathan, what did you do that was not good?”

    “I colored.”

    “What did you color on?”

    “On everything (smile).”

    Yeah. That about sums it up. I think they specifically avoided the walls and carpet, though, because Emma got those yesterday and got reprimanded repeatedly as I washed it off (“Do we color on walls? No!”). I don’t know how they snuck another crayon in there again. But I am SOOOOO glad to have gotten the washable kind! Definitely worth the extra upfront cost to us! :)

  2. A little naughty (chuckle, chuckle) but the boy has talent!!! Love, Gramma

  3. Yeah, I agree, Jonathan has become a good artist. Together Jonathan can do almost anything, They are a good team. ;)

  4. what a mess! I sure do miss those two kids though!

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