Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The quiet satisfaction of colored pencil on paper

The feel of colored pencil on paper is meditative, satisfying. It reminds me of the hours I spent as a child coloring with crayons before they were non-toxic and safe for children to eat. There were certain colors such as a mahogany and a turquoise that went down on the paper like not too soft butter on a piece of finely textured toast. The pleasant sensation of holding the crayon as it put down a trail of intense color across the page, reverberated in my whole body.

Today I am savoring the feel of the colored pencils in my hand gliding with just the slightest resistance across the not quite smooth texture of black paper as I create a vibrant design, inspired by Islamic geometry, to frame a quote from Psalms reminding be to "Be Still".

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