A few months ago in the late afternoon, Junebug and I made our first drawing collaboration. She made wild marks (scribbles, as two year olds tend to do) and then I shaded, added lines and texture according to her composition…

Gone are the days where she tries to eat or immediately tear up the paper. Now she actually enjoys watching me draw with her. Her attention span for drawing is expanding.

When it comes to my own drawing, I love color, unusual forms and strange shapes. Most of all, I love when I stop overthinking, get into a creative flow and just enjoy the process. As it turns out, a little person is the best one to teach these things.

Making drawings with her these days is special because of how fleeting the experience is.  She is young and only wants to collaborate. But, I know the day will come when she wants to make things on her own and starts thinking more about what she’s making. I revel in her spontaneous, uninhibited two year old nature.

As much as I have wished she would work on her own so I can be free to make my own work, I am deeply inspired by her enthusiasm and determination for simply making marks. Junebug is unbothered by any preconceived notions of what our drawing should look like. It is not a precious drawing. The only thing that is important to her is that we are doing something together.

So, here are a few drawings that we are working on for a book…