Friday, September 28, 2012

A Wonderful New Book!


I am so excited to be included as a guest artist in the latest drawing book by Carla Sonheim! I  taught a class called "Pencil Dreams" at Journalfest and was none to nervous to find out that Carla would be in my class. I had a chance to share some of my drawings during the class and Carla was nice enough to ask me to submit for her book. 
I just received my copy and it is total eye candy and animal abandon. There is even photos of my 2 studio muses Max and Willow !
One of her requests was that we do one of her famous "sidewalk crack" drawings. This is my guy Wannabe:
If you look at the sidewalk crack in the book, I saw this shape when I turned it upside down!


I absolutely love her techniques for learning to draw creatively and recently used some of them to teach a kids drawing class for our local Grants Pass Museum of Art. The kids loved shouting out what animal they saw in my paint blobs!

Carla is doing a two-week blog celebration over at her blog: http://carlasonheim.wordpress.com/
where you can find new animal-related art tutorials, art giveaways, new assignments and other chances to win the book from September 23-October 6, 2012.

She is also giving away a signed copy to one lucky person from my blog. Just leave a comment below and I will pick a winner randomly on October 1st. 

If you wish to purchase a copy of the book, you can click on the following links:


105 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, this looks like so much fun! And something completely new to me.

    Congratulations on being in the book! I would love a signed copy, should my name randomly come out. : )

    Warm wishes,
    Stephanie

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  2. Congrats Karen!! So very happy for you and for the readers, love Carla's books!

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  3. I am not surprised - you are an outstanding artist. I'm so happy for you and for the exposure your art will get in this great book!

    ~~~Heidi

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  4. Congratulations on being in Carla's book. I hope I win it.

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  5. Karen, so happy for you! This looks like a wonderful book, maybe even I could learn to draw by using it. Would love to give it a go, thanks for the offer....Anna

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  6. How Exciting! I love I love your sidewalk crack dog! Congratultions! ♥

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  7. How wonderful for you to be a part of this awesome 2 week event! Had a look around your blog and I really like your style! I love Carla's first book so hopefully I'll win the new one!

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  8. That is fantastic, Karen. I am so happy for you! I love the dog you created.

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  9. what a gorgeous book! congratulations!

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  10. I'm so happy for you Karen! You deserve this and I look forward to reading the book. Cindy Hernandez

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  11. Congratulations! I love Carla Sonheim! Your sidewalk crack animal is adorable!

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  12. I love Carla's work, and you two seem to fit together really well. Would lvoe to win the book!
    Rinda

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  13. Karen, It's so much fun to learn about other artists through Carla's blog. Love your sketchbook pages and Oaxacan dachshund (I have a friend who raises dachsies). And, of course I would love to win a copy of Carla's new book!

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  14. Love how Carla is introducing her fans to other artists via her new book. Your work is very interesting. Happy to have the opportunity to view it. Thank you!

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  15. This book looks amazing. Thank you for this opportunity.

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  16. Wannabe is adorable! I love his eyes... My dog gives me that look when shes begging for attention...

    And max has so much Character, I am looking forward to seeing him in Carla's book. I hope I'm able to win one.

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  17. Congratulations, Karen! It looks like such a great book. I love Carla's work, too. (Now you need to write your own book on your wonderful people along with the great painting style you use!)

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  18. Love Wannabee. Would love to win a copy of Carla's book

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  19. I would love to win her book. It looks like so much fun.

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  20. I love that Carla's celebration includes other artists! It's so fun to see other blogs and their creativeness. Thank you for sharing in the fun!!

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  21. Blog hops are so fun! I love the pieces of your art in the new book! Congratulations!

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  22. Your work is great, I can see why she asked! :)

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  23. I love Carla's work and am happy that she has introduced me to you

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  24. I love Carla's work and am happy that she introduced me to your work which is equally stunning.

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  25. I would love to win one of Carla's books. Also, I am pleased to have been introduced to your blog.

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  26. Many years after majoring in sociology in college, it finally occurred to me that I could have chosen to be an artist. Even though my room mate was an art major, I never thought it was possible that I, too, could be an artist. So slow smart!
    Thank you for your inspiration, Karen.

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  27. thanx for being so generous
    hugs
    from Italy
    joan

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  28. Karen, I love the drawing you did of Max, Carla's style! It is neat how dots and varied lines can make a drawing go from drab to fab:) I would love to win Carla's book for her lessons and to meet more wonderful guest artists such as yourself. Thanks - Heidi

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  29. The animals you've painted are so whimsical and free spirited! Just wonderful what comes from intuitive painting - a creative and mysterious source. Thank you for sharing these, Karen.

