Why your 5-year-old could NOT have painted this

When you look at a yellow square glowing on a dark background, or see a profusion of scribbles, do you automatically think, “A child could do that?”

Yes, a child could draw a square or circle, or boldly scribble with bright crayons.

But could a child use different types of lines or shapes to take you on a journey across the page?

Could a child juxtapose* transparent and opaque colors to create layers of depth? (*my favorite art word, meaning “putting two different elements next to each other”)

A child’s scribbles may have energy, but they are not the same as art that is developed and refined.

Golden Overture

Mark Rothko, an abstract American painter, said that his artistic expression was drawn from the “spontaneity, simplicity and directness of children.”

He was not implying that a child could saturate huge canvases with thinly layering, painted shapes, exploring ranges of colors to evoke different moods and atmospheric effects.

His shapes were deliberately planned to induce powerful, even spiritual feelings in viewers.

He sought to make paintings that would bring people to tears.

“I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions—tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on,” he declared.

So, if you have young children around, hang their beautiful art in a treasured place.

When you buy art, choose paintings that provoke an emotion in you. Enjoy it all!

Check out some of my scribbles here: www.LyndaGoldmanFineArt.com/Collections

What do you think of scribbles? Are they really art? Leave your comments below. I always love to hear from you.

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  1. Rosline Loutsios says:

    Dear Lynda,
    Whenever I look at your artful choice of colour combinations, themes, strokes, lines, etc. I just love everything you create.
    Yes, there is great artful skill involved everywhere. That’s why I am a great lover of whatever you achieve.

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