Friday, June 18, 2010

a sweet day with carmen

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carmen torbus is a creative fireball i've wanted to meet from the moment our paths crossed a few years ago. yesterday i got my wish! life brought her to kansas, and i got to rummage around in her imagination in person for an entire afternoon! we went to zen zero downtown for lunch, took a tour through the wonder fair art gallery and finished off the afternoon at pink box bake shop where we inhaled pastries and let the conversation drift on a thousand threads about art and life. if you haven't met carmen before, you'll love the verve and vitality of her world! her mind is forever spinning with spicy ideas, she always has something colorful baking in her art studio, and she's currently working on her first book, The Artist Unique, to be published next spring - a technique based guide to help others discover their creative groove and their own signature style. she is one of the most encouraging and supportive people i've met in the artist community and it was a thrill to finally meet her. what a delight of a day! thank you carmen!

29 comments:

Carmen said...

The pleasure was all mine Aimee!!! I can't wait to get together again!

xoxo,
Carmen

Inner Toddler said...

can't wait to get my hands on the book! what a treat for you two! xox

cath c said...

would have loved to have been there, too!

painted fish studio said...

how wonderful and inspiring! i'm going to sheepishly admit that i do not know who carmen is, but she sounds amazing so off i go, to learn more!

heather smith jones said...

And I see you are a contributor in her book yay!! :) It sounds like it will be amazing...

Monkey Mind said...

Thanks for sharing Carmen with us. I visited her site and I like her post with your work. I plan on spending on more time roaming around her site but for now I should pretend to be working!

Beth Niquette said...

I love the idea of rummaging around in one's creative mind!!! There are so many amazing artists who's minds I would love to look into!

What a marvelous treat! Thank you for sharing her with the rest of us!

lori vliegen said...

what a fantastic cyber-space-story!! so glad that you and carmen got to connect in person!! my fingers are crossed that someday life will take me to kansas.....i have a big ol' hug that i'd love to give to you for all of the inspiration that you share with me!!! (and when i come, can we please go to that pink bakeshop....?).
have a great weekend! xox, :))

p.s. LOVE your summertime studio.... :))

Sarah said...

Sounds like a great day!

Natasha said...

Three cheers for your book, Carmen. And what fun that you will be a part of that feast for the eyes, heart and creative soul, Aimee!

You both look WONDERFUL!! You have that "healthy, summertime, I just explored the firework colors within the creative mind while savoring some yummy wonderfulness from the Pink Bakeshop" glow. I love it.

S.E.Minegar said...

Lucky. Kansas seems pretty radical if you ask me. At least your neck of the woods!

Kelly Warren said...

yay! how fun for you both!

Christie said...

The meeting of creative minds -- what a blissful day! Looking forward to reading Carmen's book!

pixie said...

PEACHES! Both of you!

Gracia said...

Sounds wonderful and like it was a thrill for you both to meet. Hmmm... now where can I find some pastries to serve as early afternoon tea.

rachel awes said...

aimee, isn't this whole blog world AMAZING & how REAL & SOUL-POWERFUL our connections are?! LOVE the picture of the two of your shining faces. LOVE the inspiration fireworking. LOVE you, woman!
(i'm following up w/an email for sure!). xox

Ecobatt said...

What a frolic of a day! I'm so glad you two got to share your artistic auras with each other-I can't wait to see Carmen's book!

chrissy said...

oh i think carmen looks SOOOO fun.
what a joy for the both of you.
your blog is always so happy and uplifting.
thank you.
c

●• Thereza said...

wonderful! isn't it just great feeling when we finally meet the people we follow and follow our blogs in person?! i have not been disappointed with any of the guys i met so far, they always turn out to be just like they come across as in their blogs. fascinating!

Leah said...

When I was a child, music was the vehicle that enabled me to express my loneliness and it's still magic medicine for me. For the past decade, answer #1 would be Smetana's, "Moldau/Ma vlast".
#2. Love to play djembe and clarinet; love listening to good clarinet.
#3. About 25 years ago, I was at a Pete Seeger/Arlo Guthrie concert--definitely one of the high points in my life! Several years ago, I was in the audience when Esa Pekka Salonen conducted the Chicago Symphony. I don't remember what they played, but by the end of the concert I was in tears.

Leah said...

oops! my blogger inexperience is showing and I just posted on the Carmen comment instead of music.
Beautiful picture of Aimee and Carmen-you are both glowy and beautiful women! Sounds like the two of you are kindred spirits.

Bella Sinclair said...

Fantastic day!!! And you two are such lovely ladies. Really cool glasses, both of you!

Nicky Linzey said...

What a beautiful picture of you both!

AG Ambroult said...

I love when worlds collide. Glad it was everything you'd hoped it would be. Here's to lasting real-life, in- person friendships. :)

Veja cecilia said...

so nice to see you! and what a great meeting:)

nathalie et cetera said...

sounds like a great day. love the pink boxes!

BT said...

wow, she sounds an absolute star, though what she could teach you I can't imagine! My son loved his plaques that I bought from you and the words, especially the one about raising children. I'm glad you shared such a great afternoon.

oneartistjournal said...

I wannnnna meet her...and you toooooooooooooooo beautiful one!
XOXOrly

Cassandra Rae said...

Carmen is how I met your blog and I must say that you rock! You totally inspire me to be more of me unedited and me likes that! Thank you for putting your art, yourself out there so boldly and brightly. You are certainly shining the way.