keeping between the lines

There are some days when I feel the need to do something artistic, but don’t necessarily have the energy to invest in creating a new piece whole-cloth.  Those days, I find myself rather thankful for Audubon-style coloring sheets and paint-by-number.  They help me to keep my hand in, without having to focus overmuch on detail.  Funny to think how back in preschool and kindergarten, the teacher’s incessant commands to ‘keep it between the lines’ on our coloring sheets used to chaff, because she didn’t seem to understand that the best art comes from ignoring the lines altogether: not just thinking outside the box, but kicking it aside and setting it aflame…

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