I hope everyone is having a very Merry Summer Solstice!
We moved earlier this month and I am just now getting my studio unpacked, arranged and organized – but isn’t it a beautiful space?
Here’s what it looks like now – stuffed full of …stuff.
This is my excuse for no new coloring pages for Independence Day, July 4th – LOL. Don’t forget there are already three July 4th coloring pages up, though:
I was very amused this week to note that the Foo Fighters Concert Rider included coloring pages! See, I told you adults like to color!
I’m still having a blast with my Kindle, making a lot of free book lists and working on some other projects on line. Most notably, I got my first novel The River Way, converted and available for sale now on Kindle for 99 cents.
Have a great summer!
I am having so much fun with my new Kindle. I think this may be the best birthday present I’ve ever gotten. A solid day of surfing the free book selection brought me from one book to over 200! I noticed along the way that it’s a time consuming process, so I thought I’d share some Kindle free book lists on Squidoo to save like minded folks some time.
As I find more great free books on Kindle I will add to those lists and create more. Two on the drawing board right now are Animal Tales, and Fairy Tales (OMG there’s TONS of old traditional fairy tale collections).
Oh yeah, a bonus list by a friend that I ran into today:
Best Review – Top 6 4th Of July Recipe Books (Kindle) Not free, but timely.
Given the state of the economy and unemployment these days, I want to boast on my webhost, GatorHost, for having hired 580 new employees since Jan. 1st of this year. They are also a “green” company using only renewable energy. I know I said I would never endorse another hosting company after the last one imploded like they did but…GatorHost is truly a worthy hosting company for many reasons, not the least of which being inexpensive pricing, great support, and one click install for blogs.
Dover publications of the great coloring books and ooodles of public domain clipart is having a nice sale offering. Get a 1440 Geometric Vector Designs CD-ROM and Book free with $40 purchase. No affiliation – I just love their stuff and you probably do, too.
I am deeply excited and proud to announce my first Zazzle award ever – TWO of my Summer Solstice Greeting Cards are on the Top Ten Most Viewed List today! Squee!
I ran onto this link today that I thought might be of interest to homeschoolers, and anyone with children at home. The Foo Fighters included coloring pages in their 2011 Concert Tour Rider. See – adults do color!
And being more than a little bit encouraged by the success of my current Summer Solstice designs, I added three more designs today on a number of products;
June is Rose month. Roses are my favorite flowers – in all colors from white to black and every shade of peach, yellow, pink, and purple, inbetween. So it was my pleasure today to create and add two new rose coloring pages, a nice mature rose coloring page, and a rose mandala coloring page. Here are the thumbnails – click on them for full size;
You will also find more Rose Coloring Pages in the holiday section for valentines and easter and I will probably add a few more this month.
In May, Color-Your-Own.com had 39,000 page views and earned about $13.00 from Google, mostly from search. I know many of you also visited my Squidoo pages with clipart, coloring pages, and coloring books and I hope some of you visited my Zazzle store but I can’t find stats to confirm that. This blog has an amazing number of visits, and carries ProjectWonderful ads that earn $2 or $3 a month as well. Webhosting for Color-Your-Own.com costs about $10 a month, and at the end of June it will be time to renew the domain again, for $12. As you can see, this is pretty much a non-profit.
And people are still stealing my work and using it for commercial purposes. I love you, you are so wonderful. You make me feel so special when you strip the credits and use my work without naming the site or linking and make money from it. It is good to know that you believe my original art is completely worthless – or at least, you should get it for FREE and then get to MAKE MONEY WITH IT. And if I should complain – I am the bad guy!
I did take the donation buttons off the navigation and ads because you guys don’t seem to feel my work is even worth a few pennies. It has been over a year since I received a donation – and the grand total of donations over several years is $110. One donation of $100 when my husband was so ill from another, commercial, coloring website who wanted to use my drawings – one other of $10.
And yet – 39,000 page views. Awesome. At least I know my work is being used and enjoyed. I bet the people who steal it get even more page views! (That’s how it usually works, people who can’t create steal artwork all over the web, invest in a big fat commercial website with lots of pop-ups and malware and a ton of advertising and make gobs of money with tricky ads and earn the respect of their peers and the banker)
Ah well – back to my lonely artists cell – ROFL.
If you were planning on participating in Drawing Day on June 4th – or you want to but you don’t think you can draw, you cannot possibly go wrong by visiting any of the 32 How To Draw Cartoon lenses by RuthKeith on Squidoo. From dragons to baseball players, cowboys to penguins, Russ writes simple, clear how to draw lenses that anyone can follow to success – no matter how much you might think you cannot draw.
I also found a few fun coloring pages of machines and easter themes that are great for younger kids and will make even the adults smile. Be aware of restrictions on use for these.
