I had such a wonderful Mother’s Day! The kids had their easel set up next to mine in the backyard and we painted the afternoon away! We were all inspired the previous weekend having gone to open studios at 17th Avenue, 17thavenuestudios.org. If you ever have the chance, I highly recommend it! The artists were all very welcoming, not always the case when you bring little kids into a studio. My little artists where in awe! My son, 5, was asking questions about the tools they used, how they made certain shapes and textures, what materials they used… I was impressed by his interest! He didn’t want to leave! We had to stay until we saw every studio that was open!
Every spare second this week he’s been at his easel experimenting with prints from bottle caps, popsicle sticks, paper napkins, different brushes, a toothbrush, and mixing up colors. He was very inspired to splatter paint and he is so serious about his work! He would stop to inspect his work and I’d hear him say under his breath, “Hmm, somethings, missing… ah! I didn’t use any blue! Oh I need a circle there.. where’s that big bottle cap?” I LOVE his final masterpiece he worked so hard to finish for me on Mother’s day. He was ecstatic that I gave him a real canvas to paint on! It’s now displayed on my living room wall. The next Jackson Pollock? Or maybe I’m a little biased?
While he was working so hard, my daughter, almost 2, was also painting away. She mixed every color and I’m not sure if she got more on herself or her paper, but it was great fun!
I have been dying to get my hands dirty as well and finally had a chance (since vowing not to work or clean all weekend and take full advantage of my well deserved Mother’s Day break) to break out my own easel and paint! Inspired by the day, I painted a mother and baby.