Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer Solstice Sip and Paint

We've been cleaning out my mom's house for weeks. This past weekend, my sister, Jen, and her husband came up to help clear out the barn. There were tons of paint cans that needed emptying, so Jen and Brian decided to dump them on sheets of cardboard on our old sandbox.

Then Brian brought out a few bottles of Prosecco and the "clean up" became an event!

And my sister became Jackson Pollock!

And my mom showed up as the paparazzi...

And a neighbor wandered over to see what the fuss was about...

It started to look really pretty! My sister, the photographer, was in heaven.

Even her feet looked artsy!

There was a lot of depth and texture to the paintings - some of that paint was really old and thick!

Really thick!

And they tried adding cat litter - but I think that was a mistake.

When my friend Debbee, the art teacher, showed up, she was sad to have missed the paint throwing portion of the party, but had the brilliant idea of pulling prints from the splatters.

It took a few days for most of the paint to dry. We ended up cutting up the giant, very heavy pieces of cardboard, so we could drag them to the dump. I think my lawn is destroyed.

Then this painted gnu wandered into the sandbox and it looks like he left his - very colorful - contributions to what we have been calling - "the world's largest litterbox".

It was a very original way to spend the Summer Solstice, don't you think? I will never look at "Sip and Paint" Parties the same way again!


  1. You are hysterical! It was fun too! Who dragged the Gnu into the litterbox?

    1. I had the movers bring it from outside the Wingdoodle building. Now the two gnus are looking at each other. Lonely no more!

  2. What a great time! A great way to have fun. I think I will steal your idea for our next family reunion. Each family brings an event to do, and a dish or several (of food to eat). I think this would be a really fun thing for 15 or 20 people to do. It should be nice and chaotic. Lol

    1. It was pretty cool! Make sure it's washable paint though. It gets everywhere. We had all kinds of left over paint - and my lawn is TRASHED! Solid lumps of paint fused to the grass, weeds and thatch.

  3. That looks like buckets o' fun!! Great idea to pull prints!!!

  4. What a fun thing to do with the paint. Love the pics!

  5. FYI if you don't have use for opened cans of latex paint, there are places that will accept them such as Matthew 25 Ministries in Cincinnati, Ohio that will take them and they go to third world countries to help brighten up their shelters and homes!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your Sip and Paint event -- what fun! And the art was beautiful (not to worry, your grass will grow again) and it all looked like so much fun. Part of being an artist is surely to inspire others and this idea no doubt did that. Thank you!

  7. Why aren't you my neighbor? I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this kind of artsy fun... :)


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