“Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” ~ Abraham Maslow

“Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.” Heraclitus

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Plato

The most joyfully content, most creative people I have known in Life are those that know how to keep their inner child alive by making the time to play. More often than naught today, it is the Artist, whatever their medium, that reminds others who have lost this knack in the process of becoming an adult of how vital playfulness truly is to each of us. Through our creations we invite those lost in the cold weariness of maturity back into the vibrant happy world colored by the wisdom of our youth. In many ways, how we play and how we view the importance of this activity defines who we are on a daily basis.

I love to watch and listen to children at play, because they have yet to convince themselves that grown ups just don’t do such things. The sounds of laughter, running feet, the creak of a swing, the whispered plans of pirates, the kind decrees of young queens hosting a tea party… these are an artform all their own, wild as the winds and old as the seabed. I encourage you today to pick up your favorite toys, and make a playdate with your inner child. Follow the example of these sages of the playground. Who knows what inspiration you may find, what shadows you may snake-like shed, what new worlds you may discover?

wishing you laughter

“Ritual grew up in sacred play; poetry was born in play and nourished on play; music and dancing were pure play…. We have to conclude, therefore, that civilization is, in its earliest phases, played. It does not come from play…it arises in and as play, and never leaves it.” Johan Huizing

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

George Bernard Shaw


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I look to All My Relations for advice, wisdom, and inspiration. I’m a Gemini with Pisces rising…everything else is subject to change without notice.

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  • lianne
    liannealmost 5 years ago

    How remarkable it is to discover someone who collects sayings as I do and then to find that her reflection on those quotations contains such personal wisdom that goes above and beyond that! I just completely love this.

  • Oh yes, I’m a quoter lol I have a file of nothing but quotes I love… and there are a ton of like minded people out there lol. Thank you, Lianne, for your kind compliments. I am so glad that you enjoyed this one. This little girl is very special to me. She came along just when I most needed someone to remind me of the wonders of childhood. She has eased our grieving process tremendously, and I am grateful. I’m hoping today to take all of us out for a whole day of family play at our local Renaissance faire… even if it is supposed to rain all day! We have been debating whether or not to go for days lol So, the topic of play has really been in the forefront of my mind.

    I found myself looking out the window this morning, feeling sad about the rain and uncertain whether or not to go anyway. Then I remembered how my mother would suit me up in my bathing suit as a girl and let me play in the rain. With everyone else hiding in their homes, it was like a whole new world to explore and I never once thought I couldn’t have fun just because of the rain. So… we’re going!

    :) wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • CanDuCreations
    CanDuCreationsalmost 5 years ago

    Very creative well executed work

  • Thank you :)

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezalmost 5 years ago

  • Wow, what a lovely surprise to wake up to on my day off :) Thanks!

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Enivea
    Eniveaalmost 5 years ago

    Whoohoo!! Congrats on your well deserved feature!!

  • Thank you! :)

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezalmost 5 years ago

    it is stunningly sweet… you have created art in a complete form .. emotion, beauty, childhood…… drama.. congratz once more:))) it is perfect for live love dream.. and more.

  • Thank you, again! :) I felt this image was well suited to the group, and I’m glad you agree :) Again, those simple quiet moments… they seem to say so much, and something different for each person who sees it. That’s one of my favorite things about Art… how each person can see and carry away something different from a piece.

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Shane Viper
    Shane Viperalmost 5 years ago

    Cool shot.

  • thank you :)

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekalmost 5 years ago

    Cool image and shadowplay ~ I love all the lines and texture here ~ well seen and captured! susie

  • Thanks for the feedback! Always appreciated :) So glad you enjoyed one of my favorites ~ wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 5 years ago

    what a wonderful image!

  • thanks! :)

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 5 years ago

    lovely capture

  • Thank you again, so generous with your comments! :) I felt this shot had a lot to say; glad it spoke to you :)

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • kukawa
    kukawaalmost 5 years ago

    Brilliant & Beautiful! Love This Alot!!! And yes it absolutely speaks, with out one Word…………. : ) Peace, syl

  • Thank you! I don’t happen across shots like this often, but I love the ones that speak volumes with their silence. :) wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

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