art delivery : 03.11.23
I should probably put WIP or DETAIL on all of these images, because that’s exactly what’s happening in the Oregon studio of today’s ‘member in the spotlight’. Alexis Mixter just moved from California, got married, bought a house, renovated a studio, and is now pushing/evolving her work… BIG TIME. What does she do? SHE DRAWS WITH FIRE:
“This work is about the time taken to make a single line. The inability to rush through the process. It is about the smell of the wood as it burns and the texture of the lines as they form. It is about trying to control that which is so very difficult to control by learning to feel what is happening under the fingertips. It is a meditation both in its creation as well as in the feel of the final product.” ~ Alexis Mixter
Poetry… and a good reminder for all of us to slooooooow down and enjoy the flow. You can find Alexis on Instagram at @alexismixter.
As you open this email, I’m about to read my new kids’ book for the first time… and you better believe I’m wearing my pencil shoes! (I got these for my first kids’ book tour, but 2020 had other plans). Anywho, FUN FACT that most people don’t know: Publishers don’t pay for book tours. But I still wanna do one! I love meeting people in person, I want to see kids react to the story, and hear all of their hilarious and insightful thoughts. Lots of you have said ‘Why don’t you start a GoFundMe to pay for it!?’. I could, but I’d rather you get something out of it, too. So, if you want to help support me and my tour, may I suggest simply subscribing to this newsletter. It’s $36 for the year, which wouldn’t just disappear into the GoFundMe pot… YOU would get daily artsy content and access to this beautiful community of like-minded people. Anyway, no pressure at all, just putting it out there. Okay, time to put my pencil shoes on and head over to Skylight Books in LA. Wish me luck! ps. Upcoming tour dates are right here.
Happy weekend ~ Danielle
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So excited for you! Best of luck in your travels and with the tours! I work at our local public library as the Youth Programming Specialist and will totally put in a book request for your new book. I teach an art class called "Make Art @ the library" for elementary kiddos. I just started another program called "Open Make" where all ages can come after school for open-ended making sessions! I loved your first book and can't wait to read this one. You're so inspiring!
Go, go, go amazing author with the pencil shoes on! Sounds like a fun song. ❤️