1000 Artist Journal Pages; My Surprised Delight
I have to admit, I wasn't all that excited at first about the release of 1000 Artist Journal Pages. Somewhere in my mind, I had decided it's kinda silly to write a book, showcasing these pages, when people could just simply look online -at no cost, for inspiration.
I'm now, totally eating those words -- err thought.
(Can you even eat a thought? Much less words? Hmmm....)
Sidenote for those who know me well: SEE- I really CAN admit when I'm wrong.
All silliness aside, it was yet another lesson for me in passing judgement on something before fully experiencing it. Had I not been in the book, I probably wouldn't have bought it -- and I truly would have been missing out. I say this not to upset anyone, but beacuse I'm sure others have thought it too.
I now know that there really is something to be said for having those amazing journal entries all wrapped up in the handy form of a book. Unlike my computer, I can curl up in my favorite chair and get lost in the diversity and wide range of artistic skills & styles found between the pretty covers.
I was exposed to artists I may have never otherwise never heard of; styles I may never have otherwise seen; and ideas i may not have had have been rushing through my mind as a result. The first day I picked it up - I was inside my studio within an hour for the first time in weeks. It has become my go-to resource for a quick flash of creative caffeine. My love and admiration of this book, really shocked me; as did the effect it has had on me.
I actually, surpringisly, kinda like that there's not alot of text. Really, that is part of it's charm - the accessibility of it, and how even if I only have seconds to spare, I can get something out of it. That - my friends - is priceless.
Totally swiped this image from Dawn's Blog, since it shows 2 of my pages.
So Thank You Dawn, for asking me to be a part of this fabulous collaboration ( you'll find 6 of my pages in the book on pages 97 and 98 ) and reminding me the value of showcasing art in this form! Dawn also posted an interview with me on her blog last friday, and will be featuring other artists as well. Be sure to take a look!
The best part is I get to meet her! I can't wait-especially since it'll be at the convenZioNE this month -- There will be a showing of some of the pages seen in the book, and Dawn will be signing copies -- I am determined to be first in line! (dare to push your way past me) If the book had such a positive affect on me -- can you imagine what breathing in the originals will do? I can almost hear the oohhs and ahhs now.....
I get goosebumps when I think of it! I hope to see some of you there!
Speaking of which -- I have a few hundred pounds of supplies, and vendor day stuff to ship out there. I best get crackin'. One day soon, I want to do an in depth post on my journaling process, and finally confess to exactly just how many journals I have.
They say admitting you have a problem, is the first step to recovery....
The Addicted One,
P.S. I have some, but not all of my journal pages online at Flickr. Check It Out. That reminds me, I have a ton of pages to add there soon. Ikes - so many to-dos, so little to-do-time.