Monday
Dec122011

Flying in Cyberspace

Early in 2011 an exciting invitation arrived in my email. The writer was a fellow artist, Sue St. John, who discovered my website and liked my work. She invited me to submit two images of my choice for a cyberbook she was compiling. The book was to be titled "A Walk Into Abstracts Volume 2." I felt honored!

I had no idea of what a cybergook was or how it worked. With a bit of research I found that it is a book that can be bought online to be instantly downloaded, viewed, and stored on your own computer. There is no need to top off your gastank ata $4 a gallon for a drive to a bookstore, no fee for a membership card that gives you a discount equal to the price the card, and no hunting through thousands of books to find it. With much of our population regularly using computers, it seemed like a terrific idea.

The concept for the book was for each artist to write a detailed explanation of the process and materials used to create their painting. We were to write to the question "How did they do that?" which is also the subtitle of the book. And the challenge was to have it fit on a single page.

I shared the news of this appealing oppotunity with my artist friend Liz. Both of us decided to apply and spent considerable time discussing which images to submit, but that was only the beginning. Both Liz and I love words and like to write. Perhaps it could be said we are easily entertained, but we very much really enjoy reading what the other writes, providing endless critiques for each other, honing even that single page to make every word count! Of course we wanted our explanations to be succint, but we felt that what we wrote had to be interesting as well - not simply a dry narrative. I lost count of how many rewrites each of us did for our entries.

Happily each of us had both entries included in the book. You can see more about this book at www.awalkintoabstracts.com and watch a short slide show of some of the paintings from the book.

Does having work shown in a cyberbook count as being "published?" I think so! To have an artist unknown to me see my work and invite me to participate was affirming. The idea that I'm soaring in cypberspace with a couple of my paintings is a kick, and I don't even need to worry about dealing with those dreaded pretzels or a tray table.