6 Reasons to Love Adult Coloring Books

20151203_123429Who said coloring was just for kids? The good news is: you don’t have to color children’s book anymore since there are coloring books specially designed for adults and they are just pure fun. Here are 6 reasons why you could enjoy adult coloring books.

1 – You appreciate art.
You always loved painting and drawing but never had the time to develop this passion. While painting and sketching may require special skills and talents, coloring is much simpler and the new adult coloring books have some amazing intricate designs.

2 – Coloring is an amazing way to relax.
People are using it as an anti-stress therapy and studies have proven that it is a great way to unwind and enhance your mood after a long workday. So plan some “me” time for an hour or two and get rid of the stress.

3 – It can stimulate your imagination.
Your creativity can only be unleashed when you are feeling good and relaxed. So before you tackle a big project, stimulate your brain with countless designs and colors. It might be the first step to inspiring you that great idea your boss will thank you for.

4 – It is a fun theme for a group soirée.
Stock up on some adult coloring books during the winter season and enjoy spending a night home with friends. Some pubs and cafés are even organizing special coloring nights to enjoy with drinks!

5 – It makes a great gift for Christmas.
If you are still looking to convince your best friend to convert to cheer coloring fun, a great way to do that is to gift her/him adult coloring books. They have already topped the Holiday sales all over the world. So what are you waiting for?

6 – It takes you back to a simpler time.
Smartphones, tablets, and Virtual Reality headsets are great, don’t get us wrong but don’t you just long some days for a time when everything was simpler and happier. Coloring books remind us of our childhood when our parents used to gift us ones filled with superheroes and princesses. For a short time of the day, what color should you choose next will be your most important decision to make.

Have you tried adult coloring books yet? Tell us in the comments how it was beneficial for you. If not, grab your pencils and start coloring!

Last Queen

My army defeated,
Stands before me.
No land we have invaded
But you have afflicted my faithful people
With your mortal disease..
You have destroyed my village
Where I was born
And grew up to be the woman
That I am today.

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But in front of you,
I am still just a child..
You have killed my dreams and hopes
And I know that, somehow,
My people will blame me
For being so vulnerable
And from my weapons disarmed.
My dear, you must kill me
Before I become the last queen
That has ever lived.

Someone Like You

With a troubled soul
I have walked
In the land of the distressed
No hope has risen
In this abandoned land
I continue my path alone
Searching for another soul
Another being to save
And protect…
Troubled like me
And lost like me
Will he ever see?
How long I have waited
For a moment of recognition
A look in his eyes
A smile on his face
The question is,
And always will be…
Is he searching
For someone like me?

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Destiny

Destiny

I dream of a golden era of Gods and myths

Of abundant gardens and utmost bliss

Where the Goddess of love would whisper to his ears:

You shall love and pursue Venus’ most devoted servant.

And, he, without hesitation or confusion,

Would set out on a long journey to fulfill his destiny…

Copenhagen: a film by Mark Raso

Copenhagen. You would think upon reading the title that this is a film centered around the capital of Denmark in the vein of the usual movies that tackle the subject of a certain city’s mysteries. But Copenhagen is not only a film about the discovery of a city; it is also about the discovery of one’s self: a journey of self-discovery and family ties.

William, a 28 year-old immature guy, arrives in Copenhagen looking for answers about his father. All he has is a letter written in Danish. During his stay, he befriends a local girl Effy who decides to help him in his quest. The two create a bond over the next few days and William is surprised to discover that the girl of his dreams is only 14 years old, a fact that he was unaware of up until now.

The director Mark Raso deals with a sensitive issue through great delicacy, making us fall in love with the story as the two protagonists discover their feelings for one another on their way through the streets of Copenhagen.

This sort of build-up romance is cut short by William’s discovery of Effy’s age. It’s like a wakeup call that it’s time to man up just like the tagline of the film suggests:

“When the girl of your dreams is half your age, it’s time to grow up.”

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The Three Graces – James Pradier

The Three Graces, sculpture by James Pradier

The Three Graces, sculpture by James Pradier

They are named Aglaea, Euphrosyne, and Thalia or more commonly “The Three Graces” in Greek mythology. Daughters of Zeus and Eurynome, they symbolize respectively beauty, joy, and fertility.

Minor goddesses, they were considered by Homer handmaidens of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. They were represented in Art by numerous sculptors and painters throughout history, among them Raphael, Botticelli and Rubens.

This marble sculpture by Jean-Jacques Pradier, known as James Pradier is found in the Louvre museum.

The First Cold – Miquel Blay

This sculpture entitled “The First Cold” by Miquel Blay is found in the National Museum of Catalonian Art in Barcelona commonly known as MNAC. The work of Art, carved in white marble representing an old man and a little girl, is classified as a Modernist piece. What is striking is the emotion reflected in the character’s figures although little is known about the interpretation of the sculpture and the allegory it denotes. The same regarding the Spanish artist who carved this piece of Art in 1982.

Miquel Blay was trained at the School of Painting of Olot and later in Italy and France where he attended the workshop of the sculptor Henri Chapu in Paris.

For his work “The First Cold”, he received in 1982 the first medal of the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in Madrid. With his modernism depicting extreme naturalism, he influenced an entire generation of Catalan sculptors. This work was also awarded a gold medal in Barcelona in 1894.

In 1900, it won first prize at the “Exposition Universelle” in Paris, and Blay was also awarded the title of Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1901. He remained in Paris until 1906 until he moved to Madrid.

He collaborated with the architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner on the sculpture entitled “The Folk Song” which adorns a corner of the Palace of Catalan Music in Barcelona, a complete modernist design.

In 1909, Blay was appointed professor at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid, a position he held until 1925.