Sunday, May 12, 2013

332/365: The Happiest Talent

As an adult, I am learning to play all over again. My inner child remembers well how it is done. When I turn off the grown-up noises in my mind and listen to that happy little voice, I remember too.

This afternoon I attempted to catch up on the things that fell to the wayside while family was visiting. But bills, e-mails and unfinished blog posts wouldn't hold my attention for long with the gorgeous spring day whispering to me through the open window. So when my favorite fella invited me out for a bike ride in the sun and some lunch at a great beach spots, my inner kid and I were ready in a heartbeat.

Home from our play date, I resurrected this old art journal page, begun in the summer of 2011 when I was first discovering the joyful play of art journaling for the first time. There is something very familiar about it as I add outlines and details today. I am back at this place and needed to remember:

mixed media art journal page: old family photo, acrylic, ink, colored pencil, chalk, stickers, ribbon, scrap paper
"It is a happy talent to know how to play." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The border text reads:
eyes wide open - take in the world - explore - discover - delight - know joy - make meaning - let go of expectations - just be in the moment - do what excites you - make your inner child

We made a day of all of this. And it was good.

Our creative spirits and imaginations thrive on play. When we are young and when we have grown, play is essential to our creativity. 

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