Monday, April 7, 2008

Playing Favorites: wrap-up


My aim in Playing Favorites was simple: to showcase favorite pieces of artwork as selected by the artists themselves from their own body of work and to have them include reasons for their selections in their own words. I had hoped to create a virtual museum, room by room, to exhibit a sampling of the talent of our community. I want to thank the artists who contributed pieces of themselves through their art and their stories. Thanks to everyone who visited my blog during this round of The Pulse. And extra special thanks to those who shared their thoughts via comments and emails.

I am constantly amazed at the level of talent, creativity, and generosity of the art and blogging community. 52 artists shared 138 favorites that spanned all mediums. As varied as their work is, they all clearly share a passion and commitment that was evident in both image and word. I feel that each artist opened a window to themselves through their selection and accompanying text. The intimate stories shared by many artists were captivating and the descriptions behind the creation of the pieces were fascinating. I feel as though I just had a private tour with each of them.

Once more, thank you all for playing. I hope to see you at The Altered Page again and again. Links to each post from both Playing Favorites and the recent Artist Survey will remain on the sidebar. And stay tuned for the next episode of The Pulse -- coming soon!

24 comments:

tina's space said...

Seth, even though I was on vacation when Playing Favourites debuted, I have read every single post. It has been a fascinating trip. So varied, so interesting, so many different styles, so much to see. Thank you for taking the time and all the energy needed to collate such a huge body of work. I have been taken with all the banners and I am honored to have been a wee part of this absolutely awesome endeavour.

eb said...

Thank you Seth for the time and patience it surely took to put this project together - what scope, diversity and excellence! - you are really something - blowing kisses...

with gratitude

xox - eb.

Lisa said...

Thanks for the time you put into this set of posts - they were fascinating! Looking forward to the next installment of the pulse.

LostLuggage said...

You are amazing, Seth!!! (I know I told you that already...but I felt I needed a public declaration of my appreciation for all you do for us!)

bridgette said...

Thanks seth for all your work in creating the latest edition of The Pulse. I looked forward to every post and enjoyed them all.

Anonymous said...

You did a terrific job Seth! It's been just a delight to view what I have so far, and to continue to surf through the selections!

Trudi

azirca said...

This has been such a wonderful project to be part of, I thank you for inviting me to take part. I have really enjoyed reading each post and discovering new artists.

A huge thanks to you Seth for all of your time and effort that you have put into this, it must have been a rather mammoth task to take on and to collate all of the information.
I absolutely loved your header graphics for each and every single post, they are works of art that really deserve kudos.

Roxana Ghita said...

I want to thank you for visiting my blog. After seeing yours, I feel even more honoured by your appreciation. There are endless things here for me to discover...

sf said...

Muchas gracias, my cyberspace friend,
for letting me hang a wall in your gallery, and better, discuss it ---
Thank you for showing me treasures created by strangers and friends ---
And the banners rock!
sarah

Carmen said...

Seth what an amazing project you put together. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful artwork from these amazing artists!!!

Kudos to you!

Carmen

Deryn Mentock said...

Terrific Seth! Thanks for the tour...

The Governess said...

Fabulous idea - re: playing favourites!

Jonna said...

It was truly amazing. Thanks for letting me play and I had so much fun seeing all the fab artwork.

Val Foster said...

I second all the comments here. Playing Favorites was such a great idea, very unique and creative. I enjoyed it immensely. Thanks for letting me be a part of it.

And thanks especially for your own time and effort making it happen.

I have a surprise for you on my blog.

Kathy McCreedy said...

Hi Seth,
I know this took a great deal of effort and planning on your part, and I'd like to say thank you for hosting such a cool gallery tour! It was a wonderful way to get to know other artists' work and stories, and you were very kind to do all the leg work involved. Thank you SO much for including my work, I am honored to have participated. xoxo, K.

Christine Marie said...

Seth, what a fabulous collection! With so many of my favorite artists all in one spot!

Also wanted to thank you for the blog comment you left regarding my son's watercolor...he'll be thrilled to know that someone noticed.

papercracker said...

Seth, thanks so much for all your hard work on this project and inviting me to participate. I loved getting an insider's peek at the stories behind the creations and I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Gillian McMurray said...

Thank you so much for all your hard work over the last couple of weeks. This has been a stunning project and you have really outdone yourself. I am proud to have taken part and really enjoyed seeing such high quality art. Well done to everyone.

Terry Rafferty said...

Your generosity of spirit shines through every one of your posts, Seth. The success of your blog is a reflection of that.
Thank you again for this wonderful tour of so many artists and the glimpses into their lives, and thank you for including me. I missed the last few days due to a computer meltdown, but just bought my new computer yesterday so I am looking forward to taking my time to review the entire show.
Can't wait to see what comes next!

bockel24 said...

Thank YOU, Seth, for this great gallery of wonderful artists during the last weeks. I´ve found so many pieces I´d love to have around me every day ... It has been a pleasure and an honour to be a part of your survey.

Gail P said...

Thanks for all of your hard work! I can only imagine how much organizing this took. Great job! I'm thrilled to have been a part of this. (I would have nominated you for the Art y Pico award but Val beat me to it!!)

mcdc3s said...

I was so disappointed to not be there "live" - (my computer woes and then vacation)... during the actual postings... but can honestly say that this has been a wonderful, wonderful experience... reading and viewing. I will revisit this again and again. Thank you so much for all your time and energy in putting this together, and again for allowing me to be a part of The Pulse.

Cory said...

Thank you Seth for your time and for allowing me to be part of this wonderful endeavor.

Big hugs and blessings,
Cory in Arizona

&rew said...

What an incredible gallery! What an extra-ordinary experience to see so much variety and diversity! I am so inspired. Thank so much, Seth, for put in so much effort into the creation of this wonderful gallery!