Imagine

learning art, teaching art
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Sometime in January, my eight year old niece came over to paint.  I was thinking I’d give her a lesson by having her paint a vegetable still life.  However it turned out that she already knew what she wanted to paint and it was from her head.

My niece’s visit made me think more about where creativity goes.  After so much time looking at photos I felt that I lost my ability to imagine.  Since that time I have been trying to be more creative. 

Reading seems to be helping me.  Typically I read non-fiction.  However I started reading comic books to see what other artists do and it got me into reading books by Neil Gaiman and now I am onto other fiction writers.  It seems like the more I read the more I think creatively. 

My niece stayed over for three hours.  The time flew by.  I think this is what I’m looking for in my own work.  The joy.  It’s good I had my niece over to remind me what creating is about.