Local teenager Olivia DuPont recently launched “The Optimist Coloring Book”, a 28-page coloring book for kids filled with illustrations inspired by her favorite inspirational quotes.
Olivia, who just finished her freshman year of high school, has always loved upbeat quotes and has been collecting them since she was a little girl. Last summer, the artist was a bit bored with all of her free time in the event of a pandemic and started working on creating a coloring book. Her dream was to create a charity book to bring joy and happiness to children.
Illustrated quotes include “Keep your face in the sun and you can’t see a shadow” by Helen Keller with a drawing of a young woman looking up to the sky and one by her favorite author Maya Angelou: “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within. “The page is her favorite in the book with a mother hugging her child, surrounded by flowers.
The cover of his book was inspired by the Del Mar Fairgrounds with two friends holding hands by a Ferris wheel with the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
Optimist and smiling Olivia has been involved with Junior Optimists for three years. She is the founder and new president of her school’s Junior Optimist Club and the new Lieutenant Governor of the Del Mar-Solana Beach Junior Optimist Club.
Last year, she recruited four Junior Optimist colleagues to help design her personal project.
Audrey Eller, a member of the Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club, loved the book and helped Olivia take her personal project further by bringing the coloring book to hospitals. In May, digital copies were distributed to children at Rady Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.
“I have heard nothing but wonderful comments from staff and patients,” said Lisa Tweed, Certified Child Life Specialist at Rady Children’s Hospital. “Everyone loves the coloring book! “
The book received approval from Ryan, a five-year-old patient, who said it was “super cool” as well as from 14-year-old patient Julia: “When I was in the hospital, the book by coloring helped me feel calm and gave me something fun to do.
As part of the Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club Childhood Cancer Campaign, they also sponsored the printing of 310 copies of the book as a gift to children attending the OAK (Oncology and Children) Summer Camp. , “Camp Reach for the Ciel.”
In addition to drawing, Olivia’s interests include acting, dancing, and singing, including opera. She sang “The National Anthem” during her college graduation and at a San Diego Gulls game and was the featured musical artist at the 2019 Action Change Things gala to benefit an orphanage in Mexico. . She is also an A-level student.
Olivia hopes to create more volumes of inspiring coloring books and get them published in order to reach more children, with the proceeds going to support children’s charities.
“I am very blessed,” she said. “I really want to inspire others and make the world a better place. “
To learn more, visit optimistcoloringbook.com.