Tuesday, May 10, 2011
the artist unique
This morning I was nursing a massive driving hangover, the kind that comes with driving 730 miles in one day, and the instant cure arrived in the mail! It was my copy of The Artist Unique by Carmen Torbus. This was over two years in the making, and when Carmen asked me to be involved with this book it was significant for so many reasons: it was my first opportunity to contribute to an art book (one I never dreamed of having when I first started this blog); the writing portion nudged me to think about how I created my art (and why); and most of all, I believed so strongly in the essence of the book: the importance of uncovering one's own artistic style. It is not a project-oriented book that teaches you how to create just like someone else; it gives you the techniques of different artists (including those of some of my favorites: Jessica Swift, Leah Piken Kolidas and Bridgette Guerzon Mills) and teaches you how to make them your own.For my section, Carmen picked two doodles that have been with me nearly from the beginning -- Secret Garden and Identity -- and I shrieked something fierce when I saw the book in person. It is SO beautifully designed, written, photographed, and arranged. I was so giddy that my tension headache dissolved right away and I almost forgot that I had spent 14 hours yesterday wheedling/begging/coercing my 4 year old to use those damn magic potties (the horrifyingly loud self-flushing ones) that seem to have overtaken every rest stop in the nation.
So it goes without saying that I am a very happy girl today. Thank you, Carmen, for your inspiration -- your friendship -- your creative spirit -- and your encouragement to keep myself in my own art. ♥
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