Being able to access our magical, creative child is an important part of creative expression. Today, we will explore a few creative exercises to do just that!
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I will tap into my inner child and access the spontaneous freedom of experimentation in my art and my life.
It took me four years to paint like Rembrandt, but a lifetime to paint like a child.
– Pablo Picasso
What do you think Picasso meant when he said the quote above?
Children create in a magical state. Until rules or conditioning begin to dampen their imagination they exhibit a freedom to their creativity. They do not realize it but their experimentation with everything is all the expression of their creativity. To them it is just their natural state of being. To children the world is a wonder, a playground and canvas to be decorated.
I am a creative being. Each moment I create my reality.
We have spoken about this childlike state of creativity before. I think it bears further reflection because finding and feeling that magical creative state of being can not only change our “art”. It can change our life as well.
What makes us discard that sense of wonder and playful experimentation? What makes us begin to believe that our creativity has less value? Why do we allow our creative inner child (or our curious inner child, or our vulnerable inner child, or our magical inner child) take a back seat to the grown up, responsible, “rational” parts of our personality? This phenomenon happens so often that it has to be more than just someone else saying we aren't creative. That is what I normally hear. Someone with “authority” in our early years creates a creativity wound and that may be the total story. As important as our creativity is to our growth, our relationships and communications, our joy in the moment it seems like these questions might require deeper ponderings.
To connect us to the Magical Creative Inner Child let's try some of these prompts.
Maybe if we are connected to them we will have a greater understanding of their story. Your Inner Critic may show up as you do these exercises. Hand them a box of crayons and a coloring book.
- Look to your left. What is the first thing you see? Write a poem about whatever that is. Don't try to sound scholarly or fit into a particular poetic style. Don't judge or edit yourself…Don't try to make sense. A Magical, Creative childlike poem. See if you can bring that child in.
- Choose one living thing and focus on it with childlike curiosity. How does it move? What textures does it have? What colors? What would it feel like? What is its home like? Whatever questions come to you…find the answers.
- Do a multi-layered, abstract, no thought work of art. No subject just lay colors over colors to see what happens.
I Am Grateful for
Being able to access our Magical, Creative child is an important part of creative expression.
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