Maia's been drawing up a storm the last few days. She goes through phases, both of drawing (or not drawing) in general and of drawing realistic vs abstract images. She's still an enthusiastic scribbler! But at the moment she's drawing detailed pictures and telling elaborate stories to go with them.
In the photo above, she's telling me, "This is a mama monster scrubbing her baby monster in the tub with a yellow sponge." She went on and on and I got the gist of the rest but was too busy taking photos and writing down the first part to get it all. She said these monsters have claws and hurt the bad guys in the night but are really friendly to nice people.
And this is a picture of two volcanoes with hot lava spurting out. In between are a bunch of colored balloons rising because of the hot air.
In both instances she drew things that she's somewhat afraid of (volcanoes and monsters and nighttime) and created an interesting story to go with them. Perhaps this helps her think about and deal with her fears?
I wish I knew what her thought process was while creating these. Did the story come first or after she stepped back and examined what she had drawn? She often changes her story as she's telling it, so I'm assuming after, at least to a degree. But I don't know.