Grace Mendez How To Let Go Series

Make Time to Play

Time to play!

It’s your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don’t take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.”     ~ Betty White

By now you have let go of waiting for the right time, worrying about what other’s think and striving for perfection. It’s time to play. Let’s not take art making so seriously.

Do you notice how children don’t worry about waiting for the right time, of what other people think or of perfectionism? They are in a perpetual play mode. This is how they learn. They make lots of mistakes, they try new things and they keep at it. They have this force of curiosity that spurs them on.

Eventually, a child will hear someone say something negative about their creativity and the magic of curiosity comes to a stop. I have heard countless stories from students about the time their creativity was squelched by a teacher, a parent or other authority figure. They remember what they were doing, who said it and where they were. It leaves a scar.

Your assignment is to find that space that lets you play.

As adults, we have lots of areas in our lives to be serious.

What would bring a sense of play to your art making sessions? Using bold colors or playing fun lively music in the background? What about using your non-dominant hand to add looseness to the lines or brushstrokes you make?

Playtime allows for spontaneity and opens you up to new ideas. I know it’s easy to fall into the same routine because it’s safe, time efficient, and easy to do. But where is the curiosity in working that way? How will you stretch or grow as an artist if you don’t experiment and play?

I say don’t take yourself, or your art too serious. Life’s too short.


You can read Part 1 of the Let Go Series HERE

You can read Part 2 of the Let Go Series HERE

You can read Part 3 of the Let Go Series HERE

Grace Mendez How To Let Go Series