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    On Coloring Outside the Lines

    I’ve started coloring again! 

    All those books I collected 10 years ago…12 of them, with Celtic designs, knots and mazes (some as stained glass on translucent paper); Native American mandalas; op art and prismatic designs; Viking art…all of them I brought over The Big Pond 3 years ago to my new Dutch home. 

    Along with my 100-felt-tipped-pen set. 

    However.  I do NOT like coloring outside the lines!  In fact, whenever I do it accidentally, it bothers the heck out of me.  And that’s putting it mildly. 

    [It also bothers the heck out of me that the above scan has many color gaps/separations within the lines that are not in the original.  I'm such a darn perfectionist.  But this post isn't about that.  It's about what's outside the lines.] 

    Which is to say I’ve never liked that metaphor:  coloring outside the lines.  After having it drummed into me since birth that I must stay INSIDE the lines, or else, why would I ever want to break the rules.  Especially since I’m a people pleaser!  It’s stuck deep within my psyche.  And it’s made me a very uncurious, safe person.

    Somewhere along the line it starts seeping in:  Wear purple when you’re old.  Eat dessert first.  Dance as though no one’s looking.  Quit your job if you don’t like it.  Get more for less.  Ignore the curfew.  Skinny dip.  Sneak out.  Live like you’ll die tomorrow.  Stop conforming.  Rebel against the system.  Do something stupid.  Belly laugh.  Embarrass your kids.  Pick up pennies.  Bend the bullet.  Break the rules. 

    Speaking of breaking the rules, we're supposed to do that as photographers…and writers…as though it’s expected of us, right?  Learn the rules first…all those stops and whistles…and then try to manipulate them into something different, better, more artistic, more…you.  Textures.  Poetry.  Anything that makes you more than ordinary.  Outstanding in your field.

    Then sometimes it surprises us, when we give ourselves permission, to find we really like when that happens!  We trust ourselves to inch closer to the edge because change needs to happen.  Some of us even jump and just go for it.  We cross the line.

    Many women before us made decisions that changed their world…or the world: 

    Joan of Arc.  Sojourner Truth.   Jane Austen.  Simone de Beauvoir.  Catherine the Great.  Shirley Temple Black.  Cleopatra.  Pearl Buck.  Marie Curie.  Annie Leibovitz.  Amelia Earhart.  Anne Frank.  Indira Ghandi.  Helen Keller.  Frida Kahlo.  Billie Jean King.  Meryl Streep.  Mother Theresa.  Georgia O’Keeffe.  Rosa Parks.  Pocohontas.  Eleanor Roosevelt.  Margaret Thatcher....

    They all colored outside the lines.

    Lots of heroes to trust, if we can’t yet trust ourselves…while we find out what makes us tick, giving ourselves the leeway to follow beats of other drummers, without caring a hoot what anyone else thinks.

    Is it risky?  Is it scary?  Is it against the status quo?  Yes, Yes, and Yes.  But the alternative is downright…BORING.  Marianne Williamson sums it up: 

    Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be? 

    One of my over-used felt-tipped pens gave up the ghost the other day.  It was one of my favorite colors that I milked dry over 10 years.  Maybe it’s a sign I’m supposed to start using new colors? 

    And just maybe that's one way for me to start…coloring outside the lines?


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    That would be going way outside of your comfort zone Ginnie :-)

    So I say: "GO for it"...I heard that is were the magic happens...Be sure to share what you find there :-)

    As a dull conformist myself, I say go for it. Set an example that your more timid sisters may follow, before striking out on their own.

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersoosie

    I loved this post Ginnie, if i was colouring that picture i would be OCD inside the lines all the way haha, but as my photography often shows, my philosophy there is 'make a mess'... and it's the advice i always give to people being too hard on themselves artistically... so i guess i'm both types, inside and outside, and blurring of the lines...

