Tuesday, May 10, 2011

the artist unique

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the-artist-unique

This morning I was nursing a massive driving hangover, the kind that comes with driving 730 miles in one day, and the instant cure arrived in the mail! It was my copy of The Artist Unique by Carmen Torbus. This was over two years in the making, and when Carmen asked me to be involved with this book it was significant for so many reasons: it was my first opportunity to contribute to an art book (one I never dreamed of having when I first started this blog); the writing portion nudged me to think about how I created my art (and why); and most of all, I believed so strongly in the essence of the book: the importance of uncovering one's own artistic style. It is not a project-oriented book that teaches you how to create just like someone else; it gives you the techniques of different artists (including those of some of my favorites: Jessica Swift, Leah Piken Kolidas and Bridgette Guerzon Mills) and teaches you how to make them your own.For my section, Carmen picked two doodles that have been with me nearly from the beginning -- Secret Garden and Identity -- and I shrieked something fierce when I saw the book in person. It is SO beautifully designed, written, photographed, and arranged. I was so giddy that my tension headache dissolved right away and I almost forgot that I had spent 14 hours yesterday wheedling/begging/coercing my 4 year old to use those damn magic potties (the horrifyingly loud self-flushing ones) that seem to have overtaken every rest stop in the nation.

So it goes without saying that I am a very happy girl today. Thank you, Carmen, for your inspiration -- your friendship -- your creative spirit -- and your encouragement to keep myself in my own art. ♥

52 comments:

painted fish studio said...

eeeeee! awesome. congratulations, aimee & carmen! it looks amazing, and i can't wait to see it in person!

Laura Bolter said...

Wow!!!!! That is soooo very cool! Congrats!

Carmen said...

I'm still giddy that you agreed to be a part of it!!! I'm still pinching myself.

Thank YOU my friend!

xoxo,
Carmen

T.L. Holmes Williams said...

I agree with these ladies...more proof of your awesomeness!!
Congratulations, Aimee!! :D

Grabbing My Happy said...

That is soooooo stinkin' cool! You rock! :)

JessiVille said...

Wow Aimee, congrats! Your art deserves to be showcased liked this! What wonderful valadation of your art and who you are.

artistaprilcole@gmail.com said...

Hip, hip... hooray! Congratulations :]
I just got mine from Amazon, this weekend. LOVE IT!!!!

la ninja said...

guapa! artista!

Joy said...

Congratulations! :)

-Joy

Marcia (123 blog) said...

Congratulations, dear Aimee!

So very cool and affirming :)

rachel awes said...

aimee!!! this is soooo
exciting!
your pages look fabulous!!!
ooooh, i want to seeeee!
i'm dancing you in
loopty loos & twirling
your locks in paint brushes!!!
eeeeeeeee! youuuuuuuuuuu!
looooooooove! xoxoxxxo

Shelly said...

HAPPY! HAPPY! YAAAAAAAAYYY!!! So wonderful! I'll have to get a copy! Congratulations!!!! (And lots and lots more exclamation points!!!) :) -Shelly

nacherluver said...

Congrats to you! Looks like a great book. Going to have to get my hands on one. :)

Karen Blados said...

Hurray! Congratulations! I'm off to order my copy.

MaryL said...

That is so wonderful!! I am thrilled for you!!! Keep having a great day and ride the high! :)))

iHanna said...

Congratulations! It is a big step to be included in a book and this sounds like a very interesting one, already on my wish list! :-)

Sharon said...

Can't wait to get a copy! I have aleways loved your art.

Isabel said...

Congrats!!!!!Cant wait to go buy my copy!!:O)

Kelly Warren said...

Congrats Aimee and Carmen! Can't wait to see the book!

Seema said...

Hey I made some cards inspired by by your works. :) http://seemasartcorner.blogspot.com/2011/05/cards.html

Really like your work ..it's upbeat and inspiring.

Jan | Daisy Janie said...

It looks like an amazing book! I'm sure I could get lost in it for a long time, esp knowing some of the wildly talented artists who contributed to it! Congratulations on the feature and getting to see your work in another light!!

Nicole : Three By Sea said...

