My wife, Diane, has disappeared. Well. Sort of. To complete the sentence, my wife, Diane, has disappeared at the kitchen table.
What’s this all about? It’s about what has become evidently a rage, the adult coloring book. “The Secret Garden” is not misnamed. It’s an adult coloring book that Diane gives her creative energy to with about 300 sharpened colored pencils.
A yahoo.com blurb says, from people of all walks of life, “It’s an activity that doesn’t have rights or wrongs. You don’t make mistakes. All you have are outlines…and YOU [interviewee emphasis] can color with any blend you wish. It’s great therapy. It’s fun. And you’d be amazed what you come up with.”
When Diane finished her first adult coloring book piece I was privileged to be the first reviewer. I’ve asked her to include it to complete this article. I did. I was amazed. Every shade and tone and what appeared to be a 1,000 colors. [Yeah, that’s hyperbolic, but not by much.] I looked at her and announced a new name, “Rembrandt!”
When the grandsons spent this weekend with us, maybe they can “become adults.” But. Before they arrive we’ll have to find a storage place, because “The Secret Garden” doesn’t want to reside on the kitchen table next to the bowl of spilled cereal. You think?
So, creativity in high gear. But with that a relaxed motion of deciding which colored and very sharpened pencil…and, snap a finger, say “presto” and it’s game on. Well, not that fast. But to color there’s no egg timer and no phone call to make and no meeting on tap. Just a time to relax and create. And think. No rights and no wrongs.
From our family Rembrandt creating from the book, “Creative Coloring Mandalas, An Activity to Relax and Enjoy!” Mandalas represent wholeness. These cosmic diagrams of the universe serve as graphic symbols of our subconscious minds. Creating beautiful Mandalas can help to stabilize, integrate and re-order our inner lives.: