“Creativity takes courage. ” Henri Matisse
This morning as we were sitting at the breakfast table, my 5 year old daughter, Sophia, jumped up and grabbed the artwork from her school that she recently had finished. She was very proud and excited to show Andrew and I what she had been doing in her art class.
One of the drawings was a portrait of her daddy (seen below). The first thing she pointed out was how she had used her name to make up my hair. How creative!
Then, she said that she added lots of color to the picture. I asked her why she decided to color it, and she said it was because everything looks better with color. While I wanted to correct her and I actually gave her a few examples of items that don’t necessarily look better in color, I did agree with her for the most part.
My face is hot pink, I have blue freckles, orange eyes, aqua / teal ears, red and orange hair, and I am wearing different colored clothes. So cool!
What drives a child to choose so many different colors and to put them in the different arrangements across the page? In doing a portrait of my father, I must say that my creative approach would be much different and I would try and draw things more true to life. Which one would you prefer to look at?
So, what’s the point of this post? Don’t forget to experiment and try new things that others haven’t tried. If it doesn’t work out, then keep trying to make it better. Be courageous in making decisions about the design in your life. Observe your surroundings and the design choices that people have made and ask yourself, is that how I would have made it? What would I have done differently? When you make a buying decision, look how the product was designed. Was it machine made in a factory or made by hand? Be courageous and choose the more creative item. Add color in as many different places in your life, to brighten things up!