Somerset Apprentice Coming Soon

For today’s art, I actually worked on my new banner. It needed something, so I was able to figure out how to cut some bits from recent artwork and add them in. This is where my huge learning curve comes in, I’m learning though!
March is on the way and with it comes a new publication from Somerset. I am very excited to be part of the inaugural issue of Somerset Apprentice! This will hit the new stands March 1, 2009. You can order your own copy here.

It’s Here, Just In Time For Christmas!

The wait is over, I finally received my advance copy of Somerset’s ‘Art Journaling‘! What a wonderful Christmas present. You will not believe the pages of this magazine. The editor sent out a little artists preview and I thought that was great, but these 144 pages are packed with the journal pages of 17 artists. It reads and feels like a book more than a magazine. I have only done a preliminary look-through and cannot wait for the plane ride tomorrow to see my family. I will have a few uninterrupted hours to read through the articles. I found it very touching that the pages they chose to use had special meaning to me personally. One was done in the hospital waiting room while my middle son was in surgery, one was late at night after waiting for my DH to come home only to find out he had missed the last flight out, a couple were about groups I belong to online, and one is about my journey in the land of the blog. It was only after this thought struck me that I realized that is what keeping a visual journal is all about. Capturing those moments, those feelings, with art as well as with words.
I’ll share a little snippet with you, but you will have to wait until January 1st to see this amazing publication.

A Special Christmas Gift

I went to the mailbox yesterday, fighting through the spitting snow and bitter cold, to find something that warmed my heart. My long-time, long seperated, artfully reunited, friend, Laurie Blau-Marshall sent me a little surprise with a book I purchased from her etsy shop. This is special, as it is her first published work, (Somerset Memories December 2008)and was done in honor of our friendship. I can’t tell you how wonderful it made me feel to open it. I’m honored Laurie, and though it graces my Christmas decortated fireplace mantel now, it will go into my studio to remind me of all of the wonderful things that have come out of my artful journey this past 1 1/2 years. Thank you girlfriend. May your holidays be filled with the warmth of family and friends!

Affirmative on the Affirmations!

Sometimes we work so hard to achieve something and then when someone says “OK, show me”, we are suddenly plagued with self-doubt. Such was the case for me this week. I have been working really hard on being published this year, striving toward validating my life-long artistic pursuit. My journey has finally lead me to this mountain and I have been climbing it joyfully, filled with excitement, full steam ahead! Several pieces of my work will be published June – August in The Stampers’ Sampler, with a guest artist feature in August. I have been working with the editor and copy editor these past two weeks and it has been a new level of excitement for me. My other endeavor has been to have an article published. I love Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine for their personal articles. I always find new techniques and inspiring words to help me along my journey, so a couple of months ago I submitted a query letter with my idea for an article along with some pictures of my work. The editor contacted me and they want me to submit the whole article and several pieces of work. BIGTIME dancing in the streets from me! But, after my feet got sore from dancing:-) I sat down to get busy and the self-doubting started in. Can I do this? Who will want to read it? Just reading the bios of other contributors is intimidating! I am largely self-taught, no fancy art degree, just a life-long love and lots of hands on experience. When these self-doubts started crowding in, I decided to take a nice long soak in the tub with a glass of wine and a good magazine, CPS, of course. I thumbed through the latest edition and there was an article by Kelly Rae Roberts about Affirmation Collages. This was just what I needed to hear! The funny thing is, this is the issue my artwork is in that was inspired by another one of her articles!! So, I decided to try her method, every time I have a doubt pop into my head I would write an affirmation to counteract it. The first affirmation I borrowed from her as it fits perfectly, “You can never do this” becomes “Do the thing you never thought you could do”. “Where do I start” becomes “Begin today”, “What do I say” becomes “Say it from your heart”. What are your affirmations? I encourage you to write them out and own them. We can do anything we set out to do as long as we keep trying. Today’s project is going to be to incorporate these into an affirmation collage to hang in my studio so that I won’t forget this valuable life lesson. If you want to see this issue look under my past blog posts.