“Every child is an artist………..” Picasso.

It was Picasso who said –

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

In the midst of a rather gloomy train of thought with regards to Black Friday and the mad commercialism of the holiday season, a brilliant ray of light entered into my day – one that reminded me of Picasso’s words.  

Meir Rogers, a five year old artist from Chicago sent me one of his beautiful pictures and all of a sudden everything made sense.

In Meir’s painting we see the freshness, spontaneity, wonder and pure magic that the artwork of a child brings.     Thank you Meir 🙂

Birds by artist Meirs Rogers  

Meir's birds 2

“Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.”   Dr. Seuss

When we first enter this world, we are naturally full of curiosity and wonder.

When we observe children at play we see them following the words of the great Dr. Seuss.    Filled with curiosity and playfulness they take in all that surrounds them and much more.

Sad to say that by the time we reach adulthood, most of us have lost touch with and confidence in our inner creative energy.

Painting with children in Somerset, UK.    These children would be in their early twenties now.    They love to watch an artist paint….in this instance, I was painting Cristeve the Cat for them.   After I left them they painted their own version of Cristeve the Cat. 703984_10151335674775396_172685478_oIf we adults could time travel back to our earliest formative years, when the world appeared as a kaleidoscope of colour and shapes, we could regain our natural curiosity and love for colour and form.      We might see things in a much broader context than the one prescribed to us by our cultural experience.

Painting portraits with a group of children in France.     

til August 10 129As adults we forget how wonderful it is to play with colour….We are concerned about how we appear to others…..which often stifles the creative process.

In children we see a freedom of expression…..especially when a child is encouraged.    In Meir Roger’s case I happen to know that he receives great encouragement from his parents and grandparents.   I wish that this were true for all children.

Working with children in Brittany, France on a mural for their school.      I will always remember when the children sang me the song….’Red and Yellow and Pink and Blue………………. – a very special moment.      (these children would all be in their mid thirties today…..til August 10 126It saddens me greatly to hear a child chastised because they are making a mess, being silly or not behaving in a normal fashion.

Words such as these can stay with a child for the rest of their life and prevent them from experiencing the joy of creative expression.              Encouragement is key.

It’s OK to fail at being normal, whatever that is……When we observe children exploring their creative energies, we see other ways of seeing and being.    12314060_10153693416745396_9179756764978779361_nOver the years, I have collected a lot of children’s art….and have had many beautiful portraits painted of me by children from around the world.

As I observed six year old Beatrice focus with complete confidence on her artwork, it was a delight.   As is often the case when painting portraits…a very special connection is made.

A portrait of me by 6 year old Beatrice from Portugal. 20-11-15 - 1 (933)Painting water colour portraits of two very special young girls in Portugal 13076555_1162891533744325_7774473167615565835_nMy suggestion to children or adults as we approach the holiday season is to get paints and paper and make the creative process an important part of the festive season….and of course for every other season.      If you are not sure where to start…why not paint your own wrapping paper….now there’s a thought…..p-kids-hand-painting-owpMN8ZSw8-1And last but not least I leave you with a watercolour of  Cristeve the Cat and a magical hummingbird.    12238351_10153687926025396_2738025815690721220_oA bientot –

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39 thoughts on ““Every child is an artist………..” Picasso.

  1. Teagan R. Geneviene

    Dear Janet, what a wonderful, heartwarming post. Thank you.
    Even though I desperately wanted to take ballet lessons as a child, I realize that probably would have been me upside-down at the end of the bar! 😀
    Cristeve was so beautiful. I love the paintings of her. Have a thriving Thursday my friend. Hugs on the wing.

  2. Doc Kandinsky

    Hi Janet. When I look at the drawing of Meir the notion of “soul vibrations” immediately comes up. A child’s spontaneity always triggers a feeling of happiness like the echo of our own childhood. Creativity should never be held back by rules…

  3. Writing to Freedom

    Thank you for the wise and loving reflections Janet. You are a wonderful teacher. I’m glad to know you and that you’ve touched many children with your gentle space in allowing them to explore and create in a safe space. May we keep alive the spirit of play, curiosity, and creativity!

  4. Bushka

    Superb post, Janet! Yes, seeing the world through the eyes/mind/heart of a child can be most revealing – so unadorned, uncontaminated! Thanks for this. Hugs!

  5. davidjrogersftw

    Dear Janet,

    Thank you for the enchanted post on children’s art–the lovely children’s pictures and your inspiring text. I am happy to say that I was with Meir Rogers when he panted “Birds”–a day of art projects by a young artist–Meir–and an old writer–me– who admires and is rather awed by the wonderful, wonderful spontaneous achievements of painters young and older.

    That day Meir looked out my dining room window at the autumn tree in which happy birds played. His eye was caught and he started with that and let his imagination play on. There were no hesitations, just a sure, confident application of water, and colors and the tree’s branches and the leaves and the birds quickly appeared.

    I try to learn from Meir’s belief in himself which allows him such freedom. self-assurance, and total lack of self-consciousness when he works. He is showing me the attitude of “Just go ahead and trust your talents and instincts and everything will be okay.”

    I look at the picture of the Brittany children, now in their mid-thirties, and wonder if one or two or three were perhaps so affected by your visit that they learned the lesson you always teach: be comfortable with yourself, trust yourself, enjoy yourself, paint what you want–not for anyone but yourself, let the colors take you over. I bet they did.

    I just love the painted hands and the gentle pussy cat with its eyes saying, “Go ahead, try to imagine what I’m thinking.”

    Have a wonderful weekend, Janet,

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning David…thank you very much for this lovely comment. It’s so lovely that you have such a close relationship with Meir and that you and his parents encourage him in creative pursuits. You are right in saying we can learn so much from observing children as they paint. They are not crippled by self criticism – rather full of confidence and spontaneity……..
      I often wonder about all the young people I have worked with over the years. Every now and then I do hear about one and it’s always such a great pleasure….and I do have some students who have become serious artists which is most gratifying.

      Hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend and that Meir is happily painting. Janet 🙂

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning Peter, I remember very well when you shared with me about your cousin Tony Fomison. He was indeed a formidable artist one who clearly gave his life to his work. Do you ever sketch today? It is never too late to start again…..HOping all is well with you…Janet 🙂 x

  6. davidjrogersftw

    Reblogged this on davidjrogersftw and commented:
    This is a post from Janet Weight Reed, one of my favorite artists and bloggers, In it she talks about the development of creatvity in children, a topic I am also very interested in.

  7. Helen C

    >> we adults could time travel back to our earliest formative years, when the world appeared as a kaleidoscope of colour and shapes, we could regain our natural curiosity and love for colour and form.

    Can we? You mean there is hope??? 😉

  8. Carol Balawyder

    I love this, Janet: “We are concerned about how we appear to others…..which often stifles the creative process.”
    And I loved this post and the paintings by the children. I do volunteer work with my dog in a classroom with children who have learning problems. The children spontaneously drew pictures of my dog in which he is smiling. I cherish these drawings. They are so pure and free. xxx

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you Carol. I can well imagine that the children love it when you visit with your dog. You see there natural enthusiasm and spontaneity – all totally natural and wonderful. Janet xx


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