“Remember when you were three or four years old and you would just scribble or smear paint around for the fun of it? At this time in your life, you were totally absorbed in the creative process, and you never gave a thought to what your paintings looked like or what it was that you were tyring to say or express. As we move along in life, we tend to lose this sense of play and spontaneity that we had so naturally as young children. Here’s a story that illustrates this point. An art teacher arrives at a friend’s house for dinner and is introduced to his host’s kindergartener. The little girl asks the guest, “what do you do?” He replies, ” I teach art students to paint and draw.” Looking confused , the little girl says , “Why? Did they forget?” Indeed, sometimes we do forget that we were born with powerful instincts to create and that those instincts can get trampled along the way by all the adult responsibilities and baggage that come with age and experience.
In this chapter, I am asking you to revisit those basic creative passions that were so strong in your childhood by sticking your fingers in paint and playing for the pure pleasure of the process. If you can suspend your inhibitions about acting like a kid for a few hours, the exercises in this chapter will help you find the roots of your creative intuition and inspire a renewed sense of excitement and adventure in your art-making. Exercises listed are: ACTION PAINTING, PAINTING WITH STRAWS, PAINTING WITH COMMON OBJECTS,PAINTING TO MUSIC-BLINDFOLDED, AUTOMATIC DRAWING, 30 SKETCHES IN 30 MINUTES, OBSERVE AND DRAW SHADOWS, CREATE ART GAMES, SPEAK IN MARKS, SHAPES AND COLORS,DRAW A CONCEALED OBJECT USING ONLY YOUR SENSE OF TOUCH…”