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I was watchIng my five-year-old son the other
day at the painting easel in our kitchen. I observed his
enjoyment in the texture of the materials, and an unin-
hibited excitement about touching the paint to the sur-
face of the paper. I imagine his inner dialogue went
something like this: “How can I make the tempera flow?
What happens if I mix these colors? What happens if I
use the brush like this, or make marks like this?” Most
likely, though, there was no dialogue at all, as he was
truly spontaneous in his actions. There is a lot to learn
from this. Painting harnesses the fun of play. Play is cru-
cial to the creative process because a by-product of play
is pleasure. I believe that the underlying principle of
pleasure should always be present in the painting pro-
cess. Play also brings you to the present moment. In this
age of disconnect due to the prevalence of technology
and screen time, painting can be an antidote as it con-
nects you to your surroundings with the physical world.
Painting brings you to the present moment. Painting
activates your physical sense of self. Painting helps you
to feel alive and connected!
Many of the projects are based on experimenting
with varying materials, surfaces, and concepts. Years
ago I read an article about the work habits of well-
known geniuses such as Picasso, Einstein, and Edison.
A common trait among them was that they were ruth-
less in their risk taking and were not afraid of failure.
They had a sort of what-if mentality in their endeavors,
as they left no stone unturned in their quest of problem
solving. Picasso filled stacks of sketchbooks before his
masterpiece Guernica came to be. Einstein also had
many notebooks filled with failed attempts at equa-
tions, and Edison had endless experiments that did not
work. They were tenacious in their drive for discovery
and did not let failure halt their attempts.
I truly believe that if you allow yourself to play you
will unleash the painter that has been inside of you
since you were that child at the easel years ago!
Introduction
“I hope this book will inspire you to play and take risks
without the worry of what the outcome will be.”
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“I hope this book will inspire you to play and take risks
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