The Making of Art

So Ali and I decided that Daddy’s Birthday (tomorrow) was the perfect time to start off her art career.

Ingredients: Old bedsheet, garbage bag, bug spray, four colors of finger paint, canvas, swim diaper (didn’t end up using – you’ll see why later), a FULL box of wipes (don’t leave with a half empty box for a project like this!), a FULL roll of paper towels, already stained shirts for everyone, bug spray, towel, camera, and a random ball that somehow made it into our sheet-package of goodies. Also a swimming pool (do not bring out until art is complete, so as not to make the artist wish she were swimming instead of painting). Art is NOT low maintenance.

Relish the cleanness of this scene.
Ali thinks that the jars of paint are innocent little blocks. OH just wait.
She starts out VERY timidly. Not sure if she likes being messy, looks up and whines every now and then. “Mom, are you SURE I’m supposed to put my hands in this??”

Starting to get more comfortable with the idea.
Learning the technique of WIDE brush strokes.
Two-handed painting is the best way, right?

You must get your full body into the motion of the paint.
Starting to realize that it is also fun to paint oneself. . .
Up to the wrist in the paint jar.

Kiss the art. Love the art. Become one with the art.
Crawl onto the art.
Bum art.
Gotta taste the paint, and apply it to ALL toes.
The artist posing with the finished piece of art. Happy Birthday, Daddy!

The destruction.
Getting clean in the pool!!
Showing Daddy his present!!
Daddy is thrilled!!!
God decided that He would like a hand in the art as well. It started raining before we realized it (and the painting was drying on the deck), so it now also has spots of water art. It just adds another dimension to the artwork! The NOW finished product: