Art is Art. Everything else is everything else. (Ad Reinhardt)
Since my modest start in the blogosphere I have come across several bloggers who use their own drawings as illustrations in their postings. This adds a personal touch to their blogs that by far surpasses photos. Like this blogger/artist: Blessang, I am extremely jealous of her and everyone else who can draw! I used to doodle about with pencils and crayons myself, when I was young, but my love for art was killed in me by my surroundings. “Concentrate on academics”, they said. I don’t know if I had any talent, I quit doing what I loved way before I could ever find out if this was something I could succeed at.
Seeing my son, the Karate Kid, draw, paint, color and all the other art projects he tries out, makes my heart sing. I am determined that no one is allowed to discourage his love for arts, or his creativity. I want my son to be able to pursue an education, and possibly a career in whatever makes him happy. I do not want him to put off his passions until he’s 40 – like his mom did.
I have no idea if he has any talent. All I know is that he loves what he does. The funny thing is; he is also doing great in school, despite me encouraging him in his arts. Contrary to what seemed to be popular belief when I was young, that arts was a distraction from academics, I believe that allowing and encouraging our young to do what they are passionate about will play a positive factor in academics. It is easier and more fun for the Kid to solve excruciatingly boring math problems when he can decorate it with a small drawing on the side.
Please, if you are lucky enough to have an artist in your family – don’t kill the creativity!