Henry’s first painting

18 Apr

I bought the paints and pad a few weeks ago after Henry’s growing enthusiasm for making marks with crayons made me think he was ready to move to a bigger canvas. The paints have been waiting patiently in the box until the right moment came around and they could be pressed into service. Last weekend the sun was shining on so we headed out to the garden armed with our new paints, brushes and a large bucket of water. We had a lot of fun covering everything in paint and Henry was so excited he didn’t know what he wanted to do first, in order of priority it was, cover himself  in paint, splash the brushes in the water, cover the paper in paint, climb in to the bucket of water, take his clothes off, wash himself and brushes in bucket.

Now the first thing he does every morning after breakfast is press his nose against the glass in the door leading to the garden with a paintbrush in his hand and mumble his baby words until I open the door and we head out for a good hour of covering everything in paint. If any of you have tips on where I can buy painting materials in bulk at a discount I think I’m gonna need it.

I am one proud Mama.



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6 Responses to “Henry’s first painting”

  1. alex April 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    the apple does not fall far from the tree – love it!

    • madebynelle April 19, 2011 at 11:24 am #

      Ah, I only wish I was that good with abstract expressionism though!

  2. Denise McGovern April 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    What kind of paints are those? E asks for paints, but we have never really found any that he enjoys or that work well. This sounds like a great weekend morning activity while I sit and sip my coffee in the coolest part of our day!!

    • madebynelle April 19, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

      Henry’s paints are by French make Djeco and they come in tubes which is great for spontaneous dribbling of paint 🙂 They come in much nicer colors too, a step beyond your basic primaries that all mush together into generic brown.

    • madebynelle April 19, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

      I can’t find the Djeco paints for sale in the U.S. but I have heard good things about the all natural Clementine range of paints and modeling dough. They have a good color range too. N 🙂

      • Denise McGovern April 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

        OOOH – I’ll have to take a look for those. I need to get over my fear of mess and generic brown nastiness. My back porch can be hosed off pretty easily I’m sure!

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