"Creativity takes courage."
- Henri Matisse
Matisse is the artist who made me want to be an artist. I was in fourth grade and we had to write a report on a famous painter. My classmates were all choosing the usual suspects--Monet, Van Gogh. Da Vinci, and Picasso. In fourth grade you play it safe and blend in, so I went to the library to find a book on Monet. As luck would have it, they were all checked out so the librarian handed me a book on Matisse instead. I felt an immediate connection to his work. His use of color and pattern and his free-form spontaneity were unlike anything I had ever seen. His paintings were fun and free and I didn't know colors could evoke feelings like lyrics to a song, but his did. They inspired me and I wanted in. It was the first hint I had that maybe I was part of the tribe. Maybe I was a color-loving, rule-breaking, free-form artist too.
I have been holding onto a large sheet of thick styrofoam for a little over a month. It's about 4 feet by 3 feet and every time I find a temporary home for it, one of the girls pulls it out to play with it. It is light because it is made of styrofoam, which looks a lot like snow and it doesn't snow in California, so........... kids. I have been strangely protective over this sheet of styrofoam. I find myself saying "you are going to break it, be careful!" as if it were heirloom China. Why? I just knew it was going to become something great. Like maybe an oversized Matisse stocking or something.
large sheet of styrofoam, poster board, or foam core
assorted paper in bright colors