I wanted some artwork to hang over Oscar’s and Betty’s beds so I consulted with my kids and Ralph suggested a really big painting of a goldfish. I loved the idea. It’s bright. It’s gender neutral. It’s friendly. Perfect. So we made one.


Ralph drew a sketch of what he had in mind. I bought a 40 x 30 canvas at Guiry’s for $19.


We used acrylic paints — water cleanup makes them easy for kids to work with.


Based on Ralph’s drawing, we sketched directly on the canvas.



And then everybody had a turn painting.

We think it turned out great (and extra big thanks to Ralph)! How about you?

I haven’t done much painting since college and don’t really know what I’m doing. I was wishing my mom (who is currently on a mission in Russia) was here directing this project.