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  30. I am glad I found my way here. Carla is a gem, isn't she?

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  31. Oh i loooove Carla Sonheim! I would be thrilled to win this book! Thanks!

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  32. Looks like so much fun! I'd love it!

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  33. I would so love to win this book! Thank you! :)

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  34. Karen,
    I'm so glad Carla has introduced you & your art to me. I look forward to seeing more work from you.

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  35. Congratulations. Your artwork is wonderful. I would love a chance to win this book for my elementary school classroom.

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  36. The greatest thing about this giveaway (apart from the chance of winning a wonderful book) is the opportunity to visit blogs that I may otherwise has never come across. Looking forward to spending some special time perusing yours! Thank you ~

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  37. Wow! Love your work! The colors and textures are wonderful! This blog celebration of Carla"s is great! I love seeing the work of the other contributing artist which I would have never seen if not for her!
    And, of course, I would love to win a signed copy of Carla's book!

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  38. it's great to learn about new artists from such an inspirational one as carla -- I have her first book, plan to get second one unless I win a copy and have taken several online classes -- she is wonderful -- now I have someone new to follow -- thanks for the opportunity to win --

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  39. Yes! Congrats and thank you and Carla both for your gifts that make our hearts sing!

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  40. Karen,

    Congrats on all of your success. I loved your website. I really enjoyed all of your artwork especially the collages. Keep up the awesome work. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  41. such a cute dog! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this book!

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  42. I have Carla's other book, Drawing Lab, and would love to have a copy of this one. I love your work and Carla's thanks for the opportunity to win a book.

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  43. I am loving this book giveaway because I am finding new to me artists like yourself. Your art makes me smile and you capture life in such an honest way. Carla is one of those people who convinced me to draw. Drawing Lab helped me find that creative part that was squashed in first grade. Thanks so much for sharing your artwork and for the opportunity to throw my name into the hat. Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

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  44. Karen! I took a class with you a few years ago at "Krop, Paper, Scissors" in GP. It was a wonderful class and if you teach again in the area, sign me up! I look forward to seeing your work in Carla's new book.

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  45. Wannabe is really gorgeous. I like him a lot.

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  46. Hi Karen; I'm a first-time visitor to your site; it's great. I love Carla's work as well and took a couple of courses with her. Hope I win a copy of her book (you're artwork in it is great); it looks like a lot of fun.

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  47. . . . so much fun! love your work and Carla's and can't wait til winter to try my hand at these wonderful creatures!

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  48. What a wonderful thing to share your joy with everyone. I need this book to open my imagination and get unstuck.

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  49. I found you through Carla's blog and love what I've seen from you!

    Congrats on making it into her book and thank you for the opportunity to win it!

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  50. Wonderful! I'd love to give Carla's book a good home! :D :D

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  51. Wow, love the crack animals! I was on holiday a week ago and found these streets with all these cracks. I took lots of photographs to print out and find my own animals too. Hope they will look as good as yours!

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  52. I love your work too! I follow Carla and try so many of her techniques. I would love to take a hands on in person class! Thanks for sharing!

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  53. A very good liaison between Carla and you, I think! I'm happy to find your blog.
    Best wishes,
    Jorin

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  54. wow... I don't know what I would do if Carla SOnheim were to ever walk into my workshop...
    good for you!!

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  55. I so want to win the book. I can see why your work is included. Amazing

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  56. I so want to win this book. I can see why your work is in the boook. Amazing!

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  57. I can't wait see Carla's newest book, and all the great artists she is featuring. I'm looking forward to seeing it in person!

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  58. I love love love this! I spend lots of time with my granddaughters so I let them do the painting and I find the animals!

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  59. What a wonderful response! The odds are a bit stiff to have my name drawn, but who knows?
    Your art is wonderful and now I've bookmarked your blog, too! :)

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  60. What a wonderful book. I'd love to have a copy for playing with my daughter.

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  61. It's so cool, the way blogs get connected this way. I love your collages.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a book. Please enter me in your drawing.

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  62. I love your Oaxacan Dotted Max that Carla highlighted on her blog today! Would love to win a copy of this book!

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  63. I love sidewalk crack drawings. The way you took the shape out of the sidewalk photo and put it onto your own collaged background is an inspiration!

