Monday, July 5, 2010

My Inner child

My 5 year old, Rebecca, is my alter ego. My mentor. My muse. She also "a"muses me.
She makes some of the greatest art. It totally inspires me. She doesn't worry about scale, or whether her people have arms and legs. If they are rolling skating, they have legs, because the skates have to fit on something, but arms are optional. The arms don't tell the story like the feet do. Makes perfect sense!

So, for the QB5's (see their blogs in my side bar) current swap (stitchery) I decided to go decidedly primative and took a cue from Rebecca. This is the sign-in book I designed with Rebecca's help. She drew the characters, and I embellished with stitchery.

The thing is, that I am having such a great time stitching on paper, that I am not getting to my piece of linen very quickly. I may be onto something, but the swap can't be held up for my personal experiments.
It's something to pursue later.
And I have a very long "to do" list.
So here is my parting advice... in a creative rut? Go see what your kids or grandkids have on their drawing boards.
Only use arms or legs when they are necessary for the story you're telling, and put a smile on everyone's face.
Also, don't do a lot of sketching.
Just draw.


ooglebloops said...

Good advice - love your sign in book. AS adults, we tend to over think things - kids just go with it!!!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Great hint and post ~ I loved reading every single bit of it!!! Your stitch piece is darling and so are you Natalie dear!

~*~Patty said...

Precious post, can't wait to see the sign in book up close and personal ;)

Just Play is what I always say to ... to actually "do it" is another matter
word verification: "elders" LOL

Margaret said...

I love your Rebecca art! such a cool idea and super cool colours.

Jeanie said...

Funny about the inner child thing and being inspired by children to find yours. When I was volunteering as a grief counselor for 10 years, we had the kids do lots of art projects as a way to get them to sit down and express themselves and talk as we were working. We adults did them too -- in some ways it was an extremely creative time for me. And they truly helped bring out my inner child.