Thursday, 18 February 2010

Everyone can Draw.

Ah, the conundrums of life.

Everyone can draw. Look at any five-year-old. They don't doubt it.

I love kids' drawings. Who doesn't? So alive, spontaneous, expressive.

But as adults we don't want to draw like children. We feel ashamed and say "I can't draw". How old were you the last time that you drew? Six? Seven? Eight? Why then be ashamed or even surprised that you draw like a child? Do you expect to play Mozart on the piano when the last time you played was chopsticks at the age of eight?

Have you ever considered that drawing like a child could be something you could enjoy?

10 comments:

bookaddict4real said...

I think when your a child it just comes naturally. If you had to live with harsh critcal people it's easy to get lose that spontaneity. I think getting back
to that excitement we had as kid would be great and something I would enjoy if i were to let myself

Andaje said...

On a snowy day one should always go outside and watch the kids making their snowmen - they create something that they are proud of and have really enjoyed themselves.... Makes you remember that sometimes that's what creativity is all about....

Janet said...

Most kid's drawings are happy and playful and I say what's wrong with that. We can all draw. We can't all draw like Da Vinci or some other "expert" but we each draw like ourselves. That's the important thing....to be yourself and be happy with that.

I love your pages, and the drawing at the bottom is excellent.

Zom said...

Bookaddict, good point. I am going to try and go for that excitement. Wouldn't an art journal be the place we could do it?

Andaje, what a lovely image.

'We can each draw like ourselves' I like that.
Janet, I can't take credit for the drawing. It is a Burne-Jones'. I printed it on acetate and glued it down.

lynda Howells said...

Hi. I work as an Art Therapist and am always telling people we can all draw. Sometimes it is just the process that is fun, not the end product! When l got into Art School in my late 40's l remember saying to my painting tutor that l couldn't draw.Rubbish she told me. Just draw your way and don't worry about how other's draw!Once you learn that, drawing becomes esier and more fun!xlynda

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I know I will not get this quote completely right but...Pablo Picasso said he worked his whole life to paint like a child. Enjoy the smell of the new box of crayons! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

the GyPsY said...

Yes, good point bookaddict. Nothing ages us and stops creativity as fast as harsh critisim and continuous judgement based on I don't know what criteria.
Great spread

nollyposh said...

i ~Love~ this page and wish that i could jump right in... i think you are Beautifully different as are all pure Artistic Hearts <3

nollyposh said...

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(Again) x

gayle said...

I have been struggling with this and just trying to tell myself it doesn't matter a jot! Thanks for sharing this :) I love your drawing at the bottom left of the page