Sunday, December 16, 2012

Seth Apter's 5 x 5 Project

A number of blog posts ago, I showed images of the three 5 x 5 projects that I created for Seth Apter's "5 x 5 Project," an online extension of his book The Pulse of Mixed Media.  The prompts for which he asked us to create artwork were as follows: 1)If your artwork could talk, what would it say?  2)Who has had the most impact on your creative life?  3)What is one thing you have never shared with the creative community?  Each prompt was to be "answered" with a piece of artwork 5" x 5" square.  The artwork could include other visual elements, but was to be primarily based on some sort of written text or typography.  Since much of my work incorporates the written word in some form, I felt that this was a creative endeavor I could not turn down, and I had a wonderful time in the studio coming up with my visual responses to his prompts.    I created a 5 x 5 piece for each of the three prompts, and mailed them to Seth in NYC.  The magazine Somerset Studio found out about this project, and did a 10-page article on it, in their November/December, 2012 issue.  To my complete amazement, my "If your artwork could talk. . ." piece was included in this article.  One or more of the pieces I created for this project will be included in Seth's blog post on the 5 x 5 Project on his blog, The Altered Page (, this coming Sunday, December 23rd.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Pulse Charity Auction for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Long Walk Home

Hurricane Sandy has created havoc and devastation in the lives of many people in the Northeastern portion of the U.S..  New York City mixed media artist, and blogger (, Seth Apter, feeling powerless in the face of a tragedy of this magnitude, has decided to do something to help out.  He is running auctions of several "bundles" (as of 11/7/12 there are 8, with MORE to come!) of new art books, and original artwork, by himself, and others.  I have chosen to create a piece called Long Walk Home to donate to the cause.  100% of the monies he collects from these auctions will be donated to The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, and, in turn, 100% of this fund id used to directly benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  (To date-11/7/12- he has collected more than $1000.00 from these auctions!)  You can view the auction items in the bundles, and get further information on his blog, The Altered Page.  You may place a bid on an auction bundle by emailing him at

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Perks of Creating an ATC

This is an ATC that I recently created, called "Off the Radar."  Much of my work is fairly small in size (9" x 12" or smaller), but I find it challenging, and fun, to work in the even smaller ATC 2.5" x 3.5" size, and still attempt to incorporate all of the materials and kinds of imagery I use in the larger pieces. Because of the small size, the process is frequently spontaneous, and intuitive enough that it has the ability to ameliorate some of the pressure and angst that can arise when working on a larger piece, and trying to get everything "just right."  When I have the time, I try to complete work of this smaller size, from start to finish, at one sitting.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Featuring Magazine: Theme Gallery

Two of my shadow box pieces (which I refer to as "scrapboxes"), are being included in the Theme Gallery section of the new quarterly mixed media arts magazine, Featuring, published in The NetherlandsThis 2nd issue's theme for the Theme Gallery was "The Road Ahead."  The pieces are Preparation for Travel, and The Road Home, seen above.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

International Artwork Exchange Part 2

Lunas Negras I

Lunas Negras II

Lunas Negras III

Lunas Negras IV

 Lunas Negras V

So. . .there have been a number of things that have conspired to keep me away from posting on my blog for the past several days.  My apologies!  Here are the five pieces that Jorge Restrepo sent to me, in exchange for the five pieces in the previous post that I sent to him.  These are from a series that he calls "Lunas Negras," or "Black Moons."  Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

International Artwork Exchange

Blue Harvest

 Amber Lesson

 Grey Archive

Red Cathedral

 White Obstacle

Awhile back I participated in an artwork exchange with Jorge Restrepo, a Latin American artist with homes/studios in Tegucigalupa, Honduras, and Cali, Colombia.  We each created five pieces to exchange.  The five pieces I created are shown here.  I'll show Jorge's work in  my next post.

Monday, May 14, 2012

"North Coast Hazards"

In some ways, this recent piece represents a somewhat new direction for me.  I'm using the same materials that I generally use: found and vintage papers, gesso, acrylic paint, matte medium, and matte varnish, but have built up considerably more layers than usual.  Some of the visual elements that were quite prominent at certain points during the creative process, have become hidden, or have disappeared altogether, in the final piece.  North Coast Hazards does, however, explore a theme I have investigated before: a fascination with geography and maps. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Three Questions Answered With Art

I've submitted pieces for all three of the questions for Seth Apter's call for 5" x 5" artwork that answers three of the questions from his book, "The Pulse of Mixed Media," using words (and images, if desired).  The pieces I created are shown, below, in the following three posts, with their corresponding questions as the title of each post.

