I think I’m a creative person. Ever since I was little, I’ve always needed an outlet for my creativity, lest I go crazy and take everyone along with me. As a child, I was a color master! My favorite thing in the world was a coloring book and a brand new box of crayons. Oh, I can still smell the fresh, waxy smell of that rainbow in a box!
All of those pointy tips staring up at me, just waiting for their turn. The discovery of a new color with a super cool name like “Purple Mountain’s Majesty” or “Outer Space”. And let’s not even discuss the sharpener tucked into the back of the jumbo box. That was the ultimate!
Even at a very young age, I had mastered the art of shading and highlighting with crayon. Pressing harder around the edges and softer towards the middle. Gently adding white over the faint, grainy shades to smooth them out and create a luminous effect. Adding black on the very edges of the lines and using my fingers to smudge them outwards, allowing the illusion of depth and shadow.
Never one to conform to the norm, a flower never consisted on only one color. It was purple on the edges with pink towards the center and highlights of yellow or red. Leaves were several shades of green and brown, carefully blended to mimic a real leaf found in nature.
While my children were growing up, I often found myself coloring long after they got bored and went on to something else. Making unusual color combinations to create a masterpiece that is uniquely mine. And there’s nothing like the satisfaction of a beautifully colored, completed page that has been ripped out of the coloring book and posted on the refrigerator door, no matter your age.
I’ve learned to love color in all its glory, in any medium that it may be used. Coloring, painting, baking, and photography, there’s beauty to be found, no matter where you look, and peppermint meringues are truly a beautiful thing. And they’re tasty too.
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