Painting - Oil On Panel
Stop for a moment, and think about something you thought as a child.
Maybe it was a holiday, an encounter with a friend or teacher, a question you had – what matters is to remember the moment, how you felt, and What. You. Thought.
Why is this important? Because remembering back how we thought as children will help us think more clearly as adults. Children, before they are trained and “educated” out of it, are logical, and unlike adults, they cannot believe A and Non-A at the same time.
In other words, to children, war is not peace, love is not hate, freedom is not obedience, and the emperor, if he is naked, is not wearing clothes. If something does not make sense, they point it out, often to the chagrin of adults around them. But rather than take a moment, honestly assess the situation, and admit, “You know, you’re right,” adults by default chide children for social inappropriateness.
We can see by looking around us at the adult world that, when you chide people enough, they eventually stop saying anything, or worse, begin to agree with everything they’re told. Rare is the free spirit who maintains the heart and honesty of a child, but they do exist. Maybe we could be those people.
The artwork, Free Spirit, invites the viewer to step back into a time that all adults have in their memories – childhood – and somewhere in those memories is a child who thought, wondered, questioned, imagined, hoped, and believed.
Standing in a field of wildflowers, high in the mountain air, a young boy looks into the distance, his mind moving as quickly as his feet, his thoughts and dreams untrammeled, unshackled, unmuzzled. He is a free spirit indeed, and if he can maintain the purity and goodness of the essence of childhood, he will carry that freedom into his future.
Featured on 30 Fine Art America groups, including Emotive Art.
June 23rd, 2021
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