Practice Makes Permanent
by Autumn de Forest
I started painting in my “late fives”. One day, I hopped out in the garage and saw my father staining some wood. I asked him, “Dad, can I mess around?” “Sure”, he said. When I picked up a paint brush and I started to express myself, I realized that this was what I wanted to do to change the world. My father turned around and was so surprised, but I did not understand why. My parents began putting canvases and paints in front of me, and I would take time and express myself everyday.
I was invited to participate in a few “Art-In-The-Park” type shows. I realized at that point that it was so much fun painting, but it was also fun speaking with people about my paintings, and finding ways to express myself verbally. My parents told me that the world did not need another artist. What the world needed was an artist who could also express the importance of the creativity and self-expression of art.
Then, the Discovery Channel called. They were doing a show about kids who they considered geniuses. They invited me to be included, and I appeared with a six year old math whiz, and another boy who was “the smartest child in the world”. Soon, The Today Show called, and I was interviewed by Matt Lauer. I was so excited.
I was invited to speak to kids and adults all over the country - even at Harvard University – about the importance of the arts in the schools. When kids have the opportunity to express themselves through creativity it strengthens their minds, imaginations, and empowers them to believe that they can do incredible things in their lives.
With every step I have made on this journey, I have learned how important it is to not be discouraged on your first try. Just because you are not perfect the first time, does not mean you will not grow. Practice, I have found, makes permanent. The more you practice, the more likely you will want to continue to make an effort, and the more likely you will grow as time goes by. I hope to inspire kids that they can do the same. Whatever it is you love – a sport, dancing, drawing – you can do it. Don’t focus on how good you are, focus on your love of doing it.
To learn more about Autumn and her amazing artist accomplishments check out our other article, Autumn de Forest: An Inspiration at 9