Coloring For Adults – The Classy Lady’s Coloring Book

A Coloring Book For Adults

My adventure into self publishing a coloring book for adults is now a month old. I am as proud of The Classy Lady’s Coloring Book today as I was when I first conceived the notion in early January and completed the project in February, ready to publish.

This coloring book for adults is available on AmazonThis 72 page book, available on Amazon, is filled with 30 original illustrations in black and white for grownups to colour. Featuring pictures that celebrate fashion, food and fun, The Classy Lady’s Coloring Book is printed with one art piece per page which avoids a bleed through to another design on the back. Each piece can be coloured separately and then framed and hung as your own piece of personalized artwork.

Coloring for grownups is a growing trend that has been embraced as a great form of stress relief. When I first discussed my project with a dear friend of mine, she said she and her girls color all the time. She then began to explain the soothing effects of filling in shapes with colored pencils or fine tip markers and sounded almost apologetic about why she and her girls enjoyed it. I said “you don’t need to sell me on it. I’m an artist! I know exactly how calming it is to loose oneself in creating a piece of art.”

A coloring book for grownups featuring fashion, food and fun

My first coloring book for grownups is themed around the good life and celebrates fashion with ball gowns, shoes, a fabulous boot, handbags and yes, a tiara. There are also images of fancy food such as sushi, petit fours and caviar and beverages like champagne, a margarita, a classic martini and wine. The illustrations are rounded out with make up items like lipstick, nail polish and make up brushes and jewelry items like a pearl necklace, bracelets and yes, a tiara. Everybody loves a sparkly tiara!

Adult colouring is a relaxing bit of art therapy

Fashion colouring pages for adults

As I said in a discussion with a lovely lady about grownups who colour, why shouldn’t everyone have a chance to express themselves in some artistic form? The Classy Lady’s Coloring Book is my offering to those who color as a form of art therapy and a way to relax. I draw for those who cannot; now it is up to you to make that drawing beautiful.

So grab your pencils, your pens and your brightest markers and have at it. I would love to see how you personalize my images so post them to Instagram and be sure to tag @theartofvikki so I can see them!

Twitter Art Exhibit 2017 In The UK

So my donation to the Twitter Art Exhibit 2017 being held in Stratford upon Avon UK is safely in the hands of the exhibition curators! This is Cool Llama In Purples.


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Measuring in at just a smidgen over 6 inches by 4 inches, this mixed media postcard sized art was created using colored pencils, ink and a tiny bit of acrylic paint on the red sunglasses. This whimsical llama art in purples, blue, yellows and greens was based on my original Cool Llama design created last year for a funny tee shirt competition held by Redbubble.com. Cool Llama can be viewed and purchased in my Redbubble shop.

This is my fifth year participating in the Twitter Art Exhibit. I thought it was my sixth donation because I was convinced I had participated in the 2011 exhibit held in Moss, Norway. I forgive myself for that since my first participation was actually in 2012 BUT I created that postcard in late 2011 so, I got mixed up on the years!

Founded by fellow artist David Sandum in 2010, the annual Twitter Art Exhibit raises funds for a different charity each year. The first show was held in the Moss Public Library in Norway and featured 260 artists from 24 countries to raise funds for new books for the children of Moss. The event has gone global, with art exhibitions from Miami, FL to Los Angeles, CA then back to Moss, Norway and then New York, NY in 2016. This years event in the United Kingdom has just closed it’s call to artists with over 1,600 artists participating from 65 countries! The charity this year is Molly Olly’s Wishes and the exhibition will run from April 1 to 19, 2017. Online sales will also be offered, so if Cool Lllama In Purples does not sell at the event, you may have a chance to purchase him even if you are no where near the UK.

Plans are already in the works for 2018 and the location will be announced on opening night. We already have a tease that it will not be held in Europe or America. Mystery! As an artist, I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to donate to the Twitter Art Exhibit every year and while I don’t travel much, my art goes around the world. :)

#TAE17
#twitterartexhibit

Dreams Can Exhaust You

…but that’s okay!

I have been working on a new super secret project since January 3rd and I cannot believe today is the last day of the month already. I am so engrossed in the art that some mornings I wake as early as 2 a.m. because I want to get back at it and simply cannot sleep when so much is at stake.

A few days ago it was suddenly 1:00 in the afternoon – I stretched and rubbed my eyes. Why in the world am I so tired for Pete’s sake? I counted on my fingers… well, yeah, I had just worked for eleven hours straight, totally forgetting about breakfast or lunch [it happens a lot] so no wonder I was tuckered out. I gave myself a break to watch a movie while munching on some peanuts before getting back to it.

And the callous on my middle finger is bigger than it’s ever been! If I could wrap it somehow and still hold a pencil and pen with a firm grip, I would. But trying to pad the area doesn’t work so I ignore the pain and power through. I will rest it when I am done.

