Reckless Reclamation

Chalk Talk

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Doesn’t it seem children have an insatiable desire to create? And don’t they provide continual delight with constant surprises of that creative urge? I can’t think of a better way to adorn a porch than with chalk.

Art in a Box
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ~ 
Pablo Picasso

We smile and laugh. We are captivated. Enchanted.

But deep within lies a simultaneous lament, an angst that pains the delight. We look bare-faced at ourselves and realize we don’t do art like children do. We don’t dream like that. The gradual progression of life pushed and pushed, and the weight of the world gradually nudged out the child. And the dreams? Well, they drowned in the cares of life, swirled in a whirlpool down the drain.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~ Thomas Merton

Creativity was meant to feed our dreams throughout life, from childhood to old age. To create an idea, to create vision, then to sing, to draw, to write, paint, build … heal. Yes, to heal. For heaven’s sake, is it not the function and privilege of art to nourish our souls, to rekindle a chord of tenderness in our heart, to keep us dreaming? To keep a continual cycle of dreaming, creating, healing.  To keep us … intact.

“The first demand any work of art makes upon us is surrender. Look. Listen. Receive. ~ C.S. Lewis

Children are risky and lavish as they create. They are not gripped with insecurity, fear, or hesitation that bounds we adults. Why are we?

A great-grandpa that knows how to stay a child and builds something delightful.

“Creativity takes courage.” ~ Henri Matisse

Should we not reclaim the artist within? As grown-ups isn’t it strange how we must be intentional this time because we have lost our natural inclination to do so? It seems the art of creating and reclaiming our childlike wonder has now become an art in and of itself. An almost lost art. Think of how we “pencil it in our schedule”. But it is so worth the effort, no matter how small.

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” ~ Pablo Picasso

After all, our Creator has the same insatiable desire. Look at the intricate beauty He presents to us everyday, everywhere—the art of heaven. We do well to imitate Him.

And chalk is a great place to start. 🙂
Peace, Alexandria

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  1. It’s true. Children are not afraid to create and explore….while many adults are, because they are afraid to “wrong.” Picasso is right…how to we keep the artist inside of us over the years!

    • Yes we do. We get so caught up in schedules and before we know it, we’ve lost the courage to explore. Thank you for the visit and your comments. Create today!

  2. Yes! Love those quotes. and that is the question -how can we get back to that childhood sensibility of creating? Thanks for sharing!

    • Honestly, having a blog has helped me so much. It’s become a place of inspiration and so I find I take time. Plus, the folks here are so encouraging of every effort. Such a nice community. Thank you for your visit and comments. Create today!

  3. Love the young boy’s creative work of art! Beautiful post, Alexandria!

    • Thank you, Amy. He’s my grandson and I will have to say he has played a big part in rekindling my creativity. I thank God for him. He’s taught me to play again!

  4. Wonderful!

  5. pattisj

     /  May 18, 2014

    A boy and his dog–and a great imagination. What could be better?

  6. Excellent choice for a repost Alexandria – I’m among those who missed this the first time so thanks! Really loved the message, the photos AND the quotes. Beautifully done!

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