November 9, 2008

Embracing My Inner Third-grader

Posted in Art, Art for beginners, Beginner's art, Learning art, Techniques (art) tagged , , , , at 9:21 pm by amateur-in-art

It only takes me several months to read through my magazines. Recently I was looking at the July/Aug. 2008 issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors.

I often compare my artistic abilities to that of a third-grader (no shame, it’s just a fact) and I’ve found yet another reason to embrace that part of my art, as well. In their column “Popping the Question,” CPS asked their readers to write about how their artwork has been inspired or influenced by children. This provided an opportunity to read about the joy and exhuberance of children’s artwork. And in fact, children’s art is often not about the end product, but the sheer joy of creating. Of getting messy, of feeling the paint or the crayon or the paper or the clay. Of exploring while you create. It’s about the journey, not the destination.

So maybe saying I have the artistic skills of a third grader is not so bad after all. I should “embrace my inner child” – and let her go where her enthusiasm takes her. Run away, wild child, and I shall follow you! 😀

© amateur-in-art, 2008

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