A Thought About Art & Play

Yesterday I visited the Kings Art Center and viewed the Yosemite Renaissance exhibit – and man was I inspired! The exhibit had such beautifully curated pieces, ranging from photography over mixed media to sculptures.


To top it off, I had a surprisingly deep conversation with two of the ladies that run the gallery. We talked about how art seems to slowly disappear in schools and the fine balance between teaching children fine motor skills and expressing themselves through art while also making sure they know the latest technology and pass all kinds of exams.


But of course this doesn’t only apply to children. We all need to play more. Experiment. Turn off the phone and make things with our hands. Look at art on real walls. Try painting or make something with paper or clay or wood or fabric.


We all need to play more. Experiment. Turn off the phone and make things with our hands.


It doesn’t have to be good. It doesn’t need to be taken seriously. It most definitely doesn’t need to be considered stylish or modern or whatever it is you usually care about. It can be beautiful or weird or ugly.


You can love what you make or you can throw it in the trash when you are done. All that matters is that feeling you get when you slow waaay down, connect with your own thoughts and become oh-so present in the here and now.


Have fun playing!
With love,

Maike


PS: If you make something, really do it for yourself – no one needs to see what you make unless you really feel like sharing. But if you like to share your thoughts or tell me what you made – I’m here, excited to hear all about it! There’s nothing better than finding people to really connect with.


 
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