Friday, June 7, 2013

358/365: Playground for Your Inner Child

"Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up." ~Pablo Picasso

I got in touch with an old friend yesterday. Our conversation instantly brought me back to my 9 year-old days of running barefoot to her house for afternoons of giggly play. This got me thinking about my inner child.

I'm getting the urge to reconnect with my younger self. I think that would help my art immensely. I need a reunion with my sillier, messier, less serious self- the part of me that draws for the sake of drawing, or paints a flower over my mistake and keeps on going. When did I get so grown-up like and inhibited? Ugh! I miss little me.

Today was my husband's birthday, so play was on the agenda. We took a new bike route and found this deserted little playground. The swings looked lonely and we didn't have to sweet talk any six year-olds into sharing the equipment, so we decided to sit for a while. Sitting turned into swinging. Swinging turned into smiling. I'm pretty sure it's impossible to swing with a serious face. As I watched my feet rise over the horizon and felt flutters in my belly on the way down, I thought of how valuable play is in the creative process. How do I initiate that sense of playfulness in my art space?

When we are young, play is our job and our number one goal. Lighthearted curiosity and creative thinking come naturally. Certain fears have not set in yet. We are willing to take risks to understand new things. I have spent most of my adult life trying to get back to that place of child-like wonder and playful spirit. The creative process most definitely brings it out of me, but I have to get past my adult mind to get to that place.

How do we find that playground for our creative inner child?

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