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Wednesday, March 15, 2017


I tried to paint an apple.
It turned into a blob.
I spattered paint everywhere.
I guess I am a slob.

   Have you ever tried to draw or paint something and it just wouldn't come out right?  I was thinking about that as I wrote todays poem. Then, of course, I had to try to paint a picture of an apple that was slobish. (I think I just made up that word.) Anyway, it took me about 10 minutes to set up my paints, brushes and paper.  But it only took about 5 minutes to paint my apple.  I did have to wait a few moments for the background paint to dry, but that is part of what made my edges blurry.
Then I had fun splattering the paint.
  One of my favorite children's illustrators uses splattered paint--Brian Wildsmith.
  Now with paint splattered, I have a mess to clean up.  I did have fun playing.
  I hope you have fun playing today too.  Can you try writing your own poem about your favorite piece of fruit?  Do you like bananas, oranges, grapes, pineapple, or pears?  Then have fun trying to paint a picture for your poem, or draw one.  Just have a fun day.  If you use real fruit to write and paint from, you can eat it when you are done.  And don't forget to clean up.

I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.  INVICTUS, William Ernest Henley 


  1. I know you think that this painting is "slobish", Joy, (I love that word btw), but I really think it is a great painting. The texture and blurred edges make it the apple more interesting. =)

    1. I wrote the poem first and then had to try making that blobby apple. It was hard because I knew how to make a good one. If you were trying to make a slobbish apple, what would it look like? Sometimes when we try not to do something it turns out better than if we tried our hardest.

  2. It turned out just fine, with fun too! There might be a lesson here. Perhaps it is: Don't worry about the process. Have fun!

  3. Most of the time, that is how I write my drafts for poetry. I do love doing it and it is the same philosophy I try with the painting. Hope you have a great weekend.

  4. I'll bet there are a lot of kids who could relate to this one!