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Sunday, July 13, 2008

New ACEO's and Some GOOD News!


I wanted to share with you some of my new ACEO's that I have been working on, only a couple of which will be available on my ETSY shop-the others are already spoken for. I have only done a few cards as part of my artistic endeavors so I felt the need to get this book to guide me along. They have one on Amazon for only 4.95 used so I definitely suggest anyone interested in this miniature art form to pick it up and learn more about it, there are some very cool techniques listed within the book. One of these days, I'd love to write a book on mixed media art techniques. Of course, I'll have to get better at what I do but I'm adding having a book published to my "bucket list".


Another thing I really wanted to do this year was to submit some of my work to a national magazine to be published. It's a scary thought to even do that because there's a good chance I'll be rejected but then again, I thought to myself--well it's really 50/50....they'll either say yes or say no. The odds aren't really bad when you think of them it those terms. It's definitely a NO if you don't do it, so why not? Well, I finally worked up the courage to put myself out there with the help of some friends encouraging me to do so. A new 'online' friend who was recently published (actually published several times) gave me additional guidance before and after my submission that really has helped me.

....and the good news is: My first submission was accepted and I am now working on an article for a large magazine in the art world!!! Whoooooohooooooooo!!! I'll give more details and issue date once everything is set in stone as I suppose anything can change between now and then, but as it stands right now, I should have something(s) published before the holidays!!!!!!! You have no idea how tickled I am but how scared I am that I will fall on my face..LOL. Debbie Doubter talking right now but her sister Positive Polly is the stronger of the two twins so I am going to plug away as if it's a done deal and do my best to make the August 1st deadline!
The moral of the story is, you must at least try--and sometimes try and try again if you really want something to happen. Inaction leads to sure failure; Action and motivation leads to accomplishments and achievements. I am so glad I bought the book The Secret as it really changed my mindset and has shown me how to believe in what I'm doing and live my life as if my goals are already achieved or on their way.
So maybe writing an art book isn't sooooo out of my reach. There are several online artists that have really catapulted their career over the last couple of years, one of which also has a book coming out early this fall. If you haven't ever checked out Kelly Rae's work, do so now!! You'll love her whimsical woman who are so very inspiring.
I love the name of her book....Taking Flight. I can totally relate to the meaning behind it.
Stay tuned for the rest of the story :)
Until then, have an artfully good week!

11 comments :

jodi said...

Congrats on the magazine article. Glad that life is better this weekend than last :-)!!! I look forward to the article and don't worry - you will be great. Look at how far you've come - which is an inspiration to me and actually has me working on more crafts instead of just rearranging the materials and being afraid to dig into them.

Mrs.Kwitty said...

YEAH!!!!

Oh!! that is so exciting! I'm very proud of you for putting it out there, girl. You are so right, how do you know if you don't try, right? You have such great style and I am sure this is just the beginning of many articles and such!

Congratulations.
Smiles, Karen

Alisa Nordholt-Dean said...

Congratulations on the article! Your work is incredible and unique...you totally deserve this! I have no doubt that you'll accomplish your goal of writing a book on art techniques. You have an amazing talent...no doubt this article is only the beginning for you. Oh and I love your ACEOs! I can't wait to get mine!
~Alisa

Regina said...

I'm very happy for you! I've considered submitting to publications, but never get around to it. You are inspiring me.
Your new ATC's are also inspired.
Blessings to you.

Paula said...

WA-HOO!!!! I'm so excited for you. Way to go following your dreams and making it happen! I can't wait to hear when the publishing date is. Great job!

Leigh Ann said...

I am so proud of you!

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you but most of all proud. Congratulations and let me know when its published...we need to buy it and celebrate. Your niece is taking AP drawing...11th grade but college credits. It starts today and goes till next June believe it or not....I will have to share with you her work as she has gotten the creative gene from you.
Love and miss you
Becky

Patti said...

You go girl. I'm not at all surprised that your work was accepted- just that you haven't already been published. Yay!
The book about ACEOs that you referred to, I'm confused (wow, really??:) about the title - you said Amazon but I'm not how to find it.
Thanks and visit soon!
patti

Karin@creativechaos said...

Congratulations!! No surprise they wanted your work....love these latest ACEO's just beautiful!

Heidi said...

Woo-hoo! Congrats!

PCarriker said...

We need to compare bucket lists-lol! My hubby is already pushing me to venture into the book arena. I can't wait to see your article-it will be fabulous I'm sure! You're going to have to quit your day job if you keep this up! Way to GO!
hugs,
Pam