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Enchanted Bamboo Forest (art) 🎋

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Astro Earthling 

First, I used a metallic pen to draw the contour of the face and shoulder along with the tribal tattoo. The hair and stars came after that. The tree limbs were accidental. The piece took on a life of its own at that point. 

I then did some minor editing on my phone. I used PicMonkey to alter it further. The non-dot stars are an overlay. I did not draw those.

And there you have it! 😀⭐️

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“Treyes” Art+Poetry Collaboration with Oloriel


01_treyesTreyes: A fusion between the words “eyes” and “trees.” “Reyes” means “royalty” or “king” in Spanish.

Abstract artwork (originally entitled “Anything”) by Oloriel. Follow her lovely poetry and art-infused blog if you haven’t done so already:

Poetry by yours truly. But I have to give Oloriel credit for that as well. This piece was only made possible because of this muse in mixed media art form. Thank you!

More collaborations to come! 😀


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★ INTERVIEW with Artist Kimberly-Ann Debling ★

Mindfulness Mandalas! by Artist Kimberly-Ann Debling is a wonderfully-crafted adult coloring book with a number of unique elements that make it especially one-of-a-kind. (Find out what those are in the interview below!)

And best of all? It’s only $7.90 on Amazon.


I’m so excited to be interviewing you. I’m a huge fan of coloring books and I absolutely love mandalas! So, what inspired you to create this meditative coloring book?

 I’m currently 37 weeks pregnant and during my pregnancy, I was diagnosed with cancer. I realised that even though I’m now in a hugely stressful situation, I had been more stressed and anxious in the past under less ‘socially valid’ reasons!

It made me really think about the way we deal with stress and how creativity helps so much. I feel that any creative pursuit is sometimes hard unless we’re naturally good at it, or have practiced since childhood. Don’t sing unless you have a good voice, don’t paint unless you’re an artist, don’t woodwork unless you create sellable items, don’t play an instrument unless you’re stage-worthy! At what age do we tell kids that its not right to do creative things unless they’re already a pro?!

I’ve always been interested in stress-relieving activities due to my previous life as an Air Traffic Controller, so I wanted to combine a few things that I’ve always loved to bring myself calmness – art and mindfulness.

Hearing that just made my heart feel heavy, but at the same time, your message is really uplifting. What an inspiration you are! So, every creative type has a path to follow. Can you tell me about your artistic journey?

My art journey has always tended towards the ‘design’ end of the spectrum. I’m passionate about packaging design (someone has to be)! But a lot of my joy was creating surface pattern and computer-drawn vector designs to include within the graphical elements. I just love how a beautiful pattern in combination with great typography, a barcode, and an ingredients list can become a real physical item that gets on shelves and in customers’ hands!

A designer to the very core… Wonderful! What would you say sets your coloring book apart from others that are available?

My book is deliberately simple, but the things that make it a little different from your average adult colouring book are:
* It is not too thick that it is overwhelming – there’s actually a good chance that you will finish all the pages. I always feel a sense of waste when I see too many un-coloured pages!
* It is printed on one side only so that if you use pens the bleed through doesn’t ruin the next page, my medium of choice for colouring is often alcohol based pens so this was a huge factor for me.
* Each page consists of a mandala plus a mindful phrase or saying to focus on. I wanted there to be a definite focus so that the ‘mindful’ part of the colouring has a special place for each page.

I especially like the mindfulness element. I can really resonate with it. Who are some of your artistic muses & influences?

 I’m obviously in awe of some of the more famous colouring book artists, but I also love Lichtenstein, Mucha, and Dali. Mucha is probably my most obvious influence. I’m working on another book which will be a colour-in diary but this time hand-drawn… I can see lots of Mucha-inspired elements creeping in!

A color-in diary? Now, that sounds neat! When it comes to creating, how do you normally go about it?

I have a Midori style notebook/diary system and one of my inserts is devoted to notes and sketches. I sketch all the time but often away from home so most of my sketches are in biro! I rarely refine the sketches as I work directly on the computer either in vector or bitmap form. I love that if something doesn’t work I can shift around elements to play with different arrangements. I get very obsessive so I often have to tell myself to just stop! I love working with clients and I make it clear to them that all feedback is positive. I usually love the finished design after feedback much more than the initial drafts.

You mentioned your cancer diagnosis in the beginning of the interview, but it’s clear to me that you are a warrior. May I ask how it has affected your life?

Actually, I really feel that being diagnosed with cancer has improved my life dramatically. It sounds crazy, I know. For 5 weeks or so I had no details so became really introspective about so many things. My own mortality, the way I feel about life, how I feel about my husband, the kind of parent I want(ed) to be to my child.

I was put into the very best care and when the doctor told my husband and I that my prognosis was excellent and that I would be treated with light therapy (essentially I have fancy sunbed sessions twice a week) we felt like we’d won the lottery.

Before all this, I was your standard person who had ups and downs and rushed through life either doing too much or wasting time. Now I really do enjoy every moment and no longer tell myself that it’s “rushed” or “wasted.” My husband and I are so much stronger in our relationship. I work with clients better. Even my designs seem better to me now that I don’t critique myself so much! I’m so much happier now that I could cry—those “silver linings” really do exist.

I could cry too, Kimberly-Ann. In fact, I am. You are such a vibrant, creative, and courageous soul. Thank you SO much for taking the time to have this interview with me. All the best to you and your family, fellow artist!



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INTERVIEW with Artist Joey Derse ✍

Click on the image above to purchase!

This two book set reveals secrets of the artist, Joey Derse.
It explains in detail how to paint like the great master, Vincent van Gogh.

Artist Joey Derse

Okay. So let’s begin! What would you say your main inspiration was for this book set?

My Dad wrote about his career and felt that I wanted to also give back in that manner in regard to my career. I am really inspired by the impressionists and post impressionists (Seurat and van Gogh especially).

That’s wonderful, Joey. How about your creative journey? Can you tell me a bit about that?

At first I didn’t think that I would be able to have enough material to write a full book. But as I painted, a flood of writing ideas would come to me. Soon I had over 300-400 pages! So I spent a long time condensing it.

Again, I thought it would be impossible to complete. But by whittling out duplications and unnecessary parts, I was able to come up with something I was proud to publish.

It sounds like the muse was certainly with you along your journey. If you had to pick the most prevalent themes in your book set, what would they be?

The following themes are prevalent in this two book set: Knowing when to go with your intuition and when to look at things more scientifically; the importance of building a visual library; dispersing your color and impasto evenly throughout the canvas; being unattached to an outcome leads to a more natural picture; with focused effort, a painter can learn to paint like a great master

What profound themes! All artists seem to be inspired by other creative minds. In addition to Vincent van Gogh, who are some of your artistic inspirations?

Georges Seurat, Paul Cezanne, and Camille Pissarro.

What’s your creative process like?

I write as I paint. I come up with my ideas while being inspired by painting. Each time I paint, I write initially in free hand. And then I type it up at a later time.

So, more about the book set… Why should fellow artists buy this book as opposed to all the other “How to Paint” books out there?

My book teaches painting in an alternative, non-traditional fashion. I give secrets that many others will not share (including art instructors).

Excellent! Now it’s time to wrap things up. Any final thoughts?

I want to thank God and my friends and family for all their love, help, support and inspiration.

And I want to thank you for taking the time to do this lovely interview with me. Again, for anyone who is reading this, Joey’s two book set in now available on Kindle. Click here.