A blob of colour

It doesn’t make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.” ~ Jackson Pollock

Over on GC’s and my other site Weekly Prompts the midweek word-prompt  is Adult Colouring .

At Christmas, GC received a colouring book and crayons and very soon he discovered that ‘Colouring in’ is both relaxing and therapeutic.

For me, colouring books bring to mind endless wet playtimes where numerous colouring pages would be photocopied and handed out in an attempt to keep a class of thirty children informally entertained for twenty minutes or so, when all they really wanted to do was go outside, let off steam, run around, and shout and scream.

To a child, not only is playtime the highlight of their day, they believe it’s the reason they turn up at school each morning, the activity has been eagerly anticipated since they walked through the door at 08:50 AM. “Is it playtime yet?” they ask at nine fifteen!

My own colouring therapy normally involves computer art; creating odd shapes and filling them with a medley of colour.

Many a version of a Jackson Pollock has been lovingly created on my computer; it’s not difficult; have you viewed his Yellow Islands? It’s almost as though he stood back, paint bombed the canvas, and finished off with haphazard blobs of yellow!

Yellow Islands 1952 by Jackson Pollock 1912-1956

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2019. Word-prompt Adult Colouring from Weekly Prompts

Photo credit: Tate Gallery, Yellow Islands Jackson Pollock 1952


23 thoughts on “A blob of colour

      1. That’s just my impression of his work! I’m sure he, and many “experts” would wax lyrical on the transcendental nature of the piece. The cynic in me would think of money and old rope, which he’s probably already sold for a fortune.

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      2. Sophie’s with me right now and we think we ought to get the kids outside and have a Jackson Pollock Paint bombing party and we agree with your last comments.

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  1. Murphy's Law

    We all need a “blob of color” in our lives from time to time. A JP paint bombing party sounds great, but it shouldn’t be just for the kids! It should be for the kid in all of us. So surprise the dickens out of the kids and be one yourself, if only for a little while!!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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  2. gc

    Happy Birthday Susan. Loved the article. Hope you are feeling better to celebrate your birthday. I wonder if children would be more prone to use coloring books if their parents also engaged in the pastime with them?

    Would that interaction not build familial rapport and quality time together especially if the parents show the youngsters it’s okay to color outside the line?

    Have a wonderful day. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for my birthday wishes and everything else. And yes thank you I am feeling better today.
      Sophie does lots of colouring with her children and she too has an adult colouring book. Colour outside the line? This is me you’re talking to I would have to start again! 😀 thank you love

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    2. I hope I didn’t give you the wrong impression with my post, many of our children enjoyed colouring in especially the girls, the boys would rather have been out there playing football. I don’t mind colouring in either, I used to sit in the middle of them and colour in my own sheet, within the lines!


  3. Maureen Helen

    I once attended a retreat facilitated by Catholic nuns. One long session, maybe two included each of us creating a personal mandela. The exercise absorbed my full attention. It involved drawing and colouring in a circle of patterns. I don’t remember the point of it. I do remember how joyful and liberating the activity felt. Perhaps I could revisit colouring in.

    Happy birthday, Sue.

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    1. Firstly, thank you for my birthday wishes.
      I think any activity that feels joyful and liberating is definitely worth revising, you must give it another go. Thank you Maureen 🙂


  4. back in the 1970’s we had a Labor Party government and the PM was a brilliant man Gough Whitlam
    Despised by the right of course.
    Anyway he authorized the National Art Gallery to spend $1.800 000, 00 on Pollacks ‘Blue Polls’ all the right wing pollies were up in arme, the newspapers were up in arms the country was up in arms.

    That painting is now worth more than $30 million. Gough died a short while ago; some years back he was asked what he would say to God if he got to heaven.

    Gough being the honest man that he was replied, ” I don’t know but I shall treat him as an equal!”

    He believed that all men were created equal and treated everyone as equals.

    He entered a lift one morning, I was the sole passenger in said lift.

    He greeted me with “G’day Comrade” to which I replied G’day Mr Whitlam,

    I was awestruck. was like being in the presense of god, Gough was huge a towering man as was his wife, a towering woman! We wont see his like again.

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    1. Morning Brian. After reading your interesting comment here I read up about Mr Whitlam and had a look at the painting. Dreadful isn’t it! I cannot understand how or why JP’s painting became so valuable and as Peter put it ”Money for old rope.”

      I used to do the yellow islands one (on the computer) with the younger children in school, our pictures weren’t quite as densely coloured and some of the islands the children created were huge, but they loved the freedom of ‘scribbling’ with a black paintbrush. You should try it, it’s fun! 👨‍🎨Thank you Brian 🙂


      1. I’ve seen that painting in the National Gallery ; until I saw it I thought as you did, but it stopped me in my tracks, It was well worth the money
        I was givenone of those books with the crayons when I went in to have my stomach removed. I must admit I never got round to doing any. I wasn’t exactly spry. I still have it and might just take it up

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      2. Yes give it a go. I can imagine you weren’t feeling spry after such major painful surgery. I remember how Graham was with his stomach surgery. Never seen anyone in such pain, though I think that was partly down to the initial ill managed pain relief.

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      3. I never actually had any pain after they removed my stomach, I had the full Monty; I was told I’d be in excrutiating pain for 2 days and that I’d spend those 2 days in the ICU, I was there for 14 hours and not feeling anything but a bit of discomfort they moved me to the ward.

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      4. I don’t know why but I’ve never felt real pain like I’m supposed to. When I had the 2 ops on the carotid arteries after the stroke I was uncomfortable but never in pain. That pic of me on one of the posts sitting up, with pipes and tubes hanging out of everywhere, grinning like a ‘silly sod’ my mother used to call me that, were taken perhaps 20 hours. after the gastrectomy Dr S came by and called me miracle man

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