BIG News!!! Christmas Comes Early!

I have some awesome BIG NEWS to share with you! My new book, Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker has had it’s release date moved up and will be in-house at the North Light Shop on January 20th!!! And it’s now on sale there!!! That’s two months earlier than the original release date!!! I’m beyond excited!!! Oh and more good news is that it’s on SALE today at the North Light Shop-HALF OFF the cover price!!!!

The book is a nice fat 160 pages, they upped the page count to include even more instruction and eye candy. It would make a great Christmas present, just saying:-)

And if you’ve already ordered it from Amazon  you’ll be getting it way earlier than the original release date, likely the first part of february rather than late March!!!

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Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker

I’m so excited to share the cover of my new book with you!

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Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker is now available on amazon for pre order and will be releases in March of 2015.

Book Description:

Set your portraits apart from the rest!

Portraits can be an intimidating subject. But not with Art At the Speed of Life author and workshop instructor Pam Carriker as your teacher. She helps you take on faces one quick sketch at a time for faster, easier, more enjoyable drawing and painting. Not your average book on drawing the face, Mixed Media Portraits With Pam Carriker shows easy ways to draw more realistic faces in your own signature style. The goal is not an immaculate finished portrait, but a continually growing collection of personal, expressive sketches that you can use and reuse in your mixed-media work.

Inside you’ll find:

An easy-to-learn face-mapping technique that allows you to draw faces from your imagination, without a model or photo in front of you
Mini-demonstrations breaking down each facial feature
Simple color combinations for mixing both realistic and out-of-the-ordinary skin tones
15 step-by-step projects featuring original ways to use your portraits as starting points for mixed-media masterpieces
Tons of expert tips, from selecting the right pencil for the job to creating self-portraits, working with reference photos and using transfer techniques
In the true spirit of mixed media, this book is all about combining, layering and experimenting in your pursuit of portrait nirvana. It will get you out of your comfort zone and into the habit of making faces that are truly and uniquely your own.

This book was a labor of love. I’ve spent the last few days going over the final author review and I’m so thankful to North Light for allowing me to create the book I envisioned.

Jerry’s Online Street Team Art Project

I’m honored to be the Spotlight Artist in Jerry’s Artarama’s blog THE SPLATTER

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and I have an Art Journaling Street Team Art Project too! Complete with stepped out pictures and written instruction of the process used to create this page spread in my journal

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Here’s a little video peek, for the FULL stepped out project please visit The Splatter and while you’re there I hope you’ll take a minute to leave a comment, I love hearing from you!!

 

May Your Christmas Be Merry and Bright

Merry Christmas to you all and thank you for the blessings of your comments and kindness this past year. I’d like to leave you with a little bit of  Christmas past in the form of a short article I wrote for Somerset Studio in 2010 and the artwork from that issues cover. May you all find comfort this Christmas Season.

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Somerset Studio, The Last Page Nov/Dec 2010

By Pam Carriker

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

We often hear the phrase, ‘Home is Where the Heart Is’, but what if you heart is scattered in many different places? Christmas time for me has always been a time of magic and wonder. I love everything about it: from buying presents, to wrapping them, decorating the house and seeing dear friends and family. The preparations are as much fun as the actual day itself. It’s a time to reflect on the year past as you try to fit everything into the annual ‘Christmas Letter’ updating family and friends that you may only hear from at this special time of year.

The most wonderful gift of all is having your family near. This year will be different at our house. My oldest son is deployed overseas, his son (yes, I’m now a grandma!) won’t remember this Christmas but will be so much fun to buy presents for, my middle son is embarking on his new adventure of living on his own as he attends college, and my youngest will be waiting for Santa to fill his stocking. My extended family lives on the west coast, and we won’t be able to travel over the holidays this year. These things leave my heart feeling scattered to the four winds, when what I truly long for is all of my loved ones to be near during this special season.

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There is comfort in tradition, and as I pull out the ornaments my children have made over the years, they take me back to Christmases past. Favorite family recipes will still be prepared, traditions will still be observed to be passed on to new generations, and though I may wish for everyone to be home, I realize ‘Home’ is a state of the heart. No matter where I am, I remember Christmas past and build Christmas future on those memories. Christmas present may not see all of my children under my roof, but I know my far away son will be home in his heart and mine December 25th.  We can all be ‘Home for Christmas’ in our hearts.

More of This and That

Wow, hard to believe this first week on the New Year is almost over! I’ve been busy as can be working with customs agents to get my first really big shipment (on an actual ship no less) to the US. It has been quite the learning experience let me tell you!

I’ve spent many hours getting all of my business ducks in a row for 2012. I actually have ‘hired out’ my bookkeeping. I don’t know why I didn’t think of doing it before, but sometimes something has to stare you in the face for a long time before the light bulb clicks on!

I’ve seen a lot of people choosing their word for 2012. I have a hard time thinking of one word that embodies all of what I hope this year will hold so I’m going to focus on the word ‘simplify’ for right now. I’m trying to gather myself together, bringing all areas under one roof as much as possible. Last year I felt stretched way too thin and I have cut out some things that aren’t a good fit for me right now. I’m learning to say ‘no’ in a nice way because I have to sometimes.

One of my decisions has come about after a series of discussions with a dear friend. I was going to put online classes way on the back burner this year. I have one at Artful Gathering this June, but that was going to be it. But people are always asking and I have a lot of workshops that were offered through various venues, so I’m going to begin adding these to a new page on my website, ONLINE CLASSES  These are classes that some may be familiar with, but will be brand new to others. The best thing is that I can offer them at lower prices which is a good thing in this economy. So while I’m busy writing away on book two this year, you can still have the option to take a class here and there if you wish.

