As I was writing this post and working through these thoughts yesterday, I came across a new online magazine called Sparrow. Love it! One of the articles on there was by Shannon Kinney-Duh called Play With Paint and be Free. So much of what she writes about was exactly what I've been writing about...it was a little weird finding her article just as I had just written about the same thing. Her words resonated with me so deeply and I felt like I was finding a kindred spirit indeed! Sparrow and Shannon's site Free Spirit Knits are worth checking out! Two of my new favorite places on the web!
I strongly believe that there is an artist within all of us! As adults, so many of us lose touch with that creative kid inside. That side where we just let ourselves go...
Have you ever seen preschool kids create art? Before they've picked up on messages of "I'm not an artist",
"I can't draw",
"Art isn't my thing"...before their walls come up?
Most of the time you'll notice that they just create. Simple. They get lost in their paintings and arrangement of leaves. Their swirls and lines turn into scenes from their favorite stories. A rock becomes a pet. Paint becomes a trail into imaginary worlds. And when they are done with their work, so often they beam with pride. Even when their self portrait looks like a potato with eyes or their family drawing looks more like little martians with three circles across the face. To them, it is art and we accept it as art too!
So why are adults so guarded when it comes to creating things? Why does it seem so silly or wasteful of time to get out pencils, things from nature, glue, paint, or various things around our house and create something? It might seem like there are too many things to do or that the task of coming up with a creation seems like too much work. Maybe some of you really believe that you don't have a creative bone in your body. Or you don't want to look silly. Whatever it is that keeps us from carving out time for creativity or doing some kid-like art time, I do hope that you will try it out! If not for my contest, then simply to shake things up a bit! Get your creative mind working! I truly believe that by taking time for creative exercises and allowing ourselves to let that child-like artist out from time to time (or always) is good for all the other areas of our life that need a RECHARGE!
- Go buy a set of water colors (the kid kind) and see what happens when you sit down with a clear piece of paper and a paint brush. Maybe even some music in the background.
- Play with some clay.
- Think of a fun childhood memory and write about it or draw it.
- Cut words and pictures out of a favorite magazine and make a vision collage.
- Write a poem.
- Create a scene of you running your next race...a diorama, picture, sculpture, etc.
- Find things in nature and make a good ol' nature collage
See what happens. Let that kid come out. That is the whole point of the contest...to BE SIMPLE. It isn't about who is the "BEST" artist according to our adult standards. It isn't about who can really draw or paint like a pro. It is a contest that is about CREATING something...even if it looks like your four year old did it. That's even better actually!
One of the options for my contest was to think of a memory from motherhood and create a scene or piece of art that represents that memory. You can do this from the perspective of a kid too...maybe it is a memory you have from your childhood. This works too. My mom thought she would share an example. This is just one idea she came up with. And yes, the story is true. I did try to pee in the cup and I did fall down the stairs. And she did tell me that it must have been a "poke from God" since I wasn't obeying my mommy! One of my most vivid memories as a kid and hers as a mother. And see how simple it is?!
I hope your wheels are turning! I can't wait to see what you come up with. Any media works! Even if you want to arrange a group of fruits and veggies or use random things around your house! It doesn't have to be a drawing! Be creative. Think outside the box. I promise you that you might come out of it refreshed and recharged for something else in your life that you might not have energy for right now. Like I said, I tweaked the options for the contest so go check it out!