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Felicitous Nativity

red nativity by phoebe

Phoebe age 4 steps up to representational drawing just in time for the Christmas season. You can pick out the human figures to the left and the right, especially if you’re prepared for the bold abstraction of showing all the hairs on their heads by portraying one representative hair. Which one is Mary and which one is Joseph? “I don’t know… I forgot,” says the 4-year old artist.

In the middle is baby Jesus, shaped like a tear drop, nestled into a sea of marks representing the hay of the manger.

Merry Christmas.

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