If you are craving the inspiration of a real live venue I hope you’ll consider one of the live teaching venues listed on my TEACHING PAGE Several are open for registration including CREATE which just opened today!

If you haven’t yet checked out

I hope you’ll take a minute and stop by to see my first post ‘Dimensional Doodling’ . It goes right along with the Shades of Grey workshop. Love playing with Pitt Pens!

I hope you’re all having a lovely start to 2012~

Day 12-Book Blog Tour

I am so happy to announce the next stop on the Blog Tour- my friend Laurie Blau-Marshall. Laurie and I have known each other for um, 34 years-egads! I swear it doesn’t seem possible!

But there are pictures to prove it, now don’t laugh, remember this was a loooooong time ago….

Homecoming circa 1979-remember Gunne Sax dresses (if you don’t just pretend so we don’t feel old ok?) well now you can get ‘Vintage Gunne Sax’ dresses on Etsy.

Laurie and I lived right across the street from each other and shared many things, clothes, makeup, school locker, and a love for doodling and making things pretty.

Here are some pages I still have from then, I now think of them as the first art journal pages

Many years went by and we had lost touch with each other, but 2007 found us both chosen for the same ZNE Design team! I actually still get goosebumps when I remember the feeling of realizing that Laurie Blau-Marshall was THE Laurie Blau!! Thank goodness for the hyphen or it may have taken us a  lot longer!

This was taken when we finally met up again a few years back. Art brought us back together and Laurie was the first one to tell me about an awesome magazine called ‘Cloth Paper Scissors’.  I’m so happy that we found each other again and that she agreed to participate in the book.

Blog Tour Schedule

1-Mar
Jenny Doh http://jennydoh.typepad.com/

2-Mar
Suzi Blu http://www.suziblu.typepad.com/

3-Mar
Seth Apter http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/

4-Mar
Suzan Buckner http://www.thriftycollageartist.blogspot.com/

5-Mar
Sue Pelletier http://www.suepelletierlaughpaint.com/

6-Mar
All Norah’s Art http://allnorahsart.blogspot.com/

7-Mar
Lisa Kettell http://faerieenchantment.blogspot.com/

8-Mar
Nancy Lefko http://nancylefko.blogspot.com/

9-Mar
Chrysti Hydeck http://alwayschrysti.com/always-chrysti

10-Mar
Lisa Bebi http://lisabebi.blogspot.com/

11-Mar
Jodi Ohl http://www.sweetrepeats.blogspot.com/

12-Mar
Laurie Blau-Marshall http://loudlife-laurieblaumarshall.blogspot.com

13-Mar
Dawn Edmonson http://the-feathered-nest.blogspot.com

14-Mar
Paulette Insall http://www.pauletteinsall.com/

15-Mar

Julie Bergman http://juliebergmann.typepad.com/pinkparismatch/

16-Mar

Gail Schmidt http://www.shabbycottagestudio.blogspot.com/

 

Day 9-Book Blog Tour

The next stop on the Tour is Chrysti Hydeck!

I’ve known Chrysti since my early days of mixed media when we were both members of ZNE, an online mixed media group. I knew ‘of’ her before I ‘knew’ her and was in awe of not only her talent, but her whole outlook on her artistic life. She amazes me continually with her strength and the way she turns what could be negative into positive.

When she wrote her essay for my book, I read it and then immediately showed it to my husband (who is an aspiring writer, having written a novel and with two more in the works-know any good agents???) He read it and was thoroughly impressed! Since that time the tweets fly between them, and me when I remember to sign in, (I’m the worlds worst tweeter) and we are all looking forward to a time when the four (Chrysti and her significant other, Nate and I) can hang out and talk creative stuff!

Chrysti knew about my book before it was a book. And graciously agreed to be part of it. She cheered me on, offered advice, and listened when I needed an ear. There’s a word for that….FRIEND!

Back in 2008 Chrysti interviewed me on her website INTERVIEW and one of the questions was

“What’s one artistic skill you’d like to cultivate in the coming year?

“I have been concentrating on sketching in my journal.  I love collage, but want to develop my drawing skills further.”

I’m always happy when I can look back and I’ve publicly stated a goal and then actually acted on it. That’s the thing with putting it out there-you’re accountable!!

On another note:

Here’s a pic of my first Book Signing yesterday at Barnes & Noble!

 

Blog Tour Schedule

1-Mar
Jenny Doh http://jennydoh.typepad.com/

2-Mar
Suzi Blu http://www.suziblu.typepad.com/

3-Mar
Seth Apter http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/

4-Mar
Suzan Buckner http://www.thriftycollageartist.blogspot.com/

5-Mar
Sue Pelletier http://www.suepelletierlaughpaint.com/

6-Mar
All Norah’s Art http://allnorahsart.blogspot.com/

7-Mar
Lisa Kettell http://faerieenchantment.blogspot.com/

8-Mar
Nancy Lefko http://nancylefko.blogspot.com/

9-Mar
Chrysti Hydeck http://alwayschrysti.com/always-chrysti

10-Mar
Lisa Bebi http://lisabebi.blogspot.com/

11-Mar
Jodi Ohl http://www.sweetrepeats.blogspot.com/

12-Mar
Laurie Blau-Marshall http://loudlife-laurieblaumarshall.blogspot.com

13-Mar
Dawn Edmonson http://the-feathered-nest.blogspot.com

14-Mar
Paulette Insall http://www.pauletteinsall.com/

15-Mar

Julie Bergman http://juliebergmann.typepad.com/pinkparismatch/

16-Mar

Gail Schmidt http://www.shabbycottagestudio.blogspot.com/