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Jerry Zezima: This art is a big draw

By Jerry Zezima, Tribune News Service on

Published in Health & Fitness

Lilly went for a more modern look, especially after she spilled the contents of her cup on the various shapes (circle, rectangle, blob) that began to run with all the hues in her palette, putting the water in watercolor.

But the girls don't work only with brushes. They also use pencils, crayons and markers on their colorful creations.

These implements can be useless in the hands of a hack, as I found out when I used a marker to draw Shrimpy, a pink crustacean in one of the girls' favorite movies, "Zombies 2."

"It's not so good," I admitted.

"That's OK, Poppie," Chloe said. "You just need to practice."

I thought I would do better when Lilly, who had drawn "Anna," a girl with blue hair, yellow eyes, an apricot face and mosquito bites on her chin, wanted me to draw a dress. I took a marker and outlined the garment.

"You put sleeves on the dress!" Lilly scolded. "I don't like sleeves! That's a bad dress!"

Then she showed me how to do it right by drawing a sleeveless dress, which she painted gold.


Chloe painted a wedding dress with a blue neckline, a pink waistline and a red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink hemline.

I tried drawing another dress, this one sans sleeves, but Lilly said, "It's still bad."

I had flunked Art 101, which explains why none of my pieces are in the show, which includes paintings of a unicorn, a butterfly and a flower.

At least my wife, Sue, has faith in my artistry. In fact, she wants me to paint the dining room. It looks like I'll be going back to my blue period.


Jerry Zezima writes a humor column for Hearst Connecticut Media Group and is the author of five books. His latest is "Every Day Is Saturday." All are on Amazon. Email: Blog:

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