“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” ~ Pablo Picasso …
The other day I was looking at a drawing of a cat. It was filled with many colors, and had some awkward scribbles in it, yet I could not help but feel a sense of pride, knowing that my daughter had drawn it. And as I looked at it for a few more moments, I began to notice that this drawing was full of artistic talent. I began to see that every stroke of her hand, every colorful mark, was an expression of my daughter’s creativity. It may not be perfection or fine art to most, but to her, it meant something important, something she put time and effort into, something she had created that expresses a part of her being.
As a society, we sometimes tend to criticize the artistic talent of others with specific and often unrealistic expectations. In addition, many times we even fail to give positive feedback and helpful advice on how to improve their talents. I recall as a young boy feeling subpar after being criticized for a drawing of mine. I continued to draw pictures, but would no longer share them with adults unless they were supportive or close to me. Thus, over the years, art became an isolated activity for me.
Do I criticize, laugh at, or mock others for their artistic works, or do I offer helpful advice and support for the things others undertake? In dealing with others’ artistic talents, we should always remember that our standards are not necessarily right and often too high. We should therefore practice cautious judgment of the works of others who are on their own journey of artistry in their lives.
We are each artists in our own ways: the painter is an artist of art; the teacher, an artist of teaching; the EMT, an artist at saving lives. In addition, we all have the ability to express our creativity in our art and enhance the beauty of this planet. Do not be afraid to let your artistic abilities show–reclaim your childhood talents, recapture the artist that you truly are.
Make conscious efforts to express your creativity in your daily activities.
Questions to consider:
Why do so many people not allow the artist inside of themselves to stay with them as they grow up?
How might you go about re-establishing the artist that you are?
What are some possible benefits of artistic expression in our lives? How might we affect others, too?
For further thought:
“No matter how old you get, if you can keep the desire to be creative, you’re keeping the child inside alive.” ~ John Cassavetes