I’m finding it helpful to make a practice of disconnecting from expectations about how long it “should” take for me to color a picture – and that has done so much to increase my comfort with shading.

Once there is a comforting foundation of ease, and acceptance of things taking however long they may take, there is room to appreciate all of the beautiful aspects of slowly shading each little piece of the picture.

Eventually the mind quiets, the skills grow with each tiny shape colored, and stamina builds and the unfamiliar because familiar and then even routine. In the quiet of the routine, the subtle coloring rhythms of coloring an edge, switching to another colored pencil, and lightly filling in the rest of the shape start to form a pattern.

Color an edge.

Color a middle. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

I was sorting through my old stacks of finished colorings earlier today, moving them from binders and boxes into a stack of neat pocket folders. It surprised me just how many there are. Some of them were comfort zone coloring pieces, others were pieces where I ventured off down unfamiliar coloring paths – a different shade group, making peace with non-favorite colors, learning about colored pencils, shading, hating shading, not shading, testing new drawing ideas to see how they’d feel for colorists, coloring from high confidence days and low confidence days, happy days, the sad days when loved pets passed away, through household moves, through everything. So many journeys, and a new journey still awaiting with the next page.

Have I mentioned lately how much I love to color? 🙂

Today's coloring is from Centered For Crayons And Wide Tipped Markers (Angie's Gentle Mood Menders - Volume 2) colored with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.