rosa parks quote (free adult coloring page)

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I can’t imagine the courage it must have taken to be Rosa Parks on that bus in 1955. The more I work as an ally for #blacklivesmatter and other anti-oppression activism, the more I see how traumatized and worn down people can get. I drew this after a certain election when someone I desperately hoped wouldn’t win, did.

Free downloadable pdf adult coloring page. Click on the link below to download the PDF. Click here for copyright and licensing information.

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Would you like more free, hand-drawn adult coloring pages like this? You can find an index of my adult coloring pagesĀ here. Read about how I came to draw adult coloring pages, here.

daeyang gallery and house

Daeyang Gallery and House

I came across these two videos after reading about this Korean gallery and house designed by architect Steven Holl in the May issue of Dwell magazine.

I love architecture and design, and I love how these buildings incorporate light, water, space and angles into living and performance spaces that feel uplifting. In the first video, Holl talks about the spaces and the ideas he was trying to communicate with these buildings; the second video is a beautiful visual tour through some of the spaces.

My favorite bits are the skylights covered with water, that cast flickering pools of light on the rooms below, and the flat plane of water that is such an integral part of the entire design. (Plus I also love all the wood and stone and glass!) I wish I could live in this space…

sidewalk chalk

sidewalk

I love children’s sidewalk chalk scribbles. I love the colours, the raw energy of the lines and forms, the joyous abandon of the images and messages (like “LOVE” and “Hi!” signed by scrawling first names). When I walk in my neighbourhood at night, I’m always on the look-out for new masterpieces. I especially enjoy meeting the children who’ve marked the sidewalks and driveways around their home. “Beautiful!” I call out, watching them beam.

My favorite are block-long extravaganzas that start in front of one home and stretch on for several metres, as if the artists ran out of space before they ran out of ideas.

I appreciate sidewalk art.

penny carnival

penny carnival

Last week I attended a children’s penny carnival for work, and took these photos. When I looked at the images afterwards, I was struck by how nostalgic they made me feel. Something about the power of fun and games, and the riches you can buy with a bag full of carefully saved coins.

I came across two children kneeling on the ground. They were picking spilled pennies out of the dry grass. Moments earlier, the pennies had filled a blue plastic Stax tube. “Good eyes,” I said, when the little boy found some especially hidden coins.

“Good eyes,” he kept repeating, turning the words over and over again in his mouth, like a hard candy that he was trying to suck every last lick of pleasure from.

“Do you have a girl?” his big sister asked me, as I helped them re-fill the Stax container.

“No, I don’t have any kids.” Like empty pants pockets turned inside out, my woman-ness felt momentarily deflated, and empty.

There was a water balloon relay race. Each team member had to break a water balloon over their head. It was a hot day. I laughed to see the expressions on the kids’ faces, and hear the squeals, when the cold water hit the backs of their necks.

relay race

And colouring… is there anything more thrilling than a container full of crayons or pencil crayons? There is a world of possibility in a handful of pigment.

I appreciate the fun you can buy with a penny or two.

colouring

so i’m writing this book

stack of art journals

I’m not quite sure how it happened (to be honest, it feels a little like a dream that I may wake up from at any moment), but I’m writing a book right now. It’s based on these daily blog posts that I’ve written for my Kitchen Sink Wisdom blog over the past two months, on the theme of ritual.

I’m excited and humbled by this project. It keeps me up at night, and puts a smile on my face every morning.

I’ve always wanted to write a book, but I never knew how to get a book written. To tell you the truth, the very idea of writing a book always intimidated me. How do you choose a subject? How do you make it interesting? Even though I’ve been a paid writer for nearly 20 years, the sheer length of a book scared me. I write short things: articles, newsletters, information sheets, procedures, training materials, blog posts, reports, business plans. But a book? No way. Too many words to ever get down on paper.

Then I found out that an acquaintance of mine has published 55 books in his lifetime. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. 55. And when I realized that his books were written one day at a time – sometimes one blog post at a time, the way I was writing – it finally occurred to me that maybe that’s how a book gets written. Through a regular practice, sentence by sentence, day after day.

The second, wondrous aspect of this particular book that I’m writing is that the subject matter of the book is the same as its process. Meaning, I’m using creative ritual to write a book about creative ritual. I’m tapping into an energy larger than myself (which some people might call God, or their muse, but I like to call creative Source), and letting that energy flow through me, while writing a book about how I let creative energy flow through me. Yes. Pretty trippy.

I’ve been blessed to have a small circle of readers who’ve followed the original blog posts day after day on Kitchen Sink Wisdom. Having them there has been a huge inspiration to me, and in honour of their faithfulness (and to help keep me focused), I’m making the working manuscript available to anyone who’s interested. You can read the introduction here. Email me if you want more. I’m happy to share.

maps

map 1

I recently started a map pinboard on Pinterest. I was so excited and full of ideas about what I could put there, including some of my own art journal work, which sometimes includes collaged vintage maps. These are some Instagram photos of details from five different art journal spreads.

(And yes, I’m going to pin these photos to my board!)

map 2

map 3

map 4

map 5

how to feel fulfilled as an artist

How to feel fulfilled as an artist

I saw this image on Facebook Sunday morning. I wish I knew who’d originally created it, or who wrote the original list, because I’d love to credit them. But for now, I’ll just share what I think is a brilliant manifesto for artistic fulfillment:

How to feel fulfilled as an artist
Or, how to get over your self-sabotage

  1. Never compare yourself to other artists.
  2. Know that your family is biased. Whether for or against, their views are skewed and do not represent an accurate reflection of your work in the world.
  3. Base your success on how your art has enriched your life, and how you feel when you create it.
  4. Constantly push yourself to expand and learn.
  5. Know that art can never be measured in dollars – and can only ever appreciate in value.
  6. Trust that when you are making the world more beautiful, there is always enough. Honest work is not a compromise if it supports the creation of art.
  7. Remember, it is the job of the artist to create new culture, not simply to regurgitate what exists.
  8. Never expect your family to understand your art, but do your best to educate them, patiently.
  9. Whenever a client / gallery owner / patron offers their advice, smile and nod. Then create your art authentically.
  10. Remember what Dali said: “Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it.”