Friday, December 30, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wishing on a S'more -- The 1st Chloe Pink Mini Ever (in its entirety.)

Wishing on a S'more by Sharna Fulton.

For Abby & Jackson & Vera & Yewell because you laughed.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Are You A Chloe Pink Girl?

"Chloe Pink likes to recognize girls for their "Chloe Pink-ness". A Chloe Pink girl follows her dreams, stays curious and believes in herself. Are YOU a Chloe Pink Girl or do you know one?? Maybe you are one and you know several?? Truth is….EVERY girl is a Chloe Pink girl at heart!!

SO tell us what makes you (or a friend/co-worker/relative/neighbor) a Chloe Pink girl! We want to hear from you!"

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

These boots were made for dreamin'

Brrrrrrrr. Those winter temps are afoot. It's time to kick a little dream bootie. From head to toe. Just put some fluffy fur around on your feet and fill your head with happy hopes for your future. What is it you secretly want to do? What baby steps can you take today to start making it happen? How can you encourage your daughter, your mom or BFF to be her best self, too? C'mon take a walk on the wild side and believe in yourself. Get support. Step on it! Be curious about everything. And most of all, pick a trail that looks good and follow your dream! XO, Chloe Pink

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Chloe Pink™ brings colorful self confidence to girls on Cyber Monday.

Hey Mom. Hey Dad. What's the best gift you can give your daughter? A Barbie doll in a bikini? A deluxe make-up kit? A leopard print mini-skirt in bright pink?

As you cyber space out today, why not consider some gifts for your daughter that encourage her athleticism, her moxie, her artistic talent, her creative flair, her ear for music...You know. Her individuality -- Not her sexuality. Like say for instance, a tennis racquet? Ballet lessons? An easel from the local craft store? A flute or violin? Or even The Chloe Pink Doodle & Dream Coloring Book that helps her apply color to her own drawings and not her face. And sends her the message that she is valued as a PERSON -- you know, a human BEING --not as a primped up girly girl who's worth is primarily measured by her falsified looks. As my dad, John Fulton, reminded me the other day, Chloe Pink is a natural teacher of girls. And where she aims to lead your daughter is to the undeniable fact that: SHE is valuable. SHE is loved. And SHE has all the tools and unique abilities and character traits to make a rich, meaningful life for herself. And it's okay to put her own goals and dreams first. It's never too early and never too late. The five star (highest rating on Amazon.com) Chloe Pink Doodle & Dream Coloring Book is all about letting a girl express her own individuality through page after page of doodle spaces, pictures to color and fill in the blank pages. As Emily Yewell Volin, Teaching Artist and Choreographer, who empowers people through dance suggests in her review, don't just buy one, buy 3 or 8...as dreams evolve and dreams change! The book is available on Amazon.com or you can email sharna.fulton@att.net for your signed copy. And help your daughter follow HER dreams. At just 7.95 plus shipping, you might even be able to stuff in some crayons and ballet shoes and a can of tennis balls in her stocking, too.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

"Yum Yams." Ask for them by name.

Happy Thanksgiving from Chloe Pink and Pete. May your yams be the yummiest ever.






















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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Birthday, Peeblet






















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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pete is stuck on Fall

There is a real Pete. He is eight years old and going on nine. A Scottish Terrier mutt with soft fur, a crazy bark and a curly tail, who makes my heart want to sing and my hand want to draw. He is a gentle, but smart creature. We are perfectly in sync. And I know of no other who loves life more. Sharn'















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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

An important reminder from Chloe Pink






















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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A sneak peek. Chloe Pink™ Mini's are here.

Great big fun things often come in small teeny tiny packages. Hershey's kisses. Shiny little bubble gum machine rings. And now Chloe Pink™ Mini's.

What exactly is a "Chloe Pink™ Mini" you ask?

It's a petite little 12 page book that fits in the palm of your hand. (3 1/4" x 4 1/4") It's a wee bit quirky story about Chloe Pink following her dreams and other good stuff like that. It's something to make you happy for only two dollars and fifty cents. And makes a great little gift, too for that special girl you want to treat to a "pep-talk-on-paper" surprise!

