Thursday, August 4, 2011

Illustrated



Recently, Sophia received two packages in the mail. With great anticipation and just a little bit of twelve year old girl squealing, she opened the packages and found the Gift of Art.

One of my favorite things about blogging is that I've become part of a community of artists, writers, thinkers, creators. I would have never imagined, when I first pressed publish all those years ago, how important blogging and the connections I made through it would become to not just me, but to my family. You guys have provided support - both material and emotional - and for that I'm grateful.

And now Sophie has the gift of a mentor. See, the package included the pens, the moleskine and An Illustrated Life, an amazing book about illustrating and illustrators, and more - it included an offer to mentor our artist in residence. A friend in art. I love that.

Thank you, Steve Emery, for passing on the imagination, the color, the dreams, the medium., the love of art...

Sophie Golden

15 comments:

  1. I have often thought those Emery's to be magic. They are all so full of life, aren't they? And after all, Emerys is a magic name, so who knows?

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  2. Art? Like that's going to save us from terrorists and social security.

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  3. Oh how wonderful! I've got an artist at home too. She would adore something like that, even if really she is past colored pens and workds more in pencil or charcoal.

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  4. I can just picture the look on her face. Yay to her new mentor and a gift he may never truly realize the power of to a young girl...

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  5. I love this! I would have done some 12-year-old girl squealing over this, as well. And thanks for the future gift idea -- I can think of multiple people would love "An Illustrated Life."

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  6. That IS wonderful. I'd be overjoyed, too.

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  7. That is super-cool. Go, Sophia (though I still like to think of her as Resident Evil)!

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  8. What a wonderful gift from a very kind and talented artist. It's not a matter of making a living from art but allowing art to express our way of seeing a better way of living. Go for it, Sophie.

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  9. How absolutely wonderful! And I laughed out loud at Randal's comment.

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  10. An artistic desire is a magical gift. Good on you for recognizing its importance. And what a talent she is!

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  11. Hey Randal - as Paul Madonna wrote/illustrated: "In hard times beauty can seem frivolous - but take it away and all you're left with... is hard times."

    Paul Madonna does a magnificent illustrated weekly strip for the San Fancisco Chronicle - look him up at All Over Coffee: http://www.sfgate.com/columns/allovercoffee/archive/

    Order his amazing book at:
    http://www.paulmadonna.com/all_over_coffee/

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  12. I think all of the arts are built on sharing. I have recently been humbled by the all-out effort of members of our local community for a production of Once Upon a Mattress. So much hard work and sharing to create something completely ephemeral - but the memories and the impact (especially on young people who were involved) last and last.

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  13. What a wonderful gift! Oh to give everyone I know some creative implements and a little inspiration. And the courage to use them.

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  14. now that is totally-super-awesome.

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