If you have kids, work with kids, know some kids, or have ever even smiled at any for more than a few seconds, chances are you’ve probably received at least one colorful, hand-drawn gift from one or more of them. Works of art, that’s what they are, these crayon crusted construction papers decorated with leggy stick figures, smiling suns, crazy cats and dogs and dinosaurs. And the kids, these artists, brim with pure and joyful pride as they hand over their latest labor of love that they made just for you. Check this one out that coincidentally, I just received from my wonderful goddaughter as I was working on this entry:
Definitely, kids make masterpieces, but to me, the most impressive thing is the heart and the confidence with which they create their art. Sure, to most adults and probably all older kids, these drawings and paintings amount to nothing more than a few odd blobs, squiggly lines, and oblong circles, at best. But to the artist, through the eyes of the child who formed and fashioned the unique work, it’s a pretty perfect representation of the real world, and for some, it’s even better than reality could ever be, well, ’cause of unicorns and Santa’s elves and all.
This is where I want to live; I want to be able to view my works as through the eyes of my own inner child. I want the confidence of a kid that simply knows, “I’m a great artist” and no one and nothing can dissuade them from that belief. The really enviable thing about this is, when it comes to art, most kids don’t have a loud or sneaky inner critic to stifle their creativity. No, they have a constant and consistent internal-encourager who speaks more convincingly than the critic. Don’t you want this too? I sure do.
Of course I desire for my works to stand on their own, to be good or great (whatever that means) apart from my rosy-eyed perspective. And, I also want to wholeheartedly believe that the things, the works, the endeavors that I pour my heart and soul and life into actually are adequate, good, or great.
Yeah, I want this. Just like a child.