Each one is made from 100% original art by Sharna Fulton and printed in color on heavy card stock. We're talking the heavy stuff, too. No lame, flimsy card stock here for us, girls. Not us. Then, we package it in cellophane wrap with a pink lollipop. Tres' sweet.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

"Where Is Chloe Pink Going? Contest"

Chloe Pink and Pete are going on a trip. Can you guess where? Just email the answer to sharna.fulton@att.net along with your colored in page of Chloe Pink packing. Please include your name, address, email and phone number.

Your beautiful artwork just may be featured right here on CP's blog and her Facebook page. And the first person to answer correctly where she is off to, wins a free Chloe Pink "Follow your dreams" t-shirt.

We must get at least 5 entries or contest is null and void. So get to work with those crayons or colored pencils or markers, girls! (And don't forget to follow your own dreams while you're at it.)

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Ten and a half hours

Last night, I watched the first half of Miss Representation, a documentary about the portrayal of females in the media. One of the first statistics that floored me was that girls consume about 10.5 hours a day of media -- much of which contains harmful images to their self confidence. Between movies, magazines, computers, TV and so on, girls are constantly bombarded with images of physical perfection for them to reach. Looks and acceptance by boys as well as within their own peer group of girls is more important than brains, talent, individuality and heart.
I've been working on Chloe Pink since 2006 and when I saw this movie, it helped me comprehend what the last 5 years of my cartoon project has been all about. The movie brings to the surface the many challenges I've faced as a girl and woman throughout my life from 1st grade to this particular moment as I write this blog post. My goal with Chloe Pink is to encourage girls to follow their dreams, which is to "follow their own heart." It takes a "C" like the one on Chloe Pink's cap which stands for courage to believe in oneself and follow one's own course rather than to constantly try to fit in with the media's image of who we are supposed to be. Thanks to Jennifer Siebel Newsom who wrote, produced and directed the movie and will be helping who knows how many understand just what we are up against...with these media images in front of our face everyday. Which is why Chloe Pink says "Follow your dreams, girl!"

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Chloe Pink, the flavor of the week



















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Thursday, October 13, 2011

10 reasons why every girl should do art

1) If you are sad, the arts can take you away to a happy place. Don't ask me how. They just do. Pick up a sketchbook and start drawing a cartoon about your feelings next time you're blue. You'll see what I mean.
2) The arts let you get out of your "box." That box is the "normal you" or the expectation others have of you and who you should be. For instance, did you know that many actresses and comics and musicians are actually shy? You would never know it once they get on stage!
3) The arts are fun. It's fun to dip a paint brush in red paint. It's fun to strum a guitar. It's fun to learn a new dance step.
4) The arts allow you to create something from nothing, which is just about one of the best feelings in the world.
5) The arts let you express your ideas and feelings which is quite healthy and therapeutic.
6) The arts let you be you!
7) The arts are a way to grow as an individual. The more you express yourself through the arts, the more you come to understand yourself and appreciate your strengths and abilities.
8) The arts are something you can do alone and are a better use of your time than watching TV. Although, believe me. I do watch TV--but I try to keep a sketchbook and a pencil near the couch.
9) The arts are a great way to meet other unique friends who enjoy doing art too. Most of my friends and associates have a passion for the arts in their own way. They are writers, dancers, art educators, actors, etc. They make my life interesting and I learn cool stuff from them.
10) The arts allow you to create and contribute to the world right now.

Who knows? You could be the next big ballerina or painter or musician or actress or....But if you never take ballet, pick up a paint brush, try to write a short story, compose a song or play the piano, you'll never know. And even if you're not a famous artist, you're still going to have a lot of fun. I promise. And so does Chloe Pink!

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Mary Joe Fernandez Tells Her Players To Believe

Please tell Chloe Pink that I was following my dreams this morning. I was hitting tennis balls on a gorgeous fall day with Fed Cup Coach and 2 time grand slam tennis champ, Mary Joe Fernandez and the pros at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center in Atlanta courtesy of Cadillac.

For those who don't follow or play tennis, Fed Cup is the international premier women's international team tennis event. And in addition to coaching the U.S. Women's Fed Cup Team, Mary Joe has an Olympic gold medal and two grand slam tennis championships under her belt. Plus, she's also a tennis commentator who travels the world, working side by side with all the major sportscasters and interviewing the likes of Roger Federer.

