Quizzical Otter

Quizzical Otter

Written by Jez Hunt

The Accidental Artist | Painting

9th December 2021

This week is a quick one…

I love otters!

Otters have always intrigued me with their quizzical nature, playfulness and the way they float on their backs with the young asleep on their tummy! 

Let’s face it, most animals play way more than we do. They don’t drive to work. They don’t sit in traffic jams. They do what they need to do.

Yes, they might work building a home, and feeding themselves and their young – survival – but the rest of the time is either sleeping and play.

We need to play more.

As children, we learn everything through play. As babies we put everything in our mouths – the tongue is sensitive and really good at differentiating textures as well as taste.

As young children, we learn by comparing physical experiences, by interacting with other people and our own feelings.

It is often a full-body activity that helps develop skills we need in later life – running, climbing, rolling, dancing – these activities all help with muscle development and help fine-tune our motor skills. 

We also learn an enormous amount through our imagination – building our mental and emotional muscles. Play is what pulls the logical and creative parts of the brain together.

But as we grow up and go through school, play is used less and less in teaching and essentially we have the sense of play ‘knocked out of us’.

Play becomes ‘formal’ and structured… sports, board games, even computer games where it is all about winning and losing. 

I’m not saying that understanding that life is a competition is a bad thing, but life IS about being happy – in everything you are doing.

For me, painting allows me to go back to a childhood way of learning… imagination, motor skills, self-expression, mindfulness and I ALWAYS feel happy… 

If you have or have had young children of your own, remember how you feel when you play with them on their terms… the tea parties, or follow the leader with Olaf (always a good one 🤣) or lego… just sticking bricks together to make whatever the imagination can conceive without constraint.

My challenge to you this week is go and PLAY!

It’s not important whether you play by yourself or with others – what is important is that you let go… get in the moment and BE in that moment.

If you’re struggling with anything and would like a confidential chat, reach out jez@jezhunt.com

With love xx

#acrylicpainting #lifejourney #continuousimprovement #stayfocused #accidentalartist

Painting Details:

Acrylic on Canvas.

Medium: Acrylic on 100% acid-free cotton, board-backed Artist Canvas
Width: 30 cm
Height: 30 cm

This item is:

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Raising For Charity

In August 2020, my best friend was diagnosed as having Myeloma, a cancer that affects the bone marrow.

While there is a lot of awareness and publicity over other forms of cancer, there is not so much known about this one.

There are various treatments currently offered, but as yet, there is no cure.

Any money raised from the sale of my paintings or donated using the button below will be given to Myeloma UK towards funding research to find a cure.


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