As many of you know we love to paint around here. My dining room is full of creations Merrick has made over the past year. I try really hard not to throw anything away and I try even harder to find some blank space on our walls to display his art work but trust me it's getting pretty full around here. So, yesterday as we were in the midst of another one of his creations ( a library tote bag to carry all of our books home in) I discovered the answer to my dilemma.
I realized how much he loves to paint on his skin. At first we thought "oh no, we're going to have to give him a bath" but after seeing how much fun he was having creating and using his imagination I thought this could be a great way to conserve our resources by letting him paint on his skin and then wash it off later. Brilliant!
I love painting with Merrick. I love watching him and talking to him about his projects. I specially love it when he wants me to help him draw specific things like a sun, a moon, a house and of course lately he's been asking for a water park (which is much harder than a house mind you) but my favorite, favorite thing he's been asking me to draw lately are these stick figure characters of the four of us aka our family. So, of course, I obliged and made a portrait of our family on his belly. We start off with him and then do a mommy, a daddy and a brother. He loves it and just smiles and smiles when he sees the people that love him so very much.
Ahh, but as in all of our art projects he manages to get paint in some of the oddest places you could ever imagine. This one made us laugh because it's on top of his head but it was totally done with a paint brush. His hair is growing back by the way and I'm tempted to tidy it up but I've been banned from using any type of clippers/ scissors near or on his head. Bummer!