Pablo Picasso said a lot of things about being an artist, but one of my favorite quotes pertains to my recent thoughts regarding a childlike approach to art.
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
It is true... the life stuff does get in the way of the meaty, fun and real stuff. How do we retain our joyful focus on the work that brings us joy?
What is that work for you? If you were an artist as a child, what was it that you took such delight in that you couldn't be bothered to sit down for dinner? What was it you would spend all night doing if your parents hadn't made you go to bed? I ask myself these questions. Then I ask myself, what is that now? What are those things? What are the delightful works of my hands? What are the things that I do that time simply flies by and I haven't even noticed?
So, if every child is an artist and the only problem is how to remain one as we grow up, then maybe there are some things about being grown up we simply need to edit out. Perhaps, the crap and the worry. That is at least my problem! Again, I say, let your inner artist child out to play this weekend! See what that awesome kid comes up with; perhaps a masterpiece!
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