Ep106 Show Notes: Jenean Morrison
About Jenean Morrison
Jenean Morrison is a painter and surface/textile designer from Memphis, Tennessee. As a designer, her work can be found on rugs, fabrics, stationery and scrapbooking kits, with clients including Free Spirit Fabric, Fisher-Price, Sigg and Gelaskins. In 2012 she designed and published the first in a series of Pattern and Design Coloring Books. Today she has six titles available, including the most popular, Flower Designs Coloring Book, which remained on the Amazon Best-Seller list for over eight weeks in the spring of 2015. Four of her coloring books have been published by traditional publishers in France, Italy and Brazil. And her Flower Designs coloring book has also been published in Japan, with editions coming soon to Poland, Turkey, Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.
Key Conversation Points
- Appreciating your “alone time”
- Doing it for yourself, by yourself
- Being creative and inspiring others, “co-creating” art with your audience
- Managing increased exposure
- Reaching out to media and other visibility opportunities
- Understanding artist entrepreneurs
- Embracing different types of creative stimulation
- Managing transparency of artistic processes and business success
Detailed Conversation Highlights
Jenean describes herself as being a strong introvert. She recalls her introverted tendencies even in childhood. Over time, her increased understanding of introversion allowed her to see how important contemplative “alone time” is to artists. Jenean was one of the early pioneers responsible for today’s adult coloring book craze. Seeking to apply her background in surface design after being inspired by one of her childhood coloring books, she soon learned that she could self-publish her work through Amazon’s Createspace as opposed to dealing with publishers and other middlemen.
Adult coloring books have become increasingly popular, offering calm and focus, two states that entrepreneurs can lose connection with. Jenean shares how she coped with an increase in exposure because of the success of her books and how she discovered what methods were the most comfortable. She found that some social media outlets, for example, may be more compatible with how you share information. When dealing with people, getting to know who they are before you even speak can build rapport and make the approach less intimidating. It’s also important to realize that an artist’s entrepreneurial endeavors are just as valid as those in other fields. It is important to keep an open mind in regards to opportunities to grow and leverage your talents, as well as opportunities to make money.
Resources Mentioned in the Podcast
Flower Designs Coloring Book: An Adult Coloring Book for Stress-Relief, Relaxation, Meditation and Creativity (Volume 2) | Jenean Morrison
Mandala Design Coloring Book: Volume 1 | Jenean Morrison
Flower Designs Coloring Book: An Adult Coloring Book for Stress-Relief, Relaxation, Meditation and Creativity (Volume 1) | Jenean Morrison
Adobe apps for iPad
Vive Le Color! Japan
Vive Le Color! Mandala
Staedtler 334SB20BK Triplus Fineliner Pens
Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencil, Set of 48 Assorted Colors
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Connect with Jenean
Jenean’s Introvert Island Book Selections
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America | Jon L. Dunn
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain | Betty Edwards
The Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
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