There is something magically wonderful to be able to lead a young person into the creative world of drawing a picture. I’ve never had them turn me down if I asked if they wanted to make a picture with me. Their willingness is amazing….unguarding…and full of zesty enthusiasm. Who wouldn’t want to be around that kind of circumstance?!
A clean piece of white paper and a pencil or pen in hand and away we go step by step! I try to break it down into simple steps and simple shapes…a little at a time…I don’t overwhelm them and I strive to set them up for success. And it is amazing how their inner treasure chest of creativity opens and spills out…”can I make his hair curly?” or “I want my picture to have a dog running with a birthday hat!”.
I’m always amazed at the ease that a young person has to flow into the creative river that is within them…I feel my part is merely to “uncork” the bottle and let what is already there begin to come out.