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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Where is the Sunshine?

Yesterday, even though Bow had fun painting in the morning, by afternoon he really wanted to go outside. He asked to go, even though the sky was still cloudy, and a little rain was falling.

He went out on the ledge, where he was protected from the rainfall, considered climbing onto the swing, but thought better of it when he realized he'd get rained on. He came back in, but he was still not ready to give up. So he asked to go out again, and he was ready to settle for sitting on the ledge, when the rain came down even harder than before.

I kept painting, and by the end of the day, this is what our two paintings looked like. Bow's is on the left and mine is on the right. The brown in the backgound of my painting was a color that Bow mixed for me from the three primary colors I gave him. Looking at  Bow's painting, I can't tell what it's supposed to be, but it does seem to me that he tried to sign his name to it.

I don't mean that it looks like a perfect signature, but Bow's name is קשת in Hebrew, It looks as if he made the ק and then was trying to make the ת. Also, and this seems kind of weird, but it looks like he made a segol pointing mark under the wrong letter. The missing letter from the middle of his name is a shin, and it would have a segol under it. Like this:


In fact, the ק also should have a segol under it. Is all this a coincidence, or did Bow mean something by the marking that looks like a signature?

I don't know. I do know that what Bow really wanted to do yesterday was go outside, and eventually, when the rain let up, he did.

Today has started out rather gloomy. It's looking to be another sunless day. Bow went out for a bit this morning, but he came back in, and before taking a nap, he looked a little depressed.

Let's hope the sun comes out this afternoon.


  1. I see the letter's you're referring to in Bow's picture. That's interesting. I didn't know you could paint, Aya! Who is your painting of?

    1. Hi, Kathy. I think Bow knows a lot more about writing than he likes to let on. As for my painting, it's pretty rudimentary. I like to do faces, both humans and other animals, but not much else. I was looking at a picture of a model when I painted that. But I don't usually have the patience to go back and put in the details that would make it look realistic. That's why for my novel covers I usually commission a real artist.

  2. I like the woman you painted, and how Bow is also creating himself. Also, Bow hiding under a blanket is quite fun. I think a lot of people can relate to his sentiment, from time to time. Could this be an illustration for a future book?

    1. Thanks, Julia. I am glad you liked it, Bow is very good at expressing himself, even if it's just hiding under a blanket.

      I was thinking about the young adult genre when I did that painting. Maybe someday I will attempt a YA book, and those usually have a picture of a young girl on the cover. However, it needs to be much better than that to qualify, and if I ever did write a YA novel, I would probably end up getting someone else to do the cover illustration.