Friday, March 2, 2012

31/31: Bridgette Guerzon Mills


31 artists...31 days. Spend every day of March with me at The Altered Page to meet the 31 spotlight artists in my book The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed. See their beautiful faces, read their 'quirky' bios written in their own words, see some of their art that led me to invite them to be a part of my book, and hear my story of what they each mean to me. Then click on over to their sites and see what they have to say about The Pulse of Mixed Media.
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I am a creator of things, a maker of images, a weaver of words. I seek peace and stillness in the worlds that I create.


Memories and experiences are sewn together, bound with thread, painted and layered with fire and wax.


 My work is a vision of where I have been, who I am now, and a vision of what I am becoming.


The rest will be written as the story unfolds.


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I discovered Bridgette very early on in my life as a blogger: just one month after I started The Altered Page. I am not sure how I came across her blog, as is often the case, but I immediately knew I found a gem. In fact, I emailed her and asked about purchasing one of her paintings, which now very happily lives on my wall. We have been blog friends ever since. We have also been creative collaborators, working along with Jen Worden on a project that produced three pieces of art: Book of Trees, Shine and Contexture. The experience was a pleasure.

As luck would have it, I travelled to Chicago for a weekend back in October 2011 and was able to spend a wonderful morning with Bridgette. She was just as I had imagined and it felt like we had been friends all along. We found ourselves in similar situations, and spent time talking about making art, publishing, exhibiting, teaching, career directions, and life in general. My only regret about that day was that our time together was too short. But I will be back to visit again at some point and hopefully we will have time to see more than just "The Bean."
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GIVEAWAY

For every comment you leave in March on a 31/31 post on my blog and/or on the blog of the spotlighted artist, you will have that many chances to win one of three prizes in my giveaway. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have (but only 1 per post please). First prize is a copy of The Pulse of Mixed Media signed by many (and I mean many) of the 133 artists that have contributed to the book. Second and third prizes are one copy each of the book signed by yours truly.

91 comments:

ArtPropelled said...

"I seek peace and stillness in the worlds that I create"..... this was a quality I recognized immediately on discovering Bridgette's blog.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Love Bridgette's work, especially her encaustic pieces and I love that they are turning the tables on you with their questions. :0)

Bill said...

Beautiful description, "I am a creator of things, a maker of images, a weaver of words." Her work definitely reflects all three.

bockel24 said...

love her work and can´t wait to flip through your book´s pages!

Cathy said...

Love Bridgette's work...I feel like I'm looking into a dream when I see her pieces. really really beautiful.

Patti said...

Bridgette's work is so rich in detail... texture, fabulous! Thanks for sharing:)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love to read Bridgette's blog because I am now enjoying my relationship with plaster. It's so fun to read the questions they are now asking you!

Maureen said...

Marvelous encaustics. Bridgette is deservedly spotlighted.

Jennifer said...

So nice to see Bridgette featured here. Her's was one of the first blogs I discovered too. Her work, with its sense of stillness, meditative qualities and excellent artistry, keep me going back.

michelle ward said...

Bridgette's work is so poetic, and her words prove that it an authentic fiber of her whole self. Love seeing and hearing more about BGM. Looking forward to seeing her contributions to your book. And love that she lobbed a few questions for YOU. *wink*

Jill Zaheer said...

Love reading about your journey with Bridgette, your project together and the pictures selected. Beautiful words you've included," creator of things, maker of images, weaver of words". Now off to her website!

beskonechnost said...

Hello! Very much I love your blog and works of Bridzhett!!! Thanks, for the book, already in an anticipation! :)

Melva said...

I am going to to hop over to her blog now to check it out.From the comments on this page everyone seems to be in love with her work.

Melva said...

I am going to to hop over to her blog now to check it out.From the comments on this page everyone seems to be in love with her work.

Dave said...

Hmmm...good! One more reason to take up encaustics!! Thanks for introducing this artist to me!! I will have to check out more of her work!

amanda said...

Yes, her work is stunning. I can see why you so quickly found her blog and work so interesting. Her work and words compel to further thought and introspection. Yes, Bridgette is awesome.

Lisa H said...

gorgeous work.
yet another "bookmark-er"

I have such respect for the encaustic artists. I know that I'd have 3rd degree burns in about 2 seconds....

Lisa H said...

gorgeous work.
yet another "bookmark-er"

I have such respect for the encaustic artists. I know that I'd have 3rd degree burns in about 2 seconds....

Ruth Armitage said...

I loved Bridgette's 'quirky bio' and seeing the sneak peeks on her blog. I'm looking forward to seeing this book that contains so many of my favorite artists' work! Congratulations Seth....

jinxxxygirl said...

