Well even I could do that!
Jan 15, 2022
I've watched both of my kids draw, paint, play and creatively explore.
Many of the projects they've made get turned into digital collages of sorts or art pieces I post in my gallery.
Most people will rightfully look at my toddler's art and go, "Well even I could do that!"
And, that, is the point right there.
Yes -- even YOU could do that.
And the question is, if you have a desire to create, and you could do this too, then what's stopping you?
I saw a post from Callen Shaub how he had someone comment on his art saying "anyone can do that" with the implication that his art is somehow less impactful because it seems as though anyone could do it
And he went on to write about how he hopes that everyone DOES or WILL do it
I don't know when we all began thinking of ourselves as outsiders to different life experiences
And that the only thing that makes something good is that it isn't easy, it's not something just anyone could do
Because surely there's not enough room for everyone to be creative or artistic, right?
Because it's not good enough
Since it's not like that something over there someone else created
There's no skill
They didn't go to school for it
They don't have the same talent or natural aptitude for it
But what about the fun in the moment?
That's what I see any time I create with my kids
Even my 8 year old who at some point may start becoming more critical of his own creations but not yet
Right now, both of my kids just want to get their hands into whatever it is they are doing
Playing with toys, building a snowman, or having craft and paint time
So, this painting, that my toddler did at school, is called Independence
It is a moment in time that is showing how he is learning and building his own abilities
And he loves to do most things on his own
This is a message about why creative expression is so important
why giving yourself permission to express yourself with art or creating
not just for kids but everyone
of all ages
all skill levels
When I say "creative expression"
that can be everything or anything that is your thing
Writing, dancing, art, crafts, sports, singing
it's about creating the experiences you most want to have
and creating your own path
your own space
to be YOU
or question who that is and what it means
It's a reminder that beauty, joy, fun, can come in simple ways
Like a toddler's finger painting that YES anyone else is also able to do
And that is the point -- YOU can do it too
What would that do for you if you not only had fun finger painting carelessly like a child
But then also felt proud of it
Not because of what anyone else thinks of it
But because you did it and you enjoyed it
For the experience of it
For the experience of getting lost in the flow of the moment
So, what do you want to create today?
Because you can
Just like I tell myself
And my kids
That creating is fun in the moment for you
And if you share in the fun by sharing what you've created
You never know who may love your creations just as much
And be inspired by it
Then they create their own things
And the flow of inspiration carries on
from one to another to another