From conception on, I have focused on having a creative child. Most of our day is spent with the guitar (accompanied by full-contact egg shaking and rhythm sticking), reading (not always the words exactly on the page), creating snowmen from playdough, and/or watering our "gordon" (garden). In-between times are often spent with crayon (the most sophisticated/washable art medium in the house).
Although I have NEVER stressed to color in the lines, and we mostly use blank paper, this child has somehow gotten the idea that one must stay inside the "box". Perhaps part of our genetic code starts with following guidelines, and results in color contest winning. I remember my brother actually winning a coloring contest (although I'm pretty sure I colored his page). It must have looked awesome for a 4 year old (the true artist being 8). He won a gigantic gift basket from the local Hallmark store and I was so completely jealous that right then and there I quit letting other people put their name on my work. Truly, thanks to the coloring contest, I never cheated in school. Someone receiving a brilliant gift basket (or an A+) by way of me...I dont think so.
Upon completion of Axels latest coloring endeavor, I wondered if he may some day win a coloring contest. From random scribbles in multiple colors to unprovoked concentrated scribbling in classic solids. Although I prefer to see a child using his inner genius and not following lame sketches in dollar store art books, inner genius won't be posted in the window of the local Hallmark, they want their bunnies crayoned to perfection.
So ok, the kid wants to stay in the lines?! Can I at least push for expansive, unrefined use of color?
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