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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fashion-Inspired Art & Haiti Update

When Somerset Studio issued a call for fashion-inspired art last January, (Collage Obsession) I decided to send in three of my art journal pages for consideration. Actually, one of the pages was my husband's anniversary card, but I surreptitiously stole it back and off it went! I didn't hear anything from the magazine for months, but I kept my fingers crossed. Yesterday in my mailbox was a copy of the new issue, and I thought, "Hmmmmmm, I don't have a subscription to this magazine..." My hopes leapt because I know that Somerset always sends artists complimentary copies when their work appears. So, I tore off the wrapping and flipped through the pages and, sure enough, there they were! On pages 116 and 117, you can see these three pages.
































































I thought Somerset did a wonderful job of the styling and layout of my work, and I especially loved the way the color, the texture and the uneven edges of the watercolor paper showed. The entire magazine is full of tips, techniques, and amazing fashion-inspired art by some of my favorite artists. I have always been a big fan of Somerset Studio, and I feel so lucky that my work was included in such a beautiful and inspiring publication.

NOW for an update on Have a HeART for Haiti. I hope you haven't given up on me. The logistics of the auction have proved to be slightly more complicated than I originally thought, but I think I've figured out the most efficient way to hold the auction. I had a few obstacles in June, which I will try to describe briefly. Right after school was out, my son, who was traveling in Greece on a cruise ship, broke his foot PLAYING BASKETBALL. My time and efforts then became devoted to making international phone calls to be sure he was okay and to helping him locate crutches, so he could disembark from the ship on time, limp to a hospital for a real cast and follow-up treatment and make alternate travel plans, since he could no longer carry his 70 lb. backpack. Actually, he accomplished all of this himself, and my phone calls were for naught, except to provide moral support. He is now fine, fitted with a walking cast, and recuperating happily in Barcelona, probably in a pub, watching the World Cup. I then went on my annual ladies' pilgrimage to Myrtle Beach for some lovely girl time and came home with a raging case of strep throat. Once recovered, I found that I had lost my Internet connection! After 5 phone calls to Dell (for a grand total of six hours, grrrr.....), two hours with a technician in my home (during which he exacerbated the problem), new parts were ordered, and I am scheduled for further repairs later this week. My computer time has been limited to the few moments that I've been able to steal on my husband's laptop. I am currently unable to access my own documents and pictures from my hardrive. I had to resave these journal pages and e-mail them to myself to publish them here today. Once my Internet connection is restored, I will send you all instructions and links to the auction site. Thank you so much for your patience, the letters of enquiry you've sent about this project, and for not giving up on me. I'm very sorry about the length of this post, but I wanted to update you while I had the chance. Thank you again for your compassion and generosity in reaching out to help the people of Haiti.

Love,
Kathy

17 comments:

Janet Ghio said...

Yikes! you've been through it! and most of those things were supposed to be fun-your son in Greece-you at Myrtle Beach. Sorry about your computer-hope you will be able to access your files and pictures!! I love the pieces your made for Somerset and Congratulations!!

Kathy said...

Don't you worry Janet. I did have fun at MB and, believe me, Wesley is having a blast in Europe. He still plans to stay the entire 3 months, and I bet he's milking that broken foot for all it's worth!

Ophelia said...

First, I really love your art journal pages. So amazing.
I have not been keeping up with you like I should here in blogland, and I see that you have had so much going on....
Life and incidents always seem to get there and happen right when you need it to the least. I will have to take some time and go back through your posts to see what you have been up to...seemslike a lot.
Be well.

sara's art house said...

I love these!

Elena said...

Amazingly beautiful! I'll be running out to get Somerset now!

Lori Saul said...

Congrats- I will get my magazine soon and check it out- fabulous art Kathy and perfect for the theme!

Sandy said...

Wow wow wow these are amazing.
So wonderful art. Gorgeous work as always.

Janet said...

Congratulations on having your art in Somerset! They're all beautiful pieces.

And so sorry to hear all the things that you've had happen recently! It always seems to go like that for me, too....if it rains, it pours!

Taluula said...

Oh Kathy, I am so happy that your work will appear in Somerset Studio, as it's one of my most favourite magazines AND because you are a very talented artist.

It does sound as though you have had your fair share of mishaps just lately, but I hope everything is good now.

Ann

rebecca said...

you have had your heart and hands full!!!

we are all here when you are ready to rock on haiti.

congratulations on your publication!!

take care...and keep us posted.

xoxoxox,
rebecca

Lizbethem said...

Many congratulations on being featured in Stampington. Love the pages!

Lorraine said...

lovely original paintings.. well done and congrats on being published in one of my fav publications

*jean* said...

ooo congratulations!!!!

Sharon said...

Love your art journal pages and His card, Congratulations of publication.

Outside The Lines said...

Congratulations on your work published in Sommerset! That is awesome and I love the work you submitted!

Gaby Bee said...

Congratulations on being featured in Stampington. Your pages are amazing. Love especially the first one! Brilliant!

Kristin said...

Brilliant! I loved it - had to get another copy (gave mine away!) in order to check it out (more carefully)! I am so excited for you; they are beautifully featured!
Kristin xo