Lessons from Coloring


Jennifer and I sat down and colored with all the kids last night. Hunkered over the dining room table, we all poured over some of our favorite cartoon characters. Mine was Captain Huggy Pants from PBS’ Word Girl.

Here are some things I learned:

• No colored pencil is off limits, even the ones in someone’s hand. Coloring is war.

• If you think you own your picture, you’re wrong. It’s open game, especially to anyone siting in the lap of the artist.

• Three-year-olds should not have open access to the electric pencil sharpener.

• Clothes are optional. Diapers are optimal.

• Lines are irrelevant in the context of artistic expression; color over them liberally.

• When in doubt, scream. People will pay attention to you.

I plan on implementing some of the wise things I learned from my kids in my next staff meeting. ch:

  • This made me laugh! I loved it. Your drawing is awesome too, I miss your artwork. You’ve always been so talented 🙂

    • Awe – thanks Hillary. Glad I could make you laugh today. Miss you loads.

  • Beth

    Hahahaha…. I needed a laugh like that this morning. The things we can learn from kids. I like the screaming part. I hear that can release tension. Um… I hope you all don’t adopt the optional clothes thing, just saying… Lol

    Thanks for posting this, it made my morning more enjoyable.

    • You’re most welcome!

      Hey, what’s wrong with diapers?

    • Beth

      Diapers on babies, necessity. Diapers on old people… sometimes needed. Diapers on most others..,,Disturbing. Lol

    • CH’s next big role? Captain Diaper Pants!

  • Billy Jepma

    That’s so funny!! And you are a great artist, I’m more the kind of guy to just kind of wing-it when I draw, which means lots, and lots of stick-people. 🙂

    • Nothing’s wrong with stick people; they never complain about being fat.

    • Billy Jepma

      YES!! Ha, to all my critics out there, stick people are the future of art as we know it!! I have declared it!! LOL! 🙂

    • Gabe

      lol 😀

  • Gabe


  • Anna Crouch

    “No colored pencil is off limits, even the ones in someone’s hand. Coloring is war.” Bahahahaha!!! Love this! “Coloring is War”!

  • Kimberlee Long

    Hahaha! Oh, the truth in all of this!

  • Mary

    Very cute Christopher. Your children are blessed with such a great mom and dad! That’s how its done people!!

  • I love this pic and everything you color, or paint, or draw, or write, or sing, or preach, or say. I guess I just love YOU.