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"Every child is an artist...

Updated: May 12, 2022

... The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

I love this quote from Pablo Picasso!

There is something quite liberating about creating something without boundaries or preconceptions - like how we felt as kids.

Our imaginations would take us on all sorts of crazy adventures. With just a few leaves and sticks from the garden and a pot of water from mum - voila! A wonderful magic potion to last the afternoon...

When I look at the paintings my young girls bring home from school, I feel so much love for their uninhibited creative little souls! And then they start asking to play on my phone ... lol.

When I think back to the start of this journey, I felt a bit lost and definitely unsure as to 'what next?'

I'd just had baby number three and life was slightly hectic (it still is!). Having worked in IT for most of my career and now home with three little ones, it was a crossroads of sorts.

I wondered what I could do that would give me some clarity and reconnect me with who I was.

Maybe some sort of creative outlet? I thought about what I enjoyed at school - I had to think quite hard ...

Art was always fun as a child - and then I guess it got a bit 'serious' or judged in some way.

So it was put aside. And life carried on.

But that kid was still there somewhere - I think that's the case for a lot of us. I tried to channel that little person and started sketching... and then painting... trying not to overthink things!

Now, when I'm painting, I lose complete track of time. I forget about jobs I should be doing or any worries I might have.

Do you have something that you just LOVE doing? A passion, your work or hobby? I'd love to know in the comments!

Now I'm off to do the school run. Can't wait to see what special treasures they've created today...

child's painting
'Underwater scene'... by my little artist Lucia at 4 years old.

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