Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Words Matter: My First Published Artwork!

I knew it was coming but it wasn't completely REAL until I got my copy of the magazine in the mail. My artwork, something I painted with my own hands, in print!
The funny thing is, I didn't submit the artwork, the art director of the magazine found it on my blog and asked if she can use it. The magazine is the May/June issue of Horizons Magazine, published by Presbyterian Women. It accompanies an article called "Words Matter"- about how the words we choose (or don't say) shape our reality and how we experience the world and ourselves. I am very honored to have my artwork accompany this article, as many of you might know, words are very important to me. Almost every piece of artwork I make has a word or words on it that help express the feeling I want to convey. Or maybe just a word that is important to me and no one else. 


I want to thank Tam over at Willowing.ning. It was in her free online class "Art, Heart, and Healing" where I made this journal page. Not only did she teach me how to make a stylized portrait with water soluble crayons and paint, and create some awesome backgrounds (can you say brayer?) but she made me think about how, with inner strength, we can move past those words that have hurt us in the past and heal. Here is a closeup of just the journal page: 
You know what I love? The idea of women telling stories of how words from the past have affected who they are today. Maybe I'll write a book about it someday.  I'll put it on my to-do list.


Happy Hump-day! Have a great rest of the week!

17 comments:

  1. Lisa, Congratulations! This is a wonderful work of art and a perfect illustration for this touching and thought provoking article.

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  2. Congrats! Wow! I just received my copy from my first publications as well. Thanks so much for visiting me and signing up for the giveaway! I'll have my fingers crossed for you!

    Tee

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  3. Congratulations Lisa! What a beautiful piece of artwork!

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  4. Congratulations. Wonderful artwork, and it must be a wonderful feeling that somebody came to you for it, rather than having to submit it :)

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  5. Congratulations Lisa! Your artwork is so powerful - I can't stop looking in your blue-haired beauty's eyes.

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  6. Wow, Lisa. This is so great. Congratulations. This is a beautiful spread and should be made into a poster to hang on everybody's wall.

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  7. Congratulations, Lisa!! Fabulous page and painting!

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  8. YAY Lisa!!! I don't think I have seen this before--the words you wrote are so powerful!!Perfect for this article and the face is so pretty also!!

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  9. Congrats Lisa! I'm just about to click the link and hop over to read the article! Love your journal page... Tam's course was great wasn't it? I did the M3 course too... so enjoyed them both.

    Ro

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  10. Well done! Such great news and I love that the fact that the art director found your painting on your blog and contacted you about it. It means that more of the world were supposed to see and be inspired by your work and this was just one path to that end.

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  11. JustMyOwnSelfTooMay 24, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Beautiful use of color!

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  12. Big congrats. I loved this healing ecourse! ...and being published is always such a high!

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  13. Congrats! This is gorgeous, I love to use words in my art too...it just adds another layer to the story.thanks for visiting my mermaids.gerri :)

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  14. Lisa, Congratulations!
    Wonderful artwork.
    :)

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