Thankfully, I found more stability after a few years. With a new decent job, a better living environment, plus a new and supportive partner, I was able to let go of some of my problems and appreciate more the young man my son was growing up to be. I was also able to get to know myself a little better as well. This was a time when I rediscovered my own creative desires after many years of artistic inactivity. Slowly I started making art regularly and exploring different playful mediums such as music, baking, and soap making. And all the while my son was quietly watching and observing.
Now, as Mother’s Day is just a couple of sleeps away, I think back on those times and realize how much of an impact my exploration had on him. He was already an adolescent, enjoying friends and playing video games. Yet, I suppose a parent is still very much an influence on a teenaged mind even when school friends and the Internet are much more entertaining. Shortly after I started my creative excavation, my son decided to pick up a pencil and started sketching. He enjoyed superhero comic books and graphic novels and so he studied the human body’s form, proportions and anatomical structure to render his own drawings. He, along with his cousin, imaged a fantasy world and boardgame based on characters they designed together. He picked up guitar and played around with a synthesizer. As I led and forged a path, slowly he followed. At the time I did not realize what was happening and the direction we both were taking because I was too close to see. (I am not sure he has realized it even now, but I keep my mouth shut just in case he decides following in Mom’s footsteps in uncool!) But now I do see, and I am so grateful I got myself together so that I had the drive and ability to not only get my expressiveness flowing, but also to serve as an example, to give him the idea and urge to investigate his goals for himself, too.
Do you have a child you wish to help reach their artistic potential? Find them someone to look up to such as a mentor, a guide, or a teacher. Or can you be that someone? Or perhaps you yourself may benefit from an art coach, or an art class or two or more. Or maybe all you need is to simply find artists to admire on social media. Having an inspiring human being (or more) to emulate and follow can be the great driver you may need along the way to your creative goals.
Curious about my own creative journey? Read all about it here.
Author: MTM Hobbes
I am an artist and art instructor. Creating art and working on creative projects is my way making sense of life experiences and my environment. I believe that the practice of art helps a person become more of who they are meant to be.