    Right now i'm dealing with my diagnosis as a HSP (a highly sensitive person)... i'm doing bizarre things to clear the 'energy' or whatever it is... tonight i put four bowls of sea salt in the four corners of my place (to absorb negative energy)... now this is the sort of thing that my rational perfectionistic self would call insane, but my hurting sensitive self tried it and feels alot better thank you hahaha...

    i think as we age we get MORE sensitive, but also more bold, because of so many years dealing with the weight of the world, we know a little about the world, and it's time to play :)

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElaine-

    Like I said on Shutterchance, my conscious is a big 'as from here to Tokyo and back'. My mom taught me 'the LAW'. When I grew older and looked around me, not everybody was coloring inside the lines.... My conscious was in the way, though.
    Now, I do a lot of things 'I want'. When I like to trespass to take a better picture, I will do that. When it comes to putting my signature into my pictures, I do it MY WAY, that is MY FUN, I try to blend it in with the picture. Who is telling me what to do.
    Okay, at work I do, what they want me to do, they pay me to do so. That does not mean I don't color outside the lines though.
    I think it also has to do with confidence. Over the last years I learned the hard way to stand up for myself. To not allow people to get under my skin. So far so good. We are all unique, we should respect that not everybody is the same.
    Great post again.

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAstrid

    I never could keep within the lines when I was colouring. Hmmmm. Ange likes colouring and stencils and that sort of thing. She is very neat and keeps within the lines

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBill Phillips

    I look at the right side of my screen and see all those people who have received loans from V&V - they are colouring outside the lines in daring to start a home enterprise. I get even greater pleasure from seeing the increasing numbers of names who have repaid in full - they have coloured outside the lines and won - proving that it can be done. They have become examples to others around them. Colouring outside the lines, or breaking the traditional rules (not the law) can work.

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSheila E

    There's beautiful vast open space when you enter into that world of 'coloring outside the lines'. Try it...I'm sure you'll like it - yes!!!

    January 28, 2013 | Registered CommenterMarcie

    First of all Ginnie those Celtic Designs are exactly what myself and my husband chalked into the pavements of Europe when we busked our way around the major cities back in the 1970s, brilliant!! This is an intriguing post for one who has spent a life time colouring outside the lines!! In Ireland I think we are naturally more rebellious and to be honest we need to learn a few more rules at times. On another level the internalised perfectionism which most girls seem to carry I got a fairly big dose of too, especially from the nuns.....you can just imagine!! You have highlighted both the joy of scoring a perfect goal and the even greater joy of just walking off the pitch and following you heart.......I would have thought that everything about you is an illustration of both and a master class in how we all need to keep these two in balance......love it:~)

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

    Ginnie, so many thoughts and comments running through my mind as I read your post this morning...but, my mind gets stuck on "Especially since I’m a people pleaser! It’s stuck deep within my psyche. And it’s made me a very uncurious, safe person." I guess that's because of something I'm personally dealing with right now, and that's where my mind is today.

    Interestingly enough, I used to 'color outside the lines' a whole lot more when I was younger, and have become more of a 'people pleaser' as I've gotten older. Kind of sad in many ways.

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    Oh my dear, where are we going now?

    There is a time and a place for everything. I would prefer my children to understand the house rules and live accordingly. Being me, that gives them some leeway, but I still held the halter. Now that comes from the world of horses. What good is a horse that I can't ride, to me? You see, colouring outside the lines, may mean you are colouring someone else's lines. It is only when you live alone on an island that you can do exactly what you want to.

    So when you drive the car, I really hope that you keep on colouring between the lines.

    The crazy thing with raising children is that you very soon learn (and any educationalist will agree) that they are constantly pushing to find the borders. Since you love them and you want to make the household liveable you apply some rules and hold onto them. I tried to teach my children two things - honesty and responsibility. Responsibility comes into play a bit more in this discussion. It would mean that if you want to live a non-conformist life, it is cool. Just accept responsibility for whatever you are doing.

    To be a rebel, or not. Will you take responsibility for whatever you have stirred up. Like in the days when we ranted against establishment and you decided this we have to push through, come what may. Then after the authorities stamped a few of those that you stirred up into non-existence, will you go and tell their families: "I arranged a protest. I informed everyone that we will most likely come up against well armed police with no feelings. Some of us may die. Your son/daughter was stirred up to the cause to the extent that (s)he followed me into action and got killed. I am sorry for your loss". That is a scenario of living outside the lines, but accepting responsibility.

    Colouring outside the lines can also lead to creativity. More or less where you want photographers to end up. Nice. Creativity also leads to biogenetic engineering, design of new weapons, doing things nuclear, etc. Be responsible. Did Bush (anyone of the 2) really care about others, when he increased military spending. The latter Bush was very creative about it. While living outside the lines, he managed to create lines to no end, for others.

