A Year Illuminated

I lag behind in knowledge of current trends, and my Millennial children keep me up to date. Recently, they informed me that “adult coloring books” have been popular for a couple of years and that I should do one. These are paper bound books of very intricate, beautiful designs full of animals, geometrics, flowers, paisleys and what have you. You can also buy calendars or sets of post cards to color and send by “snail mail.”

Since there must be a number of people who are now very good at coloring,  I decided I would make a calendar so the color-er could enjoy his or her work for a year.

2016 cover

“2016 – A Year of Illuminations” includes twelve different images that I’ve adapted from black and white drawings I’ve made over the past 10 years. I leave it up to the individual to decide what narrative works for each drawing, and to color it accordingly.

Here are some of the ones I like (click on any image to see a larger version):

1. Jan_Game play copy

2. Feb_City night copy

3. March_ creatures copy

6. June_Critters copy

7. July_Biker fun copy

9. Sept_Tree of life copy

10. Oct_Invasive species copy

Not being a pro at coloring, myself, I have ordered a calendar to color as a test case over the holidays, to see if this was a good idea. If I like doing it, I will probably add more color outside the box on each page.

So here’s an idea for a drinking game: how many beers does it take before you let yourself color outside the lines?

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About Lillian-Trettin

I grew up in the Appalachian "Bible Belt" of East Tennessee in the southern United States, listening to banjo music and gospel lyrics as well as the Beatles. As a kid, I was curious about religious rituals like speaking in tongues and snake handling but resistant to the fundamentalist thinking they involved. Flannery O'Connor's tales of religious fanatics, con men, bigots, and the spiritually bereft or ambivalent resonate for me. Despite having traveled widely and lived in other places, I am (as so many Southerners claim to be) permanently "South haunted." I returned to making art full time in 2011, following a career as a teacher, researcher, and consultant and after raising two sons. I’m convinced the delay enriched rather than impeded my growth as an artist.
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One Response to A Year Illuminated

  1. Beth Hannabass says:

    Buying some today for my Millennials. They tell me they love to color.

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