Say "hello," Gilbert.
Hmm. Gilbert is the silent type, yet expressive. Quietly waiting for his dinner to fly by.
Alex wondered out loud about large canvases and so I made special trip to the art store for this 18 x 24 art board. He started sketching Monday night, while we watched a Rick Steves Europe episode.
Alex and Max love frogs. Together they research the kinds of frogs that can be kept as pets. They weigh the pros and cons of frogs that may bite and frogs that are too small to hold. They like the African Clawed frog. They have been waiting for us to be in our own home so they can have a pet frog. In the meantime Alex draws frogs and toads. Remember when Gilbert first appeared? He was Alex's mood barometer when he started going to school.
Sometimes Gilbert smiles, but most times he looks like a curmudgeonly guy and Alex likes him this way. Alex added cheerful tulips, a flower he finds quintessentially floral. Gilbert seems unimpressed by the flowers or the wonder of his sylvan home. I like him too. I respect his reflective mood, his reserved emotions, his solid presence.
Today Gilbert is going to Kinkos. I'll make a copy of the sketch before Alex starts painting him. Then I may stop at the art store and pick up another canvas.