C is for Coloring for Adults
Long before it was popular enough for the books to be sold at Borders or Michaels, I got into Coloring for Adults. There were some wonderful coloring books featuring goddesses and heroines that captured my attention, and I began coloring them in.
Coloring is a very relaxing and all-encompassing activity. The repetitive movement of the hands, back and forth, and back again, relaxes the mind. Today, artists are deliberately creating coloring books that are meditative. If you look for adult coloring books on Borders or Amazon, you’ll find that many of the books have the word “meditative” or “relaxing” in the subtitle.
My son bought two adult coloring books for me when he was on a trip to San Diego. People that know I’m an artist asked him, why he would buy me such a thing? He simply replied that she loves them. The truth is, when I don’t feel up to writing or tackling a painting or drawing, I turn to my coloring books. As in my previous post about blogging, the page of the coloring book is a finite one. Most can be completed rather quickly.
You have to think differently:
With what sorts of colors or marks will you fill the small spaces left to fill in?
How will the pre-designed space turn out with your personal touch?
You know that you probably won’t be showing the coloring to anyone. Often, the idea that the colored page is a part of your personal expression frees up a creative blockage.
· You’ve accomplished something.
· You’ve made something interesting, perhaps even beautiful..
· Your creation didn’t take much time or effort..
|Rising Energy, c. 2008 Stephanie Rose Bird|
As you work in a meditative state, you become more relaxed, open-up and generate enough energy to tackle your main project! Coloring leads me to work in my studio in colored Prismacolor pencils on pieces like this one shown above.