On a windy morning this past week, I saw a young child running after leaves left over from the autumn. I could see the child’s joy and excitement.
Maya – one of my youngest models from the Boathouse Studio series. Watercolour.
In that moment I was taken back to my own childhood and in particular an experience I had when I was about seven years old. It was a another very windy day and I was riding my bike down a hill enjoying the feeling that I was flying with the wind.
Observing the little child this week, I was reminded of the playfulness, joy and curiosity inherent in childhood and how vital a foundation block this period of our life is as we move through adolescence into adulthood.
Rapid watercolour demonstration – during workshop on the banks of the River Usk, Wales. Children frolicking in the water…. circa 2004
As we move into adolescence we have a need to find the truth about ourselves. We no longer accept the advice of others – preferring to learn by our own personal experience. I remember this period so well…both as a child and a parent…..
Rapid watercolour of adolescent French boy – circa 1995.
Then as we reach adulthood, we become more caring and responsible for the world around us. We discover a strong desire to fulfil our own unique expression of life. We begin to gain perspective and to stay in touch with our heart.
My daughter Christie – watercolour – circa January 2016.
As we age, having seen many cycles of birth and death, a certain wisdom grows within.
Watercolour – Madame Nottale – France circa 2012
A childlike quality is revealed.
I have observed this with my 95 year old Mother and many others who have reached old age. The delight in a ninety year old’s eyes when a dog or young child visits is the same sort of delight shown by children chasing leaves or experiencing other simple pleasures.
A wonderful quote from Pablo Picasso –
‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he/she grows up.’
Today we can fly above all the madness and be playful like magical hummingbirds…..watercolour