|Love Came Down by Crystal Neubauer|
What an embarrassing confession to make. You see, I have never been the type to really like surprises. But I actually love surprises!
Such a contradictory statement. What I really mean is that I don't like waiting when I know something good is coming, but I honestly do love a good surprise. And yesterday two packages arrived, both were presents from my husband and I knew one was exactly what I asked for (engaged my excellent sleuthing skills via return address label) and the other was a mystery and I could hardly wait to find out what it was!
So here I am now, sheepishly sitting in front of the fireplace, new boots on my feet and two beautifully handcrafted mugs sitting on the coffee table in front of me, grateful for the many changes that have marked my life this year, and for those in my husband, who didn't get defensive or upset at my momentary lapse into self-centeredness, but instead good-naturedly "snuck" into the living room to wrap my gifts, refusing my embarrassed pleas to wait until dinner tonight like he had planned.
And as if this little story weren't enough to make a girl feel completely happy on her birthday, today I get to share some really exciting news with you and some really really exciting new news with you! (And WOW! Have I had a tough time waiting to share the surprise!)
First off, I am so thrilled to be the featured artist over on The Altered Page today. Seth Apter, author of said blog, is spotlighting 30 artists in 30 days. Each one of the 30 are featured in his newest book, to be released this month, titled "The Mixed Media Artist: Art Tips, Tricks, Secrets, and Dreams From Over 40 Amazing Artists"
Really, he is the amazing one. Seth has a way of truly finding the best of the mixed media art world and sharing it through his unique vision in texture, color, rhythm and harmony. His own art and pictures resonate deeply with me and has brought me back to his blog time and again over the many many years that I have been following him. Each time I have been moved to comment on something (which happens often!) he is so gracious to reply. To say that I was honored to be invited to be a part of the stellar line up in his second book would be the understatement of the year. I am still in awe of the invitation and even more in awe of the visual stimulation and ideas that will be found within its pages.
Don't walk, run on over to Seth's blog and check out the artists he has featured so far this month, leave him a comment on any of the 30/30 posts and you will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a signed copy of your own!
|Come What May by Crystal Neubauer|
And now without further ado, the news I have so eagerly been waiting to share with you - you know the confession I made above, about my love/hate relationship with surprises?? This year has been an absolute dream year, both in my personal life and in my career. It seems to be a year of reaping a harvest that just keeps getting better and better. . .
A long long long time dream of writing my own book is coming to fruition. After writing for, and sharing my own work in, three different books in one year, I knew it was time to finally submit a proposal of my own.
Over three years ago I was approached by an editor for North Light Books asking if I would be interested in writing and I said "hold on, let me think about it". . . HA! No, I said a wholehearted YES!!! But then life was happening in waves at that time and I knew the timing was not right for me so I pulled back.
But this year I knew it was my year. And indeed it is! Not only did I begin to have absolute clarity on what I wanted to say and share, but the editors at North Light so caught my vision that they approved my proposal and expanded it beyond what even I had imagined, deciding to make a special hard cover edition out of it and cross promote it between their fine art and mixed media divisions!
Whew! This is one lucky and blessed girl and to get to share it with you on my birthday is just plain icing on the cake! Yes, without further ado, this month marks a life long dream come true as I begin writing "The Art of Intuitive Collage".
This truly is a redeemed life.