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  64. i am so happy that you are in this book. I have never seen your art and i find it to be wonderful! I look forward to a leisurely visit in your blog.

    i would love a chance to win a copy of this book.

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  65. Karen, I love your work! How lovely to be included in Carla's book. Cheers - and thanks for helping create this contest for one of Carla's books! -- Serena

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  66. Man oh Man! This is a totally cool give-a-way. Congrats on being in the book. Love your art.

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  67. I'm loving finding all these new artists to me (you) and the others that Carla has posted about. I love your work! Yay for new blog finds!

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  68. Wannabe is cute and sad at the same time. what a great drawing

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  69. Thanks for the give away! Love your work too! :o)

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  70. Whimsey,quirky,amusing. What a wonderful way to brighten a day.

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  71. Karen, your work is beautiful. Asa fellow artist I am always looking to learn new techniques from other creative folks so Inwould but this bok to very good use should I be lucky enough to be selected. wish me luck!

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  72. just discovered your amazing work thru Carla S. I will be bookmarking your site so I can come visit.
    Isn't it a great idea to get to know other artists via a blog hop. Congrats on being in Carla's book

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  73. I'm so happy to have found your blog via calrla's! Congratulations on your artwork being published in her new book!

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  74. I really want to read this book!

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  75. Hmmm, my comment did not post but I will try again. So good to see a fellow Portlandian featured. Lovely work. Looking forward to Carla's book too!

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  76. I really love your work especially the woman and the bird.. it reminds me of a dream i had years back. I also love Carlas work too! Best Wishes
    Wendy

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  77. This book looks like fun, fun, fun! I woud love to work with it!

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  78. This looks such a great book!
    I'd love to win a copy!

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  79. this is fantastic karen! i took your class in petaluma and i am busy making fun faces and lots of dolls...thank you for the class and your inspiration!!!
    LorriMarie

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  80. If I don't enter, I can't win. So here I am! Thanks.

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  81. Wowzers!!! You can't go wrong with Carla's books!!!

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  82. WOW! I love your work! I popped over from Carla's blog, and have had an enjoyable morning visiting. I will be back to visit again. Congratulations for being in Carla's book, and I of course would love to win a copy of it, but if I don't I still win, as I found your blog!

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  83. I love the face on the sidewalk dog!

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  84. This book looks great, thanks for the chance to win! And congrats on being a part of it!

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  85. This book looks like so much fun! I own Drawing Lab, another book of Carla's. I know you and she will have a positive influence on all the readers and artists who get a chance to read and enjoy this new book!

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  86. I LOVE Carla's work!!! Would love to win a signed copy of her new book because I know I will end up buying it if I don't. Haha!! Congratulations on being in the book... can't wait to see it.

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  87. Love Carla's work and have enjoyed taking a peak at your blog. Would love to be the lucky winner :)

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  88. I have been following Carla's blog for a long time, and would love to win this book. I think this is a great way to get us to come look at your blog too.

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  89. Lovely work! I'm so glad that Carla is doing this blog tour so I can find wonderful new blogs while chasing a prize at the same time. Carla is a great curator, she has great taste! I look forward to checking out more of your work! :)

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  90. So happy for you Karen....and such a well deserved honor to be featured in Carla's book!

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  91. What a fantastic giveaway! :)) I love Carla and her artwork.

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  92. it certainly would make my day if i won this, it is complete awesomeness!!! that is great you are in the book also cause i love your art too. a signed copy would be incredible. do you do online classes? are you coming back to san diego anytime soon, i live in vista,ca and would love to take a class with you. crossing my fingers i win this so fun book. xox

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  93. Hoping you will teach a class inspired by these characters for adults here in So. Oregon.

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  94. oops -- it's Dottie Palamara who wants to learn your techniques here in So. Oregon!

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  95. Amazing! I soooo want this book!

    Best Wishes

    Joanne Walker

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  96. Wannabe is adorable! The book looks really amazing! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  97. this book looks so awesome and I love your pieces in it!

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  98. I am SO inspired by Carla and her artist friends and guests! The drawing of Max is my favorite!!! Simple yet complex, and soooo much character. High Five. :-)
    ~Savannah O'Brien

    Do you like my name? !?

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  99. I hope I am commenting in time. I love love love this book without even holding it in my hands. I would really love to win it.
    Thank you kindly.

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  100. Your art is wonderful. So glad Carla is introducing us to great artists like you!

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