Local Doodle Artist Goes National

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Shona Brooks, local artist and co-owner of the Eclectic Goat, was recently awarded a contract with MindWare®, a national game and toy company for kids, for the production of two illustrated books based on her line of Doodle your day away. The illustrations are intended as artwork to be added to by coloring with crayons, colored pencils or markers. The books, titled Fantastical Style Animals and Fantastical Style Flowers, will hold over twenty pages of designs and will be available for purchase on the company’s website mindware.com in the fall of 2013.

“I’m grateful to have this opportunity,” said Brooks. "The goal is to aspire others to create their own art."

The doodles are ornate hand drawings on various subjects in bold outlines detailed with patterns and texture for the purpose of creating your own impact with color.

“I work in pen only; the creations just happen – it’s freehand and freeform,” said Brooks. Developing a page can take just a few hours but sometimes it takes a couple of days, depending on the design. The whole idea is for it to be a leisure-time activity that’s relaxing and fun to do.

“We are all artists whether we are five or eighty-five,” explained Brooks, who thinks anyone can pick this up and create something beautiful.

“I also like this media as an art therapy to help others explore their creative side and build self confidence to move into other artistic outlets,” said Brooks.

Brooks' products are sold to the healthcare market at gift shops such as United Hospital in St. Paul, the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, in Minneapolis and the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester, of which Brooks will be a guest artist in March and participate in a year-long artist’s program for teaching doodling classes to patients.

“They are very simplistic, but after you add your own color and personalize it, they can become masterpieces that will likely be put on your refrigerator door!” Brooks said with a smile.

“I, myself, didn’t believe I could be an artist,” commented Brooks, “but this venture has been validating for me.”

This follows suit with the businesses Brooks co-owns with Suzanne Klumb at 413 Division Street in Northfield — the Eclectic Goatand Glass Garden Beads — and their belief in promoting local artists’ wares.  “We want people to succeed in the art of creating and have fun while they are doing it.”


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