"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." This quote by Pablo Picasso was never more evident than this past week when I visited my granddaughter, Nola. She expresses herself in many ways. When she is not singing, she is dancing, but coloring is what she truly loves.
She is passionate about creating. She has discovered shapes and colors and uses them as she pleases. She lets her emotions place the shapes on the paper without analyzing them. There is pure joy in her creations. I sat and watched her approach to painting a wooden doll kit I gave her. She immediately decided how she would complete this to her satisfaction. She did not bother with looking at the sample finished product. This was her piece of wood and her colors and nothing else mattered.
It is this freedom and joy that most of us adults lose as we get older. We are concerned if it is correct, what others will think, and about the elements of art. We should just let ourselves get lost in the process and learn to admire the results. Thank you, Nola, for helping me understand Picasso. May you always remain an artist!