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From Childhood to Childlike….

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

glen Usk Estate

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. 

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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


A Bientôt