Welcome to The Art At The Speed Of Life Blog Tour, I am day seven, lucky seven of this incredible blog journey revolving around my dear friend Pam Carriker's latest book and her creative journey.
Pam and I met several years back and became instant friends, along with Julie Bergmann and a few others when we met in Pleasanton, CA. Our creative paths crossed for a reason, one filled with inspiration and passion, a path that would take us on a phenomenal journey, with this book: Art at the Speed of Life, Pam has taken the reader and the artists involved in it on a road into our inner creative soul.
It offers mixed-media art projects, along with tips for getting organized and getting inspired, a book filled with a plethora of ideas for the individual whose Quote: "creative goals sometimes get stymied by the frantic pace of modern life."
"Making things every day can be a joyful reality instead of just wishful thinking."
Each chapter inside Art at the Speed of Life includes both essays and project ideas from a variety of contributors, the projects are inspiring, yet easy to complete on a tight schedule, and include techniques such as assemblage, image transfer, and collage. A bonus seven-day journal project helps you track your work as you go.
When I received that email from Pam, asking me to contribute, I didn't hesitate for a second, I jumped right in. The pieces I choose for the book were lighthearted, whimsical and reflected my personality, bringing someone back to innocence to a time in their lives where everything was sweet and carefree is what I do, once you can re-experience your innocence, then you can tap into your imagination find those storybook worlds and let the magic begin.
Several of the projects I contributed were created with the doll parts I mold and make, whimsical papers and quotations. I am known for being called" "Fairy Queen", "Queen", "Doll Land" and "Magic", these themes always find a way into my work no matter how light or ultra serious the project is, I'm fascinated by these elements and try to incorporate them into various aspects of my life.
Over the past 6 months I have taken another journey, one back to my original roots of muted colors, vintage grunge and steampunk, re-exploring other worlds wrapped inside my head. Since I am always on the go, I carry a journal and pen, to capture and sketch new ideas, Pam's book for the past month has found its way with me everyday, bringing me inspiration and joy.Recently Pam and I met up for some fun at CHA Winter Show 2011 in Los Angeles, to share insight on our recent creative journeys, our goals for 2011 and how we are both expanding our artistic vision. At the CPS meet-up we ended up having a Art at the Speed of Light meet-up, with the arrival of Julie Bergmann and Suzi Blu, that was four artists from the book, getting over excited. Each of these ladies are more then just artist they are inspirational role models, friends with a passion for their work and to help one another, I am truly honored to have such soulful friends.
Currently there is a book blog tour for Pam and her amazing book, below is a list of artisans on the tour, please visit each of their fabulous sites and read what they have to say about the book, their experiences, projects, and inspiration. See you on the tour!
Magic and Joy,
Crescendoh - Jenny's Blog
The Altered Page
Thrift Collage Artist
Sue Pelletier Laugh*Paint
All Norah's Art
My Collage Art
Lisa Bebi's Art Blog
The Feathered Nest