we interrupt my NYC adventures for this announcement

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Seth Apter is at it again – building community, proving that the art world is ABUNDANT and that there is plenty and joy for all. His book The Pulse of Mixed Media, became a call for work on his blog, and now it has become an exhibit. I am excited to be a tiny part of this endeavor – you can see my contribution featured in this post. And I hope someone who lives locally will go take some nice pictures as I just can’t travel another centimeter this year! If you live near the space I hope you will go and see the show and take home some tiny mixed media loveliness for the holidays.

my work for the show

my work for the show

and so it goes

It has been a long emotional day. It started sleep deprived and very early, our new kitten thinks I should get up at the same time to feed and play with her – she doesn’t know its spring break so I want to sleep in. As I was up I decided to grade some rough drafts, they have to be graded at some point. What a relief to find they were actually much better than I had expected!

Then I checked in online. Louise from the Artist Book Collective included a picture of my book on her post today. One of the great things about the internet is how it has miraculously brought such amazing people and opportunities into my creative life. And Lou has been the inspiration behind my new bindings, it was her call for work that finally spurred me to take the idea out of my sketchbook and actually start playing around with it – so GLAD that happened.

Then I saw this link to an article and some great video from the small press book fair. I think the video gives you a really good feeling for the energy and the amazing amount of NOISE in that space, still I enjoy it more every year and wouldn’t miss it! Thanks to all ay WNYBAC for sharing that!

Then the news came – I didn’t make it to the next round of interviews. I was pretty crushed, but mostly I felt as if I had let my poor hubby down again. He was so excited about the possibility of a new start, and then it was gone. I have to believe that the universe has something better waiting out there for me, but in the meantime I am a bit disappointed and still worried about our financial situation. I know worrying won’t change anything, or make me feel better but it seems it is just my nature.

So I retreated to my studio, I have been working on something for a call for work Seth posted over on his blog, related to his wonderful new book. I can’t post any pictures as I want him to be the first to see it. Maybe if I am pleased with it I will post pictures later.

So now it is late, I have been up too long. I am drained and a little sad. I have my art and a room of my own. I am loved. It WILL all come out right in the end. So goodnight.

what a blessed life!

I am sure many of you have already seen at least one post about this book – The Pulse of Mixed Media from the generous Seth Apter over at The Altered Page. If you don’t know Seth through his blog – he really is one of the most amazing people – building a great community for artists online, and his work – such beautiful blues! Anyway, some of you already know that I have two tiny paragraphs in his new book – and I am thrilled to be a little part of this great endeavor, my first time in print in a book.

The book spills out all the deep dark secrets of mixed media artists working at many levels and in a great variety of media. All month Seth is offering a chance to win autographed copies of the book over at his blog. He is also running a month long event where he features a new contributing artist from the book everyday. I am pretty astonished at the honesty of these artists as they share the experience of navigating art as life. I hope you’ll take some time to check out Seth’s blog, and if you want to know what secret I spilled – you’ll have to go buy a copy!!

black and white & read all over!

Today I’d like to start out with a plug, the amazing Seth Apter over at The Altered Page is publishing a book. (I have mentioned this before as I am included in the book in a small way.) Seth will be holding a book signing event in NYC. You can read all about it here. Seth is a great guy who has created a really inclusive mixed media community through brilliant blogging. I have worked on some of his projects and I hope I will be able to work with him again in the future. Congratulations to Seth and all the other artists involved in the book.

And now for another plug – before the holidays my photographer friend Jennifer and I applied for a grant to fund a project idea we had. I am proud to announce that we received that funding and are embarking on a crazy big art event! It all began last year on SWAN Day, our little, hastily planned event was such a success I wanted to think of ways to keep the momentum going. I live in a great community filled with creative people, but as in so many other small places we are often invisible and can feel isolated from the art world at large. A casual conversation turned into an opportunity to stage a large exhibit of women’s art work, and from there the whole thing sort of snowballed into a two month long extravaganza. There will be workshops, lectures, art salons where artists can talk about their work, an art market and a day long series of events on SWAN Day that will culminate with the unveiling of a new installation created by Jenn and myself in partnership with the community. I am excited, scared and amazed at how this has all come together – you can find all the details of what is going on over on (where else) the project blog!

OK that’s the news, over to the weather (in the studio) which is hot, hot, hot!! Not literally of course because it is winter, but because ideas seem to be flooding into me faster than I can get them down. This new series of bindings is exciting and challenging and has broken the creative log dam. I am working and sketching furiously, and new things keep on bubbling up. This is a welcome relief after all the worrying at the end of my last project. Isn’t it amazing how one tiny idea can become the germ of a whole body of work? Lots of work to do, so I leave you with a picture of another new binding. And one tiny complaint – again the universe sends me a tedious repetitive series of ideas, just punching the holes for this binding took over an hour – but I am not really complaining – happy to be productively back at work!! Still trying to figure out the best way to execute these with good tension…hmmm on to the next one!!