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!

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.

#twitterartexhibit postcard in progress

This is my postcard in progress as my entry for the Third Twitter Art Exhibit.

I woke up very excited this morning! Couldn’t wait to get back to it.

I am not used to painting in such a small scale. When working with my preferred medium, acrylic paint, my favorite canvas size is 16″ x 20″ or 11″ x 14″. Sizing down to 6 inches by 4 1/2 is a learning experience.

Oddly enough, I am enjoying this scaled down paper canvas with my tiny brush. Which just goes to prove that moving out of one’s comfort level can often be a moment to embrace.

I so desperately want this to be good. So it will sell. But not for me. This one is to help someone else. All money raised during the exhibition will go to Art Division, a nonprofit (501)(c)3 organization dedicated to training and supporting underserved youth (18-25) in L.A.’s Rampart District. I want this little postcard to be good enough to raise money to fund Art Division. I NEED this little postcard to grab someone’s heart so together we can perhaps heal a young artist’s soul.

If you haven’t heard about The Twitter Art Exhibit yet, check out the official website http://twitterartexhibit.org/                                                                 Art+Talk Interview with #TwitterArtExhibit founder David Sandum

 

Godspeed Thomas Kinkade Mr Happy Art

Thomas Kinkade, the prolific painter of bucolic and idealized scenes who estimated that his mass-produced works hung in one out of 20 American homes, died on Friday at his home in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 54.

Though often disdained by the fine art establishment, Mr. Kinkade built a decorative art empire by creating sentimental paintings that were, for the most part, relatively inexpensive and resonated with the desires of homeowners who did not ordinarily buy art. He sold his work directly, through his own franchise galleries or on cable television home shopping networks, and eventually online.

His works were reproduced in books and on posters, canvas prints, hand-signed lithographs and collector’s plates. He likened himself to Norman Rockwell and Walt Disney, insofar as all three “really like to make people happy,” he once said. Many of Mr. Kinkade’s paintings captured scenes from Disney.

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