Sixteen Waterfalls of Dreams, Memories, and Sentiments

I don't usually stare at paintings for too long. On my last visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I went to the 20th Century gallery, I don't usually go in that section as it's a pretty ginormous museum. This piece by Pat Steir caught my eye and I stood looking at it for a few minutes. It's called "Sixteen Waterfalls of Dreams, Memories and Sentiments."


I didn't think waterfalls but I thought of one of my favorite times - being home when it's pouring rain. I could hear the rain hitting my windows and the sound of thunder in the distance all in my head.

I try to check out every Fashion exhibit The Met hosts too. My invite to the Met Gala seems to get lost every year, go figure! This year was designer Rei Kawakubo. Some of the designs were pretty trippy (see IG slideshow below)!


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Do You Enjoy Adult Coloring Books?

I don't mean "Adult" Coloring Books, although those are pretty awesome, but I mean coloring books for adults.  You know what I'm talking about, they are everywhere.  When adult coloring books took off, I thought it was a pretty neat idea and would eventually get into it.  I don't make jewelry nor am I "crafty" anymore, but I still have that creative energy that needs to get out and the "experts" say that this coloring phenomenon has taken off because it is relaxing and a great stress-reducer.  I finally sucked it up and purchased some books. 


I picked up Edgar Allan Poe: An Adult Coloring Book and Vive Le Color! Japan (Adult Coloring Book): Color In: De-Stress (72 Tear-Out Pages).  I just got started and have shared a couple of colorings on my Instagram but I'll wait to post more here.  

The Japan book is a great size and has a hard back cover so it's easy to hold if you want to color on your lap.


The Poe book is amazing and very detailed so keep your pencil sharpener handy! 


I was also inspired to color after looking at Mike's amazing coloring.  Mike started coloring regularly last year and has four different books he works on almost every night.  He posts his finished work on his Instagram @monstermonkey1313.  He's good, really good, like he takes it to another level. He is an expert at shading, blending, and choosing fun color palettes. Here are some of my favorites: 

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This may be my favorite, favorite favorite!  It's from Danger Girl: Permission to Thrill Coloring Book

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This chick is pretty ass too - from NSFW Totally Naughty Coloring Book (Volume 1)

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A page from Haunted Horror Pre-Code Cover Coloring Book Volume 1 (The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics!)

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This is from Art of Coloring Star Wars: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity and Relaxation (Art Therapy).  This is an example of what I mean by a unique color palette. 


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31 Days Of Horror Pulp Art

Yay! My favorite month of the year is here! I wanted to pop-in and share a neat things I'm doing over at Instagram this month - 31 Days of Pulp Horror Art!  Last year, I did "Pulp Sushi Does Halloween" on Instagram as a month long promotion for my Etsy shop.  It was fun.  This year I wanted to do something similar without the pressure of selling anything.  


When I talk about "Pulp Art" I am talking about the style of art used for pulp publications in the late 19th/early 20th century.  "Pulp" magazines were fictional publications published from the late 1890s to the 1950s and the word "Pulp" comes from the cheap type of paper the books were published on.  Regardless of how ridiculous the stories were (which the cover art may reflect), you have to appreciate the work that went into designing these covers.   

I love stories about monsters, damsels in distress, mad scientists, demons and goblins so I thought it would be fun to show some fun horror based pulp covers this month. Follow along on Instagram @marilyn_coffeeink to check it out!


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