I'm an artist in Alabama doing watercolors, and graphic arts on my computer. I hope you will follow my every day adventures with art! Join us at http://www.ciaswatercolorfriends.ning.com a social network dedicated to promoting the art of watercolor! Cecilia

Sunday, July 15, 2007

My book

A long time ago, I taught beginning watercolor through Auburn University's Outreach Program. In order to do it I had to take a portfolio to the Department Head of the Art Department, the regular curriculum one. I went the same day I found out I had to do that. I knew that if I didn't do it that day, I would talk myself out of it. I had barely gotten a few things out of the portfolio when he picked up the phone and called Continuing Education, (that's what they called it then)
and said "Let her teach! She can certainly do it!"

And so I did. The book started out just as handouts for each weekly lesson. The students were adults, coming from all walks of life, all the way from Deans to stay-at-home mommies. It was one of the most enriching experiences of my life. The students would stay with me all 8 weeks. Other classes did not have that kind of track record.

The first edition of the book was just typewritten pages, no pictures, no fancy anything.

But it was used by the students faithfully.

Then one day my son Kendall gave me Microsoft Publisher software as a gift. Suddenly the book took on more importance and had pictures in it. The first edition had some pictures of my students' work in it.

I bought a machine to punch holes and bind the book using the spiral or the comb method. And that's the way I publish it now.

At this time, it has grown to 43 pages. It is full of pictures and illustrations, and I have removed all the student pictures as I have lost track of those folks over time, and I wish to market it more, and I don't know how to get in touch with them to ask permission to use their work in a broader way.

The book is listed on my personal website at My Book.

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