Monday, September 30, 2013

"Outer Face" Space Beavers: A Surreal Collaboration

Last week, I stumbled upon the story of Mica Angela Hendricks, an artist and mama who had the phenomenal idea to blend her own creativity with her daughter's.
"Collaborating with a 4-year Old" began when Hendricks' daughter noticed a drawing of a head in her sketchbook and asked if she could draw the body.
"Outer Face"
The result was clearly a game changer.
So, wisely, they ran with it, producing dozens of unique, whimsical works of art.
"Sad Chrysalis"
The Dali-esque images this duo generates are just a perfect blending of creative minds.
What a team!
"Slugs Need Hugs"
As if the visual impact from this collaboration isn't striking enough, Hendricks shares this inspiring commentary on her blog:

And from it all, here are the lessons I learned:  to try not to be so rigid.  Yes, some things (like my new sketchbook) are sacred, but if you let go of those chains, new and wonderful things can happen.  Those things you hold so dear cannot change and grow and expand unless you loosen your grip on them a little.  In sharing my artwork and allowing our daughter to be an equal in our collaborations, I helped solidify her confidence, which is way more precious than any doodle I could have done.  In her mind, her contributions were as valid as mine (and in truth, they really were).  Most importantly, I learned that if you have a preconceived notion of how something should be, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE DISAPPOINTED.  Instead, just go with it, just ACCEPT it, because usually something even more wonderful will come out of it.
Well said, sista.

Oh, I just love EVERYTHING about this story—
letting go of what is comfortable and expected,
sharing a unique creative experience,
and opening up to the expansion of artistic process and human relationships.

Just beautiful in every way.

Crazy about these wonderfully wackadoo images? You can purchase prints, to inspire creative collaborations of your own, here.
"Pink Mermaid"
Make something magical happen today, my friends- 
and don't be afraid to share it, completely, with someone you love. 

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