Adult Coloring Books are Topping the Charts

Coloring books have always been a portal to the artistic world for children. As they grow into their developmental stages and start to build a sense of self, most young children still enjoy being spontaneous, creative and begin to conceptualize who they are in relationship to the world. Adulthood has often represented the death of spontaneity, fun and sadly, art. And it’s true!

Let’s revert to Pablo Picasso for a little more insight into this phenomena. He says, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Well, kids, good news: The artistic child is making a comeback in the responsibility-filled, disillusioned, adult world.

The solution: Adult Coloring Books.

Adult coloring books have been trending the last couple years with noticeable advancement in sales and visibility. According to new data released by the U.K. Publisher’s Association, the new sensation of adult coloring books in 2015 almost single-handedly lifted print sales in the last 4 years. Print is not the only thing suffering, there has also been a steady decline of e-books. The new data follows a U.S. based Publisher’s Study released earlier this year that emphasizes the huge impact of a 60% increase in sales in 2015 over 2014.

Let’s get back to the phenomena where the roots of our Being ground into the higher vibrations of creativity. Many adults report coloring has helped ease their anxiety and difficulty concentrating. Living in a world flooded with constant stimuli, it is no wonder people have difficulty concentrating or even dedicating 10 minutes to themselves in silence, meditation or any other kind of self-care.

Art remains a portal to consciousness bigger than ourselves. Adults seem to be seeking ways to improve themselves and the coloring books have been a great start. Many of the benefits of coloring, drawing, painting, making music and writing, provide for an ability to self-soothe. It is a way of calming the nervous system, or at least changing its state to one of presence and stillness.

There is extensive research that shows the positive implications of experiential and expressive arts therapy in healing trauma and PTSD. May researchers have found that modern day psychological methods go back to simple ancient wisdom teachings such as breathing, intentionally moving air in and out of the belly, to change the experience of the body and nervous system. It is in the moment-to-moment experiences where we activate our consciousness without judgment or fear, that we can also wake up to the truth of our reality. The body always keeps the score, thus it is where we store our tension, stress, anger, fear, traumas and any other negative emotions. The mere act of bringing presence and stillness, especially through coloring, is an opportunity for a person to heal the negative impact of stressors. Small steps toward healing and change.

Give 10 minutes to yourself today. Buy an adult coloring book, like The Jeremy Fish Coloring Book, and start taking coloring, self-soothing, self-reflection, childhood impulses, more sincerely.

Adult coloring books have been trending the last couple years with noticeable advancement in sales and visibility. According to new data released by the U.K. Publisher's Association, the new sensation of adult coloring books in 2015 almost single-handedly lifted print sales in the last 4 years. Print is not the only thing suffering, there has also been a steady decline of e-books. The new data follows a U.S. based Publisher's Study released earlier this year that emphasizes the huge impact of a 60% increase in sales in 2015 over 2014. Let's get back to the phenomena where the roots of our Being ground into the higher vibrations of creativity. Many adults report coloring has helped ease their anxiety and difficulty concentrating. Living in a world flooded with constant stimuli, it is no wonder people have difficulty concentrating or even dedicating 10 minutes to themselves in silence, meditation, or any other kind of self-care. Via news.upperplayground.com

 

Jeremy Fish Debuts Turtle Burger Bucket – Grassroots California Collaboration

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Jeremy Fish thinks thinks a Turtle Burger is on par with some of the world’s greatest combinations, “like a peanut butter and jelly sando for example,” and we would have to agree. A little bit of his wife’s genius Halloween costume combined with a drawing from years past inspired the design of this epic piece brought to you by Grassroots California.

FREE JEREMY FISH POSTCARD BOOK w/ ANY ONLINE PURCHASE

Free Jeremy Fish Postcard Book

The Jeremy Fish Postcard Book contains 8 individual postcards featuring the most iconic San Francisco landmarks with Jeremy’s unique spin. Featured in this book: Trans AM Phoenix, Cable Car Cyclops, the Golden Tusk Bridge and more!

Head to upperplayground.com and get yours while supplies last!

JEREMY FISH: “O GLORIOUS CITY” AT CITY HALL – NOW OPEN!

