Sunday, December 30, 2012

Children's Holiday Ornaments

Creating art with children is one of my favorite things to do.  So naturally, I saved my own children's art, their colorful illustrations and all their Christmas decorations they created.  The photo of my son, Jason was inside of a decorated glass ornament.  I hang them on my tree every year, to remind me of the happy memories of Christmas's that have past. I was going to post some of my prized possessions, but I'm saving them for a book.
The photo above of my daughter, was a reference for the Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

 c 2012 Miss Muffet Laura Goetz

Little Miss Muffet was first published in 1805 in "Songs for the Nursery.”  Some attribute the origin of this nursery rhyme to Dr. Thomas Muffet, an entomologist who wrote the first scientific catalogue of British native insects.  It is believed the poem, Little Miss Muffet, was written for his stepdaughter Patience.

Perhaps Little Miss muffit was the first ”documented” person with arachnophobia.  Like many little girls, I also have a fear of spiders!

I rendered this illustration with Rembrandt soft pastels on canson paper.  For reference, I used a photograph of my niece Delaney, taken at a family wedding.