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Friday, July 17, 2020

Kid stuff

"Kid stuff," 5 x 7 watercolor, 140 lb Fabriano Artistico extra white cold press paper
"Spontaneous."
Today's #WorldWatercolorMonth prompt made me think of kid stuff...the things young people say and do when they're not afraid of, or don't know, the rules and expectations that rob adults of their own childhoods.
Not all adults are like that, but as an uptight triple type A Capricorn, I  do know.
Except now that I'm getting older, I'm loosening up. That's been a continuing journey for me in watercolor, and if some of my art is getting better, that's probably because I'm loosening up there too.
Picasso said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when he grows up." You have to somehow stay in touch with the play, the freedom, the spontaneity of childhood.
Today's watercolor is an attempt at a figure, which makes me uptight, but it is also a version of a birthday card for someone, and these cards I do for special people help me loosen up, to enjoy just acting like a kid again. 
Seems to me, a kid playing on a skateboard is about as spontaneous as you can get. 

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