I have a fabulous, long time collector...Larry, who I've also become friends with over the years. He is an amazing stained glass artist, and I'm beyond honored to have one of his pieces of art recreated from one of my paintings that he purchased. He consistently collects new art and recently purchased the painting "Land of Wonder" when I was having my moving sale. Well, he had also seen my coloring pages, and thought how cool it would be to have a mural sized coloring page with hints of color handpainted by me...I was down for the challenge! I actually started my professional artist career painting murals in the Orlando, FL area, so I was looking forward to revisiting mural size painting.
Larry ended up choosing the coloring page (above) that the original painting "Land of Wonder", was created from, and I also gave him the original drawing itself, so he has a triad of original coordinating art that no one else has.
Larry and I worked together with one of my licensing partners Murals Your Way - you can purchase some of my art as murals from them, link here - to create the perfect black and white reproduction of the original drawing on three canvas panels totaling 9'x8'. The challenge for me was that I didn't have any table space this large, so I had to lay it out on my studio floor, which required moving everything out of the way and practicing my contortionist skills, haha!!
And the final results as shown in Larry's home! This was such a fun and different project for me; I love when my collectors come up with new ideas to challenge me as an artist, and this was one! Larry is the only person on the planet who has a mural like this. So proud to continue to have him as one of my best collector's and inspiring me to always step outside of my comfort zone with my art, thank you Larry!
Larry's description of the art in his home ~ "This canvas art piece draws the viewer into an eclectic mix of whimsy among a wood & glass framework at this, The MoonShadow House. Gotta Love It !!!!"
I've been working on this book for over a year now and finally got it together and it's published, YaY! Sooooo happy to finally be able to share it with all of you :) You can purchase right now on Amazon.
I also felt so inspired when I saw it all put together that I created another website all about coloring, with new pages you can purchase and download immediately to print out and color at your leisure. I also have products you can color too! Like Phone cases, totes, and some pretty t-shirts, you can never have too much fun coloring!
It's the first EVER National Coloring Day!! This is such a fabulous idea, with lot's of businesses and parties getting in on the action around the country. Coloring parties are a new trend just starting to pick up steam, so whether you are going to one, staying at home and coloring by yourself or with family I have some wonderful pages for you to download and just added two more!!
You can see all of the coloring pages here available for personal use only, and also a link to where you can purchase my unique coloring cards to send to loved one's through the mail.
I know I will be coloring something and will share it on my Instagram page and Facebook, I would love to see what you color, whether's it's one of my coloring pages or from somewhere else, so be sure to share on my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram with #madartcoloringpage. Coloring is good for the soul, it's fun, relaxing and something you can do with your family. Enjoy the first ever National Coloring Day!!
Two new pages to download for your personal use!
Click on the images below to go to the coloring page to download these and other free coloring pages©
As many of you have probably heard, coloring is all the rage right now! And I don't see the trend ending any time soon...if ever. The reasons are because coloring takes adults back to a carefree childhood where they remember sitting for hours just coloring away with no worries in the world, who doesn't want to experience that throughout life? And with this carefree feeling comes stress relief and proven studies showing that coloring can actually lower blood pressure, who would have thought!
I know for me, when I'm being creative and drawing, painting and now coloring again, after a long absence, it takes me into a place of calm and peace...I actually call my art studio "My Happy Place" :) I'm working on creating my first coloring book with these images and more, hopefully available later this summer. In the meantime I thought it would be fantastic to offer the designs as coloring cards! My good friend Lisa recently started coloring and gave me this fabulous idea, total genius if you ask me!! And I haven't been able to find much of a selection of coloring cards, so this is a unique way to tap into your creative side and be able to send a truly unique, one of a kind, card with a special message to friends and family. Or if you like how your coloring masterpiece turns out, you can always frame it and enjoy for yourself :) And of course, you also have the option to leave the card uncolored and send it to someone to recapture their childhood and do some coloring of their own!
Each card is 5"x7" (fits into a standard frame), is printed on heavy matte card stock which holds up well to colored pencils, even with multiple layering. I also tested the cards and did some coloring with Sharpie and Crayola marking pens and it holds up to two layers of coloring without any bleed through. This is an unfolded card, so it just has the front image and then the entire back is available to write your message, the card also comes with a matching white envelope, so all you need to do is color, write and post a stamp!
I hope you and your friends and family will enjoy this new way of being creative and having fun. There are five cards currently available in my Zazzle shop and more will be added soon!