A piece a week – A painting for Spring Break

My plan for the kids spring break was to relax and do a bunch of art activities… instead of art activities  there were activities mostly outside catching up with friends at Shroup Park, Picchetti Ranch, Cantor Arts and Rancho San Antonio – the weather was superb! That was pretty much a trip out every day plus time at our local park to play too! The only art activity we did manage to do was when we had a couple of hours spare before we went out to the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford.

I had a plan as the week before I went to see the Georgia O’Keefe exhibition on Friday for my birthday with my hubby and was inspired to get some creative exercises happening with the kiddos. I had found a couple of photographs and the kids chose one to use in the paintings. The idea was to paint the whole canvas and paint everything big! Well, as it turned out both kids enjoyed the tulip element and incorporated it into their painting in a big landscape. So this is what I have now on the walls of my stairwell.

My painting from the picture

My daughters interpretation

My sons interpretation – adding a Minecraft creeper underground

Our paintings together!

It was a lot of fun and was completed in a couple of hours and we were out in time for when the Cantor Arts Museum opened. The fun thing about the museum is that when we arrived the lady at the front desk asked the kids if they wanted an art pack! I had no idea that they encouraged the kiddos to have a fun time drawing while they were observing art so that was an added bonus to our morning out. The kids were going to each room and finding a piece of art that they would draw and focus on, it was so much fun to watch them too while I was enjoying the art myself. At the end of our trip through the Cantor, the kids received card stock mount boards for their artwork to put on their wall at home and of course they could not wait to hang their drawings up!

Checking out Sequence by Richard Serra
My favorite place in the Cantor – the Native American arts

The Cantor to me was the highlight of the week though we had a lot of fun at Shroup Park, Picchetti Ranch and Rancho San Antonio. The trip to Deer Hollow farm is always a pleasure and this time with the spring babies it was even more so!

A baby lamb out on the pasture
The neighbors and my kiddos in the tree hollow at Rancho San Antonio

Day out to Lake Elizabeth in Fremont

It was hiking Sunday and the weather was just fine and sunny so we decided to enjoy a day out with the family. The plan was to go to Mission Peak, Fremont and hike up there but by the time we got there it was choc a block with people everywhere and no where to park in a neighbourhood full of ugly million dollar mansions, so we blew off that idea. So we decided to take the kiddos to a park instead and found Lake Elizabeth at Central Park, Fremont. The funny thing about Lake Elizabeth is that it is named after Elizabeth it’s sister city in Australia. We have driven through Elizabeth on the way to the Barossa Valley and all I can say is that I saw a lot of p*rn and hydropnics shops. If you like that sort of thing great, but not my bag at all!

We met a few locals of the lake and this gaggle of geese were quite noisy and my son overheard someone say they bite so we left them alone.

Honk Honk!

The 2 mile walk around the lake was just lovely and it did take us ages with snack and nature breaks but it was Sunday and it is nice to relax. Seeing the first signs of spring in the blossoms I enjoyed as it was the first time I took my 25mm to 105mm lens out for a wander. I just love it!

Come on Spring do your thing!

The kids were keen to enjoy the playground with the treehouse after our walk so we spent ages over there. This playground was super cool with a redwood replica play structure and huge boulders made out of fibreglass for the kids to climb – they just loved it. Here is Missy hiding in one of the many caves.

Missy hiding in a cave

We finally left as it was way past lunch time and time to go as there was one more event to go to in the afternoon – Chuck e Cheese, be warned that place is a zoo on a Sunday afternoon. We left with the gaggle of geese saying one last farewell with their loud honks. I am sure they just want to make friends 🙂 but we weren’t willing to risk a nip of a geese’s beak.

Gidday to you guys – Lake Elizabeth is cool right?!