Friday, April 17, 2009

Plaster Blaster


One of the best things about working with Bridgette and Jen on our collaboration is the fact that their incredible talent and creativity is pushing me in new and exciting directions. My last post highlighted my first contribution to Jen's metal pages. First time using metal as a substrate. In this post you can see my first page in Bridgette's book. First time working on plaster pages.

Bridgette's book pages are fantastic to work with. Strong but pliable. Textured and absorbent. Her theme is trees. And here is my page:



The plaster pages lend themselves to layers and texture:





And of course...there has to be some trees:

42 comments:

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Wow Seth. Just Wow. I love this page.

Pattio said...

Beautiful! Love the mixture of elements and how well they blend to create something magical.

Cheers

femminismo said...

Wondrous! Was the tree picture there first? How did all this come to pass? Love the text. It all rolls together in a fine way. - Jeanne
p.s. Thanks for your comments!

FishStikks said...

Someday I would so love to see just how you did some of these wondrous elements!

This turned out so incredibly beautiful!!

LostLuggage said...

Seth

You are on fire.

Magnificent...really.

I need to move to a 'city'..

ooglebloops said...

Amazing work!

Jeane said...

wow, Seth, this is gorgeous! fascinated with the plaster pages.....

Mixed Media Martyr said...

Wow! Incredible page! Plaster?! How textural!!!!

grrl+dog said...

this page sooo has it all going on.. a work of art in itself. gush gush gush,, no really.

With a base page to begin on it must be quite an adventure to know where to go...

Annie said...

A thousand things I want to know about these pages.... these fibres remind me of the decay that happens when bark and tree trunks break down in a forest. Interesting that your piece comes back full circle with the trees theme.

Debrina said...

This posting just blows me away!! What incredible talent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BLACK AND WHITE said...

wow... your page is wonderful. Love your texture and layering.

Gillian McMurray said...

This piece is really exciting for me. Love the effect of the plaster and the trees look like an old oil painting. Beautiful, beautiful work.

Jill Zaheer said...

You never cease to amaze me. Once again, a new medium - and you've mastered the plaster! Such beautiful details that created one incredible "plasterpiece"!
Love the words, the trees, gentle colors, layers of material, and of course, your X. Another "reflection" of your unending talents!

Judy said...

Really stunning Seth, the textures are wonderful.

Serena said...

Beautiful in every sense of the word, and so creative- a joy to look at :o)

Karin said...

oh this is gorgeous Seth. Just love the textures, the organic nature of the materials and imagery... Really wonderful!

mansuetude said...

because of the trees, this really embodies Life as embedded in decay (a truth of us, world).

the word Reflection in white against the black really makes me think of "Mirror" somehow here too.

Thanks.

Mar said...

i like that it looks 'old' right away
the substrate did a fantastic job for all the right 'feels' to come forth...
all the textural elements to be felt even though all i can do is 'see' it

you titled the page so well...deep enough for insightfulness and yet perfect for the shallow...

you are all doing a fabulous job pushing the envelope with this project...

i hope it gets some kind of public notice
like in a display somewhere...SOMEthing!

and thank you for sharing the process...gets all the synapses popping...like ...now... i might have to go...BE...creative..!
:D

Gail P said...

Wonderful! This collab is sure working for you. I hope that you're keeping notes on what you did. Thanks for the comment on my blog.

Julie said...

This is fascinating Seth. Beautiful.

alteredbits said...

absolutely beautiful, seth! i love the tree theme and yours looks amazing.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

"hope like a tree reaches for the sky" I wrote and illustrated this verse when I was in high school in my Angela Merici Art class in Louisville, KY. You have re-ignited my metaphor for making an artist life. The intricate layers unveiling the text and the beautiful image of your trees pulls at my imagination. Yes, Seth I did write the poem on my blog. Thank you . Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Two Dresses Studio said...

Plaster pages!!! What a wicked idea. Beautiful result Seth.

Kim said...

Wow Seth. I love all the textures and the dreamy soft quality of the trees and text. Great combinations. Looks like you must have enjoyed this piece.

Robyn said...

Amazing texture and that last photo is so beautiful.

Shirley Ende-Saxe said...

That plaster casting material has the best of all worlds in it, texture, fiber (and a loose, shredded kind of fiber at that), and that remarkable plaster surface. The tree and text fit into all that like a gem.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Those trees are very impressive, Seth.

3rdEyeMuse said...

are there any challenges that you are simply unable to rise to? just curious. :)

these pages have such great texture and depth. thanks for sharing the progress.

Stephanie said...

these metal and plaster pages are so very rich in texture and it is always wonderful to push those boundaries!

~Babs said...

Can't TELL you how much I love this!
Thanks so much for the 'up close and personal' detail shots. I'd swear I can FEEL those textures!

viv said...

oh my seth... this is stunning.

Lost Aussie said...

Lovely work Seth. Your tree page is just gorgeous.

Val Foster said...

Oh my, I am simply left speechless (wordless) here. These are magnificent and totally the kind of art I LOVE. Ahhh yes, texture, texture, texture. I've used caulk and wallboard joint compound and light spackle, I see now I need to add plaster to my texture supplies.

Wow, just wow! Your art and maturity as an artist is just growing exponentially. Major kudos Seth. I only wish I could look over your shoulder as you create your amazing art!

rivergardenstudio said...

Oh, Seth, you must be so inspired. To me, these are your most beautiful pages yet... wow! Roxanne

Cynjon said...

It's a really lovely page you have there! The textures are *wonderful(

Shelly said...

I want that page !!! :-))
Magnificent work, Seth. The book will be one of a kind.
:-)
Shelly

azirca said...

Fantastic! The work that the three of you are producing in this collaboration is of such a high standard. You all deserve huge amounts of kudos!

jennifer lorton said...

Beautiful. It sounds like an interesting collaberation.The pages are amazing.
Jennifer
http://blog.jenniferlorton.com

donnaj said...

Love this!!! love the use of textures

lynne h said...

seth, this is GORGEOUS!!! i agree with julie... on fire!!!

Plaster repair in MA said...

That's why Some people call plaster an Art!