Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Brown Family Painting Day

...well... "afternoon".... or at least part of it.

I'm almost ashamed to admit this is the first time I've sat down and painted WITH the kids... at home at least. They've done a lot of painting over at my folkswith Tempera paints and great big sheets of not-so-archival paper and huge brushes. They've gone through reams of paper - couple splashes here and there- NEXT! (Don't get me wrong I am very grateful my folks have had the patience to get them painting!).

We've painted with Acrylics at Something on Sundays.

But this is the first time I've busted out the paints at home and we all sat down together to do some painting. I don't know... paints always seemed to have the potential to be so... messy?!

Anyway, it was a great afternoon. Everyone had a lot of fun. I actually got some work done on a painting I am working on (I had fears I would be constantly cleaning up after, getting out more paint, changing sheets of paper, etc for the kids and not actually end up with any time to work on my own stuff).

I need to make some new easels. I wasn't sure where the dubious little ones the kids used came from. They definitely weren't really meant for painting... or drawing... or anything other than perhaps displaying art (small, light art). I also need to make a bigger one for myself. I went out and bought a pile of new MDF sheets to start doing some BIGGER works...


  1. i have a "its too messy" soundtrack in the back of my head, and only pull out the paints occasionally. i should more often..

    i really like your idea of bigger works. that has huge potential for super fun.

  2. With all the things the kids are into these days, and all of the extra-curricular (is there a similar-meaning word for home-schoolers?) activities, there is rarely time to sit down and do anything until after the kids are in bed... and by then, the kids are already asleep!

    It's nice to see you making the time, and I may have to as well. I have sat with the kids and had everyone painting miniatures... but then I do end up running around and cleaning/refilling/organizing/providing new figures for the duration :) Perhaps canvas/art board is the way to go!

    Great stuff. Inspiring.

  3. Thanks n.

    Finnegan's totally excited about the idea of painting miniatures. I thought maybe I'd start him out with some 54mm (1/32 scale) plastic figures at some point... Revell and Hät both have some ancient and medieval types...

  4. (oh, and the kids are painting on mayfair cover paper that's been taped down to a piece of MDF - The way these guys whip through paintings canvas/artboard would get very expensive very quickly!!)