If your artwork could talk, what would it say?

Every fragment tells a story.

Who has had the most impact on your creative life?

Mr. Jack Howard: my high school art teacher from 1960-1964, who gave me the tools, showed me the way, and helped me to access an imagination that I hadn't realized I possessed.

What is one thing you've never shared with the creative community?

The event which led to an epiphany beginning my creative journey.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Pulse of Mixed Media Hits the Northwest!!!

On Saturday, May 5, from 12-2 PM, at Bellevue Art and Frame, Seth Apter will be moderating a discussion of his new book, The Pulse of Mixed Media.  Two of the spotlight artists featured in the book, Leslie Avon Miller, and Donna Watson, will also be on hand to sign copies of the book and demonstrate techniques of their own.  Other artists attending are spotlight artist Alicia Caudle, as well as Delores Lovelady, and Lisa Jones-Moore.  And, I will be there, myself, meeting Seth, and the other artists involved in this wonderful book, for the first time.  Please see the flyer, above, for the location address, and other pertinent information!

Monday, April 9, 2012

As a part of the 'bloghop' on Seth apter's blog, The Altered Page, I have been introduced to artist Trudi Sissons, of Two Dresses Studio.  She has got a couple of cool contests going on: #1) Help her choose "Moo Cards", by leaving a comment in which you vote for your top five favorites out of twenty four on her blog  #2) You can also win a copy of Seth's new book, The Pulse of Mixed Media, by subscribing to her blog.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

"With An Eye On the Sky"

This is a relatively new piece created with images from various sources: an old book of Russian posters, a print of an old religious engraving, a small color wheel from an old book on advertising art, a flower from a vintage scientific print, some billboard material (clouds), and an airplane from a U.S. postage stamp.  The paint is Golden acrylics.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Last Days"

This is a full view of the piece Last Days, which I created for Seth Apter's recently published book, The Pulse of Mixed Media (pg. 131).  It was created in response to the author's prompt: "What is your biggest fear?"

Thursday, March 15, 2012

"Last Days" (page 131, "The Pulse of Mixed Media")

The piece of artwork I created that made it into The Pulse of Mixed Media, is a piece called Last Days.  It was created in response to Seth Apter's question: "What is your biggest fear?"  My explanation of this piece in the book reads as follows: "Last Days represents my version of the 'fear of the unknown.'  This Last Days (as in End Times) is not necessarily the version as depicted in the Book of Revelation, but simply the idea that life is, at best, quite uncertain!  What little control we appear to have over our own, individual destiny is of fairly small account, and completely overshadowed by the fact that any of us can have our life irrevocably altered in an instant, by the unexpected, the unforseen, or the unimaginable!"  I feel both proud, and honored, that a piece of my artwork was selected to be a part of this amazing, and wonderful, book!  (My mixed media piece, Last Days is on page 131, and my answers to three of Seth's questions are on pages 109, 122, and 132, in the book.)

The Pulse of Mixed Media

The Pulse of Mixed Media has arrived!  Seth Apter's compendium of 133 artists: their artwork, and their answers to his questions about their work, and about being an artist, is a work of art in itself!  My copy arrived from Amazon, yesterday (3/14/12), and I've found such inspiration in the artwork, and artist's comments, that I've found it almost impossible to put down.  If you haven't seen his recent posts on The Altered Page, as yet (, go there now!  Seth is introducing one of the "Spotlight" artists, each day, for the month of March (31 Artists/31Days), and, just being made aware of these artists, and visiting their blogs and websites, certainly stirs the creative juices!  It's just so good to know that there are so many of us out there!   

Friday, March 9, 2012

"Fall Into Place"

This is a mixed media piece that I created in spring 2011.

"Self Portrait: Shadows and Transformation"

This is a self portrait that I created for an exhibit  in 2011 at Il Ramo d'Oro Gallery in Naples, Italy.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"What the Gods Allow"

This piece, entitled, "What the God's Allow," is a recent mixed media project created from a variety of vintage, and found papers, and acrylic paint.  It is available as a giclee' print at my Etsy shop, 'MixedMediaAndMore'.