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.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Limited Edition Mash-Up

Mary Beth Shaw, the founder of StencilGirl Products, continues to amaze me with her innovative ideas. Four of the stencil designers from StencilGirl -- Traci Bautista, Pam Carriker, Mary Beth, and myself -- taught workshops at the recent Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show. For each of us, MB designed a special 9"x12" stencil that included a mash-up of our own personal stencil designs.

How cool is that? Well, it gets even cooler. StencilGirl Products has packaged a limited edition set of all four stencils that are on sale on their website right now. And when I say limited edition, I mean it. There are only 145 sets available. When they are gone, they are gone.

Hey...why are you still here when you should be here?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Trends to Watch

As I walked the floor of the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) mega show last week, I kept my eyes peeled. 

Not only did I want to see the new products that were being released but I also wanted to see where the industry was headed in terms of trends. And to see which trends from last year might be on their last legs. 

Of course it often seems like the pendulum always swings, so I never really count any trend as down for the count.


In no particular order, this is what popped out to me at the show...

--Brights: Bright colors were everywhere, from scrapbook paper to planners. Vivid and bold colors in both pastel and jewel tones were in evidence.

--Letters: A very popular theme at the show was the use of text as a design element. Large bold letters were frequently seen not only in product but in booth design as well, where too many booths to count used marquee-style letters (with and without light bulbs) to spell out their company names.

--Watercolors: A number of companies highlighted a watercolor look in their papers and/or other products.

--Planners: The newest incarnation of the scrapbook are planner-style books, complete with dated pages and to-do lists but with the addition of art-filled pages as well.

--Metallics and Iridescents: One of my personal favorite trends from the show, metallic and iridescent could be found in paints, sprays, markers, paper and more.

--Stencils: The stencil trend from last year continues unabated, with more and more companies dipping into the stencil pool.

--Mixed Media: Mixed media was everywhere and it seems like more and more companies that have been traditionally based in the scrapbooking-arm of the market have fully embraced mixed media products including paint, texture mediums, and the like.

In terms of trends losing steam, I noticed the following...

--Vintage: The vintage style continues to dwindle, which seemed to me to be a very polarizing occurrence. While many people I asked about this cheered, an equal number mourned.

--Washi Tape: While still available, washi tape was not evident in abundance as it had recently been.

--Chalkboard: Last year it seemed like a majority of companies were embracing chalkboard products. At the 2015 show there was definitely less to be found.

--Rub-ons: Not sure that anybody would have said these were a trend last year, but they are a personal favorite of mine. I hunted and hunted for rub-ons, but in the end saw relatively few.

In terms of buzz...

--I asked many of my colleagues which product(s) stood out to them and seemed to generate the most buzz at the show. Unfortunately, person after person had a hard time with this question and noted that there seemed to be less innovation and excitement in the releases this year.

Am I missing something...

--If you were at the show or have noticed any trends in your local shops or online, please share them here in the comments. I am curious as to what others have seen.