Motherhood has been full of awesome firsts lately - and coloring with my now 1 year old son has be near the top of the list. I hadn't picked up an actual crayon for awhile. Knowing that I was showing him something for the first time gave me freedom to play, and make marks and forms unlike how I would if I was 'really' drawing. He started with hard little stabs at the paper, then wide single strokes, followed by zig zags. We're only at the beginning but it's been fun.I know I can avoid drawing because I'm afraid of drawing something bad, or wrong, or not quite what I had in my head. But put a child in front of me (of any age, I've always been the Auntie to color with!) and there's no place for ego or pausing to check google images for duck references. I might not make much time for 'real' art lately, but every day we make time for something better together. When I finally sit down at the drawing board (by myself), I think all of this will inform my work.
Oh, and the drawing above? That's what a giggle looks like. Wrap your arm around baby's belly, hold several crayons and scribble like mad. You'll see what I mean.