It is about the person you’re becoming while you’re creating
This year for Mother’s Day I had the privilege of assisting my granddaughter, Ellie, with the art she wanted to create for her mom and Nana.
I showed her how to mask and she showed me her tapping-on-the-wet-brush-splatter technique. She experienced the thrill of reveal when peeling tape from the painted canvas and the satisfaction of signing finished artwork.
We belly laughed about the “I have an idea!” comment I made when we saw the light bulb lamp glowing over her head in a photo.
The hands-as-flowers are for her mom, and she wanted a bigger canvas so she could glue thousands of them to the surface. Because that’s how much she loves her.
She got to feel what it was like to start a canvas with an intention, make additions, work it into something completely different, play with the colors and use different tools.
As she brushed and swirled different colors of paint, the canvas became a sea of shimmery aqua. She painted waves and declared it a gift for Nana, who loves the ocean.
She got to feel that process, finish the piece, and then love it. There was no inner critic present. Only the joy from the experience.
Happy Mother’s Day to all who are celebrating.
It’s not just about creativity, it is about the person you’re becoming while you’re creating.”—Charlie Peacock