Monday, October 20, 2008

Blogs and Books




It's about time I did an update. I sure hope I don't get into the habit of doing one every month.

Well, I am very excited to be featured on the blog 'Path of Heart'. It is a wonderful gathering of artists who honor Julia Cameron's very popular book 'The Artist's Way'. I had read this book many years ago, and found it incredibly inspirational. A delightful artist nicknamed 'Garlic' contacted me, and wrote up a lovely interview, with one of my favorite paintings being showcased. You can find the blog here : http://smartists.blogspot.com/

I started reading this blog and couldn't stop, the stories and authors really drew me in. Take a peek, and you will see what I mean.

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Another good note, I will also have some of my ACEOs featured in a book called 'Create. Collect. Trade. A Collection of Artist Trading Cards Created by Artists and Students'. I decided to participate this year as it is for a good cause, and I will be joining many other terrific artists. Check out the blog if you are interested in joining, or purchasing a copy of the book which will help purchase books for the students... http://createcollecttrade.blogspot.com/

For those unfamiliar with ACEOs, they are little mini works of art that must measure 2.5" x 3.5" (which is the size of a playing card). I have done so many of these fun little cards, and sold many on Ebay and Etsy. With the Christmas season coming upon us (YAY!!) I plan to do many more. Check out my Etsy store if you'd like to see what ACEO cards I have available for sale. The pumpkin patch fairy on top of this post is an ACEO.

Meanwhile, I have been concentrating on mixed media paintings. I just finished a large 12 x 24 painting for my younger sis's birthday, and am happy to say she loved it. Here is a pic I took before it was done...



Now that this large project is finished, I must find time to start on the new workshop I signed up for with Wyanne, another of my favorite artists. It started Sept. 29th and I haven't done a single exercise yet! I am very excited to learn even more techniques for backgrounds, as that tends to be my weak area.
The internet has opened a whole new world for me with regards to art classes. I always thought that you could only be taught in a class room, but after finishing my Suzi Blu workshop, I know that is no longer true. The best part is you can work at your own pace, and meet so many incredibly talented people from around the world. I am hooked, and am already planning my next one.
I would highly recommend online workshops for any artists out there who want to work on their craft. If we stop learning, our art becomes stale. Art for me is a life long passion, and my one true love :-) With the selection of books and youtube videos out there, how on earth can you ever be bored? My only problem with that is I enjoy them so much I forget to do my own...so on that note, I am off to begin working on my latest girl....

Wishing you a fantastic day, and many blessings

1 comment:

Jennifer Roberson Williams said...

Congrats on getting your art published!

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who is just getting started in Wyanne's class. I just finished up Suzi's class as well. I still have a bunch of paintings I need to finish from her class. I learned a tremendous amount though. I hope to learn as much from Wyanne's class!