Friday, November 17, 2017

Sketchbook Journaling in the Spotlight (and me!) + GIVEAWAY

Years ago, when I made my first tentative efforts at sketching, I never dreamed that one day I and my artwork would be featured in a national magazine...


Six big, beautiful pages filled with colorful sketches from my travel journals and everyday sketchbooks - I'm so tickled!


There's just something so thrilling about seeing the paintings that I've poured my heart into published in a nice, glossy magazine for all the world to see. (Well, maybe not all the world, but at least the readers of Mary Jane's Farm!)


The article was written by one of my students, Rebekah Teal, whom I first met at Cheap Joe's when she took my "Sketchbook Journaling Comes to Life" workshop in 2016. She writes, "Little did I know that the class would forever change the way I view the beauty around me."

It was during our week together in Boone, NC, that she decided to take the plunge and sign up for my workshop tour to Provence in June 2017. Her experiences during that memorable trip are what inspired the piece in the magazine.


She writes with passion about sketchbook journaling, our trip, and the impact it had on all of us, how we gathered as strangers and left as friends.

I love this sketch that Beka did in St. Remy-de-Provence

And best of all, Beka encourages people to give sketchbook journaling a try. I hope her upbeat article will convince lots of folks to pick up a pencil, grab a sketchbook, and begin capturing their lives on paper without worrying about being good enough or having talent or being an Artist. (Why is that term so often fraught with anxiety?)

Our Provence group - that's Beka in the back row with her arm up in the air, next to me.

If you haven't tried sketchbook journaling yet, I hope you'll pick up a copy of the December/January 2018 issue of Mary Jane's Farm magazine and read Rebekah's article. It's sure to get you excited about joining the fun. Or, sign up for one of my workshops and dive right in. I have lots of them scheduled for next year, both here in the US, and in Sicily and Northern Italy.


Barnes and Noble bookstores carry the magazine, as well as Books-A-Million, or you can order a copy online. I liked the whole magazine so much that I signed up for a subscription. It's filled with a great mix of articles on healthy living, cooking, craft projects, and so much more. It's a welcome change from the magazines I've subscribed to for years and have wearied of, a real breath of fresh air.

I have two copies of 
the Dec./Jan/2018 issue of 
Mary Jane's Farm
to give away,
courtesy of Mary Jane's Farm.
 Leave a comment below for a chance to win one. 
(Drawing will be held Sunday, 11/19/2017)



49 comments:

  1. Congratulations on being featured in the magazine. I hope it serves to introduce more people to you and to the joys of sketchbook journaling.

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    1. Hi Shelley - I used a random number generator to pick the two winning numbers, and your comment, the FIRST ONE, was the first winner! Email me at ljfehling@gmail.com to let me know where to mail your magazine. I hope you love the magazine. :)

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  2. How wonderful (and Well deserved). Your sketches and paintings are beautiful and needed to be recognized!

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  3. I remember Beka from the workshop! She always had a smile on her face and sketched with such joy. This feature article must be so exciting for both of you! I look forward to reading it.

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  4. So proud to know you both! Two creative women supporting each other and sharing your gifts with the world – Yahoo 🎆

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  5. Congratulations! Your work is wonderful and so inspirational!

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  6. Looks like a great article. If I don’t win, I will definitely look for the magazine. Congrats!

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  7. Wow! How exciting Leslie! Your art is perfect for that magazine. I hope I win a copy but if not I’ll try to find one locally. Congratulations!🎉

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  8. Your artwork is wonderful Leslie!! Would love to win a copy for inspiration and as a keepsake!! Congratulations!!!

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  9. It’s beautiful! Can’t wait to read it in its entirety. I feel like you are both celebrities now- couldn’t of happened to two more deserving or nicer ladies- proud to know you both!

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  10. Your artwork is wonderful Leslie!! Would love to win a copy for inspiration and as a keepsake!! Congratulations!!!

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  11. How exciting. Big congratulations. Your sketches are just delightful. Looks like a wonderful article. Thank you for the chance.

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  12. What a thrill it must be for you to see your work highlighted in such a beautiful magazine article!! And to know you’ve encouraged and helped another artist to find her passion in keeping a sketchbook. So happy for you, it is so well deserved Leslie!!

