On children and their gift of creativity:
And they [the grownups] think that what they are talking about is our gift of a mudpie. But it is more than this. It is ourselves ? the place in us that wants to just give, out of love. So when they scold or ignore or dispose of our treasure, we think they are criticizing or ignoring or disposing of us. And as we grow older, we may not remember the mudpie incident, but we do internalize what happened when we tried to give the gift of our best selves.
I’m still considering the quote above… But I think it must say that all our creative efforts are gifts of love!? Isn’t that so true! Gifts, not only to parents and people, but to the universe from our hearts. I ♥ that thought!
I know Photoshop a bit as it used to be my main working tool when I was a webdesigner. But I rarely take the time to play with it. It’s a program that alowes you to do almost anything to your digital photos.
My brother, a.k.a. Micke the Artist (16 yrs old now!) as he calls himself online, have been playing in Photoshop a couple of times now. He follows tutorials online and experiment with layers, brushes and colors as he creates his digital art. He does his own artwork on the computer, something I’ve never done myself. I must say I’m pretty impressed! This Watercolor Girl is a transformation of an image he found online but the Skeleton Homie below is a photo he took himself of a friend and transformed like this:
My personal favorite is made from a photography that I took of my brother at my aunts wedding in August. This one:
What an incredibly cool mixed media art piece, right?! I so hope he will do more, create more, experiment and play with it all. Have fun with it. I’m crossing my fingers that he will.
♥ Me & Mikael.
My hope is that he, like me, one day will find his own voice through creativity. It really doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do something that is uniquely your own. It might take experimenting, trial and error, a bit of swearing and some disappointments to find your own way, but I do have faith that it is in there and that you can find it if you try hard enough. Go play my children, for thee is playful if yee want to be! ;-)
Oh, by the way… The quote in this post is by author Naomi Rose. I found it in her great article Healing the Writer’s Wounded life today. It had me almost crying and I think you should check it out. The word “writing” can be substituted for any creative adventures you do! I did find her site though her article Writing a Book as a Quest that I read, marked and posted in my link list of articles. If you haven’t checked that page of my blog out yet it can be found it the sidebar of my blog and it’s called Inspirational Articles Found online!
One of my favorite inspirations to go play in Photoshop is the Swedish illustrator Jojo Falk who has a playfull aproach to her photos, old and new! Both me and my brother likes her stuff! :-)