All, Good World

Why adults can enjoy coloring as much as kids

I know some adults have been told that coloring is just for children. Well, I’m here to say nope, not so. Coloring is for anyone with a mind who wants to take the time to chill, reflect, collect one’s thoughts. That’s not science, yet, for now it’s just my experience and biased opinion. (Oh, it’s also a very important professional job in any industry of storytelling)

In my Coloring With Arty™ books, I spent a lot of time on the drawings. I want any age to be able to enjoy the lines, the shapes, and the characters. Those few moments you allow yourself to get lost so you can find your way back again through coloring can feel really good.

So, if you like magical creatures from around the world, here is a coloring book for you.

If you like merpeople and biology, you will enjoy this one.

Here is a great little video on how important taking a moment for yourself actually is.

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Thank you!


Thank you to everyone that came out to Refuse To Destroy mixed media group show! It was wonderful. Here are some photos. My very first group gallery show that was as long as week! Also, thank you to those buying my biology + mermaid = awesome Mer-kingdom Coloring Book on Amazon! Such encouragement to make more!!

On the note of making more, I am taking a few days off from making more. Reading webcomics, continue reading Sandman and Saga through COMIXOLOGY, imbibe in the beauty of internet, and upload my newest Muertita photos for sharing. Oh, and find a new RSS feeder now that Google Reader is no longer.

Chris Rigg, many thanks once again for taking amazing photos.

Thank you all who read, share, respond, and color books. It’s a good feeling. There are words for it. Something like…sweetly beholden…yeah…something like that.

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Coloring book is done, Art Show on SATURDAY!

And now the happy post I was talking about!

Mer-Kingdom is published and ready for your coloring skills!

Get it on AMAZON!



Put on by 11:11 A Creative Collective

Sat, March 30, 7:00 PM

Refuse to Destroy : Re-Imagined, Re-Purposed & Re-used gives us an aesthetic experience of the many creative alternative uses of wasted, found and non-traditional art mediums. This Group Exhibition will feature artwork by over 30 artists whose artwork resides is in such mediums as interactive installations, sculpture, painting, illustration and mixed media- all using found or recycled objects.



And here are a few teaser shots from an amazing photo-shoot with the talented Chris Rigg.





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Guess whats almost ready for you to COLOR!!!

I just need to check and make sure everything printed out all right, upload the new files if needed, and KABLAM! COLORING BOOK! I will of course make an official announcement when its ready!!



Voting ended, Cover Mermaid has been Chosen!

Thank you to everyone that voted and participated! The winner for the cover of the Mer-Kingdom coloring book contest is the Sea Horse Mermaid!

There were was also a LOT of love for the Manta Ray Mermaid, so I will be designing the cover so she can be swimming on the back of it. Now its onto getting everything to a polish, getting all the pieces together, and it will be DONE!

You might also see finished, painted mermaids from the coloring book as posters and T-shirt because, well, MERMAIDS! Thank you so much, again, for taking part in this labor of love, and helping me make it the best it can be. (You’re Ariel, I’m Max, the drooly happy doggy)


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Vote on the Cover for Mer-Kingdom by SATURDAY


The JOY of having you guys tell me which Mermaid you think is cover material, what you think works best and why, has inspired me to LET YOU PICK THE COVER by VOTE!

I will take a final tally on Saturday. Feel free to share! I’m excited! We are almost done!!


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I finally understand “Do What You Love”

It seems like an easy thing to throw around as advice to people, “Find what you love and do that for your work, then it won’t feel like work”. This makes “If you work hard, you can achieve anything” seem like the opposite – you either work really hard to get what you want, or find something you want to do and it won’t feel like work – it was all very confusing. I took it with a grain of salt.

Being creative was satisfying, so I worked really hard to find creative work. Work I enjoyed still felt like work. WORK WORK WORK. And it felt good to have work, real good. Having money to eat well, travel, visit friends, play in and learn about nature…all these things fuel my deep love of making art. My art is the work I do when I’m on vacation. I am on VACATION, and doing my art, and its hard work, but it still feels like vacation.

Its like a lightbulb went on in my head.
This lightbulb made me want to write this post.

I get it! Hard work is still important. It finishes projects, starts new ones, and keeps me productive. But the things I do in my free time, like the coloring books, the Muertitas and stories…maybe someday I can do this stuff full time. Because even though it requires hard work, it feels like a hard-core vacation. I finally get it. Finally. And I look forward to making it happen one day. Then my weekends can really be a weekend, where I go on bikerides, play video games, read books, adventure about with friends, these all make me a better artist and storyteller.

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On that note, sharing a Merkingdom work in progress spread with you. This is why its taking so long. I am including my love of marine biology, as told by these merpeople. So, yes, merpeeps are done, but each one is paired with a special critter which needs to be drawn and its bio written:

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Some more Mer-Kingdom Inkings

Some more final inkings of my Mer-Kingdom coloring book! Next is the individual sea creatures that will get their little info page.

Final inking of the night. #merkingdom #coloring book . #eel . Hand and neck so tired. Have a great evening all!

Final inking #merkingdom #coloring book. #hammerhead shark!

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Update on Mer-Kingdom

Plugging away at the inkings. Still need to do some more mer-peeps, then all their animal companions, then finish writing their little stories, get that edited/proofread, make the layouts, order a proof, adjust file, order another proof – repeat until just right –

Final inking for #merkingdom coloring book #seahorse

#merkingdom coloring book final inking for #cuttlefish


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Mer-Kingdom Sailfish Sketch

Sailfish sketch for my new Mer-Kingdom coloring book. Just a few more and I’ll be ready for inking them to create a final color book! My goal is to have it ready by the December holidays.