Sometimes coloring progresses so much more slowly than you expect. One of my most reliable coloring times each day is as my husband and I watch our daily episode of our show of the moment on Netflix. Over the years we’ve watched quite a few TV series this way, starting at episode one and day by day working our way through all of the shows in each of the TV show seasons.

My ability to color changes with the shows we watch. If we are watching mysteries with really intriguing puzzles, the chances of me miscoloring a pattern increase. If the show is a compelling drama or adventure with cliff hanger episodes, my coloring really slows down during the most exciting parts because I have to pay more attention to the activity on the TV screen.

Coloring and TV time is a really comfortable fit for me, but the variations in my coloring progress can add all kinds of silly and totally unnecessary stress to blog posting. Some evenings I’ll end up with very little colored, or maybe lots colored but I forget to take photos. And the other night, there was a particularly dramatic cliffhanger where I had my coloring sitting next to me the whole time but never even picked it up because I was so focused on the TV storyline.

All of this is completely normal stuff for anyone. But start thinking of yourself as a coloring book artist who stays in touch with her colorists through a blog – and wowie! Natural variations in creative output become very visible to all of those people that I just know are paying so much attention to every single marker stroke, or lack of them – lol.

Striving to be adequately creative in order to please an invisible audience is something that many of us add on to our coloring experience. Maybe it plays out in your color choices, or feelings about productivity, or concerns about oozing outside of the lines or whatever. The invisible audience in your mind is probably more demanding, picky, attentive and judgmental than anyone you might actually meet in real life. So embrace your coloring ups and downs with gentleness – perhaps thinking of them as interesting twists and turns instead of ups or downs. Coloring journeys go every which way, sometimes even in circles – and that’s really cool when you appreciate them with a sense of kindness!

Today’s coloring progress slideshow:

Today’s book: Breathe For Crayons And Wide Tipped Markers (Angie’s Gentle Mood Menders – Volume 1)

Colored with: Copic Sketch Markers