The trend reigns on: coloring books for grown-ups continue to be a smash hit. And, yes, I have succumbed myself. So much so that I actually just went ahead and illustrated one. It is called By the Sea.
Now, go quickly to Groupon and get a really good deal on By the Sea. There are two other titles in the Groupon deal, one by Stacy Peterson and the other by Lily Ashbury. This deal is good for two days, until the end of the day on January 25th.The first I heard about this trend was on NPR. They had a story about, and interviewed, Johanna Basford. I guess she was the eye-of-the-adult-coloring-book-storm. And her illustrations are incredibly intricate. They are simply amazing.
After hearing about Secret Garden, I began to see adult coloring books everywhere. Several books by Lisa Cogdon caught my eye. Her series is called Just Add Color. They are whimsical and fun, just as I imagine the artist herself must be.
So, as you can see, I am not the first to throw my hat into the coloring-book-ring, but none-the-less, it was a blast to create artwork for By the Sea. Initially, I was intimidated by the scope of the project, but after I began illustrating the pieces, I immediately understood why so many people are entranced by the projects. The process takes you out of you head–it is true escapism, in the most wholesome way. Do you remember how you were able to spend hours absorbed in childhood play? Whether it was building legos, or knitting*, or coloring. These books really do transport you out of the here and now. Coloring the pictures is nearly instant gratification. And you do not need any specific skills to get a truly beautiful result. If you haven’t already, I hope that you allow yourself the time to delve into one of these books. If not for you, than for your childhood self, who I bet is aching to break out and give this a try.
*I realize that not all children had the occasion to knit. As a Waldorf student, I spent many an hour with my needles clicking. But that’s a story for another time.