For months I have been waiting for the new issue of Somerset Art Journaling Winter 2011 to be released because my HuG style journal and artwork is featured within it's pages. The anticipation has been driving me insane all week. The excitment, almost too much to carry. Yesterday I got my copy. What an awesome way to end 2010 and what a wonderful way to ring in 2011. I am one very happy artist right now. I am blushing with joy. I am glowing brighter than that great big crystal ball that will be dropping in Times Square later tonight.
And I can't tell you how honored I was when I received word that my submission had been accepted. I am grateful too. Seeing my journal in these pages and being amongst many artists who I admire and adore and who feel like friends on this art journey that we are taking; I am just in awe, very humble awe.
Somerset always does an amazing job on all of their publications but Art Journaling has to be my own personal favorite hands down, because it's more about the artists than techniques, about why they journal and what it means to them; a personal look at the artist behind the journals they create. And when it comes to the art within it's pages. AWESOME. The artwork is showcased so brilliantly. The artwork is as much the star as the artist who created it, the words and images truly touch and move me including my own. I don't remember being that candid and yet those are my words. I hope they are able to reach out and if nothing else, encourage at least one person to take the plunge into keeping an art journal. I want to get to know these artist's and AJ makes that happen within it's pages. I am among friends.
Some of the other artists in this issue whose work I adore are:
And I am sure that after I read through this issue and go back and read it all a 2nd and 3rd time that I will find more kindred spirits whose hearts are made with paint, paper, pens, fabric and all held together with glue.
And a very special thank you and shout out goes to Mary Ann Moss for being the catalyst of a year full of many new friends and many, many journals. You are the best!!!!! I am looking forward to many, many more in 2011!