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The Artist Within

March 21, 2013 — Leave a comment
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An artist in all of us

I am not an artist. 

I hate when people say this!

Yes, I have said this statement many times.

Why do we feel like art is strictly sketching, painting and sculpting? If that is the case then yes, I am not an artist. My abilities are limited to bubble letters, flowers and hearts. In this scenario I have not one artistic bone in my body.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” 

Pablo Picasso

Think about it. Every child gives the world’s largest grin as they proudly show off their scribbles. Isn’t this a masterpiece? Yes! I firmly believe that it is. I don’t believe that it’s the actual drawing that makes it “art” but simply the imagination that it took to create it. That my friends is what I believe is the root behind being an artist. You don’t have to draw amazing portraits or paint like a pro to have the imagination to create something spectacular! It merely needs to be thought up and put into being.

Think outside the box. Making a garden, baking, making up bedtime stories, picking out your clothes for the day, creating music, poetry, scrapbooks, decorating cakes, cutting hair and even blogging is coming from someone’s imagination. So is it art? Yes! It most definitely is! I am tired of using the phrase I am not an artist! I am going to raise my children to never believe in that statement. Children probably do not remain artist merely because of believing this terrible phrase so many of us have uttered, Building a castle from legos- art. Creating an intricate train track- art. Building a fort- art. Whatever you can think, you can create and that makes an artist! Let’s stop believing in the lie and start creating! I did, just now with this post!

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.” 

Albert Einstein

 

Lately Eli has been extremely enjoying the show Phineas and Ferb. If you haven’t seen this show you honestly should… it’s pretty entertaining. Phineas and Ferb are two brothers that find creative ways to spend their summer vacation all while their sister tries to “bust” them but fails because every time their mom comes to see what the boys have invented it somehow disappears. It really is a great cartoon for the entire family, we all enjoy a good episode. So with Eli’s new favorite show that we have embraced at our house I thought that I would share a few life lessons that came straight out of Phineas and Ferb.

  1. Have Determination. Phineas and Ferb’s sister Candace is constantly wanting to “bust” them and show her mom what crazy invention the boys have made. She never succeeds, the invention is always gone when their mom comes to see what Candace is talking about. You might be wondering why the inventions are gone, well typically it has a little something to do with Perry the platypus stopping Doofenshmirtz’s evil plans, but hey that’s another story. No matter the defeat every episode Candace is determined to “bust” her brothers.
  2. There’s an adventure for everyday. “Ferb, I know what we’re gonna do today.” This is what Phineas says just before they begin their crazy adventure for the day. No time is wasted, they look at each day as a chance to have fun and make everything exciting.
  3. You are never to young. “Aren’t you a little young to….” It never fails that Phineas and Ferb create a fantastic invention that is wild, crazy and always requires them to order parts/products. Each time the delivery person always says this quote and the boys reply “yes, yes we are.” Just because they are young means nothing. There is no stopping them from “locating Frankenstein’s brain!”
  4. Go big or go home. Never settle for the simple and easy. If it can be done to the coolest, most highest quality, top notch of standards then by all means that is just how we roll. For example why would you just make a tree fort when you could make a robot tree fort!
  5. Never underestimate the power of a platypus (or any pet really). Perry the platypus isn’t your ordinary family pet, he is also a secret agent. All I am saying is never underestimate the power of a pet… they understand more than you think. When my Lupus is giving me a flare up and I am in pain my dog Lucy seems to know this and always wants to cuddle up next to me and never leave my side.
  6. Through thick and thin. Phineas and Ferb drive Candace crazy but at the end of the day she loves her brothers and they love her, even if she is constantly high strung and seeking every chance she can to get them in trouble. Plus, Candace always partakes and enjoys each crazy invention.
  7. Be Inclusive. The boys always include everyone in their crazy adventures, their sister, her boyfriend, their friends and the neighborhood bully. You never know the power of including someone else in your adventures!
  8. Don’t aim to small. Dr. Doofenshmirtz is an “evil scientist” who fails miserably at his attempt to take over the tri-state area. What evil character in any story actually aims for something other than the world?
  9. Don’t miss the adventures. The mom in the story misses every invention. Candace manages to get their mom to the scene just as the gadgets disappear. Don’t be the parent who misses out on all the adventures, jump in and enjoy the crazy fun instead of only hearing about it.
  10. Don’t include the Self destruct button. With every evil invention that Dr. Doofenshmirtz has he never fails to include a self destruct button. Typically this is how Perry the platypus will defeat him. How many times have we used a self destruct button on ourselves?
If you haven’t watched this show clearly now you know that it is a great show and you should watch it, “Ferb, I know what we’re gonna do today!”

 

“When you hide another story in a story, that’s the story I am telling the children.” Maurice Sendak

“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!” Where the Wild Things Are

One of Eli’s gift we got him last month for his birthday was the book “Where the Wild Things are.” I love this book! What a classic! The artwork is so fun and the story is creative. I am all about the creative and fun filled story so when we were shopping for his present and I found the book I knew I wanted to get that for him. The story is also a great lesson for the kiddos. There are probably many lessons that could be pulled but the one in particular that I am thinking of is being free to be creative, to have fun and to be yourself. Max is a fun character with lots of imagination. He let’s that imagination run wild, literally, and makes his own world. He didn’t worry about what others thought, he just continued to be his creative fun self. Besides the fun memories this story will bring, I hope that Eli will also take from it the importance of being his own creative selves, always.

Photo Credit: Brandi Jordan