Thank you so much for introducing me to Bridgette! I'm off to see her blog now.

Karen Cole said...

Beautiful, ethereal with a quiet simplicity that speaks volumes in her art and her words. Love her work. Happy day 2.

Parabolic Muse said...

I knew of Bridgette but admit that I have not seen this much of her work before. She's so interesting! I love that bird!

It's great when you meet someone in person and connect so well.

Emma said...

Her work is lovely, trees & swallows made mysterious by subtle layers, thank you.

Jo Murray said...

I can understand why you bought one of her works... they're gorgeous.

Izabella said...

just.. WOW!!! thanks for sharing!!

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

Seth it's just two days in and already I can feel my 'self' expanding with possibilities. To see the kind of art that I aspire to and be inspired by...that gets me going. My muse gets all fidgety and excited. So thanks for this!!! *smiles* Norma

Diane said...

Her words alone are a gem!

Carol said...

I have long admired her work and sometimes literally gasp when I see her work on her blog. Beautiful!

Carol said...

Bridgette's art is truly beautiful, and her words are so gently expressive. Now to visit her blog. Thanks Seth.

artyjenniep said...

I love that she creates peace and stillness in her art. Quite touched by it. Amazing. Beautiful.

rivergardenstudio said...

Thank you for sharing this post about Bridgette, her work is truly beautiful, and how she expresses herself through her words is as well. I am honored to say that I took a workshop from her last summer. She is a lovely person!!
roxanne

rivergardenstudio said...

Thank you for sharing this post about Bridgette, her work is truly beautiful, and how she expresses herself through her words is as well. I am honored to say that I took a workshop from her last summer. She is a lovely person!!
roxanne

layers said...

I also follow Bridgette's blog and am an admirer of her collages and hand made books.. her quotes here are wonderful.

rivergardenstudio said...

P.S. Now I am going to have to check your blog every day!!!
roxanne

Lynn said...

Well the comments are pouring in.
I called Barnes and Nobles this morning to learn the book will not be in that store until the very end of March. so still I wait. somewhat patiently. But I did see my page (128) shared with another artist. It's so exciting I could spit. LOL

Bridgette G. Mill's art is very very beautiful. I love the stitched fabric under wax making up a beautiful bound book. What a delightful friendship you two have. What did we ever do before computers and blogs?

Lynn said...

Well the comments are pouring in.
I called Barnes and Nobles this morning to learn the book will not be in that store until the very end of March. so still I wait. somewhat patiently. But I did see my page (128) shared with another artist. It's so exciting I could spit. LOL

Bridgette G. Mill's art is very very beautiful. I love the stitched fabric under wax making up a beautiful bound book. What a delightful friendship you two have. What did we ever do before computers and blogs?

Patricia Wolf said...

Ms. Mills is one of my favorite encaustic artists!! So happy to see her here!!

Denise said...

Not only do I greatly admire Bridgette's art (the paintings and the handbound books), but I read her blog religiously. I am also honored to be associated with her through our membership in FusedChicago, the association of painters who love working with encaustics. Bridgette has been so very generous problem solving with me about using encaustic wax and plaster.She is a quietly shining gem :) ~Denise

liberal sprinkles said...

Thanks for introducing us to Bridgette. I love the look of her art and I'm off to check out more of it now!

Robert said...

I love the quiet majesty with which Bridgette's work presents itself. I love the use of earth tones in her work: some muted , some striking. With the stark, layered beauty of natural elements informing much of the work shown here, one gets a real feeling for Bridgette's imaginative worldview, and sense of place.

Crystal said...

Bridgette is a gem and I can see how much her style resonates with yours. I can't wait to see the book Seth. Congratulations!

iamrushmore said...

I can see that my blogroll is going to be a lot longer by the end of this month!

Julie Shackson said...

I love Bridgette's work. It's poetry in wax!

Beth Bardino said...

Wow! Thanks so much for introducing me to the work of Bridgette Guerzon Mills. So soulful, so unique. Yet another blog to visit regularly!

iNd!@nA said...

Bridgette's work leaves me speechless
or should that be wordless

and wordlessness is a very good state to be in

CERULEAN said...

Great choice. And the sentence: "I am a creator of things, a maker of images, a weaver of words.", is so poetic!

Marian said...

Bridgette is as unique and special as each piece of her art. I met her one time and came away as if we were old friends. I look forward to seeing her again in May at a workshop she is teaching! Can't wait to read more about her in the book!

Marian said...

Bridgette is as unique and special as each piece of her art. I met her one time and came away as if we were old friends. I look forward to seeing her again in May at a workshop she is teaching! Can't wait to read more about her in the book!

sarala said...

