Sunday, March 7, 2010

Secret Sunday 16

Do you want to know a secret?

Welcome to the fourth edition of The Pulse -- The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. The Pulse is a collaborative project that aims to introduce you to new artists, help you get to know familiar faces even more, and allow you access into the creative hearts and minds of a very talented crew of individuals.

Over 150 (!) artists have answered a series of questions which make up The Pulse. Their responses will be presented as a series of online and print projects. And the first continues right now!

Join the The Altered Page every Sunday for "Secret Sunday." Here the secrets of all your favorite artists will be revealed. It could be a technique, a product, a secret source, a little-known website, a hidden shop, an inspiration, just about anything! If you missed any, no worries. You can find links to all the secrets on the sidebar of my blog.

Today's secret.......Lesson Plan!

Regien Dwarkasing
Blog: Mostly Turquoise

Whenever I visit a Starbucks, I take pictures of the art & wallpaper, that is always there. I like to use these pictures and combine them with my own ones for digital collages.

Debbie Mihalick
Blog: Senses Engaged

This tip comes from Keith Lo Bue, a fabulous artist who works with found objects. Although the tip came from a class he taught on building jewelry, I feel it applies just as well to any composition and material: choose one thing you love as your starting point and look at everything else in relation to this piece. Consider hiding part of it for an added element of mystery and to invite the viewer to look closer. I used these principles with a simple pendant.

The bit of ivory was a recent purchase and I was dying for a way to use it. It seemed to fit really well over the vintage photo and I liked the tones of both pieces together. Even though my metalwork needs a lot of improvement, I was very happy with the way it turned out.

Rainey J. Gibney
Website: The Josie Baggley Company

When I'm painting a face I sometimes turn the canvas upside down whilst I paint. I've gotten some surprising results by doing this as the mind's eye is working here and shapes rather than an exact image is being built. It is a free and expressive way to paint.


Robert Stockton
Artist Portfolio: Robert Stockton

The concept of “bricolage,” which is defined as: a construction made from whatever materials are at hand; something created from a variety of available things. I like this idea, and use it frequently in my work. I look around my studio, and simply choose, at random, whatever it is that falls into my line of sight as a way of selecting materials to use on a given project. Certain combinations of materials often suggest using certain techniques, and so it goes!

Bricolage is simply letting serendipity and intuition have the upper hand. Once you begin using it, the process becomes virtually subconscious and, I think, puts you more directly in touch with your creative self. It frequently leads my artwork in interesting and unexpected directions!

Laura Pace
Blog: Found Memories Art
Facebook: Laura A. Pace

I think something that has helped me immensely lately is a folding tabletop easel. As mixed media artists, we tend to work flat on the table. We are usually gluing something in place on the paper or canvas or whatever background we have chosen. We do all our painting/coloring flat also. What we might forget is that when its done, the piece of art will be viewed upright, against a wall usually. This gives it a whole different perspective.

With the work on an easel, I can step back and see how the balance and composition is as it will look on the wall at a distance. By working on a folding tabletop easel, I can lower it down to do the glueing, then raise it back up to do whatever painting or coloring work that needs to be done.

Leslie Marsh
Blog: Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Blog: Daily Focus

I have found the best way (thanks Isabel) to remove a wine label, which has introduced an entirely new and entertaining dimension to shopping for wine. It’s simple: pour boiling water INSIDE of the empty bottle and let it sit until the label peels off, adhesive and all!


KC Willis
Website: Lipstick Ranch
Blog: KC Willis
Ning: KC Willis Collage Camp

Almost all of my pieces start with unprimed artist canvas, torn, washed and coffee stained. When I wash the canvas, the edges fray off and what started out as a mess in my washing machine turned out to be an important part of my work. These clumps of thread that have tangled themselves up in the canvas are cut apart and coffee stained then hung outside to drip dry. They then are a part of almost every collage I create for my bigger pieces.

They add wonderful texture and become the "seat" for most of my embellishments. Sometimes whether I need more canvas pieces or not I will wash canvas just for the "clumpie" harvest. I have been known to get down-right ecstatic when my washing machine produces a bumper crop.


Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I have just discovered Robert Stockton and his intuitive processes and Leslie has solved my dilemma of removing the whole wine label process a true gift for collecting evidence for collages. KC has workshops that I will someday find a way to travel out West and discover her inspirations. I have a folding easel and never thought of expanding my perspective by a change of tilt. Just do it! once again. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

ArtPropelled said...

Great tips again! BTW, the links to KC Willis don't seem to be working.

Jacky said...

I love these Secret Sundays and am learning so much...great tips today.
Wonderful to read Robert Stockton's bricolage technique and I have not been having a lot of luck getting wine labels off bottles so will try that tip too! Thanks Lesley, I have kept some bottles for that reason. The labels are fantastic (but I have also wrecked a few!!)

Thanks to all of the wonderful artists who are participating and also to you for putting everything together each Sunday.

Jacky xox

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What a WEEK. These tips are over the top. Debbie Mihalick has engaged my senses. Her tip from Keith Lo Bue really hits the spot. Adding mystery to a piece is something I really must try.

I have seen Robert Stockton's “bricolage” art before. As always, I am in awe of his art. The way he manages to put together such disparate pieces simply amazes me.

And, like Mary Helen, I was impressed with Leslie Marsh's tip on removing labels.

All tips were great today. Do I really have to wait another 7 days? Guess I'll just have to put my "patience" hat on and suck it up. Thanks for sharing these gems.

jackie said...

Another reason to enjoy my bottle of wine today-- a good read too.

Commuter's Journal said...

Such great tips -- again! When can we look forward to Secret Sunday: The Book? ;-)

Danielle said...

Laura Pace's idea of a portable easel is great! She is so right! Most of our art is seen upright, while we usually work flat.

Great secret Sunday Again Seth!!

Judy said...

So many interesting tips in this edition. Each time i visit here seth I am just blown away by your dedication not only to your blog but to all your fans. You really are an inspiration!

Stephanie said...

yet again...wonderful tips! I have some time in the studio this afternoon and think I may try a few...

MrCachet said...

Oh Leslie! My sister is gonna love your bottle label technique! I may end up using the process as well.

Thanks again and again for putting this thing together, Seth. We all have something we can share.

jill Zaheer said...

Super secret sunday post once again. So many great techniques to try! Thanks for continuing to take this time and energy to coordinate and present these great columns!

Kim said...

I think it will take me a year or more to try out all the tips you have posted with you Secret Sundays. Like I need more excuses to run to the studio and play, LOL! Thanks so much for all the hard work you put into this Seth. It is very appreciated.

Leslie said...

Sundays offer a wealth of information over here. I am clapping for Secret Sundays -- the book.

Teri said...

Seth--Thanks for sending the piece so quickly. I love it! I also love the way that you wrapped it with the small string and stuck a personal note in there for me to read. Very impressive and appreciated. My mailbox is one happy place! And...I love the way the piece SMELLS!!! An extra bonus, to be sure. I will be framing soon and hanging in a special place. Thank you so much!

layers said...

some more wonderful tips and ways to start and finish a collage-- I especially like the tip about starting with something you really like to feel a strong connection to.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Again lots to take in and chew on!
Love it!
Many many thanks to all for sharing!
And Seth, I know I say it often, but you rock! You make this look easy and I can only imagine the time and energy involved ... clearly you are enjoying every minute ... thank you for passing that along to so many of us lucky visitors!

Plumrose Lane said...

Love your featured artists and Rainey is a special treat!