With so much attention being directed to the benefits of coloring, it is only natural that artists have sought out specialty niches to market their work. Everything from flowers, patterns, mandalas, fantasy and whimsical creatures such as unicorns, curse words and x-rated themes have all been published.
So what sets Diane Pearl’s drawings apart?
Well, to begin with, it is interesting to note that Diane Pearl’s drawings were created before the coloring craze began. Her designs took form during the highly-focused, twice-daily drawing ritual described in About the Artist, during what psychologists might term a meditative or altered state of consciousness. No commercial intent was involved during their creation, which makes them uniquely instinctive and spontaneous. If you will pardon the pun, they were drawn from the soul level.
When the suggestion later arose that she introduce her drawings to the public, Diane saw the opportunity to realize a lifelong dream of connecting with people through her artwork. So she began offering her black-and-white drawings to the public, asking others to bring them to vibrant, colorful life. Thus the creative collaboration she calls Creatively Mindful Art was born.
It is also interesting that Diane’s drawings are balanced; they can be viewed with any side up. This leaves that preference up to the colorist’s imagination and inclination in deciding which angle holds the most appeal.
Diane also wanted the finished drawings to be suitable for framing and displaying with pride. So she investigated various types of paper stock and coloring media. Her final choices were an extra heavy-weight vellum stock for dry media such as colored pencils, and a heavy canson paper for wet media such as watercolors. Her choices came with a higher production cost than coloring books, but the extra quality is clearly discernible in the finished painting.
Lastly, she wanted to present her drawings in a self-contained package that would offer immediate use and enjoyment. So Diane combined a selection of her drawings with a custom-made box and a set of colored pencils. The masonite box features a hinged lid and provides secure storage and a smooth and rigid drawing surface. The combination is ideal, and unique to Creatively Mindful Art.