So yes, following your dreams can exhaust you, but how damn happy are you while you are doing it? Full of joy and purpose and hope, right? Wouldn’t trade it for the world?

Me either. Keep dreaming, keep believing and don’t give up.

Twitter Art Exhibit 2015 – Moss, Norway

The 2015 Twitter Art Exhibit, held this year in Moss, Norway and curated by founder and fellow artist David Sandum, opened on March 12th and closes March 26th. This year’s international exhibition of original postcard art is benefiting Home-Start Moss, a nonprofit organization helping families in need.

My contribution to the 2015 postcard gallery is this colorful red, purple, orange and yellow polka dot zebra titled “One Of A Kind”. This piece is a 4 3/4″ x 6 1/4″ original acrylic painting on heavy card stock.

This is my third Twitter Art Exhibit and it’s wonderful knowing my art can travel the world and help others!

#TwitterArtExhibit 2014 Orlando, FL

My postcard for the 2014 #TwitterArtExhibit

WHAT:
Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando
Benefiting The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Classes
WHEN:
Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 6-9PM
Show runs March 20 – April 11, 2014
WHERE:
CityArts Factory, Magic Gallery | Orlando, Florida, USA
CURATED BY:
Robin Maria Pedrero

“Through art we can change the world.”
We help charities and nonprofits with postcard-sized, handmade original artwork.
Make sure to follow the #Twitterartexhibit hashtag for updates!

http://twitterartexhibit.org/
@twitrartexhibit
www.facebook.com/twitterartexhibit

 

 

The Europa Clipper

Europa Clipper: Water Geysers On Jupiter Moon May Boost Support For Life-Hunting Mission
Space.com | By Mike Wall
Posted: 12/16/2013 9:09 am EST
http://www.huffingtonpost.com
SAN FRANCISCO — The apparent discovery of water geysers on Jupiter’s moon Europa makes the icy body an even more attractive target for a life-hunting mission, researchers say.

Scientists announced Thursday (Dec. 12) that they had detected transient plumes of water vapor erupting from Europa’s south pole and extending about 125 miles (200 kilometers) into space. The ice-covered moon is thought to contain a subsurface ocean of liquid water, and the geysers represent a way to sample this potentially life-supporting environment, NASA officials said.

“Indeed, the plumes are incredibly exciting, if they are there,” Jim Green, head of NASA’s planetary science division, said here Thursday at the at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. “They’re bringing up material from within the ocean; perhaps there’s organic material that will be laying on the surface of the south pole.” [Photos: Europa, Mysterious Icy Moon of Jupiter]

The new find, made using observations by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, could build some momentum for a mission concept the space agency is developing called the Europa Clipper.

The Europa Clipper probe would orbit Jupiter but make multiple flybys of the 1,900-mile-wide (3,000 kilometers) moon, using a number of different science instruments to study Europa’s ice shell and subsurface ocean. The strategy would be similar to that employed by NASA’s Cassini mission, which has made flybys of many Saturn moons since entering into orbit around the ringed planet in 2004.

“What we have been doing is studying several approaches to really understand Europa from a spacecraft in that environment, and it looks like the Clipper concept is our best one,” Green said. Continue reading

From The Archives: Continental Drift 1990

Australia, in purple. Acrylic on canvas board.

Continental Drift ©1990

Continental Drift ©1990

I had just been introduced to the music of the band Noiseworks by a couple of their fellow countrymen visiting the USA. I did a series of Aussie themed paintings in this time period.

American Flag Art

American Flag Art on Tee Shirts, bags, mugs and 4th Of July Picnic Party Supplies

This USA Flag design available on mugs, cards, T-Shirts, bags and more at The Art Of Vikki Zazzle Store.

New Art in Zazzle Store For 2013

New Art in the Zazzle Store for 2013… I’ve been busy.

New Stuff

Lots of fun stuff available on the art of vikki zazzle store :) 

Astrum Vita Postcard for the #twitterartexhibit

It is done. I have scanned it twice and taken three photographs, but I can’t seem to capture the subtle sheen as the light hits the paint nor how it looks to my eye. Which is a perfect excuse to not mail it yet… I refuse to give in to any more artistic excuses! It’s going off in tomorrow’s mail to the Exhale Unlimited Gallery, gosh durn it!

Astrum Vita Paullus

Astrum Vita Paullus | Acrylic on paper | #twitterartexhibit Los Angeles

The blues are deeper, the purples shine more and the oranges… oh maybe you will just need to see it in person.

See ya’ll in LA :)

Well, not actually *in* LA… but I’ll try to stay up late enough to attend the opening via Twitter…

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Exhale Unlimited Gallery
Art Division
David Sandum