8/8/2014 | DIY/Creative Ideas, Guest Post

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Color Outside the Lines

Post written by: Lindsay of Pen & Paint Blog. Like this image? Click here then right click on the image to save as desktop background.  “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” -Joseph Chilton Pearce My earliest memories of artwork included coloring pages. Coloring inside the lines. We all remember our teacher reminding us to stay inside the lines. Of course I understand the importance of fine motor skills, but I also know it’s okay if a child colors everything orange (and completely all over the page) because they usually discover lines and colors have purpose. I was a rule follower; I made sure to color inside the lines with the proper hues and shades. It wasn’t until college that I was able to embrace the idea of coloring outside the lines, of expressing myself through artwork. I discovered paintings do not have to be realistic, and there is a world full of colors and shapes and designs to make up this simple little word “art”. There is a balance when it comes to creativity and art. A masterpiece can be an amazing classical work from the High Renaissance or a captivating, modern abstract full of colors and textures. A whimsical illustration is as enjoyable as a picturesque watercolor painting. There is a place for each style and every technique. This is the beauty of being an artist – we don’t have to be afraid of coloring outside the lines.

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Lindsay is a busy mama of two silly little boys.  She is a southern girl with a loud laugh, a sensitive heart and a little bit of sarcasm on the side.  She likes to draw and paint a lot.

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27 Comments

Comment from Kristin
August 8, 2014 at 6:15 am

I like the quiet. I’m busy raising children, running a household, being a teacher…
when I can sit and turn
on my playlist and grab my pens – it’s my quiet. It’s my art.

Comment from Amy C.
August 8, 2014 at 6:15 am

I wouldn’t consider myself an artist, but I love papercrafting. I love being able to bless others through this hobby of mine.

Comment from Francis m. Prensa
August 8, 2014 at 6:19 am

What I love about being an artist is that there is no boundaries for us, we create whatever we want, there are no rules, and the fact that we are able to just create whatever, and maybe even change society is a powerful thing. When I draw, my friends and family see the real me, the real me I tend to conceal, sometimes I don’t even show my art work to people, with fear of them not understanding, but the times I have showed to others, it has helped motivate, and made a huge impact on their lives! Have a great weekend all the way from NEW YORK CITY!!! Much love! god bless

Comment from April Castro
August 8, 2014 at 6:28 am

No limits… It’s the freedom that makes us creative and gives up the desire that we can make anything. Be whoever we want to be through art! This article was awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Comment from Jodie Blackburn
August 8, 2014 at 6:45 am

I’m just beginning to embrace the artist in me, most recently through taking photographs and drawing with colored pencils. Much of what has propelled me into the arts has been pain and struggle. A favorite quote from author Emily Freeman resonates deeply with me in regards to my emerging artist…. ” Maybe our tears are tiny messengers, secret keepers of the most vulnerable kind, sent to deliver a most important message… here is where your heart beats strong. Here is a hint to your design. Here is a gift from your inner life, sent to remind you of those things that make you come alive. These tears carry the gift of your desire. Listen to them.”

Comment from Dave M.
August 8, 2014 at 7:12 am

I enjoy being an aspiring artist and seeing new work come forth.

Comment from Jen N.
August 8, 2014 at 7:16 am

I just love seeing something that I envisioned in my mind come to fruition.

Comment from Olivia
August 8, 2014 at 7:22 am

The thing I like most about being an artist is being able to create things for people , giving your art away is the best feeling!

Comment from Lindsay S
August 8, 2014 at 7:23 am

Customization! I love the fact that creativity allows me to make things ALL MINE, inside and out! That’s what I love about being an artist. ❤️❤️

Comment from Valerie McElroy
August 8, 2014 at 7:23 am

I like that as an artist you can relax and let your creativity show.

Comment from Jessi
August 8, 2014 at 7:28 am

I love being artist because anything goes! There are no limits to creativity.

Comment from Heather Hollands
August 8, 2014 at 7:39 am

I like setting aside time for an ‘artist’s date” with myself each week. I learned this in a book called “Artist
s Way.” It fuels my creativity throughout the week.

Comment from Elizabeth Wills
August 8, 2014 at 7:48 am

I enjoy using colour – watching the colours swirl and mix. To create art is to create a world. I create places where I’d like to be.

Comment from Elle
August 8, 2014 at 8:12 am

Being an artist lets me create my thoughts/work in color!

Comment from Katie
August 8, 2014 at 9:11 am

What I love about being an artist, is that it’s just me: I just moved literally across the country and I’ve been doing a lot of artwork lately to help with my homesickness. It’s also helping me explore more of my new home!

Comment from Chelsea
August 8, 2014 at 10:01 am

I love the diversity and color! Doing something different and bright everyday is my favorite part!

Comment from Melanie Tran
August 8, 2014 at 10:25 am

An artist to me is someone who expresses themselves (their ideas and beliefs) through creativity. It doesn’t have to be the typical form of art like paintings, drawings, sculptures, etc.

Comment from Laura
August 8, 2014 at 11:52 am

I love always trying new things.

Comment from Zafina
August 8, 2014 at 1:50 pm

I like the fact that the fact that it doesn’t matter what other people think of your art as much as it does what you think of your art. Everyone has different tastes, different thoughts, and different ideas than us all; that’s what makes us individuals. If we perceive something to be significant or beautiful, then that’s what matters. Creativity is different to everyone, and for me its mainly about self-expression and using colors wherever I want to. I love the vibrant, vivid, and sharp contrast of colors.

Comment from Zafina
August 8, 2014 at 1:51 pm

*sorry for the typo
I like the fact that it doesn’t matter what other people think of your art as much as it does what you think of your art. Everyone has different tastes, different thoughts, and different ideas than us all; that’s what makes us individuals. If we perceive something to be significant or beautiful, then that’s what matters. Creativity is different to everyone, and for me its mainly about self-expression and using colors wherever I want to. I love the vibrant, vivid, and sharp contrast of colors.

Comment from Crystal Baker-Hanson
August 8, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Even if I mess up, I can use my creativity to turn it into something amazing. While it may not be what i originally intended it to be, it’s still art. Most of the time I learn more from the mistakes than I do the perfect projects. :)

Comment from ajira
August 8, 2014 at 2:15 pm

I love how connected I feel to everyone and everything when I am creating. It is just the most amazing way to express my feelings and thoughts and share the beauty I see in the world with those around me. It’s the best. :D

Comment from Rhonda P.
August 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I am not quite an artist, but I have many students that love to draw! Thank you for the opportunity!

Comment from Kristin Delcambre
August 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm

I love that I can just let my imagination run wild and capture it on paper or canvas. It doesn’t have to be considered art by anyone except me & that’s all that matters.

Comment from John Duckett
August 8, 2014 at 10:26 pm

I just love being able to create something. There is such a great feeling when you see something come together.

Comment from MelodyJ
August 9, 2014 at 12:22 am

I like being able to make something out of nothing.

Comment from Richard Beldyk
August 9, 2014 at 7:48 am

I work in a high regulated industry, with detail procedures for each process. Sketching is a release that help me break out and solve problems and develop new products.

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