Friday, October 31, 2008

Prato, Prater, Repartee (not a Latin verb conjugation)

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Today I am interviewing Cate Coulacos Prato, aka Vintage Cate, author of Mixed Media Self Portraits, a wonderful compilation of art, techniques and inspiration featuring me, Cheryl Prater, and lots of other great artists you may know.

Is it true that you have the same initials and a similar sounding name as I, Cheryl (Karounos) Prater, co-author of Mixed Mania, now available at all major book stores and online booksellers? 

Yes, Cheryl Karounos Prater and Cate Coulacos Prato, are similar names but that's not really surprising considering we are Siamese twins connected at the Acropolis.  

How much fun was it working with me, Cheryl Prater, for your book?

It was wonderful working with you, as always, especially when I could get you to focus on MY book, Mixed-Media Self-Portraits, instead of your book with Debbi Crane, Mixed Mania, which you were producing at the same time. I especially enjoyed the part where I had to threaten to send Photoshopped pictures of you with Bill Clinton to Mark to get you to meet the deadline.

Cate, why is it that you didn't go with the title I suggested: “Cheryl Prater and also a bunch of her Mixed Media Friends Make Self Portraits and Stuff"?

I was tempted. Really. But aside from Debbi Crane who is also featured, the 21 other artists in the book are not your friends.

Many popular films have been based on books, for example, The Secret Life of Bees is out right now, who do you think will play me, Cheryl Prater, in the movie version of your book? 

Michael Chiklis.

Aside from me, Cheryl Prater, who are your influences?

Cheryl Praton, Sherry Prado, Cherry Potato, and Edith Wharton.


Why do you love and admire me so much?  Because we share a Greek heritage? Because I'm so funny and talented? Because I'm co-author of Mixed Mania with Debbi Crane? (I know it's difficult, but due to space constraints keep your comments brief.  Limit 50,000 characters.)

Um. Okay.

Finally, what response do you have to the rumors that your youngest daughter is promised to one of the Prater boys?

I would say, save the date: May 23, 2018. Zeus and the Olympians have already been booked for the reception.

Well, enough about you Cate, let's talk about me for a change.

Sure. Buy Mixed Mania by Cheryl Prater and Debbi Crane. You'll find it at and, ranked right below the best-selling book in the category, Mixed-Media Self-Portraits by Cate Coulacos Prato.

Thanks Cate.  As always, it's been a pleasure talking with me.


Anonymous said...

Riveting, other than the understandable and no doubt in general consensus, concern for Cheryl Prater's self-esteem…I salute the all-inclusiveness, since obviously, according to this broad, she actually is everything…I'd like to hear more about her, or, better yet, spend a whimsical weekend with a heretic's fork. Regards, Zoltar

Stampalot Sue said...

Okay, okay... I ordered them both. I feel like I learned so much about... Cate? No, you!

random notes said...

Cheryl, I am NOT looking for a freebie, promise! Just so happy to see you back doing your usual blog thing. Your quirky personality is showing through and I love it.
Miss you terribly.

Christine Hickey said...

Cheryl, I just received my copy of Mixed Mania in the mail this weekend. My only complaint is that I have been sick and not able to keep my head up long enough to play at my art table :)

I don't have Mixed Media Self Portraits yet so maybe I'll get lucky *fingers crossed*

Holly Springs, NC

Plain Jane said...

Hmm, I was surprised there was no question to Cate about what an honor it must have been to work with JANE LaFAZIO and or that Cheryl didn't mention what an honor it was for her to be in the same book as JANE LaFAZIO ......

julie said...

Cool cover. Bet it is just as great inside. Would be great fun to win.

judy coates perez said...

I just got to fondle a copy of this book in the QUILTING ARTS booth in Houston, What an AWESOME book! Totally a must have for the bookshelf. What a treat it was to flip open the book and see your gorgeous face right at the beginning.

I also got to see your new book too, it came out fantastic! I love it. Congrats Dahlin on a job well done.

Karina said...

Loved the interview! I have the book, Mixed Media Self-Portraits, but now I am itching to get your new book, Mixed Mania!

Do you teach any workshops/classes? I am sure your classes would be so much fun!

Kathleen Fisher said...

This interview cracked me up!! The world needs to know that us artists are not just creative ... we're also funny. And you know I'm not just saying this to get a copy of the book because it's already been given away. Keep inspiring us and making us laugh.

e.beck.artist said...

i was reading along, happy, amused, enjoying ... and then?
michael chiklis and i spewed my fresca ....

Bone*Head*Studios said...

AHAHAHA!!! I loved this post Cheryl!!!It explains everything..sorta?!!!