Paint With What You Got

Photo taken by contributor Jim, a man from the SouthWest of Texas who has struggled with depression for much of his life.

About this photo: “I can remember as a kid at grade school, I was always envious of the kids that showed up with the huge 92 pack of crayons. Heck, that big box even had its own sharpener built into the back of the box. I was lucky if I got the small box of 16.

I really didn’t know what I might create if only I had all of those colors to choose from. Truth is I would not of had any more creativity with 92 colors.

It has taken me years, and I am still learning that it isn’t how large your palette is, it is more how you mix with what you got.

I still jump all over the place with my creativity and I shoot such a hodgepodge of subject matter. I read of how you need to find your niche, your voice, your passion, style, genre your ….. But, I still love that big box of crayons and I keep looking for my true color.

Paint with what you got!”

More from Jim at his website.


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19 thoughts on “Paint With What You Got

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  1. I have found, at least for me, that I work best within limits. As I have evolved I now purposely place myself within specific confines because I can pull the best out of myself within boundaries. This extends to everything…even with photo processing. Keep it tight, limited and simple.

    “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci


  2. love the crayon analogy. When I was growing up the big box with the sharpener only had 64 and even that was far more than would get really used. I would get a new box each Christmas it was always my favorite present – well that and a doll. You captured the vibrant colors in your photo wonderfully!


    1. I like your pseudonym. God gives us wonderful gifts..takes a time to find them sometimes. He gave everyone on this blog a gift to show their pain to the world..that we all might heal. I give Him the same.


  3. Your photo is so boldly popping with colors. It reminds me a bit of the boldness & creativity of those on the autistic spectrum.


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