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You struck a cord with me by discussing articles that includes art and words. I started writing when my husband was terminally ill, when I wrote weekly update letters to our far-flung friends, in MS Word. I loved to incorporate images and weave them through the letter.

I find it frustrating that Substack and other online publications have such limited layout choices. For instance your article about Clara Nartey in The Granary Tree shows the power of incorporating pictures, rather than just placing them in the middle of text.

I expect such layout options are low down on the Substack development list, but I hope one day they will be standard.

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Wow! Clara's work is amazing! I've been the opposite to you - visual art first (from wee childhood), writing second. I long, long, long to combine the two. I haven't touched a brush in 8 years! (Life interferes!). My studio is neck deep in storage. I tend to work large scale (something about years of painting 40x60' stage drops). And in hot wax. Neither very convenient right now. But I've been thinking this week that I could AT LEAST start doing some thumbnail sketch ideas for future projects. My dream is to connect the writing and the visual. Not as in illustrating my stories, but as in, visual art that lives in the same world. When? How? (I already get up at 3am! LOL!)

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Aug 19, 2023Liked by Joyce Wycoff

Just want to let you know I dropped by this morning

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You wrote: I’m on the second issue of a small magazine titled: Substack Field Guide. (When I'm traveling with you I never know how much to pack.) Then you wrote: The process of creating this guide includes integrating words and images. (Or what to pack.)

✍️ Count me in.🎨

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It seems you have come full circle, Joyce. Surely Clara showed up in your Inbox for a reason. Her 'Joy of Life' is also yours and you are both 'free spirits'.

Thank you for sharing Clara's work. It's beautiful.

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"It suddenly struck me that I’m doing the work I want to do, living the life I want to live."

Yes yes yes. I remember being in my early thirties and catching a glimpse of my reflection in a store window walking down the street here in San Francisco and suddenly realizing that my teen self would be really excited to know that she had landed where I am today. My 43 year old self is in an even better place. I am grateful for this.

And I absolutely love the combination of words and images. I am primarily a writer but when my writing stalls I immediately turn to creating collages and collaged cards using magazine images and incorporating text either through words for magazines or those cute sticker packs of words and phrases.

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Yes to comic books, scissors, art-making. Creating collages became my visual art form, after years of drawing and painting.

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Isn't it amazing when you realize you are smack dab in the middle of what you've been manifesting all along? I have done that a number of times, and it's so exciting! On a side note, I've been a quilter for years, but stopped quilting about the time of my divorce. I'm finally getting back to it and I'm thrilled! 💜

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Joyce, you've reminded me once again how much I loved comic books growing up as a kid. It wasn't just the awesome art (as a kid, I could not get enough of the newish style of late 80s artists emerging, shaping comic book art into something much greater than it had been before), but it was the combination of words and images that is so pervasive in my own work today. I've made around 130 articles, and I don't think any of the last 100 have had fewer than 2 or 3 images (I'd have to check).

The visual element combines so very nicely with the written to tell a richer story. I appreciate that your area of focus has been similar to mine.

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