This Old House Coloring Contest

Tonight’s blog post is brief, and mostly pictorial, as I am working on a couple of different creative projects. Greg drew my attention recently to a coloring contest, sponsored by This Old House and Sherwin Williams. I am excited to participate…any excuse to color is good, after all…and printed out the coloring sheet. 

Although I have until the end of March to submit my finished page, I began coloring tonight. I enjoy very detailed coloring and layering on colors to create depth and shading.  It is not too soon for me to begin! 

This Old House Coloring Contest
Because I am a nerd, and detail oriented, I spent time researching Sherwin Williams’ color of the year for 2017. 

It is Poised Taupe.  Sidenote: I’d love to be the person who names new colors! 

This Old House Coloring Contest
And I studied Sherwin Williams color palettes that complement Poised Taupe, as seriously as I would if I had decided to paint my house exterior. 

This Old House Coloring Contest
This Old House Coloring Contest
Only then did I begin coloring, once I had color palettes in mind and felt inspired. 

This Old House Coloring Contest
A blank coloring page calls forth such creativity from within me. It is an invitation to create with color and shading and highlights. I have barely started, and yet I am enjoying the process very much. Coloring is a meditative act for me, a spiritual practice happily joined with art. 

It doesn’t matter to me whether I win this coloring contest or not. The challenge lies not in competing with others but in doing my best work and having fun while I create. 

Because the play’s the thing. 

Hamlet was remarking about a performance, in which he hoped to gather proof about who killed his father. I mean play, as in having fun and playing. I am playing as I color. I am creating. I am making art a little more robust in my life. 

This Old House Coloring Contest
 You can join in the fun. Go to This Old House on Facebook or HERE

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