Sylvia has recently started to enjoy coloring. I have never encouraged my kids to color in the lines or shade the sky blue and the grass green, because I much prefer to see how their innate creativity plays out. Who says the sky needs to be blue? So when Sylvia seemed excited to watercolor paint in the lines of pre-drawn pages, I asked if she would like me to draw something for her on watercolor paper. She chose a picture of herself leaping from rock to rock across the creek bed at Parfrey's Glen from our hike yesterday. I did a simple free-hand contour drawing with a permanent marker. We chatted while I drew, so she saw that a certain line across the snow was a shadow, or another curved line was a rock. But then we turned off the computer and she was given creative freedom.
This one is still a work in progress. "Can I mix all the colors and paint with my fingers?" Um, OK. There is also a hidden fairy castle painted in there now too :)