Coloring comes easy for Emily Morgan |

Coloring comes easy for Emily Morgan

Editor’s Note: The results of the coloring contest preceding the Summit Daily News Community Fair Kick-Off were incorrectly printed. Ptarmigan resident Emily Morgan placed second. Instead of simply printing a correction, the Daily decided to take a closer look at coloring from the point of view of a child artist.

PTARMIGAN – Emily Morgan has been coloring “forever.” Even at only 10 years of age, that’s a long time. Enough time, in fact, to develop quite a talent for coloring and to place second in the Summit Daily News’ coloring contest.

Morgan, who will enter fifth grade at Silverthorne Elementary this fall, said winning a prize in the coloring contest was a surprise. “I wanted to see if I could do it,” she said Thursday in the kitchen of her Ptarmigan home.

Her family wasn’t too surprised at her good fortune, though. Emily has always had a knack for art, mother Megan Morgan said, and can focus for hours on a project, despite a rambunctious 3-year-old brother who frequently gets in the way of the creative process. Her brother, Grant, also reminds her about some of the rules in coloring.

“It’s important to stay in the lines,” Emily said. “Otherwise it’s sloppy and it looks like a 4-year-old did it.”

But the rules of coloring aren’t completely restrictive. Instead of just filling in the lines of the cowboy in the Summit Daily News contest, Emily colored in a black-and-white Holstein cow pattern. She was thinking of a costume she wore in a school play – an evil clown with a cow-like suit – when she colored the cowboy. You have to balance rules and creativity, Emily said.

For the contest submission, she used crayons, her favorite for everything except geometric patterns. To make geometric patterns pop, “and to make your eyes go wuuhhh-wuuhhh-wuuuhh,” she said, swaying her head, she uses markers. But nothing beats the biggest box of crayons you can find – with a sharpener, of course.

Her favorite color? Purple, without question. Yellow and black come in a close second and third. Emily hoped to have the addition her parents put on the house painted in purple. She didn’t have much success, but her bedroom might get a new coat of paint in the royal color.

Brown, on the other hand, is her least favorite color. Brown is good on a horse (her favorite animal, which she rode in the Fourth of July parades, and which is featured in the paint-by-numbers she’s currently working on) but it’s not good in patterns.

Morgan said it’s true that all kids like to color and they seem to stop doing it when they become adults. She hypothesized that adults are just too busy, which is a shame, because coloring is good for you, she said.

“I’ll always try to draw, even when I’m older,” she said. “It’s good for me. When you’re sad, you can color. When you’re bored, you can color.”

Even her mistakes don’t bother her. If it’s in pencil, she erases. If it’s crayon or marker, she just pitches the artwork and starts on a new one. And if she finishes it and it’s really good, she might give it away, even to someone like her little brother.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or

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