I’ve been writing my blog for a few months now, so when I saw a post on the website of Bella Grace Magazine in their new section called Field Guide to Everyday Magic Blog Hop, I wanted to be a part of it and I am so happy to post here! As I started thinking of ideas to write about, I began coloring in an adult coloring book that I purchased over one year ago. Originally I thought, what a silly idea, a grown person coloring, but the more I began to color, the more I felt a sense of comfort, peace and calmness wash over me.
One of the simplest pleasures I can remember growing up was coloring. Each summer, my mom would buy me and my sister a set of color by numbers and a new box of Crayola crayons. I’m not really sure what it was about that brand new box of Crayola 64, was it the smell of the crayon wax when the box was first opened, the sharpener on the back of the box or the endless possibilities that box held? Whatever it was, I just remember the excitement it created. Each of us would pick out a new box of Prestige Coloring pages and that box would last almost to the end of the summer, but the crayons and pencils would be almost non-existent, we had colored so much. I don’t know what happened to all of our “artwork” but it’s really the memory of those simpler times that means so much. Sitting under that large tree next to our house, two young girls keeping cool and coloring until we couldn’t color anymore.
Today adult coloring books seem to be the big rage, I guess it’s the simplicity of actually sitting down, unplugging from our everyday lives, that is so appealing. Thinking or rather not thinking and coloring a pretty picture, brings an inner child calmness we may need to rejuvenate ourselves. No time limits, no schedule to keep, just simple strokes and the sound of the crayon or pencil as it colors across the plain white page, creating a beautiful picture.
There are many websites where you can download pages to color or if you are in the market for a particular type of page try purchasing one of the many adult coloring books available today.
If you need to simply unplug from the world for a little while, try downloading or purchasing a coloring book; buy a box of 64 crayons and most importantly, color until your heart is content.
If you would like to share one of your memories or what you do to find some calmness in your life, please drop me a comment and you will be entered to win a copy of the Everyday Field Guide to Magic.
As always, thank you for reading and following along in my life journey . . .
Until next week,
Copyright 2021 Debra Nancy photography
A visual storyteller. I use flowers, tea cups, cake plates and various props to tell still life stories. I grew up in the city, but I have lived in the suburbs for over 30 years. Living close to the beach and a local small village has given me the opportunity to tell my story through photographs.
Beautiful! I love the first photo! I have adult coloring books too … it is very relaxing!
Thank you Carolyn! I love my coloring book … it is very relaxing.
I guess each of us has our own way . . .
When I was growing up we received presents in our Easter Baskets along with treats from the “Easter Bunny”. From the time I was wee little to about age 10 there was always a new box of crayons and a coloring book included in my basket too. I looked forward to my new box of crayons, and would have my coloring book filled in a month if I paced myself and only colored one page a day. The year I got the Yogi Bear coloring book though…Its pages were filled with grass and trees, and the forest! I tried to pace myself, but oh how I loved seeing the pages come to life as I added the colors. Green mostly…my favorite color. 🙂
Out of all the coloring books I’ve had in my life that one I remember as vividly as if it were yesterday. I held onto it for a long, long time, but did finally let it go when I was a teenager.
I’ve purchased several adult coloring books to use with watercolor paints, and I did buy one with trees, foliage and country scenes because it reminded me so much of my old Yogi Bear coloring book, but I haven’t been able to get into them. Maybe I should try crayons, and colored pencils instead of watercolors at first?
Your images are wonderful! I love the intimacy the shallow depth of field created in them, and of course your narrative is perfect with them and lovely.
Thank you Deborah! It’s nice to know that coloring had a similar impact on someone else as well. I do find it relaxing and comforting in a strange yet familiar way. Thank you for your lovely comment on my photographs and my narrative, I really do appreciate it.
I love hearing about your favorite coloring book as a child too! Brings back such wonderful memories for me too, Deborah!! ❤️🎨👍
Love your work Debra – coloring does bring back memories of childhood – another great childhood memory was to look to the sky and see what figures you could see in the clouds, maybe a bunny, doggy, or even an alligator – fun times- thanks!!
On Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 9:04 AM, Debra Nancy Photography wrote:
> Debra Nancy Photography posted: “Nostalgic reminder of life’s simple, > gentle pleasures, while calming one’s “inner child.” I’ve been writing my > blog for a few months now, so when I saw a post on the website of Bella > Grace Magazine in their new section called Field Guide to Everyday Magic” >
Thanks Cecelia. You’re right I forgot about that one!
Deborah told me about your post today – seems we were thinking alike! 😉 Enjoyed reading your post very much. I can relate to that brand new box of crayons!! To this day, I love to open and smell a brand new box! So many possibilities!! 🎨😄👍
Thanks for reading my blog. Strange how a box of crayons can make us so happy.
Oh I was a major fan of coloring as a little girl and maybe my passion for photography grew out of that love of “art”. Happy to report that my granddaughter loves it as much today as I did then so coloring is alive and well both with young and more “mature”! Lovely post – enjoy the peace!
Thank you Tina! Maybe your granddaughter will also be a photographer some day.
Wouldn’t that be nice! Who knows what tools will be available by then!
I didn’t think about what will be available when she gets older. Something advanced and fun I’m sure.
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