Fun and play
When it comes to being creative, children are able to let their imagination run wild. They are not held back by how things should look or a blank page. Free from inhibitions and ‘how this should look’ children are able to just experience materials and colour letting things evolve with out being precious.
I’m interested as an adult, where we develop an internal set of rules of how things should be done and look. The pressure of this can often make a blank canvas intimidating, making it tricky to start.
The question is how can we be more like our younger selves? Lose those developed set of rules and conquered the blank page.
Fun and play
I decided the best place to start was to go back to my childhood. As a child, I loved to get stuck in and make a mess, play with the materials and not worry about the out come. This is exactly what I did.
I had a great time, I couldn’t wait to get started and I didn’t worry about what it was going to look like. I played and had a lot of fun experiencing the materials and colours, mixing, sticking and painting.
Often great outcomes come from mistakes and how we develop them. The catch is that you need to let go and not be afraid, for natural mistakes to happen.
I have a long way to go, but it’s going to be fun getting there.