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Inspired by a Master Who Was Without an Inner Critic

Video sharing how free and playful creating art can be without an inner critic can be thanks to a 5 year oldI was fortunate to be able to watch a master create recently. She created with abandon. Pure freedom from an inner critic. Freedom from judgement. Who was she? A 5 year old!

Video sharing how free and playful creating art can be without an inner critic can be thanks to a 5 year oldMy entire artistic journey has been about getting back to that place.

She never asked if it was right. She never asked if it was good. She only asked if you liked it, which to me, was her way of asking if you connected with it.

She didn’t ask what do I do with this or what’s its purpose was. Play was its purpose.

She didn’t judge her technical skill level. She wasn’t afraid to create. She was free to create and let what she created be it’s wonderful self.

Here’s the video of my play inspired by the brilliance of a wise 5 year old!

Watch Fearless Art Play Inspired By a 5 Year Old on YouTube.

Video sharing how free and playful creating art can be without an inner critic can be thanks to a 5 year old

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  • Kathy Gledsdale April 19, 2015, 10:39 am

    I have a big smiley face!

  • susan schultheis April 19, 2015, 2:38 pm

    Ok Carolyn, ready…??? I am right next to you and we can go back in time and paint with abandon.

  • Sylvia Tabor April 19, 2015, 3:55 pm

    Perfect, just perfect! ! We gotta let that inner child play more often!! Nothing as priceless as watching young children create — you can “see” the creative sparks flying around them, then the pride that shines forth as they “present” it to you. .. melts the heart each time

  • Terri D. April 19, 2015, 11:34 pm

    Beautiful! Now I know why I can’t seem to get started on my art! I sit and look at that blank page/canvas and I freeze. I pick up this color, then that color. This brush, no… maybe the catalyst blade, fingers? I’ve been “collecting” and not creating! When guess what? Little “t c lyn” is invited to the party! We have a play date for tomorrow!

  • Corrine April 20, 2015, 4:49 pm

    YOu mean we aren’t 5 anymore? Love the freedom here. xox

  • Andria April 26, 2015, 3:51 pm

    This is adorable! And I love the idea that you express that you have been trying to work your way back to that five-year-old sense of artistic abandon. Wonderful color, wonderful playfulness!

  • Nancy Sapp May 3, 2015, 9:44 pm

    I always love your blog & videos. I LOVE being a kid again so this post was right up my alley.
    TFS
    Grandma Nancy from central IL