Before we headed to Kentucky a couple of weeks ago I mentioned to Mike that I'd love to take the kids outdoors and paint landscapes. I've been wanting to do this for the longest time, and thankfully he loves to paint (he has an art room in his house) and gets on board with all of my crazy ideas. So, one day when it wasn't too hot, he whipped up a few art easels out of scrap wood in his garage, we popped out and bought canvasses and paint trays, then raided his art room for paintbrushes, acrylic paint, and containers for washing brushes.
This activity is not only a great way to get kids being more creative and outdoors, but imagine taking them to the same spot with each passing season to capture how much the view changes as winter turns to spring, and spring turns to summer, and summer turns to fall.
This is also a fantastic date idea, which we discovered after Mike mentioned what we did to his son, and he jumped at the opportunity to make that a future date idea.
So, I thought I'd share it here too in the hopes of inspiring a few people to take canvases outdoors to paint.