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One cold day in the middle of January, I sat down for lunch in a cafeteria with six coloured pencils, a pocket sketchbook, and a slice of pizza. Little did I know that a small boxed-in drawing of a guy looking up at a fish in the sky would be the beginning of “Trudger,” a daily drawing project about a figure in a space going somewhere. Sometimes the figure is hard to see (especially if she or he is inside a house or a submarine). Sometimes the figure is not a human figure. Sometimes the figure has company. Through this process, I’ve given myself a daily allowance of playfulness so that no matter how much problem-solving I must do in reality, I get to also have at least fifteen minutes with my imagination as well. Fred Rogers, the make-believe crusader himself, has said this about creativity:

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. At various times, play is a way to cope with life and to prepare for adult-hood. Playing is a way to solve problems and to express feelings. In fact, play is the real work of childhood.”1

I would also propose that the “make-believe” process is still important even as we grow into adults. Perhaps it must take a back-seat to the responsibilities that come with adulthood, but “play” does not (or should not) go away entirely. In fact, it can become a testing ground for how we will deal with the real world once the play time has ended. Some people dance while others play a musical instrument, sing, or do sudoku puzzles. Drawing is my play-time.

Here, I invite you to see the results of my daily allowance of play-time. My hope is that it will help others to give themselves permission to turn off the television, video game, or internet browser for a little bit, and engage themselves in some creative process as well (and if you have children, why not play with them?). If you are doing something like this now, I would love to hear about it!

1. Rogers, Fred (1995). You Are Special. New York: Penguin Books.

5 Responses to “About”

  1. Thanks for sharing your art and thoughts with us.

  2. This is very awesome, Micah! The rowboat picture is relaxing to me. And the orange roughy did make me smile. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Micah, are you rowing that boat ashore? Hallelujah!

  4. Thanks for sharing this Micah. I will enjoy checking in.

  5. Your drawings are lovely! Thank you for sharing them.

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