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May 01, 2013

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Let me be the first to say it, Stephanie.

Without you in it, my life would be irreparably impoverished. And that's the truth.

(((hug)))

I took a class from you at the very first Journalfest, and what struck me immediately was your generous spirit. You blogged today:
"And when the work is beautiful and well executed and fascinating, we forget sometimes that we all benefit from the addition of new beauty to the world. We forget sometimes that someone else's gift of creativity does not one speck take anything away from ours."

That struck me because just this morning I was re-reading Natalie Goldberg's "Writing Down the Bones," and she says this when speaking about being smitten with other writers' work, "That's what being a lover is: stepping out of yourself, stepping into someone else's skin. Your ability to love another's writing means those capabilities are awakened in you. It will only make you bigger; it won't make you a cop cat." Thank you for your words you put out here in the world and thank you for your generous spirit.

Dear Stephanie,
Thank you for this post! I have taken online classes from you, and have so deeply appreciated your generous spirit. Although I am older than you, I feel like i'm one of your 'kids' when it comes to having learned what you had to teach. In some ways, my work does resemble yours and I can't tell you how grateful I am that you don't have the attitude that, well, any of us have tried to 'copy' you.( I WISH I could copy you! ) But when my creative impulses marry with the techniques you've taught, it's a combination of the two, then as I grow, I become more of my own self, developing my own style. It seems like it took the longest time, but alas, I do feel like I own my work. I've read blog posts of other bloggers, and I won't mention any names ( I can't remember them anyway) but where they have ranted about copyright laws and people copying their work and selling it, or teaching techniques that were developed by someone else and charging for it. To someone like me that is bursting with artistic dreams but has no idea where to start, finding artists we adore and wanting to 'springboard off them' then reading about the copyright issues etc, very scary! I have never taught a class, never shared a cd, but I have shared techniques, but never charged for them. I taught a friend how to etch metal. You taught me. Her work is nothing like mine or yours - we DO all have our own spirit within our own work and you're right, There is no competition. You are so ahead of so many in the way you think, I appreciate and love you, dear girl! *hugs*

Sweet Stephanie,
I have had the honor of meeting you and attending the Art Nest retreat with you several years ago.
What you taught me there as far as technique was amazing and so much fun. I have used the knowledge often in my own creations. But I must tell you what I enjoyed the most was your insight to life, love and happiness, that is what I would like to duplicate everyday. Although some days are kinder than others, you helped me see the value in each day.
Thanks you so much for sharing your talents, your an excellent teacher and even more importantly an AMAZING person.
You are truly one of a kind!!
Much love to you and all your adventures in life!!
xoxo
Debbie H. Blatt
(my brown eyed girl designs)

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