A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess

"Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up" - Pablo Picasso

You can tell a lot about a child's personality when you get them to paint. Are they precise, careful, neat? Or do they take a more creative, experimental approach? My youngest falls into the latter category.  As you can also tell by her hair, she is pretty wild. She takes this part of her personality into almost everything she does, whether it be trying to win an argument with her older siblings (she actually makes animal noises and has often referred to herself as a predator),  to more creative pursuits like painting. The whole time while she paints, she sings. She sings the song of her creation, whatever that may be. Today, it was experimenting with mixing colours and skin decorating. I love just observing her process. I feel like if I can just watch her enough maybe I can absorb some of that natural freedom. That experimental, don't care about the rules or what others think of your work kind of freedom. If only we could recapture the ability to experiment and create like a child before the world instills its rules and boxes. 

While I observed her today I thought I would take a leaf out of her book and think like a child. Experiment and play. While I was photographing her efforts I noticed her through a glass sitting on the bench. I thought it looked pretty cool so I started using it as some photographers would use a prism (something else I want to try, I'm such a photographer nerd). I loved the effect and how it created movement in the image. I don't really think I nailed anything but boy was it fun. Letting go of perfection, enjoying the process. I think we could all do with this lesson from time to time.