Thursday, May 27, 2010

A New Project

When my workshop group was here (a month ago-I can't believe it!) several of them asked if I had considered doing a book. I replied I didn't want to do a "how to" but that I would like to do a book of images. I even went so far as to download the Blurb software about a year ago but never got beyond that. So, Lisa McShane suggested that I needed a virtual assistant. What a great idea- me here in the wilds of northeast Texas and he/she who knows where!

So a week or so later I Googled "virtual assistant" and came up with pages of listings including whole groups devoted to promoting their members. Who knew?! After a little looking around I found someone with the skills I thought I needed and a few emails later-voila! Virtual Margie (I kid you not) and I were ready to start working on the new project.

So, this is the cover. The book will have about 25 images - mostly paintings but also some drawings- and some text which will be largely taken from posts over the last couple of years on this blog. I wanted to include some of my writing about art, art history, poetry, and my work. Sadly, I wasn't able to get permission to reprint some of my favorite poems, so those will be missing.

We are nearing the finish line with the project. I hope to have it done in the next week or so and definitely by the time I leave for Telluride in late June.

Speaking of virtual things, I have posted the summer and fall schedule of online classes here.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!


Lynne E. Windsor said...

Wow! Deborah, great information... thanks. Maybe one day Barry and I will do one too. We have talked about doing one of our travels for ages now... two artists and their paintboxes... you know all the great places we have been and it would tie into my travel idea wouldn't it? Just have to get all my ducks in a row... how does one do that?

Deborah Paris said...

Hi Lynne. Yes, I think that would be a wonderful idea- and it would work beautifully with your hosting painting holidays too! Herding ducks is almost as hard as herding just have to start and keep at it!

Anonymous said...

Since doing your class I have concentrated on indirect glazing in my watercolors with some good results. I love your luminous landscapes.

Deborah Paris said...

Thank you Jean. I am so glad the class was helpful to you with your WC work!

Gregory Becker said...

Hi Deborah, Beautiful painting. Perfect harmony, this is definitely a favorite of mine.
BTW I wanted to let you know that I asked Matthew Innis if he had any idea about the colors George Inness used since he is so good at research I think he is looking into it and so am I.
I have asked Paul Batch and Dennis Sheehan and Matthew Innis and of course yourself.
I am collaborating with Matthew to discover what his colors may've been. I want to invite you into the circle of brains if you're interested. It's starting to turn into one of histories myteries. I have gathered some good clues so far. Let Matthew know if you've discovered anything on your own. Who knows we may be able to discover something no one else knows.
It would be so much fun to discern the palette and present ourselves with challenge to paint with the colors we discover.
I am currently gathering info from
The Life Art and Letters of George Inness written by his son.
The Salmagundi Club has George Inness' palette and then their is the Montclair art museum.
The information is out there somewhere it's just finding it. I'll be in touch.

loriann signori said...

What a wonderful idea! I can't wait to see the book. Your luminous landscapes are always inspiring.

Lisa McShane said...

Yay! This will be a wonderful project - can't wait to see it.

Dianne Poinski said...

I have been considering the same project. Thanks for the inspiration.

Suzanne McDermott said...

Congratulations! (on the virtual assistant, too.) I'm sure the book will be beautiful and a great success!

Caroline Simmill said...

Congratulations Deborah, I am sure the book will be wonderful with all your beautiful paintings in it.