How often do we associate play with children? I have been realising more lately, that part of being a happy adult is playing, and perhaps for some, even learning to play all over again. We can watch children playing, and be amazed at how creative a child can be. As children we learnt about the world around us by playing, but as we grew older that instinctive play occurred less and less as we learnt to think, to reason.. and somewhere our intellect took over!
I have found over and over that thinking about something I'm going to create, trying to produce an artwork from my mind just leads me to frustration. For me, the best artworks always come about as a direct result of playing, experimenting - its often when I'm not even thinking about what I am doing, when my brain is in a semi meditative state that something amazing just evolves!
The ability to play is essential to being an artist, so lets remember to have fun, to do something we enjoy - to maintain a playful, creative spirit that doesn't put any restrictions on our imagination - to play!