The fall painting video (below) shows a quick demo of how to make a quick and easy painting, using beautiful fall colors. This painting looks like a painting from a kid because I want you to remember what it feels like to do that. Remember the seasonal art projects with colored construction paper, fake leaves, and orange paint? How about dipping your fat paintbrush into so much paint that it dripped three times before you got to your paper? Your tongue was probably sticking out to the side of your mouth too, as you concentrated intensely and lost track of time. When was the last time you did that? We say teenagers are “too cool” for some things, but are we adults equally as guilty? We get out the paints for the kids or grandkids, but do you join in?
Go for it!
Fall has been my favorite season since I was a kid. My grandma Theresa had huge oak trees in her yard and there would be tons of leaves to play in and rake (I didn’t know that was a “chore” until much later). We would rake them into a pile and jump in. Once a week, I visited my other Grandma, Donna, for piano lessons and can still remember drinking spiced tea in the fall at her house. Such warm memories.
The variations of color are so striking in the fall. I swear we take more photos and spend more time outside because we are in such awe. It’s calming and breath-taking to see the beauty of mother nature. How can we savor these colors?
Make art, I say!
This time, try something different. Have no plan. Look at the colors outside you right now and use them as a color palette. Watch the fall painting video below to see how I painted like a kid. Paint on simple art paper or in an art journal. Do this only for yourself, with no plans for anyone else to see it. I typically feel a huge sense of relief when I do this. Play with colors, shapes, and designs.
Fall Painting Video
Here’s a video I made of my child-like painting process.