To see this and other original portraits and prints, click here
"The secret is laughter"
If I had a nickel for every time someone said to me " I can't draw a stick figure", I would be a millionaire. This is a disclaimer, of course, because of the fear associated with artwork being judged by others. In fact, before anyone else has judged it, they already have criticized it to pieces. And I want to tell them, yes you can draw anything you want to. It's a skill like anything else. If you want to learn to draw, you practice drawing. A lot.
But It begs the question - what it is to be an "artist"
Some people believe you are born with talent or not. Some feel they missed some relevant lesson in basic drawing somewhere along the line and the opportunity is over. Whatever people believe an artist or art is, we are extremely vulnerable when it comes to producing a piece of our own "art" for the world to see.
I find this vulnerability beautiful as a painting teacher, because it allows the person to become childlike in their approach to painting if they allow it to, if they let the vulnerability just be what it is.
When we become childlike in our approach to art, and let the critical part of our brain quiet, we open ourselves up to the true beauty of art. Our minds begin to think more in pictures- in lines, shapes, colors and form. We begin to "play".
Playing is at the heart of art. It is where we meet with that child within, and allow him or her to come out . When we are able to do this, it is one of the most freeing, loving things we can do for ourselves. Judgement floats away, creativity engulfs us, and we are able to do things we never thought possible. We surprise ourselves!
When I teach painting, it is minimally about technique. All of that can be taught in a few lessons.
The main job in teaching art, I've found, is allowing people of any age to relax and not worry about "screwing up"! To really "see" what it is they are painting instead of drawing their "symbol" of that object (think lollipop tree).
Letting go and enjoying the process of creativity is all important when painting, drawing, or creating. Instead of sabotaging ourselves, we can learn to quiet that inner critic allowing the childlike wonder inside to come alive.
Take a little time to draw or paint again with your kids or grandkids, and see how fun it can be to just play. It's good for the soul!