The A-Z of Melody McDonald: “D” if for Drawing #AtoZBloggingChallenge
of the things that Melody enjoyed doing more than anything else was drawing.
She wasn’t too bad at it, either. Okay, so she would never win a prize
competing against the Italian or Flemish artists. She might have had a chance
against Picasso, because at least her results were understandable to someone
with a normal mind-set. A frog looked like a frog and a horse looked like a
horse… sort-of… With a little training she might have had hope.
her Gramma Mary abetted her in her endeavors. Actually, all of the McDonald
kids were aided and abetted by Gramma Mary, because she provided endless
amounts of paper, and pencils were always there. Gramma Mary worked as a
draftswoman for the U.S. Navy at San Pedro, California. And there, she was able
to get her hands on pads of paper of two sizes, nicely stapled and ready to go.
wasn’t stealing; this was recycled paper of a sort. When a project in her
office was finished, the paper, instead of being shredded (this was before
those times began) the papers were lined up, cut to size and stapled. They were
the put out for the disposition of everyone in the office. And she would gather
up a goodly amount and give them to the kids the next time she saw them.
they made good (or bad) use of them. Melody had so much fun drawing seasonal
scenes. At Halloween, she would draw haunted houses with rickety fences around
them and ghosts stretching out of windows. There would be bats flying in the
sky, jack-o-lanterns sitting on fence posts, and witches flying across full
moons. Sometimes she would even draw clouds across the moon so all you could
see would be their hats or shoes. So much fun!
they had never-ending amounts of crayons, so those pictures were always colored
after being drawn.
was time for Santa Claus, winter scenes, Christmas trees, snowmen, snowy skies,
sleds plum full of presents and of course, the reindeer. I especially liked
drawing Rudolph. I also liked drawing winter scenes and hanging them all over
the house. I guess they just reminded her that it was winter, since there
wasn’t that much snow falling on the ground there in Southern California.
were horses in fields eating, running, rearing on two legs. Bugs, butterflies,
giraffes, rabbits. The two animals she wasn’t very good at were cats and dogs,
still likes to draw, especially for the enjoyment of little children. She still
can’t draw cats or dogs, though.