Watercolorlandia

"Consider what a child misses during the 15, 000 hours (from birth to age seventeen) he spends in front of the TV screen. He is not working in the garage with his father, or in the garden with his mother. He is not doing homework, or reading, or collecting stamps. He is not cleaning his room, washing the supper dishes, or cutting the lawn. He is not listening to a discussion about community politics among his parents and their friends. He is not playing baseball or going fishing, or painting pictures. Exactly what does television offer that is so valuable it can replace these activities that transform an impulsive, self-absorbed child into a critically thinking adult?"
~ Paul Copperman

that's a lot of paint...

i'm using my regular watercolor paint set-up {details here} with Winsor & Newton half pans

the kids are using two types of Pelikan watercolors: Opaque Watercolors and Transparent Watercolors

When we got home from school one day last week, my younger daughter was raving about "painting whatever we wish, blindfolded" so we set up the table with postal paper, watercolors, water jars, brushes, paper towels and paper.

By the time we were set up, just a few minutes later, the blindfold idea was dropped and happy painting ensued. My older daughter painted abstracts and mandalas and my younger daughter painted a witch and an abstract in her 18x24" Strathmore 400 Series Drawing Paper Pads. I painted a mandala on a new Strathmore 12x12" square watercolor pad. 

{and yes, my kids watch TV ~ their current favs are "I Love Lucy" and "I Dream of Jeannie" and "Penguins of Madagascar}