As many of you know I have a Chubby Art Cartoon Colouring Book Fanpage and Chubby Art Cartoon Colouring Group on Facebook. I love to see what everyone is colouring, to see the new books by amazing artists that are coming out, techniques people are using with coloured pencils, different mediums etc…. But always as I scroll down the pages I will run across either a post or a comment that goes something like this, “There are so many people who are really talented artists and their work is so amazing! I’m so intimidated! I don’t want to show mine because I’m just a beginner.” Or “I can’t afford to buy expensive pencils so my colouring isn’t any good. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to afford some good quality pencils and then I’ll post like crazy!) etc….
My question is… What the Hell is wrong with us?
Have we forgotten what the point of colouring was in the first place?
I think we need a refresher!
- Colouring is a chance to express ourselves creatively. Sometimes what we can’t say in words we can through colour and through the colouring books and colouring pages that we choose. They help us tell our stories, offering insights into our inner selves.
- Colouring can be a tremendous stress reliever and wonderful form of mental therapy. It can be used to help heal serious wounds, or simply to ease the mental transition from hardcore workday, to sharing relaxed family time together.
- Colouring can help us build our fine motor skills and dexterity. It takes a lot of hand eye co-ordination to stay in those lines!
- Colouring helps us improve our ability to focus. Our days can be filled with a whirlwind of activity but the calming effect of focusing on your colouring can do wonders to quiet the mind.
- Completing a colouring page gives us a wonderful sense of accomplishment especially for those that erroneously believe they are “not artistic” (a fallacy I’ll discuss in another blog post!). When we complete a colouring page, or a colouring book it’s a milestone, a check mark if you will, beside another one of the great things we have succeeded at doing.
If you are creating art that makes your heart sing, lightens your mind and makes you feel relaxed, happy and at peace, then it is good art – period.
When I see those posts and comments mentioned above I think to myself, if you want to keep your work private and just for you, by all means do so, especially as it pertains to a personal healing process for yourself. But be honest with yourself and check your reasoning, make sure if you choose not to share your art that you are doing so for the right reasons for you.
There is a wonderful quote by Marianne Williamson that I read daily to check myself. I share it with you here because it never fails to move me and keep me on the straight and narrow. I hope that it does for you too.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” By Marianne Williamson
Now go colour the world in a rainbow of your creativity for you are great. Believe it and share it, cause we want to see it!