JEREMY FISH "O GLORIOUS CITY" AT CITY HALL

FIFTY24SF in association with Upper Playground and the San Francisco Arts Commission are proud to present “O Glorious City.” Now open to the public on the Ground Floor of San Francisco’s City Hall, the exhibition features 100 newly commissioned works of art by Jeremy Fish. “O Glorious City” features both drawings and photographs about San Francisco, with many relating specifically to historic City Hall. As part of his process to create this exceptionally large body of work, Fish assumed the role of the first official Artist in Residence at City Hall with gusto. The show’s title, “O Glorious City”, comes from a text written by former Mayor Edward Robeson Taylor inscribed in the rotunda of City Hall: “San Francisco, O glorious city of our hearts that has been tried and not found wanting, go thou with like spirit to make the future thine.”

EXHIBITION DETAILS:
O Glorious City
A solo exhibition celebrating SF City Hall’s 100th birthday
Exhibition Dates: November 4, 2015 – March 25, 2016
Free and open to the public.

Click Here For The Price List/Preview

Purchase inquires are now being accepted, please contact gallery@fifty24sf.com or (415) 728-8344 for more information.

“MUNI DOGS AND PUNY CATS” PRINT BY JEREMY FISH

Muni, Dogs, Puny, Cats, Print, Limited Edition, SF, San Francisco

“Just imagine the pleasures of public transportation if we were riding around in sweet dachshund busses, driven by wonderful british short haired cats. I have been unable to drive my van recently, and as I take public transportation, this dog bus and muni driver cat fantasy, make the drive much more pleasant. Hop on a dog today and high five the cat as you pay your fare. San Francisco is still the best city in the world, get out there and explore it.”
– Jeremy Fish

Limited Edition of 100, Signed & Numbered Prints by Jeremy Fish are now available at upperplayground.com/jeremy-fish

25% OFF ALL BOOKS SALE

25% Off All Books Sale, Upper Playground, Jeremy Fish, David Choe, Alex Pardee, Usugrow

With the new school year finally underway, it’s time to give some well deserved attention to your Visual Education department. For the first time ever, Upper Playground is making its entire book catalog on sale for the first week of October. Don’t be tardy, many of these titles are down to the last few copies. This 25% off sale ends at midnight on October 7th. Use promo code: Bookshelf25

Here’s a few of our favorites:

Jeremy Fish, Illustrations, Animals, SF, San FranciscoZero Friends, Alex Pardee, Creepy, Creatures, SF, San FranciscoUsugrow, Pen, Ink, Japan, Japanese, Black and WhiteDavid Choe, Watercolors, Girls, Spraypaint

“LAX/LHR” A CO-CURATED GROUP SHOW WITH THINKSPACE LA AND STOLENSPACE GALLERY

THE SF SIGHTSEEING TOUR POSTCARD BOOK BY JEREMY FISH

THE SF SIGHTSEEING TOUR POSTCARD BOOK BY JEREMY FISH x UPPERPLAYGROUND
This week, Upper Playground is proud to release a unique collectible postcard book by Jeremy FishThe SF Sightseeing Tour Postcard Book comes with 8 collectible postcards with vintage photographs of San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks adorned with Jeremy Fish illustrations. Featured landmark designs include Trans AM Phoenix, Cable Car Cyclops and Golden Tusk Bridge  also available as T-Shirts. Now available in store and online exclusively at Upper Playground.THE SF SIGHTSEEING TOUR POSTCARD BOOK BY JEREMY FISH x UPPERPLAYGROUND CABLE CAR CYCLOPS POSTCARD BY JEREMY FISH x UPPERPLAYGROUND

PAINTED LADIES POSTCARD BY JEREMY FISH x UPPERPLAYGROUND

GOLDEN TUSK BRIDGE POSTCARD BY JEREMY FISH x UPPERPLAYGROUND

CITY HALL WIZARD POSTCARD BY JEREMY FISH x UPPERPLAYGROUND

TIME FOR PEACE POSTCARD BY JEREMY FISH x UPPERPLAYGROUND

BANKER BOWLER POSTCARD BY JEREMY FISH x UPPERPLAYGROUND

KING OF THE HILL POSTCARD BY JEREMY FISH x UPPERPLAYGROUND

PARTY ANIMALS POSTCARD BY JEREMY FISH x UPPERPLAYGROUND

POSTCARD BY JEREMY FISH x UPPERPLAYGROUND

New Youth T-Shirts For Summer at Upper Playground

Upper Playground releases a collection of Classic UP designs in Youth T-Shirts this week. Featuring favorites I Left My Heart by Jeremy Fish, Cali Bear by Munk One and Ruthless by Dustin Canalin, the Youth T-Shirts comes just in time to stock your closet for the rest of Summer. Check out a few below and visit upperplayground.com to view the full Collection.

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