Coloring Pages of An Adult Child

As a child of the 80s, I was emerged in the magical places where Care Bears, Rainbow Brite, My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, and Poochie could save the day. The worlds in which these toys lived were colorful, bright and magical. In the case of Strawberry shortcake, they were delicious, too! The Care Bears lived in the clouds. The worlds often had all of my senses tingling, I wanted to taste the delicious berries and fruits in Strawberry Land (the toys were scented), I wanted to touch the clouds in the Care Bears' and Rainbow Brite's worlds. What do clouds feel like? I wondered. 

As I worked this past week, I imagined another world in which my toys grew up. I drew images of adult versions of some of my beloved toys. I found myself not only recalling their details: signature hair and clothes, but I regressed to a style not unlike the countless pages of coloring books I’d filled. I can recall filling those pages carefully, doing my best to choose exactly the right colors from my big box of crayons in order to accurately depict the colorful worlds and characters. The work I created over the week was no exception. There was a calmness and comfort in working them. Perhaps an exercise in unlearning technical aspects of art and returning to simplicity.

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