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  13. How exciting. I'd love a copy of the magazine -- I'd love to sit and savor each and every page, each and every image.

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  14. How exciting for you! Congratulations! I'd love to win a copy!! I really enjoy your style!

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  15. Congratulations on being featured! It is certainly well deserved. I must confess that, prior to your blog post, I had never heard of Mary Jane's Farm magazine. As a consequence, I would love to win one of the two copies that you have available. Thanks for the fun giveaway and, again, congratulations!

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  16. Your artwork is wonderful!! Would like to win a copy for inspiration and as a keepsake!! Congratulations!!

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  17. Holy Smokes, Leslie! Who knew a class at Cheap Joe's would change all our lives? From Prosperity to Boone to Provence and now the world!

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  18. Congratulations for this succes! Your paintings and drawings are beautiful.

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  19. Brava!!!!! Looking forward to seeing u in May!

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  20. It sounds like the best experience for both you and Rebecca! I've not heard of this magazine but it sounds like my cup of tea. Kudos to you both.

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  21. I also do sketching and now tentatively started using water color pencils as medium. Your sketches are really good and worth following for technique. Congrats

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  22. Congratulations Leslie on being featured in this magazine article. What a great way for people to be introduced to you, sketchbook journaling, and your classes. Congratulations to you too Beka on having your article published!

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  23. That is a wonderful magazine and how fun that you are featured!! Congrats - you deserve it!!

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  24. Congratulations to you! Many thanks for sharing. Raye

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  25. Many thanks for sharing. Congratulations on the magazine article...so inspiring! Raye

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  26. Great article about travel journaling. Can't wait to learn from you at Cheap Joes in May 2018!

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  27. You are an inspiration to us all, and now many more people will get to share your beautiful artwork and experiences. Of course I'd love to win!

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  28. How wonderful! This magazine is new to me, I will look for it! Great job!

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    1. Hi Karen - Congratulations! You are one of the lucky winners of the Dec./Jan. 2018 issue of Mary Jane's Farm magazine. Drop me an email at ljfehling@gmail.com and let me know where to send your magazine. And thanks for reading The Everyday Artist!

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    2. Thanks again Leslie! I hope someday to join you at one of your workshops! Your work is inspiring. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  29. Congratulations! That's so inspiring!

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  30. Congratulations! That so inspiring.

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  31. How totally exciting! It looks like a great feature on you! I'll check the newsstand for it
    Bobbie

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  32. How totally exciting! It looks like a great feature on you! I'll check the newsstand for it
    Bobbie

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  33. Congratulations! A beautiful feature article ~ inspiring for us all. Thanks for the chance to win a copy :-)

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  34. How fun to get your work published. Hope you inspire some new sketchbook journalers!

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  35. Congrats! How thrilling. I love your artwork. How special that the article is written by one of your own students. thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    ~Gin k.~

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  36. Wonderful post. Hope to win a copy to read it all in the magazine. Hope it is ok that I live in Canada. I love journaling, travel, personal and art journaling. Keeps me busy and focused on things I enjoy.

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  37. Congratulations! What an inspiring story.

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  38. Congratulations!! I am eager to read the article and see your beautiful sketches in print!

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  39. oh Leslie, how cool for you!!! Now, when you next come to the Pacific Northwest, I will sign up immediately, because this article and your charming artwork are sure to incite many to join in. xoxox

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  40. what a wonderful thing to be published. It must feel so legit. I'd love to receive a copy of this magazine, I hope I win! my email is thejaemac at shaw dot ca, just in case!

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  41. Congrats, I love the art that was featured.

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  42. What a wonderful spread and so deserved! Your classes have been fun, informative and life changing. It's really exciting to see all you have done and are doing!!

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  43. Congratulations Leslie! Whoohoo!!! Your work is really amazing and I'm sure the article and your beautiful paintings will inspire others to take the plunge to try journaling. I'll be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine when I got to Barnes and Noble - can't wait to see it!

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  44. A friend told me I had to see your blog and your article....oh to be able to do a class and learn this way to express what you see and feel and hear and taste!

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