Updated on January 25, 2017
Nothing like being ill to really experience how coloring can make you feel better!
For the last couple of weeks I’ve been only one of the many who has been suffering from a nasty bout of bronchitis, meaning coloring is about the only activity I have felt up to other than the everyday basics and sleeping – lots of sleeping!
I thought I’d share with you the coloring pieces I have completed while I’ve been sick from some of the adult coloring books I’ll be reviewing in the next couple of weeks. Read More
Posted on January 22, 2017
One of the things that held me back from achieving more early in my career in corporate finance was my fear of failure – a result of my lack of self-confidence and self-esteem.
Psychologists say that you can start to build your self-confidence by simply telling yourself “I can.” The more you believe you can do something, the more you will be able to do it. That certainly helped me and I eventually worked my way to executive finance positions in the electricity and health care industries.
“They succeed because they think they can.” – Virgil
Another way to build your self-confidence is journaling. Read More
Updated on January 13, 2017
When you are trying to manage your stress, choosing colors can sometimes only add to your anxiety.
However, there are some “rules” you can use to simplify the process of choosing colors. One of the best ways is to use the Color Wheel’s classic combinations, or schemes.
Traditional Color Schemes
There are six standard methods you can use with the Color Wheel to select colors that look good together. All of the methods are based on the positions of the colors on the Color Wheel and are: Read More
Updated on January 9, 2017
Cosmic and Eternal Love: An Everlasting Love Story & Coloring Book, and its accompanying CD, was created by Amrita Sen. Amrita is a visual artist, musician, and storyteller. She has performed for Oprah, and at the Academy Awards, released records with Weezer and Pitbull, sang on a track on Justin Timberlake’s latest album, and earned an MBA from Harvard. As if that isn’t enough, she even has a fashion line and jewelry!
Here’s a closer look at Amrita’s coloring book. Read More
Posted on January 5, 2017
Whether you are new to adult coloring (if so, welcome!), or an experienced colorist, there is a lot to learn about colored pencils. And good quality colored pencils can be expensive, so using them in the right ways can help you get a lot more out of them, saving you money and frustration.
Here are a bunch of tips and hacks I have learned over the years, from trial and error and from my niece who is a colored pencil artist. So give these a try, and let me know what you think! Read More
Updated on December 24, 2016
On August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, white police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown.
When a jury in November announced its decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the killing, some protests gave way to vandalism, leaving local businesses’ windows shattered. Members of the St. Louis art community came together, eager to help however they could. And they began to paint.
Posted on December 18, 2016
Is there a colorist on your holiday list that deserves a luxury coloring gift?
What is a luxury coloring gift? The following list includes technical “marvels” as well as items you would never buy for yourself. I’ve included others because of their “bling,” precious packaging, or hoity-toity brand name. But luxury does not have to be exceptionally expensive – two luxury coloring gifts are under $50.00.
If you are in the mood to spend a bit (or a lot!) more on a coloring-related holiday gift this year, here are some great ideas that any colorist would appreciate! Read More
Posted on December 17, 2016
Illustrator Pamela Duarte worked in New York as a fashion illustrator and segued into fashion dolls. One of her clients is Mattel, and she has done quite a bit of work for the Barbie® brand. Pamela has also created adult coloring books, and she kindly sent me a copy of her most recent, Flowers & Fashion: Women of the World. Read More
Updated on December 10, 2016
Whenever I see something – almost anything! – that is black and white I start thinking about color schemes and which pencils or markers would work with it. And there are so many colorable decorative and functional items that are not coloring books.
A “colorable” would make a great gift for any enthusiastic colorist on your holiday gift list – or as a gift for yourself! This is just a short list of the many to consider, with prices starting at just $2.99. Read More
Updated on December 9, 2016
I am a big believer in giving to worthy causes. And during the holidays, I try to eke some giving into the presents I give, if I can.
This season, consider buying a coloring gift that does double-duty: a gift for your recipient (or yourself!), and some help for a worthy cause. Read More