The past few weeks, I’ve colored some images designed by other artists – I just couldn’t resist. 🙂 What amazed me, though, was that colouring their designs “felt” very different from colouring my own. I had never realized how much we are affected by other people’s creative energies!
This is just one more reason for discovering our innate creativity and for staying true to ourselves: Every person, every artist, every colourist is unique. It’s exactly our uniqueness – warts and horns and all – that makes us essential and irreplaceable pieces of the whole puzzle of Life.
Anyway, colouring these pages gave me an idea: I want to start a new series of Featured Artist posts.
Once or twice a month, I’ll color a design by someone else, and post it here with a short introduction about the artists and their work. This will also give me the opportunity to supplement my own designs with inspiring work in different styles and from different perspectives.
I can’t think of a better artist to begin with than Melissa Dinwiddie, who is in the middle of the launch of her book
The Creative Sandbox Way: Your Path to a Full-Color Life.
I met Melissa over a year ago at a workshop and so I’m acquainted with some of her work since then, but when she sent me an advance copy of this book, I was awed! It’s is so full of energy and life, just reading it made me smile. 🙂
Although Melissa has included many pages and quotes and doodles for colouring, The Creative Sandbox Way isn’t a colouring book as such, more an interactive, playful self-help book for creatives and non-creatives alike: It’s a path to living a full-colour life.
Amongst other topics, it includes great tips on how to deal with various types of life-energy sucking Gremlins (our inner critics) or a drawer full of UFOs (Un-Finished Objects), original and inspiring doodles and pages for mindfully mindless colouring-in (including a Gremlin Family Tree), memorable quotes or very doable and enjoyable daily practices and writing prompts.
My favourite “tiny and daily” practice is the Week of Crappy Doodles – exactly what my Perfectionist Gremlin fears so much that it makes him implode like Rumpelstilzken. 😉
But my probably most important takeaway is for me the insight that creativity is the act of overcoming resistance, doubts or negative self-talk – that creativity starts exactly at that point where I often feel like stopping or sometimes even giving up.
Launch Week Bonuses 15th to 21st November!
You can order The Creative Sandbox Way directly via Amazon.com, but, as it’s Launch Week, don’t miss out on the tons of extras, bonuses, and an incredibly generous prize (sort of the dream of every colorist) that Melissa has prepared for those who buy the book between 15th and 21st November 2016.
And if you are on Facebook, please come and join us in the private Creative Sandbox Way Readers & Doers group, there’s even more going on!
Hope to see you there!
*Footnote in case you’re wondering how I did it: I used simple coloured pencils and markers for kids. The background is frottage over corrugated cardboard, and then I added the mock-up “mat and frame” digitally with Gimp.