Your loved ones are the stars of this book!
An unusual, fresh take on the adult coloring book craze. Original images by award winning artist and cancer patient, Rebecca Burg. Created in her efforts to help fellow patients, Seeking Serenity includes lovingly hand-drawn portraits of real people and pets from photos sent by Burg's readers. The 8-1/2" x 11" book's coloring pages are single sided and flat bound.
"I created Seeking Serenity while I was enduring chemotherapy for breast cancer," Rebecca says. "I used coloring to ease my anxiety during the pain of cancer treatment and realized, as an illustrator, I could make my own book. It would be a way to help fellow patients, and anyone who colors for fun or stress relief."
She reached out to the public, looking for people interested in submitting photos so Rebecca could sketch from them to create interesting coloring book subjects.
"What's more fun than a beautiful image that has a real story, real meaning, behind it?"
Burg ended up with the expected; photos of people's beloved cats and dogs, and a few people. Unexpected were the interesting requests; mermaids with a loved one's face, magical scenes, and a fairy drawn in memory of a little girl. Many photos were submitted in memory of a loved one who had passed. "Drawing some of these brought tears to my eyes," Rebecca admitted.
She recalls sketching from a photo of a rescue dog, named Lucy, who'd passed away, Lucy's grieving owner was interested in the idea of getting to color her dog's image as a way to deal with the loss. She also was thrilled to memorialize Lucy's legacy as a loving canine companion in a published book for the world to see.
Below, Rebecca shares her enthusiasm about Seeking Serenity and is already planning Volume II:
Though I tried to get you, dear readers and coloring enthusiasts, to sign up via an "Indiegogo" campaign, I was approached from wildly different venues instead; YouTube, Facebook, email, in person, even in the grocery store... (Many of the participants didn't want to use Indiegogo, but I can assure you it's trustworthy and secure with your credit card info. Just so you know in case we try this again...)
Seeking Serenity, A Coloring Book with Meaning has now been released on Amazon and is also available through me (the author) on the "Projects and Store" page.
It was a joy to create. Each image was sketched, freehand, using photos sent by people who signed up to participate. Because of the hand-drawn nature of the artwork in the book, it isn't like the computer generated images that are currently flooding the market. These drawings have the charm, the small imperfections, and the unique detail characteristic of original drawings done by hand.
Part of the book's proceeds will go toward brightening the day of people suffering from serious illnesses (not just cancer or breast cancer) and part helps me afford treatments. I donate copies of this book (and my others) and coloring supplies to patients in hospitals and clinics. Coloring helps take the mind away from anxiety and stress. When I was enduring six hour chemo treatments, coloring kept my worries from snowballing and passed the time. It's also very social and other chemo patients expressed interest in what I was doing. The nurses did too....and so Seeking Serenity was born. Ah-ha! Now you know the motivation behind this book and why I did it.
It's one way a person like me, with seriously limited financial resources, can help others who are suffering from serious illnesses.
Any little thing to make a positive difference...