Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Closer to the Heart

The blacksmith and the artist
Reflect it in their art
They forge their creativity
Closer to the heart
Closer to the heart 


I consider myself an artist, although I have no formal training.  Yet, do we not consider children artists?  Before even entering preschool, children know what they create will be beautiful.  They scribble, finger-paint, and draw from the heart. 

At some point, we're designated artistically inclined... or not.  Those deemed not very artistic just give up in a sense... perhaps they focus their energy elsewhere.  That seems logical, until you think back to how every child began life a natural Picasso...

My drawing at 4 1/2 is probably not much different 
than yours were at this age.

Whether you're inspired to draw on the back of your to-do list, like me (daffodil sketch, done in blue ball-point pen) or paint on a blank canvas ~ if it comes from your heart... it will be beautiful.

So get out some paper, a coloring book... anything.  Release that inner 5 year old spirit and have a little fun.  

Remember, we were all born natural artists... and no training, formal or otherwise, can change that.

"For all my life, 
I have been learning to paint like a child." 

~Pablo Picasso


  1. Love this post!...you almost make me believe I'm an artist!

  2. Thanks Janet! I was in the car on the way to work, without music on, and 'Closer to the Heart' by RUSH came to mind. I didn't really know how I was supposed to use it, or what kind of post would result, but I love this post too... I really do believe we're all artists at heart :)


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