YOUTH'S ART TO APPEAR IN MAGAZINE; PAINTING SELECTED OUT OF 4,000 ENTRIES.Byline: Paul O''Donoghue Staff Writer
Fourth-grader Elizabeth Vanderlip's burning desire to be a famous artist has received a boost with the publication of one of her paintings in the December issue of the nation's largest educational magazine for children.
Elizabeth's picture in an ancient Japanese style called Sumi SUMI Software Usability Measurement Inventory (measures software quality from the user's point of view) e was among 13 selected from 4,000 entries to appear in Highlights for Children magazine, which has a monthly circulation of nearly 3 million.
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Elizabeth, 9, who now attends Flory Elementary School elementary school: see school. , created the painting last year when she was at Campus Canyon Elementary, where part-time art teacher Kitty Lewis instructed the class in Sumi e, which in Japanese means ``black-ink painting.''
``She taught me all these skills in learning to draw texture, and I thought of trees and flowers and all that,'' Elizabeth said. ``I just had an idea: She drew some things on the board, and so I did that with some hills and flowers.''
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The oldest of three children, Elizabeth has been drawing and painting since preschool and previously submitted another piece of art to the magazine, but it wasn't selected for publication.
``I thought it was good news because I tried before and I didn't make it,'' she said. ``I'm very excited.''
Elizabeth, who also plays the piano, jumps rope and is a Girl Scout, said she decided to enter the picture after leafing through the magazine last year.
``I always look at it to read the stories and things, and I went to the section on arts, and it just popped into my head,'' she said. ``This is one of my favorite My Favorite is an independent synthpop band from Long Island, New York. They released two CDs: Love at Absolute Zero and Happiest Days of Our Lives. My Favorite broke up on September 14, 2005, when singer Andrea Vaughn left the band. paintings, and everyone else is saying that, too.''
Her mother, Cynthia Vanderlip, said she and Elizabeth's dad, Mark, are very proud of their daughter, who paints and draws everyday, especially plants, animals and outdoor scenes.
``I was happy because she's been trying for so long and waiting,'' Cynthia Vanderlip said.
Photo: Elizabeth Vanderlip, 9, whose art will appear in Highlights for Children, paints at her Moorpark home.
Gene Blevins/Special to the Daily News