Wow, this one took just about forever to color. It was wonderfully relaxing, though.

Slow coloring always gives me a chance to take a little inventory. As each tiny shape gets filled in, I notice whether the slowness feels nurturing or if I feel tense or distracted. The more I practice slow coloring, the more content I get to let the page develop at its own speed. It feels really good to see my progression over the years as I get better able to allow myself to focus deeply on artistic moments.

Being content is a skill that you can develop, or maybe what really develops is the ability to resist the urge to be too picky with yourself or to poke at annoyances in ways that they linger or grow. When coloring this many spaces, this slowly, with layer after layer of almost indistinguishable hints of graphite, over and over and over again – you end up with lots of opportunity for stresses to show themselves. Contentment is getting comfortable with them popping up and then fading away, getting replaced with new ones that pop up and fade away until thing just start to feel really quiet. Graphite seems to have a special ability to bring out my quietest moments. 🙂

Today’s coloring progress slideshow:

Today’s book: Breathe (Angie’s Extreme Stress Menders – Volume 3)

Colored with: A single Mitsubishi Hi-Uni 10B graphite pencil,