This weekend I started my second painting in my collection of female archetypes, The Inner Child. This part of my personality is probably the one that comes out most often. There are things we do as children that many of us stop doing as adults. There are also a freedoms we have as children that we can’t really grasp at the time; but when we look back we realize how special they were. Most of us get tied down with responsibilities, family obligations, and relationships; we forget what it’s like to be free from all of those adult-related burdens.
As much as I enjoy being in a relationship, the moment I start to feel a bit trapped or it gets a bit too serious, I bolt. Perhaps it’s one of my faults. I’m deathly afraid of someone taking away my freedom. I’ve seen over and over again what it does to people and I simply don’t want that kind of life for myself. There is a song from Serbia (where my parents were born), about a girl named Daniela who’s always running away. Quite fitting.
Despite my recent streak of very dark artwork, I’m genuinly a happy person most of the time. I enjoy being silly, lying at the beach all day, riding my bike, feeling snowflakes on my tongue, scaring people, and dancing around my kitchen when nobody’s watching. I make it a point to do one thing ever day that makes me happy.
In the end it is important to embrace the joy, innocence and freedom of your inner child as often as you can. Take that road trip by yourself, eat that ice-cream, and slow dance in the middle of your street on a warm summer evening. These are the moments that we remember forever. Run away and go enjoy each day!
Stories about how art inspires and changes us.