The best time I can think of was when my niece was visiting - 5 or 6 years ago, and we went down to the studio to play. She was probably around 11 or 12 then, didn't know what to paint and was very hesitant. I encouraged her to just start, and ideas will come.
I have to think about the process - not the product. There have been so many times:
- I've hesitated because I was afraid that what I made wouldn't be any good
- I didn't use art supplies I bought because I wanted to "save" them for when I was really good
- I got frustrated and set a project aside because it wasn't turning out the way I wanted
- I stopped a couple of steps into a painting because the next thing I did might be "wrong"
I've got the mess part down - And I'm having fun!