I have just stumbled on this beautiful little vid through the blog of one of my lovely, lovely followers, Tara, and I had to share it with you all. I think you should head on over to Tara's blog On A Branch to read what she has to say about creating art as an adult when you havn't for some time. I could definately relate and I'm sure many of you will be able to as well.
When I was little, I used to spend hours on end drawing and colouring and painting. There was nothing quite like the smell and excitement of new art materials, be they paints, pens, crayons or colouring pencils. I remember that if I ever got a new set I would have to try out every colour on a "test paper" before I could even contemplate creating a piece of art from them. I'm pretty lucky to have a creative mother who knew the benefit of good quality art materials and provided such, though they were still pretty basic. At least I was completely spared of felt pens which run out after five strokes, pencils which break as you sharpen them and paints that come out with colours that are thin, muddied and insipid. I remember my Dad bringing home big reams of continuous computer paper (the kind that had blue stripes on one side, a perforation between each sheet and holes all the way down each edge for the grippers on the printer) from his work and these reams used to take pride of place on the corner of my desk so that I could tear a piece off and create as the mood took me. I remember loving the smell of the art room when I was in primary school but hating the thick brushes that they provided which were always gummed up with old paint and only ever created thick blobby marks on the paper. I also remember being completely envious of my best friend's super dooper brand new Crayola Caddy!! Do they still make those?
Did you used to draw and paint as a child? What did you love about it? What didn't you love? Do you still create?