Mary Joe is a heavyweight in the world of tennis and obviously a girl who has followed her dreams. Soft spoken and laid back, she is a champion, a coach and someone who inspires many others. So, I had to ask her one question.
Me: Mary Joe. If you could tell your Fed Cup Players only one thing, what would it be?
Mary Joe: Believe in yourself.

Hmmm. Sounds like she and Chloe have a lot in common. Not to mention, they both like the color pink.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy October 1. Only 30 Days 'Til Halloween!























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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chloe Pink Rule #17


Hmmm...what do you think Pete? Should I wear jeans or khakis today with my pink tee, pink scarf, pink cap and pink sneakers?












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Monday, September 19, 2011

For Kelsey: Chloe Pink Board Meeting

A few weeks ago, I did a blog post about a real board meeting I had with Kelly and Abby.

Last Friday, my oh so talented friend Kelsey, an art director (I was luck to work with at an Atlanta ad agency once upon a time) suggested I draw it.

So, here's my first cartoon about Chloe Pink's board meeting. One of what I have a feeling will be many more to come...So, many, many thanks to you, Kelsey. And to see some samples of Kelsey's amazing creativity, check out her shop, The Screaming Porch Gift Co.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Mr. Ollie and Seven Things That Make You A Mentor

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet Tim Oliphant, also known as Mr. Ollie. I ran into him at "Decatur Arts Live" where he was promoting his Young Audiences Cartooning Workshops to schools.

While you may have never heard of Tim, meeting him was like meeting a rock star....or in my case, an American Composer, e.g. Gershwin, Porter.

You see, Tim is a cartoonist. A real cartoonist. He makes his living drawing cartoons for clients, publications, ad agencies and other people banging down his studio doors to get their hands on his artwork. Seriously. They come to him. Not the other way around. That means he spends his days drawing, creating, being imaginative and bringing joy to kids of all ages. An artists dream, really....

Tim's work is classic, solid. He truly is a gifted artist who has been honing his various styles (caricatures, illustrations, dog portraits, more) for a lifetime. When I met Tim, he had a few loose pastel and colored pencil animal sketches on manila paper out on his table. One was a giant duck he probably drew in less than five minutes. If you'd told me Walt Disney or Picasso or Dr. Seuss drew it, I would've believed you. Yes. He is that good. He's been working on his art since an early age, committed to his craft. And it shows in his work.

So, when Tim gave me a thumbs up on Chloe Pink, it was sorta like getting The Seal of Good Housekeeping on my permanent ink marker. Or at least, a reason to not throw in the towel at this point...not that I was going to, but you know what I mean.

Actually, the real reward of meeting Tim is more valuable to me than his compliment of my work. It's knowing that I now have a cartoonist mentor! Sorry Tim. If you're reading this, you'll only be receiving one email a day from me from here on out. (Just kidding!!!!!)

So what is a mentor? Defined by Dictionary.com -- it, he, she is: 1. a wise and trusted counselor or teacher and 2. an influential sponsor or supporter.

To me, a mentor is:
  1. Somebody you respect because they are doing something you want to do.
  2. Somebody who gives you confidence to strive towards your goal because they have similar goals they've reached already. Thus, showing you it's possible for you to do the same.
  3. Somebody you can trust because they are encouraging and genuine.
  4. Somebody who is totally committed and sets the bar in their craft/industry and thus, instills a higher work ethic in you because of that.
  5. Somebody who feels its worth their valuable time to lend a positive word, to hear you out because.....
  6. And this one is very important if you hope to be or find a mentor someday! Somebody who has compassion and is enriched by helping others. They gotta have the humanity. Gotta!
  7. Somebody who is not there for you to idolize. I'm not talking about hero worship here. I'm talking about somebody who embodies the best of who you hope to be someday.
As I strive to get one single Chloe Pink cartoon published in a newspaper or magazine, I now have a little more strength, a little more confidence, a little bit more feeling of "responsibility" towards "my" craft. Thanks to Tim Oliphant.

Don't forget to check out his work here.

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