24 Feb creating with Katrina Kennedy
Whenever I find myself at a loss as to why I can’t make my camera do my bidding, I turn to Katrina. If there’s something you can’t figure out, guaranteed she has the answer on her blog and it’s explained in a way that’s not going to leave you scratching your head wondering what in the world she’s talking about. She keeps it simple. She makes it easy. And most importantly, she makes it fun. Is it any wonder she would approach the subject of creativity in the same way?
What if you could create with child-like wonder?
A five-year-old imagination would find a new angle with no worries what the neighbors thought or if their underwear were showing.
A five-year-old imagination would try something out to see just what would happen. And then they’d try it again to see if the result was the same.
A five-year-old imagination would see creating as the ultimate experiment. Their focus would not be on the outcome or the product or the opinion of others.
A five-year-old imagination would show their finished result with hands held high, a smile on their face. They might ask your opinion for validation. And they’d only need a few words to feel completely filled. “That’s great.” “I love it.” That’s all they need.
A five-year-old imagination will take inspiration from the person next to them. But they make it their own. Uniquely, utterly, their own.
A five-year-old imagination is okay with limbs growing from heads. And okay with bodies missing shoulders and necks.
A five-year-old imagination embraces self-portraits. Goes in for the close up. And never explains away their imperfections.
A five-year-old imagination creates for the pleasure of creation. For the pleasure of creating something unique in this world. For the happiness it brings them. That is enough.
Can you imagine like a five-year-old? How can you let go of the inhibitions each birthday piles upon us? How can you rediscover the five-year-old artist begging to be set free inside you?
Happy Birthday Janice! May you create today and everyday as if you were a five-year-old.
Katrina teaches photography classes at Get It Scrapped, writes photography tutorials for DesignerDigitals and blogs about her life through the lens at About A Boy. She’s a busy lady, who nevertheless, always finds the time to help. I’ve learned so much from her and I’m always completely grateful for her teaching super powers.
One lucky focus 52’r who joins in the link up here this weekend is going to have the opportunity to experience her teaching prowess first hand! Katrina has generously offered up a seat in her next online class, Life Through The Lens . Class starts March 22nd and is sure to be a great learning experience. To be eligible for the giveaway, you must be a member of focus52 (you can join anytime!), you must link up your work for this week on our regular weekend linkup, your linkup this weekend must follow the normal focus52 guidelines, and you can only link up once. One lucky winner for this giveaway will be determined next Tuesday, via random.org, from the weekend’s entries.
Note that, as always, you do not need to follow this week’s word prompt to be eligible to win. But it IS my birthday. Indulge me ;)
Big smooches to Katrina for celebrating with me and taking the time to be here today, and with such a fun post! So very, very much appreciated!