I was walking to Starbucks the other day, and in front of me on the covered walkway was this little toddler.
the body language book I just read, this is the most relaxed, open and receptive posture possible for a human being. Arms wide open, belly exposed, nothing hidden, nothing feared - ready for anything. It was such a joyful little trot. Now look at the arms on his dad. While I doubt that his dad felt that he was going to be eaten by a shark at that particular moment, he has been taught that adults don't run down to Starbucks with their arms wide open, experiencing everything sort of recklessly. So he holds his arms close to his body, guarding all the soft spots, not drawing attention to himself unnecessarily.
When does that switch get flipped, I wonder?
Then, my sister told me to watch the NOVA show - Dogs Decoded. This is a must watch if you have never seen it. They just reveal some incredible things about dogs and the dog-human relationship. It was absolutely fascinating.
During a sequence at the end, where a woman in Russia was studying some very angry foxes to see if they could develop a similar relationship with humans, she made a very profound statement that reminded me of this little boy.
In discussing selecting and breeding foxes specifically for gentle personalities, she said:
When you select against aggression, you're selecting juvenile traits.
Unless your baby is Damien from the Omen, he's not aggressive. Same with puppies and kittens and foxes. Babies are fun. Little things tend to be more fun, more relaxed, less bitey than big things.
When you're having just a howler of a good time, laughing until you're about to pass out, odds are you're feeling a little juvenile, no?
I thought it was a very interesting statement.
I bet if we all ran through the world with our bellies exposed and our arms in the air, it would be a more peaceful place. A sillier place.
I made you a juvenile card today to illustrate my point. Today's Mix-Ability challenge is to do a CAS mixed media card.
So I thought since I was thinking about childlike attitudes, I would use only primary colors.
All three panels are watercolor paper.
The red panel I sprayed with rubbing alcohol and dropped Adirondack Watermelon and Sunset Orange alcohol inks onto.
The yellow panel I painted with Golden Fluid Acrylic in Hansa Yellow Medium and Liquitex Cadmium Orange.
The blue panel is watercolor - Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay and Orchid Opulence reinkers.
Joy to the world. :)