    I believe the world population consist of the creatives and the users. Few creatives and many users. When you are a creative, you also have a huge responsibility load. Users just stay within the lines. Can we imagine a world with just creatives, or a world with just users? No? Neither can I. So be happy with what you are and don't strive to be what you can't be - that goes for both creatives and users.

    Funny thing - the creatives seldom get rich, it is usually users that sees the neglected rules (e.g. to register a patent) and exploit it to become rich. American history is full of it.

    Do the following: walk into an Albert Hein store on buyers day (koopdag) and start singing Amazing Grace at the top of your voice. And the voice quality doesn't matter. That is colouring out of the lines. It is safe as there will be no law telling you not to sing in a store. You are colouring out of the lines in a daring but responsible way. Just try it, you will love it, if you really like to work outside the norm.

    What I have alluded to and will now say clearly: because colouring outside the lines, most likely can lead to you colouring within someone else's lines, you have to remain responsible in your colouring activity. Can one then say that you are really going outside the lines? There are still borders out there - even if the are in shades of grey as opposed to the initial stark black lines.

    Be as it may, just enjoy the day :-)

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLouis

    how nice to pull up a chair today at your family's table and read your post and smile from word one to the very end. i'd say this was my favorite of all time, but at my age, i can't remember the others. i do rely on your humor, and you never disappoint. this was terrific.

    i always wore purple. i always lived on an edge...does this mean it's time for me to come inside?!!! and by the way, let' not forget betty friedan who wrote the "feminine mystique" 50 years ago!!!

    enjoy your new colors, your old colors, your drying up colors, and even breaks from coloring.

    keep having fun.

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhoney

    Wow..love the article! I can relate to it ! Also love the quote about what we may be fearing the most...

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShree J

    i love that you're coloring again.....bravo, you:)
    and that you're so in tune that you feel it,
    the discomfort with spilling over the lines.
    and that you're processing it out and giving
    yourself permission to spread your wings
    and flutter a little more wildly:)
    it's all so brave and beautiful
    ..thanks for the sweet inspire,

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Richardson

    Love reading your words this morning and seeing your art work, all very delicious! As a poster child for coloring outside those lines and living on the edge I can tell you that there is good and not so good in this way of being. I've always wanted to fit in more but it seems like that's not going to happen any time soon, we are making plans for big moves once again and have no idea yet where we will land. It keeps me spellbound how many different ways humans have of traveling thru the world and the many different reasons we are the way we are. But also that we can be so aware of things we want and ways we want to change and we are capable, to a point, of making changes or accepting and loving ourselves as who we are.
    You give us so much to think and talk about, as always!

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

    I think we, as women, are taught to be those people pleasers...just another variation of staying in the lines.

    (Be the way WE think you should be and that will make US happy. No matter if you are miserable while you're at it, just know that we expect this kind of behavior/life/art/work from you, and, therefore, you must be this way.)

    Growing, breaking out of that mold, extending our selves beyond those lines (chains?) is a huge leap of faith, but the only way to find that light that Williamson speaks of.

    Great post, Ginnie!

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

    I think that you've got to do what works for you Ginnie. Keeping it literal now, especially with a leisure activity. There's clearly something in it for you if you feel enjoyment in doing it. You are putting your world right. I don't think it's really an analogy for anything else. I don't think there are any rules for breaking rules or for following them. Each rule is different from the next. Each venture outside is it's own. Give yourself a nice meditative break, and color with abandon, any way you like.

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElena Caravela

    It's strange (and not at all funny) that this makes me uncomfortable just reading and thinking about it. I find the list of women intimidating. I must consider this about myself. And I love the image!

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMother

    Yes! New colors, inside the lines, outside the lines, all over the place! It's funny, I have noticed that the color red, usually my least favorite color, has been popping up all over the place this year, and I am loving it.
    Perfectionism is such an inhibiting trait, and so hard to let go of... but I am learning, and it sounds like you are too... it's far better to take a chance, and scribble a little! Yay for you! And now, quite suddenly, I have to urge to color.....

