A blank canvas and an endless view. So many possibilities.
We’ve been enjoying some beautifully warm Autumn weather recently and last week we took advantage of the sunshine and headed to the beach for some seaside painting.
I packed a few different shades of paint and some brushes into a plastic container. I didn’t want to be fussing with lots of paint bottles and extra supplies so this was the perfect solution. The paints were poured into a couple of empty cracker packages so any unused paint could be easily thrown away, without any messy clean up. I recycle anything and everything for use in our art and craft. Cracker and cookie packages make the perfect containers for paint. In many ways, this was much simpler than setting up for painting at home. I was forced to keep things simple, and keep supplies to a minimum. It worked beautifully.
When we arrived at the beach, I asked R where he would like to set up. When he had chosen a spot, I put a blank canvas on our easel, and left the paints and brushes in their container on the sand. So simple, but oh so inviting.
R sat quietly on the sand and took in the view for a few minutes before beginning his picture. It was lovely (and surprising!) to watch him sitting so still and so quietly as he contemplated his surroundings.
After a few minutes, he pointed across the water and declared “I’m going to paint that part over there”. He then began painting intently.
I love the way he his holding the brush in this photo. He really seemed to enjoy this whole process very much, experimenting with different brush strokes and mixing paint colours to create new hues.
I had packed paint brushes with different thicknesses of bristles and he experimented with each of them.
He even added some finger painting to his picture.
R found the perfect place to store his brushes between uses!
His finished masterpiece. Apparently that’s me on a surfboard! I have never been on a surfboard in my life so this is R’s imagination at work. Perhaps he’s trying to tell me to try something new? This was a beautifully calm, relaxed and simple activity. R seem inspired to try new techniques, experiment with colours and generally take things slow and enjoy the moment. We’ll definitely be taking our art outdoors more often.
Do your kids enjoy painting outdoors? Where is your favourite place to paint?
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