I was about to title today's blog-post, "Dispelling the Thickness". This morning I realized my insight is more accurately expressed as re-finding child-like play. This morning I visited my studio; I saw the inventiveness, the vigor, in yesterday's drawing. I also have been writing friends during this Winter Holiday season. In both cases, I found myself back with childhood glee in being open and playful. That is, like Pablo Picasso, I have stiffly worked on the academic skills of being an artist. At last, now, after many years of practicing art-making, I have come to this: "It took me... a lifetime to paint like a child." That is a Picasso quote. I now understand it as mine. My thickness, my academic stiffness, is being left behind. I am finding joy in each moment of creation; this is playfulness. Everything we do is creatively ours if it is playfully ours. This is mindfulness. There is no task that is done well without play. This is an absolute truth in art-making (it may be difficult to garner playfulness in other activities). My realization is this: The art of the artists I admire most exhibit the joy of creativity in the stuff they make. Here is a short list: Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Jean-Michel Basquiat.
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