One of my dreams came true. To my surprise and delight my artwork was chosen to grace the cover of the new Somerset Art Journaling which will be available April 1st. It is truly and honor to have my art on the cover. As always Somerset puts so much heart into each issue. And yes, I have an article within it's pages. My artwork has been featured several times over the last couple of years but I will hold this issue close to my heart for a very long time to come.
I encourage all of you to submit your art work and send it out into the world. Give yourself a chance. It is an incredible feeling to see your work in print and to know that others are being inspired by what you've created. Every so often I will get an email from someone I don't know, that wants to share that they have been touched by my work in some way or by what I've written and shared and that feels so very good inside. It's an affirmation that creating isn't just a silly waste of time. It's not.
A couple of years ago I was contacted by the lead editor over at Cloth Paper Scissors who told me that A young woman had contacted them and was so moved by my artwork that she wanted to print several of the photos from the article into posters and use for her graduation party from college. They needed my permission to release the copyright. She then contacted me and told me that the artwork so reflected how she felt about her goals she hoped to achieve in her life that she wanted to put the posters up to share her feelings with her guests. I was so very touched and moved that my humble artwork and touched her so deeply.
Those kind of moments takes creativity to the next level.
Yes, there is some work involved with getting published and it can be a little bit stressful the first time, but trust me when I say that the staff over at Stampington publications are amazing and awesome. They make the process as painless as possible. I've also been featured in Cloth Paper Scissors and they are wonderful too. Each publication has it's own process for submitting work and they include submission guidelines within the pages of each issue.
And don't let a challenge or theme discourage you because often times if they really, really love what you've done, they will hold it for a future issue. It can mean your artwork has gone on an extended vacation without you but rest assured, it's in good hands.
Give it a shot. You won't know unless you try. And if they say no, try again. I've gotten a few rejection letters with the return of my work and ya know what? You just keep at it. Never give up trying.