Saturday, April 7, 2012
The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed
It was indeed my pleasure to meet, and get to know, the very talented Seth Apter at last year's Art Is...You: The East Coast Art Retreat. Seth and I had both contributed to Pam Carriker's wonderful book, Art at the Speed of Life, and it was such fun for all of us to spend time together at such an incredibly artful event.
At that time Seth was still working on his yet to be published book, but knowing Seth's talent and the wealth of amazing book contributors, we were already so eager for its release.
Seth and I kept in email contact after the art retreat and I am incredibly honored to be a part of the promotional blog hop in honor of his wonderful book, The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed.
In order to help those of us participating in the blog hop feel as if we are a part of the book, and for readers to get a better feel for the book, Seth has asked us to answer questions such as those asked of the contributors in the book.
The questions I chose and my answers are as follows:
How has the Internet changed your artistic practice?
Without the Internet I’m not sure I would have re-discovered myself as an artist. It was through web-surfing many years ago that I discovered the world of mixed media and altered art and prompted me to make time in my life again for art. Certainly the opportunity to share and sell my art to a worldwide audience because of the Internet is something that never existed years ago when, at best, my artwork hung on our living room walls for the occasional visitor to see. And it doesn’t stop there. The online workshops I teach are a way to reach out to far more students that I ever could by teaching at our local art school. However, I think the biggest impact on my artistic practices has been through the connections I’ve made via the Internet with artists who have become friends although we are hundreds of miles apart. Those wonderful friendships have brought artful opportunities and have been a source of inspiration and support vital to my creative life.
Do you enjoy working more intuitively or by carefully thinking through your process?
When I read about other artists who begin a project with absolutely no plan, I admit, I’m a little bit jealous. I really DO want to leap without looking sometimes, but truth be told, I need a plan. The plan doesn’t necessarily need to be sketched out in detail (or even at all) but at the very least, a starting point needs to be mapped out in my mind. I’m not sure if it’s the fear of failure that requires my forethought on a project, but I know I like the safety net that planning seems to offer. Because artful ideas continually dance through my mind, there never seems to be a shortage when it comes time to apply paint to canvas. But one day I imagine I’ll take that intuitive leap with no plan in mind.
Do you create art to work through inner issues, or is studio time more of a distraction to keep from facing your problems?
When worries get me down (and believe me, I’m a world-class worrier) I turn to my art journal to work out what’s preying on my mind. For that span of time when it’s just me and my journal, I can let the burdens of the day spill out onto the page and they lose their grip, if only for awhile. Conversely, when I head to my studio with the intent to create a new canvas, I do so with a light heart. If my mood is blue, or troubles have clouded my mind, I can’t bring the same joy to my art table that I need when starting new artwork.
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In celebration of the release of Seth's fabulous book, I will be giving away a copy to one lucky blog reader! Simply leave a comment by Saturday April 14th, WITH an email addy or way for me to contact you should you be the lucky winner. (Without contact information I cannot enter your name in the drawing. US entrants only.)
Please do visit all of the great folks taking part in Seth's "book tour blog hop." They have wonderful insights to share and probably a giveaway or two.
April 2 Rice Freeman-Zachery
April 3 Stephanie Lee
April 4 Ali Edwards
April 5 Ro Bruhn
April 6 Roben-Marie Smith
April 8 Kelly Kilmer
April 9 Trudi Sissons
April 10 Melody Nunez
April 11 Dina Wakley
April 12 Stephanie Hilvitz