"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct."
A high school art teacher once told me to never lose the ability to create like a child.
I'll never forget that.
Every time I sit down to make something, I always think of what that teacher said.
Now that I have my own child, it's like reliving my youth. You see everything with young eyes again.
You get lost in a museum, dream of wondrous fairytale landscapes.
You believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and even the Tooth Fairy!
Toys come to life, books carry you off to far away lands.
I really like what Henri Matisse has to say.
"Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play."
Never lose your love of play!
Here's what I've been playing with this week, a little paint, a piece of gessoed wood and purple horses swirling around in my brain. I just wanted to paint something out of my head, not from a photo. Something fun and colorful.
And I started a painting of my cat Pumpkin Pie called 'Played Out'. It's just a work in progress, I think I will paint many more of his toys around him. I love toys, my studio is filled with toys, children's art and little bits and bobs of paper and what-not that inspire me.
"If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society."