Featuring colorist Ronda Francis

Tuesday, October 29, 2019


I'm happy to say that my latest coloring book EVERYDAY MAGIC is available on Etsy and Amazon.

The Amazon's version's images are each featured twice, so you can share, or redo, or try again if you make a mistake. Perfect for colored pencils. Cover colored by Ronda Francis, back by contest winner Frantiska Stara.

The Etsy version is printed on lovely, textured, artist grade paper. Perfect for watercolor paints, markers, colored pencils, gel pens, or pastels. Each of the 30 images is featured once in this innovatively bound book. Since there are no holes, punctures, or the need to cut the images out of the book--they are easily framed or hung as is.

Both images are on sale for a short time. Watch the flip-through here.

Thank you for watching! Hope you enjoy the book! xo

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Why Coloring and Art Can Be Therapeutic

Can drawing, painting, crafting, coloring, and even doodling be GOOD for us?

Well, I always thought so, but turns out I am not the only one.

Acrylic Painting Techniques
Shutterstock photo from Africa Studio

It seems that creating art is a type of meditation...calming, centering, and "an active training of the mind that increases awareness and emphasizes acceptance of feeling and thoughts without judgement and relaxation of the body and mind." (The Washington Post)

Most will also agree that art seems to take us elsewhere, a place of peace and healing, where we can escape from the stress of everyday life. Turns out this escape is actually good for us, too. Art helps us connect to our inner selves, the true beings we were meant to be. When we listen to our own, very often negative thought loops, we can create self-doubt, insecurity, and fear. Hobbies like drawing, crafting, and coloring allow us to break free from this mind-chatter and get into a free-flowing, alpha wave inducing flow, something we very much need. Alpha wave biofeedback has been used to treat depression and anxiety. (Psychology Today)

Speaking of brain waves, "alpha waves are produced when you are awake but relaxed and not processing too much information, such as first thing in the morning, just before you go to sleep, when you're daydreaming, or practicing meditation. Alpha activity has been linked to a reduction in stress, anxiety, discomfort, and pain. It may also boost memory." (Caba

Meditation is not for everyone. Sitting cross-legged on the floor and focusing on a tone or trying to have no thoughts seems counter-intuitive to calmness to some. Yes expert after expert claim the benefits of the inner stillness and mind-emptying that meditation creates. How wonderful to know that when we create art, we are creating the same type of benefits for ourselves, along with an outward expression of this work that we can look at, share and enjoy. Eckhart Tolle writes, "All artists , whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness," which is just the state--or non-state--that meditation is trying to create.

Not every artist or colorist is on social media, but Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms are the perfect place to find others who have the same hobbies as you do. Studies have shown that loneliness is a very stressful state. Coloring groups, art pages, and drawing communities are a great place to find like minded people, and possibly some new friends. Some say being an artist can be a lonely endeavor, but now there are ways to connect even if we have to stay home.

One final word, you do NOT have to be Leonardo da Vinci to experience the joy and benefits of art, coloring, or crafting. Find your thing and do it with gusto...and do not seek approval from anyone.

Here's your homework...get two blank sheets of paper, or coloring pages, and, with NO attempt at GOOD RESULTS, draw or color something just because you want to. Maybe use colors you have never thought to use, or a different medium, color outside the lines if you want...JUST GO FOR IT. See where you end up. Take your time or hurry up--just don't be attached to the outcome. See what happens...you might be surprised.


P.S. I'd love to see what you end up doing. You can find me in my coloring gallery on Facebook, or in my studio. dealenihan@gmail.com Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

On ETSY--Three New Downloadable PENELOPE the Witch Pages

PENELOPE is back!

Penelope is up to her old tricks...and a few new ones. 

Check out Little Miss Witch as as she conjures up a new potion, uses the spell on her fishing lure and gets much than she bargained for, and see her first Witch Portrait as she uses her brand new wand, and it backfires just as the shutter falls!

Buy HERE on Etsy, just in time for Halloween!

All members of the DEA LENIHAN Coloring Gallery get a complimentary download of the first image, Penelope's Potion. CLICK HERE to join.

There is nothing like a happy little witch causing all kinds of problems during this wonderfully wicked season.

xo Dea

Monday, October 7, 2019

EVERYDAY MAGIC Coloring Contest Winner

Oh, the wonderfulness of the entries!

Thank you so much for all your gorgeous entries to the EVERYDAY MAGIC Coloring Contest. ALL the judges had a terrible time choosing...but we did eventually come to a winner.

Congratulations to Frantiska Stara! The judges loved the luminous, traditional style of this image!

This picture will be featured on the back of the Amazon edition of my newest release, EVERYDAY MAGIC.

Thank you all so much for entering! Your talent is just amazing.

Stay tuned! The book will be out shortly, with a special YouTube giveaway soon to follow. You can preorder the Artist's Edition on Etsy HERE

Congratulations again Frantiska, and thank you for your lovely entry.

Thank you very much Judy Cooper and Paula Martin Cohen for help with this very difficult choice.

xo Dea 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

My New Coloring Book EVERYDAY MAGIC Is Coming Soon!


My newest coloring book, EVERYDAY MAGIC, is at the printer.

It's been way too long, so thank you for your patience.
Everyday Magic is about the wonder of the ordinary, and the amazing things that happen to all of us in our day-to-day lives.

It all started as I was taking photos of the super moon in Watchung, New Jersey. As a giant tangerine orb rose over the skyline of NYC, I thought to myself that it would be hard to imagine something more amazing. My mind wandered, and I realized that little things happen all the time that we so often overlook. 

Not long after, I was thinking of a friend I hadn't spoken to for a bit, and the phone rang...who do you think it was? Yup. Another example of Everyday Magic.

I started to look for magic...and you know what? The more I looked the more I found.

I thought of a blue feather...on purpose...and a gray/blue feather ended up on my porch the next day.

I had a conversation with a friend about the possibility of UFOs and life on other planets...five minutes later my husband called my out to the deck to see two very strange sets of lights in the night sky. Aliens? No...but it was amazing thinking they could have been until they were close enough for us to realize they were planes.

Some of these magical things that happened were so uncanny it seemed that something otherworldly was intervening, so in the book I represented those moments in the book with images of fairies or elves, or sometimes animals and plants that are part of out everyday lives.

EVERYDAY MAGIC Artist's Edition is available on Etsy for PRESALE AT THIS LINK right now. It has 30 single sided images printed on thick, lovely artist's grade paper. The binding is removable, so each sheet can be colored on a clipboard or desk. No need to cut or rip. The pages can them be replaced inside the binding for safe keeping.

The Amazon Edition will follow a few weeks later, with two copies of each image for double the coloring fun. Both books are 8.5 x 11.

I am currently conducting a COLORING CONTEST. The winner will be featured on the back of the Amazon version of EVERYDAY MAGIC...I hope you enter. Click here to be directed to the DEA LENIHAN Coloring Gallery to enter:  CLICK TO ENTER

Here are some images...hope you like them! With a little hocus pocus, I'm sure you will do your OWN magic and make these images come to life. Coloring isn't as "cool" as Kylie Jenner, but I wouldn't want my magic any other way.

Thank you for reading! 💗xo Dea