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Artist Spotlight — Ray Morimura: Now and Zen

Now and Zen 2019 wall calendar

We’d like to introduce you to a new member of our family of contributing artists and his gorgeous new wall calendar — Now and Zen.

Used widely throughout East Asia, woodblock printing is an age-old technique for printing text, images, and patterns. The craft originated in China as a method of printing on textiles and then on paper. In Japan polychrome prints known as nishiki-e (brocade pictures) spread more widely and resulted in more realistic and expressive prints. Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Rachel Grant: Weaving the Past with the Present

Image from Women Who Rock Our World 2019 Wall Calendar

We are thrilled to welcome Rachel Grant to our family of contributing artists. Her gorgeous work is featured in our new 2019 wall calendar Women Who Rock Our World. This calendar is one part homage to female scientists, artists, writers, activists, athletes, and leaders and one part call to action. Each month highlights one revolutionary woman’s inspirational words paired with breathtaking original art and a short biography.  Regarding her extensive work on the calendar, Rachel said, “It was fascinating to work on. So much inspiration in these women’s stories.”

Here is a bit more about her process and what inspires her wonderful work: Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Robert Sturman: The People’s Yoga

The People's Yoga 2019 wall calendar

Image from The People’s Yoga 2019 wall calendar featuring photographs by Robert Sturman. Click for more info.

To celebrate Yoga Day, we’d like to introduce you to a new member of our family of contributing artists and his gorgeous new wall calendar — The People’s Yoga.

Experience the global connection of yoga in these striking photographs that highlight the serenity of stillness within the hustle, bustle, and grit of modern living. Dedicated yoga practitioner and photographer Robert Sturman captures everyday people and yogis from around the world in dynamic moments of this ancient practice. A woman stretching into Scorpion pose in Manhattan; a group of musicians paused in Standing Backbend in Bulgaria; and a police officer meditating in uniform before a Ganesha mural in Venice Beach, California, are just a few of these portraits of quiet strength and everyday life. Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Katie Daisy: Painter and Wildflower

Image from our Katie Daisy 2019 wall calendar. Click for more info.

We are thrilled to welcome Katie Daisy to our family of contributing artists. Our Katie Daisy line currently includes a wall calendar, coloring book, and best-selling on-the-go planner.

Working in watercolor and acrylic paint as well as mixed media materials, Katie strives to capture the magic and beauty of a life lived in harmony with nature. She sells her high-quality prints through her website and Etsy shop, and has licensed her work for a wide-reaching variety of products.

Some of her notable clients include the Oprah Winfrey Network, Pottery Barn, Spirituality & Health magazine, Target, and Chronicle Books. Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Barbara Dziadosz Loves to Cook and Draw

The Kitchen Art 2018 wall calendar features the charming illustrations of Barbara Dziadosz. The lighthearted 1950s-style illustrations featured in this calendar lend a retro feel to today’s whole-foods movement. Bright colors and fresh textures showcase imaginative food combinations that will have you experimenting with even your tried-and-true recipes — and will encourage you to include the most important ingredients of all: joy and love. Continue reading

Artist Spotlight — Chris Burkard: Traveling the World

Call of the Wild 2018 wall calendar

We are honored to welcome Chris Burkard to our family of contributing artists for 2018. He captures the grandeur of Mother Nature in heart-stopping detail while conveying the unique spirit of each place. He is very active on Instagram, sharing images from his adventures to over 2.8 million followers.

Chris BurkardAt thirty, photographer Chris Burkard has seen more of the world than most of us could possibly hope to see in several lifetimes. From Iceland, Norway, and the Russian Far East to India, the Pacific Islands, and South America, he captures his journeys in images that bring faraway places to vivid life.

Burkard is often referred to as a surf photographer, and for good reason. He began contributing to SURFER, where he is now staff photographer, in his early twenties. But that job description may leave too much out, since he also shoots adventure travel, epic landscapes, portraiture, street photography, and extreme sports that have nothing to do with the ocean. Continue reading

New Coloring Book from Amber Lotus Publishing — Wishes & Wings and Wondrous Things — A Menagerie of Friends: Butterflies, Bunnies, Birds, and More by Cori Dantini

Wishes and Wings coloring book

Free coloring sample pageDownload a sample page from Wishes & Wings and Wondrous Things — A Menagerie of Friends: Butterflies, Bunnies, Birds, and More by Cori Dantini and share your work with us on Facebook or Instagram!

Join in the fun with a cast of lovely ladies, happy hedgehogs, and frolicking woodland creatures illustrated by Cori Dantini. Spend time coloring whimsical landscapes where you can plant wishes and dreams that bloom to life with your rainbow of colors. Continue reading

New Coloring Book from Amber Lotus Publishing — Celtic Myth and Symbol: A Coloring Book of Celtic Art and Mandalas by Jen Delyth

Celtic Myth and Symbol coloring book

Sample coloring pageDownload a sample page from Celtic Myth and Symbol: A Coloring Book of Celtic Art and Mandalas by Jen Delyth and share your work with us on Facebook or Instagram!

Experience a personal connection with ancient Celtic mythology and symbolism as you weave color through intricate paths of knotwork, spiral patterns, and mandalas. These powerful symbols encourage us to go within as we meditate on their meanings.

Jen invites you to share the journey:

Celtic art is an intricate, enigmatic language that embraces interpretation. Limitless in creative variation, the ancient spiraling and intertwining patterns and symbols reflect the beat of the earth and the beauty, power, and spirit of nature. Energy flows from the center and unfurls in an infinite dance of possibility. Like the eternal knots, the great circle of life has no beginning and no end; seeds grow to be saplings and tall trees, which then return to the earth.

This art form is a living tradition. I immerse myself in crafting original designs and paintings, searching for simplicity, balance, and meaning within the ancient forms and stories and creating new designs that speak to us today. I grew up in Wales, an ancient land with an artistic culture spiraling back from the Celts to the first people. I find inspiration in my journey as an artist in the sacred patterns of my ancestors, where all is seemingly in motion, yet held in perfect balance.

It is the mysterious and spontaneous exploration of color that brings me the most delight. The Celtic scribes made their own paints by mixing egg white with organic pigments from plants and the earth. Touches of finely ground rare gemstones or of precious gold leaf added brilliance to their intricate illuminated vellum manuscripts. I mix creamy egg yolk with many of the same natural pigments the ancient Celts used. We are fortunate today to have a seductive array of different colors, paints, inks, pens, and pencils to channel our creativity as we bring beauty and personal expression to our art.

I invite you to share in this creative journey — to discover the joy of personal expression with the sensual and often enchanting process of bringing these designs to life with color. I believe that as we connect more deeply with the ancient Celtic language of spirals, knotwork, mandalas, symbols, and patterns, we can experience the gentle meditative focus that often comes with following the twists and turns — to the center and out again — of these mystical patterns.

Ysbryd!
— Jen Delyth Continue reading