Painting is something we love doing, we’ll gather around the table and each come up with something fun to create. Normally we paint something seasonal that we can prop up on a shelf in our dining room for the season. I had a simple idea of bringing art outdoors.
We’re officially on our mini summer break, and that means Gator has locked herself in her room with her devices. I did the same thing when my semester ended so I can’t blame her, but instead of locking myself in my room with the TV playing my favorite shows and tablet in hand playing Minecraft I took refuge on the couch and played video games for a day or two. Like mother, like daughter.
So while I respect her decision to veg out and turn her brain off, I also thought it would be fun to take some materials outside and paint. I grabbed a heavy bottomed glass for water, a blank canvas, a couple paint brushes and squeezed some paint out onto a paper plate. I put everything outside on the patio table and called Gator down to grab her shoes.
When she was outside she immediately saw the paints and sat down next to them, but I told her to pick a spot in the yard to paint.
She couldn’t believe it. She quickly picked a spot in the grass, and after we convinced the dogs to leave her be (we didn’t want Watson’s beard and paws full of paint, as a barely 1 year old pup he’s still incredibly curious about everything and anything.) She immediately got to work drawing a tree in the center of the canvas. She ended up accidentally covering it up with her background, but that’s ok. She ended up with an adorable picture of her painting in the grass. It was a painting of a painting and I loved it, because the fact that she painted her in that moment showed how much she appreciated the gesture and the surprise. She wasn’t mad that we took her away from Minecraft, she was so excited and in that moment.
Normally we paint together, we sit with her and make sure she paints a nice background first and paints the scene she wants on top. She said that she was so excited that she wanted to draw the background last this time. It was her first time painting by herself, she had limited brushes and paints compared to usual and I think she did an awesome job of expressing her creativity.
Bringing art outdoors is a fantastic way to break up the day, to celebrate beautiful weather and the outdoors.