By request, here are some Pigeons in flight Coloring Page – to go with all the pigeons just sitting around . I know, I know, I said I wouldn’t take any more requests, but this one happened to come along on a day when I felt like drawing and had a bit of time, so here it is. You are welcome to send me requests, but I cannot promise I can get to them in a timely manner – or at all. I have other obligations and business interests – some that actually make me a bit of money, which the coloring pages website DOES NOT. What can I say?
I’ve signed up to participate in Drawing Day. Now doesn’t that sound like something all you colorists would love? I will probably post my art here, on Facebook, and Deviant Art.
The computer is working again – more or less. That is – it is now WORSE and even more non-functional than it was before the “updates” and I have had to switch to using IE since the newest Mozilla is not compatible and the older Mozilla won’t install – but of course, I also cannot install the newest IE because the computer is not “updated” to the latest because the “updates” will not install. I guess most people can run right out and spend $300 on a new computer. It really isn’t that much – but it is more than this starving artist can come up with right now. So I will continue to struggle along with my “new” computer which is all of five years old (almost the last time I had a paying job – washing dishes for Denny’s – and no time at all to create). Gripe, gripe, gripe, I know.
I’ve had a really busy week this week that has kept me out of the house and away from the computer and the drawing pad. The latest drawings I have done have all been for Purebred Pets On…the Zazzle store that caters to the professional or pet hobbist, groups, clubs, and so on. I put all the postage designs up first, since they have to be approved – and I am now working on t-shirts. Expect greeting cards, business cards, stationery, buttons, stickers, etc. to follow as soon as I get a chance to sit and work on it. Here’s a peek at one of the t-shirts you might like;
Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers. I got a new coloring book – LOL – I hope you got something that pleases you and you have a wonderful day.
Personally, I think it is a Microsoft plot. My crappy Vista computer is running slower and slower and freezing at times. My hubby took it on himself to see if there were updates for Vista. There are two, SP1 and SP2. He spent a week installing SP1 and then SP2 refused to download. He let some guy at Microsoft take control of my computer for a day. We discovered that the Windows Media Player no longer works. After we rented five movies for the weekend. He tried to remove SP1. Took all day. Won’t remove. He tried to restore the system. It’s still sitting over there masturbating. I think my computer is ruined for good. We can’t afford a new one. Back to the public computers at the lab for me, I guess. And no new graphics.
Thanks Microsoft. I know, I’m supposed to run out and buy a new computer, or at least your latest O.S. Windows 7. But I CANNOT. Nor can we put the computer back to what it was before it was “updated”. Sigh.
And, yes, I am withdrawing from the challenge since I no longer have a computer.
This is T in the April A to Z Blogging Challenge
I am tired and do not feel well. That is all.
Segmation makes a coloring game for your PC called SegPlayPC. It sells for $24.95 or you can use Trial Pay to get it free. You can download a ten day shareware version for evaluation – which is what I did. It is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, and my cranky Vista, as well as Windows 7. The website says you can play online, but I could not get that to work.
The evaluation version downloaded and installed quickly and without a bit of problems, or setting off any of my virus or malware programs. The evaluation program comes with only three pictures you can paint by number, and limited palettes and textures, however if you purchase the game there are many packages of different subjects that you can download from the website for only $4.95 each. All of the pictures are rated from medium to tough or difficult.
The game part is the ability to time yourself. You can play on several settings, normal, hint or free coloring mode. You also have the option to leave the timer off. Since I really hate being timed at anything, I left it turned off. I’m not much for competition.
The first picture is of the Lady Liberty in New York Harbor. On normal mode all the spaces are numbered and you choose from a matching numbered pallette. It is fun for a few minutes watching the picture magically appear from what seems like a bunch of squiggly lines and numbers but I quickly got annoyed and bored dragging the picture around to click and fill in. On hints mode you get only one number, say 3, and you have to drag the picture all over the place looking for all the spaces marked three. This got real annoying real fast. In free mode, as you might have guessed, you can chose your own colors. In simpler pictures or patterns this might be fun, but in something of the complexity and detail of the Liberty statue – well, it was fun for about two seconds.
In conclusion, if I had more discretionary income I might buy the full version so I could try some of the expansion packs of pictures to mess around with. If I had a child just learning to use the computer I might purchase it to give them practice using the mouse and manipulating things. Their suggestions to use the timer to see who can color the picture fastest, or to try and beat your own time appeals to me not at all.
The website features glowing reviews, so obviously there are people who really like the program. I would be willing to give it another try if I had the money to waste, but I don’t right now. At this point, I find it a bit boring. Sorry, guys.
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This adorable baby cottontail rabbit is almost too late to make it into the Easter basket!
Adorable Baby Bunny – Cottontail Rabbit Coloring Page
Tomorrow is Earth Day! If you are looking for arts and crafts, clipart, or coloring pages for your kids – try these;
Earth Day Crafts
Earth Day Coloring Pages and Crafts
Earth Day Clipart