It’s always fun to paint en plein air… but it isn’t always possible.
That’s ok! We have all of the amazing landscapes we could ever paint at the ready… even if the skies are dark and grey, or there are inches of snow on the ground.
We can use our imaginations– just like Henri Rousseau!
Henri Rousseau was most famous for his paintings of jungle scenes, but even more amazing than his lush and vibrant art is the fact that he never left France in his entire life.
He was inspired by trips to the botanical garden in Paris, and by children's books depicting exotic island landscapes, and he used this inspiration to teach himself to paint.
Take a dream and make it real!
Collect a few books from around the house, spend a few hours at your local park or garden, or visit a travel website that features tropical locations. Once your kids have an idea of what they'd like to paint or draw, get out the art supplies and have fun!
Need a few more ideas to get you started? Download this list of art prompts that will get you started right away if you don't have time to explore a location/books/website.
You may just be able to take a mini vacation of your own while your kids work on their art, so pour yourself an iced coffee and grab you favorite magazine!
How did your kids like their pretend vacation and painting a scene from their imagination? Let me know about it in the comments below, or find me on social media. I'd love to chat with you!