Watching young children draw or engage in craft activities is such a wonderful thing to observe. They don’t worry about mistakes, they are not afraid to explore, to try something different and take risks. They have fun with it and then they treasure it momentarily before moving on to the next thing. They certainly don’t get hung up on it. My brand new watercolours and paper in hand this was my mission -don’t get hung up, just have a go. I was adamant that I would not be allowing myself to think ‘I can’t do it, it’s too hard, it doesn’t look right etc.’ and that I would just enjoy experimenting. Releasing expectations and mindset are both powerful things.
My experimenting wasn’t completely random but rather inspired by my fascination with beautiful Indian feather headrests that lately have been emerging in fashion photography and many art collections. One piece in particular that I fell in love with was this silhoueete below of a boy in a feather headrest by Australian artist Matt Stewart. It’s beautiful. You can read a short interview on the gorgeous website and blog Bec Marks the Spot. We don’t all have a spare few (& a few more) thousands of dollars to splurge on such pieces of art however (or perhaps it’s just that a holiday pips it at the post) but it provided wonderful inspiration for me to play with.
I have since decided headdresses are very fun. I think I need to find a dress up party to which I can wear one to pronto! Although I am not sure this one I found in a store on my trip away last week will suffice when you consider the incredible ones available in stores like Paradise Gypsies on Etsy.
So despite zero expectations, I am happy with my outcome and to share the result with you but more importantly amazed with how much fun I had experimenting and how therapeutic the process was! I’m now in search of my next project in which I can challenge myself to simply explore and play.
All images are my own and belong to me with the exception of Matt Stewarts Painting which is linked back to his website.