My photography has become smartphone pics of my activities in isolation. The coronavirus has made me a more productive writer and a less productive photographer. This past weekend, I needed a break from the writing. I believe that's the first time I've ever had such a thought. Writers want to write when the writing is good. The writing has been good. I felt the urge to be creative in a different way. I needed some positivity.
I saw a free coloring page online, printed it, and grabbed what was available to fill in the lines. I haven't colored in years. As I began, I realized I needed my eyeglasses to stay within the lines. My mind was clearing. No stories, no images. I was focused on filing in the spaces. I was using light colors next to dark colors for contrast. Oranges, yellows, purples and blues, I was using all of the palette available. I was coloring with glitter gel pens. A first for me. I liked the sparkle without wearing glitter all over my skin for days, even after I wash. The kind of glitter that sticks with you from Christmas until almost Valentine's Day, then begins again.
I didn't finish coloring the picture. I needed to let it dry, as not to smudge my art. Gel, like watercolor or acrylic, has a drying period. Not as long a wait, but long enough that I went back to writing. I kept my coloring station as you see it in this photo. Perhaps tonight, I'll color again to clear my head. There you have a photographer's story during a pandemic.