This book is a testament to the power of the Internet. After hosting a large, online collaborative project called The Pulse for 3+ years, I received an email from Tonia Jenny, an acquisitions editor at North Light, asking if I would consider turning the project into a book. Oh that would be a yes.
The Pulse of Mixed Media is not a traditional how-to book. Rather, it focuses on the creativity that is the hallmark of every artist. 31 spotlight artists and 103 additional contributors answer questions about their art process, goals, fears, experiences, etc. The spotlight artists share self portraits and artwork based on prompts. Results from a larger survey of the online art community are also included. The level of intimate sharing that occurred in this book still blows me away.
So much has transpired since the book was released in terms of my life in art, but this book is definitely a highlight. I connected with a wonderful group of artists who are represented in this book. I experienced the thrill of an old fashioned book tour that took me from New York to Colorado to Vancouver Canada and many spots in between.
I spent time on Amazon, checking the ever-changing ranking and was over the moon when I got my first 5-star review and just bit under when my first 1-star review came through. And I got to see my book in Barnes and Noble for the first time. Think I look happy?
The video below includes excerpts from a panel discussion sponsored by the Ink Pad and held in March 2012 in NYC. Contributing artists Karen Cole, Jill Zaheer, Roxanne Evans Stout, Julie Prichard, Michelle Ward and Danny Gregory made up the panel.
To celebrate my 5-year anniversary, I am giving away 5 signs copies of the book. Simply leave a comment to this blog post and make sure I have a way of contacting you. Internationals are eligible of course. Comments close end of day Sunday March 5.
If you cannot wait till then, you can purchase a signed copy here.