Friday, July 15, 2011

Art On The Lawn!

Vincent Van Gogh, the brilliant and eccentric post-Impressionist artist from Holland, once said, "If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."

To that inspiring quote I would add (no disrespect towards you, Mr. Van Gogh):  "If you hear a voice within your mommy brain say, 'you can't paint on a big sheet, in the front lawn, with the kids..the neighbors will think you're crazy,' then by all means paint on the front lawn anyway.  And enjoy a lovely afternoon art project with your little ones."

First, you need a BIG sheet (and a twirling preschooler).

Any ol' sheet will do.  We purchased ours for two bucks at a thrift store.

Next, you'll want to stake the sheet down on your lawn.  I pushed some long nails through each corner of the sheet, all the way down into the grass so that only the nail heads were showing.

Fill some styrofoam bowls with a variety of paint colors.  Don't forget the sponge paint brushes!  (Oooh, or kiddos could use their fingers and hands to create messy, Pollock-type art!)  

Last step:  Have fun painting happy little trees...or whatever you'd like...with your children!  (Did you catch my Bob Ross reference?!  Did you?!  Did you?)

I asked Ms. Lilly Mae what she was making, and she replied, "I'm making a souffle."

Make a soufflé.
Make art.
Mostly, make memories.

"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
--Pablo Picasso 


  1. Wow...what fun!Love to see creativity encouraged, you quoted one of my favorite quotes of all time!
    Keep those brushes moving!


  2. Ha! I loved watching Bob Ross when I was in high school!


  3. I'm a new GFC Follower of yours from Hop Along Friday Blog Hop!

  4. It looks like she had fun! New GFC follower from Stalk Hop Friday! Please stop by to say hi!

  5. Such a cute idea. Out blog hopping, stopping by to say hello. Have a great weekend.Kim

  6. I see a "happy little sun" and I'll never forget "happy little bushes!"
    Love you!

  7. That looks like so much fun! A little late, but I'm following back from the thursday blog hop. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. I love this post, and I don't think you're crazy at all for allowing the kiddos to paint a sheet on your front lawn. I think it's beautiful! What the world needs, is more ART!

    Thanks for your recent follow (and kind words). So you know, I'm trying to follow you back, but my GFC app is not showing. I'm going to clear my cookies and see if that doesn't help matters.

    Anyhow, I'll be back!

    Gillian from Baby Talk without the Babble

  9. what a cute idea and it looks like she had a blast! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! You have some fabulous posts and ideas! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  10. Hi new follower from the blog hop
    Your pictures are really beautiful
    please come visit me in the uk anytime

  11. That is a great idea!! My 3 year old would love to do this. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Hi,
    Thanks for stopping by, Following you right back!

  13. this is such a happy post! I love it! lets all be open to doing what ever seems like fun and not worry what the neighbors think. (with-in reason)
    KAT Griffin

  14. Following you from Money Savvy Michelle Blog Hop! Hope you'll follow us back :), Saving by the Sea on FB and gracie680 on Twitter.

  15. Leish! I love it!! This looks like so much fun and it looks like Lilly had the time of her life! I have to do this with my kids. This is such a great idea! Love you!

  16. How cute... I am a new fan following you from the hop via GFC and here on blogger.


  17. What a fun and creative idea! My daughter would love it , thanks for sharing!

  18. That's a great idea! I'm going to have to use it!

  19. Great idea. I'll have to try that some day.

    I'm a new follower from the Totally Tuesday blog Hop.
    Please follow me back at

    I'm just starting out so I'd really appreciate it.


  20. I LOVE this! Hey, I have to ask you, what kind of paint did you use? I have a project coming up for the kids where they're going to paint a "family flag" on a big sheet like that, but I'm not sure what paint to buy.

    LOVE the Bob Ross shout-out. He was my main man when I was little. I used to watch his show while painting with my water colors. :)

  21. Thanks for linking to Bacon Time. Love your beautiful family pics. Hope to see you at this weeks party.

  22. Dearest Mandi! How I adore you! I hope you check back to see this comment. I used a poster paint I found at JoAnn Fabric store. I can't remember the name of the brand or anything! SORRY! What was fun was that we were able to water it down a bit, so a little went a long way. Hope this helps...somewhat! HA HA!

  23. I love this idea and I think my kids will too!

    New follower from Homemaking Monday.
    Mama Dani

  24. I love this! I know what I am doing with my little this week:>

  25. I just wanted to let you know I will be featuring you tomorrow. Come and grab a button!

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    (all photos and page mentions were sourced and linked back to your original post.)


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