Alberta Hutchinson has been an artist for many years, and publishes coloring books through Dover, as well as her own imprint (Hand Made Books.) She doesn’t use or own a computer, so we had to send the interview questions to a friend’s email account. Alberta then wrote out her answers and mailed them to Dover, where they were transcribed back into the computer so I could get them in email! Where there’s a will, there’s a way! LOL
by Lucy Fyles
Today, I’m very pleased to welcome Lucy, a member of my Facebook group, to my blog as a guest reviewer. Lucy reviews books specifically for those suffering from mental illness. Lucy is able to bring a unique viewpoint to this target group, as both a person who suffers from her own severe anxiety disorder, and as someone who has worked with psychiatric inpatients. You can read Lucy’s blog for more information, or connect with her through Facebook.
To start us out, Lucy brings us her thoughts on two books specifically written with a therapy focus: Color me Calm and Color Me Happy by art therapist Lacy Mucklow and artist Angela Porter. Let’s hear it, Lucy!
Creative Haven Fanciful Faces Coloring Book (Creative Haven Coloring Books)
Number of designs: 31
Beautiful Patterns Adult Coloring Books Designs (Volume 16)
Publisher: Lilt Kids Coloring Books
Number of designs: 24
When I was asked to review Wendy Piersall’s coloring books, I wondered why the name sounded so familiar. Then I realized that I knew the name from my entrepreneur reading online. In addition to being an artist, Wendy is a well-known authority on blogging, web 2.0 marketing, entrepreneurship, and social media. (more…)
While I find it wonderful that there are so many coloring books that adults can enjoy, there do seem to be a large number of designs in with similarities in styles. Finding books that stand out with a unique style is always refreshing. When you see Miryam Adatto’s art, it seems to flow across the page, with lines and shapes that have an organic and ethereal quality. There is no mistaking her unique style, and her coloring books were some of the first to make it onto my wish list.
Fairies to Paint or Color (Dover Art Coloring Book)
Number of designs: 23
Simply Pen Tangled: A Coloring Book of Patterned Pictures
Madison Street Publishing
Number of designs: 24