So, at long last the book is out. It’s titled “Art Circus,” and it’s author is Lisa Kettell. The book is really wonderful! It’s chock full of altered art, all with a circus/fantasy theme. Three pieces of my assemblage art are included in the guest artists section. I can’t tell you how wonderful and amazing it feels to see one’s creation in print! I look at the pictures and think, wow! I made that! How cool!!! It gives me goose bumps in a good way!
Lisa has become a dear friend to me, and she is an awesome artist – and an awesome person!! – her designs are full of magic and whimsy and have always been a huge inspiration to me. She has always been uber-supportive of my efforts, and she unselfishly spreads her good fortune and hard work to other unknown artists expecting nothig in return. She truly is a very special person, and I am privileged and blessed to have come to know her.
Lisa’s book also features artwork from several guest artists, including: Gina Smith, Jennifer Hayslip, Lori Karla, Debrina Pratt, Izabella Pierce, Laurie Duncan, Marla Tomlinson, Amanda Howard, Ann-Denise Anderson, Alejandra Pliegro, Wanda Eash, Sandra Koterba and ME!!! (WHOO HOO!) I know many of these fabulous artists from Flickr and from other internet groups, and their artwork is just truly amazing. So if you can, check out the book – you won’t be disappointed!
I must really thank Lisa Kettell for asking me to submit my artwork for her book. Lisa has been such an inspiration to me and has incuded my art work in several volumes of her indie magazine, “The Faerie Zine,” (soon to be a real magazine published quarterly, I think) and has been a true champion of my artwork. Congratulations on your latest publishing endeavor, Lisa, and thank you for your unselfish promotion of mine and other’s art works. I hope someday, somehow I can do for you what you’ve done for me. I am truly in your debt.
So, I am still floating on the clouds about this, and hoping that someday maybe I’ll improve my poetry enough to get that published, too! My retirement just cannot come fast enough – I have so many avenues of interest I want to pursue. I plan to start writing seriously again, as well as get more serious about getting more of my artwork published – hopefully in one of Stampington’s magazines. I’m hoping, too, that the jewelry thing will take off. I would love to create art jewelry from scratch someday. I’ve also thought about teaching art. Who knows? All I know is that when I do retire, I start a whole new life – one I am looking forward to immensely!