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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