Wednesday, March 30, 2011


"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct."
Carl Jung

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."
Jean Piaget


Robin Larkspur said...

Joyful post, delightful photos, art and adorable child!

Leah's Art Magic said...

Jen, I love coming to your blog. Your photos are fantastic. I enjoy seeing your WIP pieces and they are wonderful. Have fun filled creative day!

LuLu Kellogg said...

I always love to see what you are up to!

I am back from my trip to CA and now trying to catch up on my Blog visits!


Deborah Adams,Long Beach, California. said...

This posting is SO true Jen. Wonderful. Where did you get that cool Nazul on the horse? It's most excellent! Did you make it?
~ Deb

Spiritartartist said...

I'd love to come over and play with your stable set sometime Jen! I am a permanent member of the Peter Pan Club too!! Just love your Pumpkin Pie. He is the spirit-twin of my Tigger cat. Just love those orangies. Ok, just love 'em all! (horses and cats)♡

Faerie Moon Creations said...

What a beautiful post! I always try to remind myself to pups help me out with that. :) I love your new paintings - both of them are just beautiful. Theresa

Michael said...

This post brings a smile to my heart. Thanks for the reminder! Cut back the clivia today but planted some tomatoes in the garden to make up for it!

Smiles and Blessings!
Deb :o)

Lin said...

You are such a talent! I love to come here to see what you are making now....

Linda said...

What a wonderful thought--thinking of our work as play. That was a good advice.

Jennifer Rose said...

love the quotes you have used :D so very very true