Congrats on the book, though honestly, given your awesome talent, I don't find this nearly as amazing or surprising as surviving a 730-miles-in-a-day road trip with a four-year-old! Mad props for everyone making it home alive!
(PS-I read somewhere keeping a pad of post-it notes in your purse and covering the toilet sensor with them help to keep the little ones from freaking the hell out over the toilet monster's roars!)

Nicole : Three By Sea said...

Oh, I almost forgot- the page with your artist bio/photo is also included in the Amazon preview!

Andria said...

Congratulations! The book looks VERY interesting...can't wait to check it out!

On a different note...I had the same problem with automatic flush potties until I told my toddler I could change it into a manual flush just by putting a sticky note over the sensor (or drape toilet paper over it). We haven't had a single problem since!

Kat W said...

Congratulations Aimee!! How exciting being featured in a beautifully created book. It sounds great. I shall have to see if I can squeeze it into my groaning amazon basket :-)
Kat X

freebird said...

Congratulations! I'm sure you've known about this for a while but seeing it! Touching it! That makes a huge difference. Way to go girl!

Bella Sinclair said...

OH OH OH OH OHHHHHHHHHH!!! That's so freakin' fantastic!!! Congratulations. These pages look so GREAT! Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!

chrissy said...

THIS IS AWESOME. i can.t wait to get my own copy.
yeeeee!

peggyfussell said...

Congratulations! I'm going to get myself a copy ASAP!
I laughed hard about the "magic potty" I spent way too many travel hours with my hand over the monster potty's blinking red eye while my little one sat in terror. Why do they have to be so loud?

Nicky Linzey said...

Well done Aimee - you deserve it!

Pointy Pix said...

Aimee, that is so exciting - what a great achievement and one to be so proud of! The book looks beautiful and I like that it gives an insight into other artists' work without being a 'how to' guide. Will it be available internationally (on Amazon perhaps?) as I would love to get a copy but the import taxes from America to UK are usually quite prohibitive!

Trade Your Talent said...

wow, looks great! just shared this on facebook!! and congratulations for contributing!

Sue Pownall said...

Congratulations.

Cindy said...

bravo, aimee! looks fabulous!

d.ambrose said...

I am new to your blog but have enjoyed every word of it. After checking out the preview of the book I was so inspired I had to buy one. I am so excited it should arrive on Monday!!!

tulpen said...

congrats! how cool for you!

Lynn Fisher said...

Congrats Aimee...I can't wait to run out and get it!

Inner Toddler said...

this is fantastic. I can't wait to get my hands on it. these projects can take so long when they're done right but worth the wait!! congrats my dear!

AG Ambroult said...

AIMEE! that is so very cool. Look at you in print! Congrats to you. The book sounds amazing, and...unique.
I'll keep an eye out for it soon!

Trish said...

can't wait to read it!!

Susan said...

Super cool, Aimee. Just like you!!!

Anairam said...

Congratulations! I can imagine the gratification and wonder of seeing one's work in print, and your stuff is so beautiful (I have, after all, 4 prints here in my study to inspire me!).
WOw, that is a Looooooooong trip - and all in one day?? I admire you!

Jill Berry said...

Aimee this is fab, how your art and your place in the world is unfolding. Congratulations to all of you that made this book a reality, I personally know what an ordeal it is. Will buy my own copy today!!!!!!

Christine E-E said...

what an awesome accomplishment. can't wait to get my hands on this book. of course, i have several of your other published articles, so i can "drool" (that's sounds so baby-like) over them too!
Ohhh - your 700 mile trip sounded gosh darn-hard! we used to remedy the "potty" issue by putting our camping chamber POT in the van!

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Sweet Mess said...

Congratulations! I look forward to holding it in person. It looks very rich in inspiration!

●• Thereza said...

wow congrats Aimee :) you go girl!!!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations Aimee! I will definitely be getting a copy!

meg duerksen said...

YAY!!!!
this is awesome!

L'Atelier said...

this is truly amazing! congratulations!!!! been off the net for a bit, so only catching up now... i definitely will try and get my hands on the book it does look amazig- and i dont just simply want it - I NEED IT