Years ago, when I was in college and still living back East, I went to a Picasso exhibit at the MoMA. It’s also where I saw my first Kandinsky in person. That experience gave me life. I could see the movement of the hand in the paint strokes IN PERSON and that rush floored me; it brought me to the exact moment of its creation and, I mean come on, that’s a pretty cool sensation. A similar thing happened when I saw Picasso’s work. Except this exhibit displayed no paintings at all; just simple small sketches done by a child Picasso. You can’t imagine the force behind these tiny line sketches. Mind blown. And anyway, I came across Birds and Other Animals the other day and its drawings brought me right back to the MoMA and, oh, such a happy memory.
The guy was spot on with this too, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” As a former children’s art teacher, I can attest to this. Hands down. Yes.