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Friday, January 11, 2008

Art Calendar Magazine


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I may have been sick for the past 10 days (I must be seriously out of shape), but today I woke up feeling much better. When I went down to the mailbox to collect what had been collecting for the past 3 days during my self-imposed quarantine, it was as if the Universe was sending me a peace offering after using me as a human test subject for every virus known to man.

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Opening my box I found the latest issue of Art Calendar Magazine. Inside, Diana Moses Botkin, a regular contributor to Art Calendar and a valued member of DailyPainters.com wrote a wonderful article about the Daily Painters site, including quotes and images from several of its members, including me. I was genuinely touched and honored (Thank you, Diana!!!). I knew of the article's creation last month, but was unsure if I'd be in it, so to find my favorite dessert painting in print was like Christmas morning all over again.

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This is the first time I've seen my work in print outside of flyers and invites to gallery shows that I may have been a part of. To see my name, my work, my quote in Art Calendar was surreal. My little inner artist child said, "Am I grown up enough to be in a magazine?? REALLY???" It's not that I don't take myself seriously, but I've always approached what I do with a little bit of goofiness? childlike whimsy? Take-a-stab-and-see-what-happens spontaneity, at least inside, so that when I found that spotlight on me, I wondered if the whole world was viewing me with crumbs on my face and scabs on my knees.

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It is simultaneously an empowering experience as well as one which heightens your sense of self-consciousness when you open a magazine and find your work staring back at you. Then you analyze your quote to see just how badly you butchered the English language or how much of a pseudo-intellectual windbag your words made you seem. Ah well. It could be worse. The readers could have seen what I post to my blog. Oh, wait. Now they will. (gulp)

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The article pages below are probably not at the best resolution for viewing, but this weekend I hope to add a new "In Print" section to my website, and will add readable links to the article there. This means I have to grow up now, doesn't it?