My mother-in-law found an easel while out yard-sailing this weekend, and brought it home for Shane, not knowing that we already had an easel (courtesy of Freecycle!).
The easel we have already is a sturdy wooden one, complete with a holder on top for a fat roll of paper, and it folds up to slide right under our bed. It was a great find…and free (it doesn’t get any better than that!)
This new easel is quite a bit bulkier — in regards to both floor space when it’s open, and storage space when not in use. But it’s in great condition, and only cost my mother-in-law two dollars, so we decided to hold onto it, and use it for outdoor art. It’ll be stored under our deck, out of the way and easily accessed.
I dragged the new easel out yesterday afternoon while Shane napped, and set it up on the driveway beside our new perennial garden. We’ve been gradually transforming the space between the pavement and the stairs leading up to our apartment from bare-earth and rubble to a welcoming flower bed. I had several more plants to get in the ground, and a massive amount of weeds to tackle…and I was hoping my son would content to paint while I worked.
Once Shane woke up from his nap we headed outdoors together, with my garden tote in one hand and a bag that contained an old t-shirt, non-toxic paints and a brush, and some old manila folders in the other.
He was beyond excited to be painting outside, and once he was set up at the easel, I started weeding. It wasn’t long before Shane had completed one masterpiece, and decided to start another…with a twist. He joined me in the flower bed, where he crouched down beside me and began diligently painting one of the large rocks in our garden.
I love this vibrant addition to our new garden, and think I’ll be encouraging Shane to add some color and pizazz to the two other stones in this flower bed over the weeks to come! The paint will eventually fade away in the summer rains…but those little spots of color will make me smile while they last.
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Lisa @ 5 Orange Potatoes is hosting Outdoor Challenge Mondays, a challenge in which participants get their children outdoors, experiencing nature, every day (rain or shine!), and then post about the highlights of the previous week each Monday. Check out this week’s post on her blog to see the outdoor adventures of those participating in this challenge!