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RE: Blue sky and MBirds

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Ben Schasfoort (Ben.Schasfoort)
Thu, 10 Dec 1998 14:37:32 +0000

Hi, 1000

The discussion about blue ribbon sky, sun-in-the-corner, M-birds and other
"bad" habits I have read with interest. I wondered what my grandson thought
of it, since he makes the same and must therefore be an expert.
He answered this:

Hi, grandpa, glad you asked that. You know, what I draw is not art,
although so many people say that I am a real artist when they see my
drawings. My drawings are my visual language, just that. Would you expect
me to talk like an adult? You wouldn't. You always knew what I meant with a
blue ribbon and the sun in the corner, didn't you? Yes, no more than that
there is a sky above and the sun is shining. Did you notice that I drew a
sun half behind a cloud last time? Yes, that is what I noticed and what I
would tell you.
In the same drawing you have seen that bird with wings and eyes and claws.
Yes, I told you a story about it in visual language. And now you bother
about clouds of M birds in my last drawing. Aha, you recognized it were
birds? So what is the problem? They were not important in that story
(besides, I like the trick), ((more besides, I am a little lazy sometimes)).

Grandpa, you may not expect that I talk or draw like the older ones in our
school or like adults. If I need other words or sentences, I will use them.
If I need other visual signs for my visual language, I will use them. You
can try me, but not press me. I'll do it when I am convinced. If you ask me
something what I cannot understand, I cannot anwer properly. The same thing
is with visual language grandpa. But what do I complain, you never said you
hated my drawings without the sky completely made blue. Love you, grandpa.


Ben Schasfoort