This magazine arrived in the mail this weekend. It is my favorite calligraphy resource. Letter Arts Review is the premier magazine for artists who create using hand written letters. I started reading the magazine thirty years ago when I first picked up a calligraphy nib. My first teacher gave me a copy and told me to subscribe. I did and after years of reading it I thought it would be cool to have a piece of my work published in it one day.
Every year they have a juried issue and put out a call for entries. It is a very arduous process and artists from all over the world submit their work. I have submitted before and this is the first year one of my pieces was selected for publishing.
My piece appears on page 5. It’s one of those moments that you hope for and work for, and it showed up in our mailbox like any other piece of mail. But it wasn’t just another magazine, for me it was confirmation that the years of study and practice paid off. It reminded me to keep trying, keep learning, keep creating. Just because some judges may not like your work when you enter shows or call for entries, there will be those who not only like it but are willing to share it with the world.
Many thanks to those who have supported me over the years. Thank you for your encouraging words and input, and for your enthusiasm. For me getting published in Letter Arts Review was a bucket list item, one of my top ten. Accomplishing this one only spurs me on to do more, create more, learn more, and not shy away from stepping out of my comfort zone.
Let this be a reminder to you that nothing is impossible. Anything you want to accomplish can be done with effort, practice and courage. So pull out your bucket list and review it, do the work and watch yourself live out your dreams.