Julia Zimmer & daughter, Lenora
2022 Winter Coloring Contest Winner
Interview with Julia
We were able to grab a few minutes on the phone with Julia, after notifying her of her winning entry. Julia is a proud, single mom, of Eastwood.
DB: Well Julia, congratulations on becoming the "Queen of Coloring" for our Sticks Mulduzi, Winter 2022 Adult Coloring Contest. Your entry is winner takes all!
Julia: Thanks, It's very exciting!
DB: Can you tell us a little about your artistic background?
Julia: I have always loved to paint, draw, quilt, etc. ever since I was my daughter's age of 6. Mostly for or with my family. I've been trained as an architect, so I did a rendering of my grandmother's house, which still hangs on her Living Room wall!
DB: She must be proud to see that every day.
Julia: Well I only see the mistakes I made, but I've learned to live with them!
DB: Tell us what you used to color the Moose.
Julia: The Prismacolor marker set I used (about 100!) was what I found at a yard sale for $20.00
DB Wow, lucky markers!
Julia: Yes, I guess so! Anyway, I love alcohol markers like these because you can do layers of color. Over days I would put one layer down and then finish another day, until I got the saturation or shade I wanted.
DB: Did your work as an architect help you on this project?
Julia: Actually, most of my architectural work relies on digital renderings.
But I was lucky because at The University of NM where I studied the whole first year required hand drawing. One thinks a lot more about whether a line goes "here" or "there" when working with Indian ink or Mylar. You learn to love your mistakes or start over from scratch!
DB: When you started on this project what was going on in your life?
Julia: The timing was good. It was fun to work on the image because my life was settling down a bit so that I could even enjoy a hot bath in a clawfoot tub. Coloring over several days helped me unwind too, like the Moose!
DB: How do you plan to use your prizes?
Julia: First off, I am grateful for the prizes. I'll probably use them for myself.
There is a Pyrex piece at the Marketplace I simply must have! Since Santa doesn't bring gifts to single moms, that will be something under the tree for me to unwrap too!
DB: Well, we hope you will enjoy every moment of this holiday season. Thank you for sharing your coloring skills in our contest!
Julia: You're welcome! Thank you!