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It’s a little unnerving the first time you submit something to a publication. I submitted a writing piece first, a little juvenile when I think about it. Then I decided that since my art it what I do best I should try that avenue. When considering Taproot Magazine, I knew that was where I wanted to start.

I had been following Amanda Blake Soule and her blog for several years. I was quite eager to be a founding subscriber to her newest endeavor. Needless to say, after reading Taproot, the magazine and I were simply a fit. Everything within its pages spoke to what I have been trying to do. Being well. Creating. Inspiring. Which was why I thought I simply must find a way to be in it.

Solace is the first print that was done. It was done a little while ago but is very near and dear to me. It speaks to what I wish for. That place that I’d like to visit when in need. You’ll notice that yarn basket there, by the rocking chair. When I am in that solace providing space, my knitting basket is often nearby. Taproot was just as taken with this print as I was. So, upon seeing the Solace print they asked if I would be willing to make 2 additional prints. Of course!

Now, since I work in a spiritual environment I understood the need to “sit with it” for a while. I needed to work out what these other two prints were going to be like. You also have to take into consideration that printmaking is not my primary form of expression. So, this was an undertaking to be sure. I need to acquire supplies and pull in a few favors to get the space and tools to accomplish this. So, in the end I came up with Sanctuary and Haven. It was through this process that I became a bit in awe of what I can accomplish when I set my mind to it. The last two prints came out beautifully. I feel like they are truly a set. Each print playing off of one another.

I have felt so honored that Taproot chose me for the feature pages of the magazine. I would be honored further if you would take the time to go to their website and look around. Be inspired. Be a subscriber. You won’t be sorry I promise! What I know of Amanda and her team is that they have a wonderful group of artists, friends, and followers that they mindfully invite to share in the splendor that is their magazine.

Be well. Create. Inspire.

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15 thoughts on “Taproot

  1. Michelle ~ I don’t know if you remember me from Robin’s funeral but I am a friend of your mom’s whom I met through my cousin, Jean. I have loved getting to know Phyllis and hope we will be friends for a very long time.

    I wanted to comment on your prints and what they mean to me.

    Solace shows my rocking chair where I often sit to relax, snooze or rock my great-granddaughter to sleep and to think of what might have been.

    Sanctuary shows my garden where I have spent many hours, days and weeks creating my “masterpiece’ and where I have also found “Solace” when thinking of my late husband, Bob, who passed away in February. My yard features a memorial Rose Garden in his honor.

    Then there’s Haven that represents my home including the fireplace and has become my Sanctuary.

    So you see, all three prints intermingle and reflect many aspects of my new life alone. I love them all and congratulate you on your achievements.

  2. Silly me…It’s late and I’m tired. I meant to refer to Phyllis as your mother-in-law. not “mom.” Of course, I know better! LOL

  3. I love your work! Especially SOLACE speaks directly to my heart; amazing! You should go foreward and start something like a calendar or so filled with your beautiful images… Or did you do so already? I sometimes saw some framed woodcut art on Soulemamas blog pictures and yours remind me oft them… But anyway; you did a great job with your contribution. I wish you all the best
    Bora from Switzerland

    • Thank you Bora for the kind words. This evening I will be printing for another submission to Taproot. So, stay tuned. Amanda (SouleMama) is definitely an inspiration! I have been giving some thought to your calendar idea. We’ll see what the year holds. It’s not out of the question for 2014. Blessings from afar~ M

  4. I am a total stranger, but I wanted to let you know that I was obsessed with these prints the second I saw them, and am so happy to have them framed and hanging in my bedroom! I can’t wait to order Cycles – simply gorgeous. Thanks!

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