My friend Diana sent me these amazing photos of her son (almost 2 1/2 at the time), experimenting with water painting. She offered him a couple containers of water and a paintbrush and gave him free reign to paint away. I love how he was able to take these simple materials and experiment with them in multiple ways. He’s enjoying the process of painting while learning about the properties of his materials, making comparisons, and experiencing the effects of gravity.
He squatted down low to get close to the action. The wood deck and porous tiles help capture the full effect of the water’s path.
He stood up high to flick the brush Jackson Pollack style, and discovered how distance could change the process.
He bent over to paint directly on the wood.
And then he painted on the tiles. A different texture with another look.
And finally, he painted on chalk drawings.
This is a beautiful reminder that creative thinking, exploration, and experimentation don’t have to come at an elaborate cost (of time or resources). If the weather is nice where you are, consider taking some water and brushes outdoors with an invitation to experiment. Other surfaces that absorb water nicely are bricks, terra cotta pots, and sidewalks.
What outdoor painting projects have you enjoyed?
Please feel free to share you photos in the comment section.