Local artist Vivian Martin has created coloring books showcasing historic and iconic sites that are so reflective of Prince George.
Just before the pandemic hit, foot surgery sidelined a local photographer who was looking for ways to occupy her time and calm her mind through the healing process.
Vivian Martin decided a coloring book might be just the therapeutic respite she needed to give her the peace she needed.
“I was addicted to these things,” Martin recalled about her discovery of adult coloring books. “Why am I so addicted to coloring books?”
As she was thinking about that a great idea started to tumble around in her brain, as these things sometimes do.
Why not use her own photographs of local iconic images to create 24-page coloring books?
And so In Colour, Around Prince George Book 1 and 2 became a reality.
“In 2019 when the world was shut down because of COVID-19 I decided to drive around Prince George and with not a soul or a car on any streets, basically standing in the middle of any street I wanted to, I took pictures of iconic , historic and interesting sites and buildings – took pictures of them all and came home and proceeded to draw them,” Martin said.
But she didn’t stop there.
To add to the experience, Martin researched details of each subject and there’s a little write up about each iconic image from the Terry Fox statue, to the Two Rivers Gallery, the Bridget Moran statue to the Knox United Church bell.
“When I’m coloring I want to know something about what I’m coloring so I thought it was important to give something more, especially if it’s going to be about Prince George,” Martin said.
In each coloring book about Prince George people will discover images that are half photograph, half drawn outlines so that the colorer gets the idea of what the subject looks like and then can be creative about filling in the rest of it as they wish.
There is a third book out now that offers a compilation of images to create one impactful image on each page that some might think are a bit unexpected, with plenty of opportunity to color in the blank parts.
“So why don’t I make those images into a coloring book, too?” Martin said. “And that one is called Altered Reality.”
It features well-known images from across BC, using her original photography.
There’s more coming too. Coloring Book number four will feature cars in interesting surroundings.
For more information visit her In Color Facebook page
For more about her photography visit www.vivian-martin.artistwebsites.com
Her coloring books are available for $20 each in nine different locations including Studio 2880, Two Rivers Gallery, the Railway Museum Gift Shop, and the UNBC book store or directly from Martin by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org