Sunday, April 14, 2013

Listen To Your Inner Child.....

"What did you do as a child
that made the hours pass like minutes?
Herein lies the key to your earthly pursuits."
------Carl Jung

 Art Journal
Acrylics, Watercolor pencils

Sometimes you just need that thread of an idea to get your creative juices flowing.  So I went to my Pinterest boards...these are such a great visual filing system ....a place to store ideas. I recently pinned the quote above by Carl Jung.  I often reflect about my childhood years when I'm trying to come up with ideas to paint.  What did I love to do the most back in the day?  Three things came instantly to mind.  I loved to curl up with the latest Nancy Drew mystery.  For her day, Nancy Drew was a confident, smart, forward-thinking woman.  (I hate that there are "updated" versions of Nancy Drew).  I wanted to be like her...not the detective part....just the confidence and smart that I liked about her. I liked that she wasn't afraid to try things....that's where she and I often differ! (I know she is fictional, but I can pretend).
I painted an oversized, comfortable chair and left a copy of a Nancy Drew mystery lying there.  
 On the opposite page, I added a bookcase to store my books...what were they besides Nancy Drew and Seventeenth Summer and other stories that had a young woman at the center?  What would Nancy Drew be like in her "golden years" I wonder.....
Across the back wall of both pages are giant crayons....and I made them large, because I loved to color....there is nothing like the smell or look of a new box of crayons...even today.  They've added so many colors!  When I was a senior in high school, I ended up in the hospital with a ruptured appendix and one thing I made all of my visitors do....was color a page in a coloring book I brought for that express purpose....and they would sign their page.  I kept that coloring book for so many years ....and I so regret that I no longer have it.  
Last but not the least, is the HiFi (High Fidelity) stereo sitting on the floor, records on the stack and floor.   Books, music, crayons....I couldn't give any of these up.  I went to our annual library book fair last year....and I couldn't resist ....
Just for "old times sake"....I'm going to curl up in a chair and read it soon.

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