I checked facebook this morning and found this beautiful painting of Mabel, painted by Meagan Alwood-Karcic. She is one of my favorite artists ever!


I bought Mabel a new little drawing pad and a pink and a purple marker. She drew this for me. It is a triangle.

Mabel drew this with the aid of a photo of a model of a T-rex. She drew the big eye first then the head around it. Then the teeth, the body, and an accidental tail that she later extended upward (on the right side of the drawing) The line floating out to the left was originally an arm, but then she drew two little short ones in a more appropriate spot.Then the little legs at the bottom came next. She made two at first but then added the others in two quick slashes. Finally, “Oh it needs another eye!” she added, and then added the other eye.

At the library were coloring pages that advertised Sleeping Beauty that is coming up soon at the Ohio Theater. There was a costume from the ballet in a case. Mabel loved it. She also colored this page.

While waiting for food at the cornerstone cafe, My mom, Nolan, Mabel and I passed these two drawings around.

The top drawing, “You, Me, Grammy, and Nolan was started by Mabel, passed to me, then to my Mom, then to Nolan, and one more time to Mabel.

The next drawing, “Tree” was started by Mabel, then Nolan, then Grammy, then me. My Mom drew the face which Mabel asked if it was a monster. I said, “Only if you want it to be.”

She responded, “I don’t want it to.”

“What do you want it to be?” I asked.

“A tree,” she said…So a tree it is.

At the Library on Wednesdays there is always an activity. Mabel usually participates. This is the first one I’ve posted. I helped her with the placement of the snowman balls and the scarf, but everything else was done by her. She made this last week while the computer was down so I am just now getting around to posting it. I thought everyone might enjoy this snowman since there has been very little chance to create real ones this winter.

Mabel drew these today while she was sick. When she started drawing the to drawing I asked her what she was drawing. She said “You” and the added, “and Big Eye.” As she drew the first large circle around.

The next two drawings are called “You and Me”

The top drawing is Mabel’s which she titled, “You and Me and my friends”. When she started drawing it she said it was an R. (R is our letter of the week.) But when she noticed it looked like a Q she said it was a Q. (Which was our letter two weeks ago.) The Q was when it was just an upside-down purple Q. Then she added all the rest. She titled it “You and Me” then I reminded her that it was originally an R, then a Q and she changed the title to what it is now……also I see a little face in the middle. Pretty cool.

The middle drawing is by one of Mabel’s friends, Shivani. We knew her from Athens and her mom Timi. I showed Shivani a comic of Mabel and I and her face lit up and she said, “I’m going to draw a comic of you and Mabel.” First she drew us on the beach and next she drew us playing in the ocean. This is the one displayed in the middle above. The figure on the left is me and on the right is Mabel. She’s 4 years old! (Some of what you see on this image is bleeding through from the other side of the page.)

The third drawing is by Helena who we just met today. She goes to school with Shivani so I assume she is around the same age. First she drew the dots in the corners, then the dot in the center, then the lines. She displayed very impressive pen control with careful and deliberate symmetry.

Mabel wanted to draw on these little strips and glue them on last night. Today on the way home from Haiku, Mabel was talking about her family in Athens and saying she loved them when they were all together. I explained that she can love them always and soon after our talk, she titled this piece.

When Mabel started drawing this, she said she was drawing towels. The fuchsia arch in the center was the towel, but when she was done she titled it “You and Me”

Mabel chose sushi as our lunch today! What a great surprise. We went to Haiku in the Short North to eat some. While we were waiting Mabel drew a picture of us with sushi, soup and salad. The condensed scribbles on the right is the sushi. The spiral is the salad, the group of scribbles to it’s left is soup, and the dark line coming out of and going back into those scribbles is the other soup. Her and I are randomly scattered throughout the page multiple times.

This is from a while ago. Mabel and Jeff in the Columbus dispatch.

These three drawings were made by Mabel Monday, Nolan Klock, and Chris Monday.

The top one was started by Nolan and is titled (by Nolan) “Seaside strip for the pointallist alien”

The second was started by me and is titled (by me) “Window in space-view of the great pink city-outskirts”

The third was started by Mabel and is titled (by her) “You and me and Nolan”

Mabel wanted to draw right away on Sunday when she got here. This is what she drew. It is me. What you don’t see is the glue stick on it and all of the areas she cut with scissors. She loves using scissors. Still to come this week: Collaborations of Mabel, Nolan, and I!

I try a little to encourage Mabel to draw things other than me and herself. She just likes to I guess.

The top image was actually Mabel just going through different pens to see what they looked like and just called it “You and Me”

In the second she is the pink. The dots are the eyes and the lines the legs. The purple scribble is me.

The third “You and Me” has me on the left. When she said she wanted to draw us I tried to give her step by step directions and I started with me. Though the large spiral is awesomely head-shaped, it is actually my right eye. The darkened in part is my nose and the spiral underneath is the other eye. Mabel grew tired of the instructions, scribbled herself quickly and ran off to play.


            This is a drawing of Rapunzel that Mabel made today… She said, “I’m going to draw Rapunzel’s little eye.” She proceeded to draw a giant spiral. Then she asked me to draw the next part of the eye so I drew the iris. Next I asked her what color the middle of an eye was… She looked in my eye and guessed, “Blue?”                            “No,” I said, “Not blue.” She had one more guess (I forget the color) and then saw that it was black, and said with confidence, “Black.” I gave her a black marker and she filled it in. I asked “What about the nose?” and she drew the little nose spiral. Then she drew the mouth without instruction. After that I gave her the yellow highlighter and suggested using it for the hair and she chose the placement for that.

She titled this piece appropriately… “Rapunzel”.


            Mabel drew a picture of me today and I made suggestions as she went along. She drew the large spiral first which was my head. There was already one dot where an eye would be then she added the left eye. I asked about the nose and she drew the nose, Then she drew the legs of her own accord. I asked about the ears and she drew the ears. I asked if she wanted blue to draw my glasses. She said yes. I gave her a brown marker and asked if she wanted to use it for the hair, and she did. And although it is a drawing of me, she titled it “You and Me”.

                 …again this is Mabel’s title. This is a collaboration of hers and mine. We will be doing a lot of this.