To Relieve Stress Try Coloring!

I’ve been noticing a new trend lately that keeps growing by the minute.  Adult coloring books.  Seen on the shelves of my local art store, JoAnn’s Fabric store, Target, Amazon, there are dozens of titles suddenly appearing everywhere.

So what is driving this trend?  According to artist/blogger Joan Beiriger, publishers such as Dover Publications began marketing their coloring books by pointing out that coloring has therapeutic value.  Joan’s blog post led me to another blog, Quartz to read more about coloring in its post, “Color Me Happy”.  It says and I quote here:

“Many adult colorists have latched onto the idea that coloring promotes mindfulness, and can help reduce stress. They are right, judging by the latest expert thinking. Though there aren’t studies specifically on the benefits of adult coloring, play is important for both adults and children. Coloring can act as a de-stressor, art therapist Saba Harouni tells Quartz.

These coloring books can act as a reset button for adults who are moving too quickly from one responsibility to the next, or trying to do them all at once. The repetitive motion of coloring can be both cathartic and meditative, and you can focus on filling in the lines on the page. “You’re giving your brain some some space and something to focus on that’s meditative, that’s containing,” Harouni says.”
So, it’s not surprising that artists see this as another opportunity to find ways to put their art out there and have it be interactive with consumers.  Spread the joy!  My good friend Debra Valencia just released three wonderful adult coloring books on Amazon.com and is working on several more for later release.  They feature some of her signature patterns that she has successfully licensed to a multitude of surface design applications.
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New Great Arrow Cards!

Great Arrow Graphics, the greeting card company that makes every card by hand using traditional silkscreen methods sent to me a box of my latest designs. It’s always exciting to see the finished products and hold them in my hands.  I think they look great, feel great and even have a lovely smell of fresh ink!  Let me know what you think and leave a comment.  I will choose at random, three people and they will receive a nice sampler gift package of my cards.  Not just the ones you see here but for other occasions as well!

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Fashion Top Design Of The Week

So excited to see this design up on the  BeforeandAgain’s website!  Of the eight designs they picked up last year, I think this is my favorite.  What do you think?  I am going to try and do some more hand painted art in the future.

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Happy New Year 2015!

Thank you for reading my blog, a bit of a clumsy stumbling effort through the last year as I was trying to get the hang of using the software.  I’m still figuring it out, so I’m going to be patient with myself and keep moving forward.  I wish all of you joy, peace, health and prosperity in 2015, in your families, in your work and in your personal endeavors.  I did not mention yet that during the year I reconnected with a licensee that I lost contact with from a few years ago and I also  signed several new contracts with new companies.  I look forward to working with them to get them new art.  But mostly I want to continue to make more art that conveys the feeling of  innocence, wonder and joy of life that come out in my characters and designs. Art that people have said makes them feel happy.  To do that I must stay connected to the most important things that matter and have gratitude for those blessings.  Happy New Year!

© Teresa Woo-Murray

© Teresa Woo-Murray

Oh Happy Spring!

To all of you winter weary souls here are some photos I’ve taken at Descanso Gardens

in sunny Greater Los Angeles where spring has already sprung!

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My hope is that soon you will be able to look up and feel the warmth

of the sun on your skin (with sun screen applied, of course)

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Your gardens will blossom with pinks, yellows, vermillions, greens, oranges, purples and blues!

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