Beautiful art. I'm going now to check out Bridgette's site. Thanks for sharing.

sarala said...

Beautiful art. I'm going now to check out Bridgette's site. Thanks for sharing.

Beverley Baird said...

Thanks for sharing Bridgette's info and work. I am enjoying her work.

wanda miller said...

i too have followed bridgette's blog since discovering her work. so so LOVE her work, her depth, the simplicity. so happy you've shown her here, where so many visit! :)

Barb said...

Visiting you from Annie's Blog and want to say I've enjoyed viewing Bridgette's work so much I intend to visit her blog to see more. Thanks!

druga szesnaście said...

Bridget's art is so soothing.
her words enrich us, too.

alteredbits said...

oooh, i was so excited when i heard that bridgette was the featured artist today as i was 99% positive she was one of the two wonderful artists you'd collaborated with on your amazing books, and i was right. i love bridgette's art! so textural, luscious and beautiful! (t'would look good in my home too!). :)

Melody said...

Thanks for introducing me to Bridgette! Her work is lovely and I will be adding her to my feed. :)

Kim Henkel said...

beautiful words, beautiful pieces I love Bridgette's work!

Barbara I. said...

Bridgette's work is amazing. I am fascinated by encaustic pieces and love hers.

Sandi said...

I "met" Bridgette online and have been captivated by her artwork ever since!! Her pieces evoke such an organic and soothing feeling. I'm so glad that she is one of your featured artists!!!

Marie-Aimée said...

a really beautiful artwork. peace and stillness on this world

eb said...

yes - peace and stillness...
I find Bridgette's work mesmerizing - like deep listening on a summer day - she has inspired my own ventures into wax and book...

love it,
xox - eb.

Plume said...

Thank you so much for letting us discover amazing artists. I am glad to have been introduced to Bridgette's lovely work.

Tammie Lee said...

oh, Bridgette's art is wonderful, i can feel the peace she enjoys expressing.

mankybones said...

Haunting.

Julia said...

Someday I would love to play with encaustics. Thanks for introducing me to Bridgette! Her work is fantastic!

elle said...

The first two sentences kinda grab you! lovely sentiments and lovely work.

Sharmon Davidson said...

The worlds she creates are indeed peaceful and still, and even better, her work draws you into that world. Her work is gorgeous.

Laura said...

thanks for highlighting Bridgette, from the soul, loved this

saramorison said...

Gorgeous work....off to read Bridgette's blog NOW!

Cris Winters said...

Such rich deep work. I look forward to following her after seeing her here.

Kathleen said...

This is the first time I've seen Bridgette's work, so thank you for introducing me to a wonderful artist. I look forward to exploring her blog.

Missouri Bend Paper Works said...

Love Bridgette's work...so great to see her highlighted here!!! Thanks so much Seth!!

LaurieJay said...

Bridgette, I checked out your blog and I so love The_Art_of_Patience.

donnaj said...

A fan of her work too~can't wait to see your book!

sukipoet said...

I adore Brigette's beautiful journals especially. Her encaustic work inspires me to try it too.

Christine said...

I just found Bridgette's blog which led me to yours. Beautiful and inspiring, both. Thank you.

Rebeca Trevino said...

the words and the works are beautiful!

JodyC said...

a creator, weaver, maker...... a doer! so wonderful to meet these artists. Thank you for sharing them

Mo Crow said...

I love the translucence of Bridgette's work & have tried to comment on her blog but am having the devil of a time with posting anything on Blogger this week! X fingers this one will get through the ether!

Wendy said...

I'm so grateful for these introductions to wonderful artists! I'm off to add their blogs to my blog roll!

Vickie said...

I love the serenity that seems to inhabit Bridgette's work. It's soothing to look at.

pfstuff said...

Her work is just mesmerizing-she has such a good spirit it seems to get all of that on "paper"-I want to see the book, soon.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Bridgette's work has a blend of west coast natural that I find uniquely hers and oh so appealing.

Carol Lee Beckx said...

Wonderful work Bridgette - so poetic.

Carol Lee Beckx said...

Wonderful work Bridgette - so poetic.

susan in seattle said...

Another artist to check out! What a wonderful collection you have made! Thank you so much!

charlotte said...

Wow I love Bridgette's work. So soft and beautiful. Going to be checking out her blog for sure!!!!

Kim Goodwin said...

I love her work so exciting to see it , she is very talented

Chris said...

Bridgette has such soulful work. Love her blog!

Wen Redmond said...

Another artist I know and love. She is HOT. (pun) the trees, the birds, I can feel the breeze on my cheeks of warm fresh air. I have her work and yearn for more.

Hope Amen said...

Love Bridgette's work and how she uses nature!