The child is a natural artist and all of us begin as creators. This happens because the child has no self-consciousness, no lingering judgements or past hurts to reconcile with creating, no fear and knows no limits.
The child simply asks for your hands to lift them up to the podium and to give them a brush and some paints.
Children lose their natural innate freedom in creating with each passing interaction with an adult, who has long ago decided to give up on their creator role, unless they are crazy enough or stubborn enough to insist on the creative life as their journey. Each adult interaction reminds them their work is being judged (colour in the lines, good job, wow you're a natural, art isn't your thing, try harder, that doesn't look like a boa constrictor at all....) I know how deeply these messages sink in to developing brains and so when little hands and receptive eyes turn to me when I am painting, I stop everything and encourage that child to paint. I give little instruction (outside of the technical) and let them loose. Especially when they are in diapers like my little helper here.
If the interaction with me encourages rather then dissuades even one child from staying an artist a little while longer...to hold onto that creator power just a smidge more...then it'll have all been worth it.
Thank you to @mesmerizingbeautybynikki for capturing this moment and sharing it with me and thank you to @sweetness_1982 for this beautiful little collaborator I got to share in creating with 💞🌟🎨 #artist #artistslife #childrenarenaturalartists #livepainting #collab #nurturingthefuture #generations #onetowatch #futureartist #staceymacnevin #staceymacnevinart #experimentalartist #experimentalart #markham #toronto #LA #miami #montreal #winnipeg #dallas