Designer: Jen Troyer

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Picasso believed that truly original expression comes from seeing the world as a child does—with fresh eyes and without preconception. To achieve that level of creative freedom in his art work took him decades; he had to let go of the formal rules of technique he had learned as he matured. When someone asked him why his paintings looked childlike, he took it as a compliment: "It takes a very long time to become young," he responded. His comment serves as a reminder that it takes conscious effort to hold onto the conviction and vision of your young, idealistic self.