*Updated on Nov 2020
… are curious, flexible, persistent and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.’
Fill in the blanks, folks!
I don’t know about you. But, the word that popped up in my head was ‘Children’ or ‘Kids.’ But, the true answer is ‘Creative people.’ Isn’t it almost whimsical how synonymous the two answers are! You could perfectly swap ‘Creative people with ‘Children’ and BOOM! It would still make perfect sense and not alter the meaning one single bit.
So there you go, the complete quote below!
‘Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.’
And this was quoted by French revolutionary artist Henri Matisse, who wasn’t afraid to be as pure and free-spirited as a child when it came to self-expression through the powerful medium of art. He used vivid colours and complex forms with gay abandon.
In his own words again, he sought to create an art that would be “a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair.” While his ultimate intent and objective was pleasure and contentment, his use of colour and pattern was often deliberately disorientating and unsettling.
Isn’t that again, what children usually do! If you have children of your own or have studied other’s children, it would amaze you at how similar the minds of the world’s greatest artists of all time and children function. Much like, say, Matisse’s style of functioning, children, deceptively appear to be scatterbrained and inept with their tiny fingers, making a ‘mess’ (according to our limited adult minds). But the truth is amidst all this wild curiosity, chaos, unsettling frenzy, is the ultimate aim to attain pleasure and contentment. Genius!
We owe a lot to our children and artists alike! For reminding us that being adults doesn’t necessarily have to mean the end of being curious, flexible, persistent, independent, adventurous, and playful.
In short, becoming an adult doesn’t mean the death of the child within us, but the birth of many children within our being. One seedling that offshoots into many fruits and seedlings of curiosity, flexibility, persistence, independence, adventure, and play.
What colour are you going to paint the town today?
Hmmmmm! I’m thinking on the lines of green, magenta, and ash!
Aren’t we talking and thinking like children already? Better still, like world-famous artists! *wink
Leaving you with this image of one of my daughter’s artwork. She sparks her creativity at home and beats boredom during the pandemic.
Do you have an opinion to share on what creativity means to you or how to encourage children’s creativity?
*Published on Momspresso.