About 9 months ago I was approached by Artist’s Magazine writer, Holly Davis about submitting images of my “bug” paintings for an article she was writing. It is not every day that I receive requests like this so of course….. I jumped on it! How did she find me? How did she know I LOVE BUGS? I was recommended by one of my former students and very successful artist/friend, Wendy Hollender. Thanks Wendy!
I quickly sent in a variety of images from single insect illustrations to butterfly lifecycle paintings. She then sent me a questionnaire to fill out about how I do what I do. It was all very exciting and I was thrilled that I “might” get a chance to be included in her article.
Months and months went past and I actually forgot about it…… then one day I was sent an email with my image ON THE COVER for proofing as well as a 2 page spread in the magazine.
OVER THE MOON! I was thrilled with what she had written about my artwork, the process, research and techniques I used. Well yesterday I got my copy of it in the mail box. SWEET!
As an artist you never know when someone will show interest in your art. Be prepared! Have your images ready to go. If you are not able to scan your own art, find someone who can. Make sure your digital images are 300 dpi and the highest quality you can get. Respond immediately, get excited, be enthusiastic and be available to follow through. In order to succeed as an artist you must be ready to take advantage of every opportunity. The cover image is a painting I did for Wild Cotton and is available as a t-shirt in their online catalogue. Know that your art can be used for a multitude of purposes! Be ready to brag a little!
Congratulations! Can’t wait to get my copy. I am very inspired by your work! I received my NFA in Scientific Illustration, University of Georgia (UGA). My Senior Exit Exhibition focused on 11 stages of Monarch Metamorphosis, a 24 x 36 poster for use by educators, students, informative web sites. This poster can be seen on my web site.
Thanks OC for visiting my blog! I went to your website and I really like your poster. Thanks for sharing!!!!!
Thank you for your kind thughts! Will watch for more of your news and artwork.
Received my Artist magazine. Beautiful cover. Wonderful article. I will try your technique of watercolor on the graphite detail. Beautiful image on page 60. In school, we had to render a detailed image before going to color on a separate drawing. Excellent training through a lot of drawing! Will catch up on the other artists as well. Congratulations on the article as well as the cover!
Thanks OC! I love the variation in the artwork they included. Diversified techniques by other artists with the same subject matter always fascinates me.
Hey Mindy, just read your post about your insects in Artist Magazine. How did I find it? Looking on my website stats I saw some traffic coming from your site, so I clicked the link and here I am ! So glad this worked out for you! I knew when they asked me for artists, that you would be perfect for this spread! Thanks for giving me the credit too! Can’t wait to see you at the American Society for Botanical Artist conference in October!
Thanks again Wendy and I look forward to seeing you at the ASBA conference in Miami!
Congratulations Mindy for being recognized for your outstanding Botanical Art. I ordered and received the Wild Cotton shirt.
WOW! Amazing fabric and printing! A glorious color and much fun to wear.
Thanks Suzanne! I appreciate you sending me a message about the magazine and for buying the T-shirt! Wear it in good health and enjoy!!!!
Congratulations, Mindy, that’s so exciting! I’ve had subscriptions to Artist’s Magazine in the past, and I always enjoyed it. I want to buy a copy of the issue with your work in it!!
Thanks Cyndi! It was a real honor to be chosen to be included in the magazine! The other artists featured do some amazing insect art also. Very diverse sampling of Insect art! Enjoy your copy!