It’s April, and the daffodils, day lilies, and other early flowers are pushing their way up out of my garden. If only it was as warm as it looked out there! Despite the calendar, winter hasn’t quite given up and gone away yet. To cheer myself up, I made this coloring page yesterday, and I’d like to share it with you.
This coloring page features a lovely quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, which reads, “Earth laughs in a flower.” I surrounded it by whimsical floral designs. If you’d like to color it, it’s available on my freebies page.
I’m also putting the finishing touches on a new mandala coloring book which will be available on Amazon this week. Stay tuned for the announcement!
Just a quick update to let you know that I’ve added a new coloring page freebie you to download and color. In honor of Christmas, which is just around the corner (and which I am totally not prepared for!), I added my Christmas Cats Coloring Page to the freebies.
Here is a preview of the page. If you click on it, it will take you over to the download page. It’s available as a .jpg or a .pdf for you to print out and color.
Volume one in the Color the Holidays series, “Illustrated Christmas: 25 Holiday Designs to Color” is a collection of Christmas coloring pages digitally drawn by illustrator Karyn Lewis. Inside this coloring book you will find traditional and modern images of the Christmas season including Santa, angels, nutcrackers, snowmen and more. Created with the whole family in mind, this adult coloring book is appropriate for all skill levels.
Over the years I have done so many illustrations. As I develop new coloring books, I have been enjoying revisiting my old work and redoing them so that the illustrations—many of which are digital paintings—are converted into line art appropriate for coloring.
Some of the images I don’t just turn into line art, but I redraw, re-imagine, or redo. Often I add in more detail than what was in the original, so that they are more intricate to color. Sometimes I am not happy with the level or quality of the art.
I just finished doing such a redo with the following piece.
I have always enjoyed this piece. I especially love the colors. At the time I was experimenting wit a whimsical illustration style with highly stylized characters with odd proportions. It is still for sale on greeting cards in various locations of the internet.
But it never really sold all that well, and I believe it’s because it’s perhaps too quirky. Also, the witch is a bit of a conceptual mess… Her posture and outfit suggests pinup, but she is decidedly matronly.
This piece is perfect for a drawing redo!
And here is the result:
To appeal to more people, I embraced the pinup suggestion of the original and turned the witch from a matron to a lovely young woman. I unified the style, and went with a classic semi-realistic cartoon, and added in more details in the hat and hair and legs to color. I also changed the kitty cat to match the style of the new drawing, but kept the touches that I liked, such as the basket of spilling candy corn and the magic sparkles from the wand.
Eventually this page will make it into a Halloween coloring book that I am working on this October. It won’t be available in time for Halloween, but it will be ready for next year.
I enjoyed highlighting the differences between the original images and the redrawn coloring page versions. Stay tuned for more posts like this in the future.
It's been a little while since I have been able to check in with you guys. It's almost the end of May now, and the school year (which has absorbed much of my focus) is winding to a close.
Spring is in full force here in the Midwest finally, and I have been coming out of winter hibernation mode. This return of the flowers, bees, butterflies and green growing things is the inspiration behind my newest coloring project.
I'm working on a book of nature doodles, which are intricate drawings inspired by doodle art, Zentangles and, paisleys and henna art.
Like my other coloring books, I plan on including about 30 images in this new book, and I think I'm off to a pretty good start.
So far I've drawn the butterfly and sun goddess pictured here, a tree of life, some lovely mushrooms, flowers, and a dragonfly.
The tree of life is already available as a free download on my Coloring Page Freebies page – and on etsy and in my store here on this site, I plan on offering a selection of digital prints of a few more of the drawings in this book before the book is out.
I'll be updated the blog here as I get closer to the book's launch, but if you'd like to know for sure when the book will be available to purchase on Amazon, please sign up for my mailing list below.