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

    Colouring must be a fascinating hobby - sadly, I never tried it, I coloured some mandalas with the pupils in free hours, but this is an easy thing. I suppose I had some efforts to keep within the lines while following the complex, confusing Celtic lines, the result is surprising and beautiful as your colourful photo does prove. Yes, it might be calming and some therapeutic while listening to some music in the background. Fine that you found this kind of harmless therapy for yourself!
    I like how you develop an essential life problem considering this colouring and the phrase I didn't know before. But the issue is known to me and often a question. I think both habits are good depending on the situation. Often we have to keep within the lines doing our work in a correct, proper, responsible way, esp. in many jobs. On the other side it is a kind of freedom, individuality and creativity to leave the lines colouring outside the lines, and you are right: the older we are getting, the more we might dare to move outside the lines. But the very aged person (I'm thinking of my mother) are glad again to keep within their familiar lines. In general I myself feel rather independent and tend mostly to follow my own feeling and plans, but sometimes I could be a bit more courageous. On the other side I expect often that people are behaving within the lines of politeness, reliability, responsibility, promising ... I have the feeling that you have found your own way - and that is the best you can say about yourself. Later I have to read more precisely Louis' comment, he has often to say very much!

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhiline

    When I was in kindergarten, I got a note written on one of my drawings (which was pinned to my shirt to bring home) that told my mom that she needed to talk to me because I wasn't staying inside the lines. As a people pleaser myself, I was horrified and from then on I have colored very carefully when I get close to the edges to ensure I didn't go over.

    I've always been a rules kind of girl (it still feels weird to call myself a "woman" even though I am 41!). My theory is you can still do everything you want even by following the guidelines. The rules to break are the ones we mentally create for ourselves.

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

    Wishing you beauty outside the lines. And joy. And dance. And twirling. Lovely image - and I love Marianne Williamson. :)

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

    My dear friend, it amazes me how similarly we think and have lived our lives! Almost word for word could have been mine, thank you for actually putting it all down and now I too, will make every attempt to welcome the joys that come from coloring outside of the lines.

    Peace and love...

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

    Ginnie, your post inspired so many thoughtful comments! A lot to think about.

    I've never heard the phrase coloring outside the lines and I find it very apt. Just yesterday I was doing homework with my younger son. In his English workbook he was supposed to draw pieces of clothes he was wearing at the moment and to describe their colour. I was quite angry at him how carelessly he was drawing, colouring so much outside the lines, and I wanted to tell him off. Yet after a bit of thinking I decided to keep my mouth shut. I told myself that it wasn't the point to have perfect pictures but to learn the English words. Colouring inside or outside the lines wasn't important. It seems to me that it's similar in life. Rather than focusing on whether we are colouring inside or outside the lines it seems more important to focus on whether we are colouring the right patterns and whether we use the colours we want or need to express.

    Yes, it's so important to learn not to care a hoot what anyone else thinks when we make our decisions. People judge what they know nothing about... but that's just their silliness. I'm not good at this and it's so tiring to keep looking back over my shoulder all the time wondering what others would say. Of course there are those who are involved and need to be taken into account, like our partners, but even they can't always understand and have to respect our needs. As well as we have to respect theirs.

    I like the Marianne Williamson's quote, there is truth in it. We (at least some of us) may fear what actually we could achieve if we tried, where are the boundaries of what might happen. We set many unnecessary limits to ourselves, no doubt about it.

    Finally I want to say how much I like the colours in your picture. I may be mistaken but I guess colouring is not considered to be art. And yet the colours must have breathed life into the picture. Wouldn't it be an interesting experiment to take such a picture, just black and white, to distribute it among all the collaborators of V&V for colouring and to see then how different the finished pictures would be? As different as our personalities, right? :)

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPetra

    We call that 'Thinking outside the box". I do like to try but I am not sure I am very good at it.

    But colouring itself always has to be inside the lines, in that I am a perfectionist too.

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCherryPie

    What a mind challenging post. I also enjoyed reading all the comments – people have had such an array of experiences. I cannot say that I ever was a “people pleaser.” From childhood I liked to be contrary and take chances. My mother always told me to be myself. She would say “you were born in France and live in Paris – it is a free country, with freedom of mind and religion - you can do anything you want to, as long as it is legal.”
    I have not heard the term “coloring outside the lines” as my way is more “off the beaten track.” I remember when at 18 I had decided to go down an African river with an Italian team and they had accepted me – I would have been their cook if you can believe that. When I told my mother she was horrified. So, when, at 21, I told her that I would go to the United States, alone, and had purchased a Greyhound pass to travel to 26 states in 3 months, she thought that was better – so I did. I really like the Celtic carpet you showed – there is such an infinite variety of colors one could chose – lovely!

    January 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentervagabonde

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