I have fun with my grandchildren (what grandma doesn’t?) and part of that fun is art-making. They like to hang out in my studio and work with different media. They experiment and forge their way down untaken paths using new materials without fear or frustration. They’re in that room to have fun and to create for the sake of creation. I learn so much from them and then I step into the challenge.
I learn to give my inner productivity manager the afternoon off and to go where the materials take me.
I learn to create something I hadn’t intended and to see its potential.
I learn to feel joy while I’m working and to take a break or alter my course when frustration proves to be a roadblock.
I learn to be in, and appreciate, the moment.
I’m lucky to live near two of those little boys and to enjoy regular visits from my out-of-state grandson. These relationships add so much texture and meaning to my life, and they help me bring those elements to my art. I watch them embrace and enjoy new challenges every day, and that encourages me to be more childlike and step into the challenges I encounter.
What helps you to step into the challenges you face?
Who do you like to work or create with?
What do you learn from them?
Share with me!!!