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Weekend in Santa Ana: Journal It! party

It was a whirlwind trip to Santa Ana this weekend, but I had a blast! Many months ago, I told Jenny (Doh, the author of Journal It! and many other titles) that if she was going to have a book launch party for Journal It!, then I would be there. I loved contributing to this book, and I am so proud to show it off.

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After a morning walk, admiring the local fruit (WOW!), we set up at Jenny’s studio CRESCENDOh. Lynn Richards and Stephanie Ackerman also set up tables for the night.

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It was a wonderful night- I met some amazing people, and especially enjoyed meeting some of the people I follow on Instagram. I sold 5 paintings and traded one with Jenny. I had a great time painting the whole night; it was meant to be a 20 minute demo, but I couldn’t resist finishing the entire thing! It was a little different from my weekly Gorilla House live art battles since I was the only one painting, but it was still lots of fun! Here’s the final result! The painting is on display and for sale at Studio CRESCENDOh.

photo by Cynthia Shaffer

photo by Cynthia Shaffer

Click here to see Jenny’s blog post about the party.

Here are the photos from the night. This is my first time trying the gallery thing for photos. Click on the first and it takes you to a slideshow. Pretty nifty!

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HOLY CRAP! I’m in a BOOK!

In April, 2011, I received an email that just blew me away. I’m not exaggerating when I say that my mouth hung open for a full minute while I read and reread the email; it was an invitation from Jenny Doh to be a part of Journal It!, the new book she was about to work on. I couldn’t believe it, and for at least a month after that, I doubted it was real, until I spoke to other people who confirmed that Jenny is the real deal (I should note here that this speaks only to my lack of confidence in my own work at the time, and that I hadn’t seen Jenny’s books before that day – it has nothing to do with Jenny, of course). Not only is she the real deal, but she’s the SERIOUSLY AWESOME real deal.

So, once I started to believe it (like a month later, no joke), I was able to get working. I was really lucky to be able to meet Jenny in December 2011, and again in April of this year. I am so happy to have had this opportunity to work with her, but most of all, to meet her and now, to call her my friend.

Oh, right, this post is supposed to be about the book! But one more thing about Jenny first: go check out her blog, her art, her classes!

The reality of this is finally starting to sink in, although I don’t think it’ll be real until I have it in my hands! I’m going to be in a book! This is a huge (say this the way my brother would, in the Donald Trump voice.. UUUUGE!) – I am so excited!!

The book features 19 artists (holy crap! that’s me!), with techniques and tips related to their process of creating in art journals. You can get a peek into the book on amazon, where you can also pre-order it at a pleasing discount. It will hit the bookstores during the first week of November. I have already pre-ordered 10 copies, which I thought was a lot, until someone asked me, “That’s all?”

Here’s a little video about the book:

Finally, Studio CRESCENDOh, in Santa Ana, California (that’s Jenny’s awesome gallery/workshop space), will be hosting a book signing party on Saturday, December 2nd, from 7-10pm, and I will be there! Yippee! I will likely be doing a demo, and may have some works for sale as well.

Book! Book! Book!