Adulting can be fun when artist Amanda Laurel Atkins shares her work in the form of a coloring book. Bedrooms, Atkins illustrated book is filled with detailed scenes of bedrooms. Her quirky fascination with bedrooms has been with her since she was a child. Atkins revels with the notion that a bedroom is more than just a place to sleep, its your very own sanctum. I was lucky enough to interview Atkins about her art background, inspiration and a couple of other things.
When I first came across Atkins work I was attracted to the use of rich hues and artsy vintage flair. Dreamy scenes of women lost in thought with coolsville hairdos and feminine vintage fashion are pleasing to the eye. Read on to find out more about Atkins love of blues, Frida Kahlo and where she would go if she could time travel.
Lahuntress: How early in age did you know you wanted to be an artist?
Amanda: I was enamored by drawing the moment I was old enough to hold a crayon. It felt like such an easy way to bring my imagination to life. I’ve always been a day dreamer, so growing up I loved to spend hours writing in my journal and drawing places I wish existed. My idea for my coloring book, Bedrooms, actually stemmed from my childhood love of drawing very detailed bedrooms.
Lahuntress: Who is your biggest inspiration/ muse?
Amanda: My mom is an artist, so I grew up watching her make a business of her art, which gave me the confidence to pursue my own creative career. I’m extremely inspired by the 1940s and 50s. I’ve been kind of infatuated with that time period my whole life. Frida Kahlo is my favorite artist. I love the symbolism she used and the bold colors of her paintings. I love portraiture – how you can paint someone and capture their essence by putting little things around them in the painting – and she was the queen of that.
Lahuntress: What color would you wish to see more of in everyday nature?
Amanda: I’m very attracted to blues, greens, and teals. I love seeing the different colors of water – how it can be blue, green, black, turquoise. I’d love to see water more often, in all its beautiful different colors.
Lahuntress: If you could time travel with anyone,dead or alive, who it would be and what year would you travel to?
Amanda: My mom met the Beatles when she was a young teenager, and I think I’d want to be that same age and go back in time and spend that day with my mom.
Lahuntress: Popcorn or Ice Cream?
Amanda: Ice Cream forever!!!! Preferably with peanut butter and chocolate.