Watching my kids create art teaches me many things, and I'm so happy to have them with me. Seeing someone else's creative process--even that of a child--is so helpful and freeing when it comes to making your own work.
When observing them, I notice (with jealousy) how little they think before they pick up their tools. They listen to their impulse to create, and do not stifle it. They use it as a language, as a way to process and share their lives. It's a beautiful thing to watch.
And so, here are my children's unspoken rules about making art:
- don't be afraid to repeat yourself
- stay with themes you love, unabashedly
- treat it lightly & with levity
- give it away often, but judiciously
- you only improve with practice
- making art is what makes you an artist
- your body of work will come alive over time
- your tools are your friends, love them & care for them
- you don't necessarily have to ask permission
- don't make it overly complicated
- carry your tools with you, whenever possible