Friday, April 29, 2011

I think I found my niche!

Last Tuesday was another cold, rainy day, so we did something a little different. I'd bought a set of paints at a second-hand toy store when we were in Chicago last year, and this is the first time I'd gotten it out. My hesitation? A slight fear of messiness, perhaps? But mainly that we'd always had plenty of other things to do and didn't need something new.

Anyway, Courtney and I went to this site and chose and printed some pages to color. I used the laser printer to make sure we didn't have smeary lines when they got wet.

When I asked her if she wanted to paint the pictures instead of color them with markers, she got very excited! She didn't know Grandma had paints stashed away. ;) She was eager to get to work!

I could tell she was an experienced painter (daycare and Kindergarten Connection). She was VERY NEAT, and did a great job!

She was also thrilled with the number of paint colors there were. "I wish we had this many colors at school." They were such nice colors, too... and yes, washable. :)

She insisted I paint a picture, too, so I did. I loved it! It just felt good to be putting those pretty, bright colors down. Then I insisted she let me do another one. ;) We had so much fun.

She obviously is more modern in her color choices and combinations. I kinda stuck to the "old-fashioned" way of painting. I think mine look kind of boring compared to hers. Have a look... and click the collage to enlarge it!

I foresee a lot more painting in our future. But I'll try not to use up all the paints when she's not here. ;)


Becky said...

GG - Trust me when I tell you that Courtney will cherish all of these activities with you for the rest of her life!

Though you are not nearly old enough to be my Grandma, you remind me of my [Grand]Mama. She taught me how to do so many crafty things but most of all she let me do it "my way" too. Mama instilled in me a belief of myself. Just as you are doing with Courtney.


JHRME said...

Quite the artist! She did a great job keeping all the colors separate. Assuming you're just as good with your paint, they will stay pretty for a while...not like paint at school.

Grandma G said...

Becky... I have special memories with one of my grandmas, too. Now I'm glad to be able to create new memories from the other perspective (and enjoy a little of my "second childhood" while I'm at it)! :)

JHRME... I will be very careful using the paints when Courtney's not here so they stay pretty! ;)

artzyfartzy said...

she's a natural! what a great memory w/your grandbaby...

Grandma G said...

Hi, Artzy! Thanks for stopping by!

Jess said...

I really like that frog.

Grandma G said...

Yeah, the frog is really cool. B-b-but don't you like MY paintings???