Remember to leave a gap

Everyone should attend an art class at some point in their lives. I’ve learnt so much from my art class the last 7 Thursdays – and I’m not just referring to the how-to-draw bits.


“Remember to leave a gap. Don’t colour right to the edge of the outlines you’ve drawn. Leave gaps between colours – they become the final black outlines of your completed drawing.”

Too often, we rush to “fill in the gaps” – as if every crevice is definitely something bad. A sign of deficiency, oversight, failure.

But what if some of the gaps are necessary in order for the picture to be complete, to be defined?

What if the overcrowding of colour in our lives, right to the edges of all the outlines, serves not to make life more vibrant – but literally less focused?

Sometimes, it’s really in the gaps where the story is seen more clearly. Where the picture comes to life.





About lilac butterfly

Live. Love. Learn. Laugh. Write. Draw. Colour. Blend. Play. Dream. Cry. Reflect. Pray. Sing. Worship. Bake. Cook. Rest. Give thanks.


  1. reading this this morning is interesting for me 🙂 your post about gaps. another friend (who is so completely not linked to you) sends an e-mail and ends off with “thank you for standing in the gap”.

  2. thanks crayonsandmilk! Will practise more 🙂

  3. Love the artwork! It has this mystical/mysterious feel/mood to it! I feel like they tell a story and the last photo feel eerie but in a good way!!

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