New book, art-journaling workshops, and other notes for 2013 December 6, 2012Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.
It never ever snows here in Southern California by the beach. But comes December and falling snow flakes start appearing on my blog screen. I just noticed that they go wherever my cursor goes, left or right, but never go back up where they came from, how metaphorical. They are not real, I know, but somehow when they are suddenly there in front of my eyes, they manage to cause me to flush with an invigorating sense of newness, and hopefulness. Hopefulness not just for me, but for all of us occupying vast stretches of land here on earth. These gently downward floating snowflakes, slightly hesitant, urge me to take deep breaths for the purpose of filling my lungs with new air to support all that’s coming my way. I am well and ready. Although quite content with the way things just are, I am enlivened by thoughts of what’s coming next year, thoughts of the things I eagerly wish to make happen, collaborations, and of the natural creative treasures I intend to draw out from various hideouts of me and of others.
Currently, I am working on my second book, 14 ARTIST JOURNALS, which doesn’t feel like work at all, more of a daily celebration of sorts. This time showcasing the art journals of fourteen spirited types. Fourteen exuberantly creative individuals I find to be super courageous about their lives, dismissive of creative blocks, and strongly flavorsome (-: among many other things. These general characteristics of the contributors, mingled with mine, form idiosyncratic relations between us, connecting them to me and to each other in sweet and unusual ways. With this book, beyond my ever obvious mission to allure more to take on visual journaling practices, I hope to draw the attention to the importance of not only becoming a creative being but of creating special bonds with others in any way possible. The book will be available for purchase soon, in February 2013, on Amazon, at my eStore, and wherever you find me in person.
In the meantime, ONE ARTIST JOURNAL is waiting to be printed for you on a moment notice and is ready to make a fantastic gift for yourself and for another this holiday season. If you intend to buy it please do it through my blog, under ‘My Book’ or CreateSpace, not through Amazon please, that is if you’d like to support my work. It can be ordered from whatever continent you are from.
Teaching in the place of my residence is one of my greatest passions. In the last few years I’ve been teaching monthly ART-JOURNALING WORKSHOPS in Southern California in Redondo Beach, two hours driving south, in San Diego, and starting in January 2013, two hours driving north, in Santa Barbara. These are eventful intimate happenings, thought up to be enjoyed and to promote personal creative evolution, whether you are a one time student or continuous. All is welcome no matter where you are on your creative path. The workshops, locations, and dates are posted here on my blog. To receive my detailed monthly workshop newsletter, please email me (my email address can be always found on my blog’s sidebar) and request to be added to my student list. Workshop announcements, dates, and locations for January and February 2013 are already posted and workshops are open for sign ups.
Also coming up in 2013, two multiple-day workshops in two art retreats on the US west coast.
One in February 28 to March 4, 2013, AN ARTFUL JOURNEY, in the magnificent Santa Cruz Mountains, in North California. And in the Summer, July 29 to August 2, 2013, at PACIFIC NORTHWEST ART SCHOOL, on the beautiful Whidbey Island, in Washington.
I hope you take any opportunity in 2013 to advance your creative ways, to move forward in becoming the most passionate person you can become, be a kind gifter and a graceful receiver of gifts. I know I am always working on it. I hope our paths cross.