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Communication Arts Invasion!! Acrylic on collaged paper on canvas, 12"x16"

Invasive, Acrylic painting by Leah Palmer Preiss of creepy-cute monsters in a fantasy landscape setting. Pop surrealism art style.

Yesterday I found out that these crazy creatures will soon be invading the Communication Arts 2016 Illustration Annual! To say this came as a happy surprise is putting it mildly– I think I alarmed my normally imperturbable husband by emitting something combining a shriek, a whoop, & hysterical laughter.

The news came at the perfect time, too, because I had just that moment been pondering my next painting & wondering if I ought to tame my ideas down a little. But I had so much fun working on Invasive, mostly because I had given myself complete permission to paint whatever came into my head. It seems odd really, how rarely I let this happen, when there is nothing stopping me but my own inhibitions. Now I feel emboldened to take another walk on the wild side!

The annual will be published in the May/June issue of CA, & as for the painting in my head, I’m hoping it will make its appearance before then!

Invasive, a painting by Leah Palmer Preiss, in Communication Arts Illustration Annual Addendum: Here it is in CA, woohoo!

Bookmarks & Landmarks News

Digital Bookmark art by Leah Palmer Preiss

Do you want voracious bookworms in all your books? Of course you do! My latest Etsy addition is a downloadable digital bookmark based on my library painting, Voracious. The image features one of my very favorite Fleam finds, Cecil’s Book of Insects, 1872.

A new landmark for my sister yesterday: she was able to move her left leg for the first time since her stroke! Go Sarah! :-)

Last Minute Gift Tags for you! Downloadable gift tags

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Just for you, my dear readers, I have a coupon code on Etsy for $2.70 off on these downloadable gift tags/stickers (code: AJOLLYWASSAIL). Mention in the convo that you saw this here & I’ll refund the last .30 so your PDF will be 100% free! (I’d make the discount cover the whole amount, but that’s not allowed on Etsy. However, a full refund is kosher! Go figure.)

The code is active through 31 December in case you want to make it a New Year’s gift.

…And may joy be to you and a jolly wassail!

A.Word.A.Day A.gain! Curiotype Alphabet

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It’s always thrilling to be a part of this amazing site. Thank you so much to Anu Garg for letting me play with his ever-inspiring word collection again!

My website crashed earlier, probably a fainting spell from sheer excitement. ;-) Not very felicitous timing, though– my apologies to anyone who received that doomly message. I hope all is well in server-land now, but if not, you can always reach me via TwitterFacebook, or my Etsy shop, CuriousArtLab.

Free Goodies for SPX! Curiotype stickers & more!

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I’ve been coming up with a bundle of new stuff to share at SPX. If you’re coming please be sure to stop by my table! (I’ll be at D8-9a with Isaac Cates & Sam Wolk.) Please drop by early so you can grab the Curiotype initial of your choice!

Oh p.s. you will be able to spot me by my hat. C|:-)

Also, I will be unveiling prints of the full painting these details came from!

I’m coming to SPX! Small Press Expo 2013

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These days I’m putting my Epson R3000 to the test, churning out archival prints to bring to SPX 2013. This is my first comic convention ever– I’ve never even attended one! So I’m pretty excited to be tabling along with Isaac Cates of AlphaBotsCartozia Tales, & Sam Wolk, a fellow AlphaBotter. There will be comics, cards, prints aplenty! If any of you plan to come, please stop by our table, D8-9a, & say hello!

p.s. More AlphaBots folks will be at SPX as well– Christian Sager, Henry Eudy & Kelly Williams will be at table J10!

Cartozia Tales Sneak Peek Issue 1 Cover Detail ~ Isaac Cates AD

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I’m excited to be a part of this inventive new comic!  Conceived by Isaac Cates, it is co-created by a team of writers and artists who take turns telling fantastic stories about various sectors of an imaginary world, Cartozia. It’s really a fascinating system– read more about it here.

The first issue should be coming out in August, & can be pre-ordered now.