Maybe its as easy, as simple as drawing like a child again. The pure unfettered self expressive freedom a child unleashes while drawing and creating is a joy to watch.
I believe I received just as much happiness from the watching as my granddaughter did as she created this.
Unfettered by rules, by expectations, by popular demands.
Yes, that is what art means….. for me. And is what I encourage with such enthusiasm.
Draw Like A Child
Draw like a child…. free of fear.
Picasso knew a bit about returning to the enchantment of childhood in order to create from within.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
Its this, drawing like a child, creating from within, that is our True North.
The Story Line
once upon a time, when we first beheld the world
through our childhood eyes –
and the world was lovely
and we were happy
with the joy of a crayon in hand
we scrawled big splashes across the pages
as our mothers
proudly smiled with encouragement
but then we went to school
we learned to stay in the lines
we learned that the sky
the grass WAS GREEN
we learned there were
no dragons, no easter bunnies, no santas, no angels, no knights
we learned our ABC’s
and about those frightening F’s
we went to work
and learned to toe the line
to cease our daydreaming,
to always pay attention
to The Bottom Line
we learned there were bills to pay,
family to feed,
and there was never enough time
then if we were fortunate,
we dusted off the old brushes,
took out the faded paints and charcoals
did all our freedom go,
what happened to our creativity
why did the magic disappear?
The Artist Within – Hope, Encouragement, Freedom
This is the story line, over and over, of so many people who come to art classes.
I felt compelled to try to put their stories into words for all of us. To examine the issue closer.
It is not a case of “not being talented” or gifted.
It is not about “being no good” as I’ve heard as well.
It is I think, more like we need some word of hope, of encouragement from someone to get us started on our journeys.
Plus, we Do need to throw out ‘perfection’ and return to a more childlike creative state.
See – Burn – Free
When we return to looking, to seeing with our child’s eye, our imaginations and creativity will be restored to us.
When we toss away the school master’s lecture notes and burn them for the illusion they are;
we free our Imaginations.
“perfection is an illusion.”
Merely ….. a convenient measuring stick which others can be graded by, judged by, monitored, labelled and dismissed by.
I so agree.
(Unless….. you are a surgeon. or in another life and death profession. then I advocate as much perfection as is possible. please.)
The world doesn’t require abstract expressionist surgeons.
But I believe it does need us to once again see the magic.
To see the dragons, santas, angels, bunnies and knights.
Even if they are only within our enchanted imaginations.
A warm thank you to Andrew Seal at thechangingpalette.com for his humorous “abstract expressionist surgeon” phrase. I found it wonderful, funny & handy! Plus, if you check out his website – you’ll discover not only humor in his posts, but some of the most expressive work with ink, pen and brush. Ink work that is not tight, nor stiff at all. But very free and gestural, with lovely rhythm. the changingpalette.com