Children and Visual Patterns

Children learn in many ways, a powerful one being to absorb visual patterns in the environment. As children try to discover their identity, the environment provides information to assist in that process; language, social cues, emotional states of those around them, and sensory information including visual. Having heightened sensitivity and given that identity-forming is a key to survival, childhood memories are deeply ingrained. We can access these at seemingly random times when similar stimuli such as a smell, taste, or visual experience triggers resonant chords with the particular memory. For example seeing a box of 64 Crayola crayons can bring back the memory of the joy and creative enthusiasm of doing grade school art.
I was deeply and profoundly influenced by an original painting by William Adolphe Bouguereau that hung in the Evanston Public Library. I can remember at age 6 or 7 staring at it in awe as though it were a holy icon. The purity and innocence so heartful and expertly rendered made a lasting impression. In 1996 I spent 10 days painting a copy of it. (See my figure painting page)
Because of this and other insights, I value the high responsibility artists should have regarding their patterns put out into the world, visual or otherwise. Our work affects others, and can especially influence the sensitive and absorbing nature of the child mind. This sense of responsibility motivates the time spent on each artistic effort, as well as the choice of projects that I take on, and what I do with those choices. Put love and light into all work that it may serve others to perceive more about their true nature as a spiritual beings in human form.

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