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.