Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Week Links: 35

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
All previous links can be found here.

And here is Week 35...

Being inspired by daily rituals and how art makes you feel, from Linda Woods.

Thoughts on the fact that 71% of Pinterest users are women.

Gratitude for our hands from Tonia Jenny.

Extreme close-ups of everyday things on Twisted Sifter. My favorites are the sugar grain, screw, and keyboard X.

When is a drawing not a drawing? From Jo Murray, all the way down under.

Extra excited about this exhibit in NYC from one of my most favorite artists.

Coming in March, this book from Lea Redmond looks to be intriguing and unique.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

what dreams are made of...

as i walked through the fields,

seeing shadows illuminated by the brightness of the nearly full moon,

i saw, 

as if for the first time, 

the edges of the wheat spires blending seamlessly 

into the darkness of the late evening sky.

i thought to myself,

this is what dreams are made of...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

7 Days of Magic

As the snow continues to fall in NYC, I am looking forward to better weather in May when I visit the Pacific NorthWest Art School on the magical island of Whidbey, just off the coast of Washington state. I hope you will consider joining me as well.

I am teaching two special workshops: 

Cover to Cover: a two-day class focused on painting layers, texture, layers, and more texture. 

If Walls Could Talk: a five-day, very special art retreat co-taught with Orly Avineri.

Cover to Cover

Over the course of two days, we will be creating a one-of-a-kind, unconventional artist book. Designed to help you break free of artistic inhibitions and explore possibilities, we will be creating layer after layer of color, texture and dimension using a tremendous range of materials. In this class, we will be putting the "mixed" in the media. And did I mention that there would be layers and texture?

May 16-17, 2015
Registration is open and space is limited.

If Walls Could Talk

We can all be found somewhere on the same dirt road, kicking up dust, gradually revealing, feverishly working toward finding new ways to form and mature. We build substrates from which we obtain our creative nourishment and the courage to inscribe our visual stories...constantly seeking where everything outside of us ends and where we begin.

Join Orly and myself for a five-day. texture-making, art-journaling, book-binding, road-tripping experience. day one we'll come together at our creative space of the week. Soon after we'll go out to explore our new visual reality on the island. We'll be visiting the forest and the sea to find texturizing and mark making elements. During the retreat, we will also explore man-made objects on a visit to local stores to join the ephemera we brought with us. Seth will guide us through the creating of walls, substrates on which magical processes will occur. We will build up these solid surfaces with layers, textures, colors, and marks. Orly will guide us through the creation and addition of our own personal narrative, which will surface through the addition of words and images. By the end of day five will be ready to literally tie our individual stories together as we bind our own books, thereby creating the most intimate of personal dossiers.

May 18-22, 2015
Registration is open and space is limited.

Orly will also be teaching in the week prior to these workshops and information on this workshop is available here.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Week Links: 34

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
All previous links can be found here.

And here is Week 34...

Still in love with these portrait-painted paintbrushes from artist Rebecca Szeto found on Yellowtrace.

Linda Germain shares 12 tips for caring for your stencils, brayers and other printmaking tools. 

Very useful list of links shared by Lisa Cyr on using cradled panels in your art.

Always fascinating to see a work in progress and that is certainly the case with this piece from Mae Chevrette.

I find these photos from Lottie Davies on I Need a Guide quite mesmerizing. 

Now this is what I call patina...from Barry Smith.

Looking forward to this book now on pre-order from Dawn DeVries Sokol.

Participate with a whole bunch of peeps in my newest online collaborative project beginning in February: Living with Art.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Living with Art: an online project

When we see art posted on the blogs from our community, by far the majority of times it is a cropped picture of a particular piece. We don't often get to see pictures of the art in the space where we actually live. Hanging art. Art on the walls. Art over the couch. Art leaning on the bookcase shelves.

I want to see and show art in real life settings: what Living with Art really means. And this is where you come in. Join me for a quick and easy online project. The brief is simple. I will post on my blog your pictures of art that is actually displayed in your space. It can be your own art or art that you have collected. Or both. Zoom out and show some of your surroundings. Beginning sometime in February, I am planning to put up weekly posts that include a group of these images. Along with the image I post, I will include your name and a link to one of your online sites.

Easy, right?

If you are interested in joining, no need to officially sign up. Simply email me your pic and one link. If you chose to send more than one image, I will chose one to post.

Send it in as soon as you like, or wait a while. I am hoping to have enough submissions to last for some time. Please feel free to grab the Living with Art icon and spread the word. Everybody is invited to play.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Week Links: 33

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
All previous links can be found here.

And here is Week 33...

Mesmerized by the formations created by Michael Grab as seen on Colossal.

Smitten by the beauty of these folded pieces of paper from Louise at Bibliographica.

Fascinated by the sculpture of Antony Gormley as seen on Escape Into Life.

Excited to have found this short video of the GIF I showed a few weeks ago of a totally unique, interactive work of art.

Thrilled by the natural patina on this 1795 time capsule from Sam Adams and Paul Revere as seen on Complex.

Gobsmacked by the grungy back wall in this Aussie cafe designed by DesignOffice and found on Yellowtrace.

Intriqued by these 44 artists studios shared by Huffington Post.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Journal Kicks

There is a new journal book in town: Art Journal Kickstarter - Pages and Prompts to Energize Your Art Journal. Edited by Kristy Conlin, this book provides a ton of inspiration for art making in general and art journaling in particular. The book includes 140+ art journal pages from 100+ journal artists. Each artist also shares their responses to a series of questions about the inspiration behind their pages, their art journal process, advice to other journaling artists, unique techniques used, and artists that they are inspired by.

This is not a traditional how-to or instructional book but rather a source of inspiration for and approaches to journaling. As I turned the pages, I became more and more absorbed by the content of this book. There are a good number of books out there that share journal pages but I found this one particularly informative and inspiring. It seems like a book to savor a few pages at a time and to revisit over and over again.

Full disclosure is that I am a contributing artist in this book, having shared the journal spread pictured below.

But truth is...I would have loved it equally even if I were not on page 84. The book is available for purchase at Amazon and the North Light Shop.