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Friday, June 06, 2008
  book of my paintings now available

The small book that I published on Blurb about my work is now available, and I'm offering it at its cost to me--$19.95. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, there are 2 ways to go about it. One is to follow this link and buy it directly from Blurb. The only problem with this is that you will pay around $10 in shipping charges (which is ridiculous, since believe me this is NOT a large volume...40 pages.) The alternative is to send me an email (crowellart@yahoo.com) and I will order some in bulk, and send you a copy for a realistic postal rate (I'm guessing that will be under $2.)

Putting this catalog of my work together took about 4 months and two proof copies before I was satisfied--and of course, once I see the final version (mine has yet to arrive, but is on its way) I'll probably find a couple of things that aren't perfect! But overall I'm very happy with it. It includes over 30 images of my paintings plus installation and studio shots, and several short essays about my process and techniques, thoughts on abstraction, blog excerpts and other writings. The focus is on my work since 2006--I figure I will do one of these every couple of years.

I highly recommend that if you are an artist you consider making your own book. It doesn't have to be as time-consuming as mine was, of course--you could just put in images and date/title/size information, and that would be fine. Since I enjoy writing, I wanted to include some of that, which made the layout more challenging. But that is all done with templates so it was just a matter of finding the best fit.

By the way, if you didn't catch my earlier entry about Blurb, you can self-publish any kind of book using their (free to download) software. Copies of the book are printed only upon demand, so there is no up-front cost at all. You can order one copy (especially when you are in the proofing stage) or hundreds, and you can even sell your book on their website. (If you wish to make a profit, you can add something to the basic cost and that amount will be sent to you when a purchase is made. )
 
Comments:
Congratulations! The cover looks great; very professional. One of these days I think I may do the same thing. It sounds like a great way to bring closure to a long-term artistic project.
 
Thanks Daniel. Definitely check out the blurb site--a book of your work would be gorgeous!
 
Congratulations on getting this together and printed. It looks great! I like the idea of Blurb, too. I'll have to check them out.
 
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