See that happy little cow up there? Isn’t there something so whimsical, wonderful, and nostalgic about her?
That cow is the creation of my 5-year-old daughter, Zoey. She loves art so much that she regularly watches Bob Ross, adds things in to her drawings to make them feel “more balanced,” and dreams of owning her own art gallery.
While one of her most favorite things is a blank canvas or sheet of paper, one of mine is watching the process of how she creates. The reason? She doesn’t think too much about what she’s doing—she lets her heart guide her hands. It’s such a beautiful thing, the way she fills that white space with whatever she wants, not worrying that things need to be perfect. I love this about her, and I think most children create their artwork in the same fashion.
But then we grow up, and somewhere along the way we let our hearts guide us a little less, not only in the things we create, but in the other things we do as well. As a graphic designer, I’ve had years of experience of trying how to make something look just right. And as an adult, I’ve also had plenty of experience in doing logical, rational things, trying to ensure that things end up the way they are “supposed” to be—carefully coloring within the lines. But as the events of the past year proved, maybe that really wasn’t the best plan of attack…
Starting this blog was my version of a blank page, my version of putting a bow on the top of a cow chewing her happy, little flower in a magical, colorful world. This wonderful new creative process makes me feel like that picture of Zoey up there.
So. Darn. Excited.
Now, more than ever, I think it’s time we all start creating curious cows and other wonderful, whimsical things. It’s time we start coloring outside the lines a little bit. It’s time we let our passionate hearts start guiding us again. It’s time we get rid of the ruled pages and maybe try some blank ones instead. Because you never know: they might just end up holding your best masterpiece yet.
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