Maja Ruznik is a west coast artist who has just been featured over at In the Make, here. You may have seen her painting on the cover of New American Paintings a few issues back as well. The thing I want to bring to your attention is the video clip she did for In the Make about her creative process, and her background. The article at In the Make opens with the video. She says something in there about her mother giving her the freedom to make her own images by not telling her they were pretty. I think this is often missed...that by telling a child something is good or pretty we give a kind of criticism that can lessen their freedom to create. And the more I learn about making art, the more I see that it is about personal freedom.