Monday, March 19, 2012

31/31: Lynne Hoppe


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 paint what's inside of me without thought of "what it might mean."


I like to see what one color looks like next to another; how the presence of a line here or a shadow there changes everything.


I like to experiment...



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I think of Lynne as the type of artist so many of us want to be. She paints and creates simply for the pleasure of doing so. There are no agendas and no grand schemes. I have said before that creativity is at its most pure when making art is for the sake of creating, rather than for a specific goal, such as publication, exhibition or sale. And I feel this from Lynne from both her artwork and her essence, which comes through loud and clear on her blog.

I have had the luck and pleasure to have collaborated with Lynne, along with Julie Prichard, on two art projects: Graffiti Wall 2009 and 2010. I also own a piece of her artwork, which hangs front and center on my inspiration board. Seeing her work in person confirms my sense of her work as organic, elemental and original. For me, her series of faces are endlessly fascinating and filled with personality, charm, and just the right amount of quirkiness. One day I hope to meet Lynne in person. It might happen during this book tour but if it doesn't, I will patiently wait to see the face behind the faces in person.
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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.

61 comments:

Jen Crossley said...

What a talent Lynn to be able to paint I wish I had half your talent How lovely it is to be able to meet you through Seth's amazing book.

Darlene K Campbell said...

Seth, Enjoyed your interview on Lynn's blog. It's been entertaining having them flip things around and ask you questions...
Love her faces. We use many of the same supplies and I have an obsession with faces, especially eyes,so it was interesting for me to see how she uses oil pastels, colored pencils, etc.
Darlene

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Lynn's gentleness of spirit shines in her work and at her blog. It seems she paints many friends, people one would want to know and hang out with.

Judy said...

I have just come across Lynne's work via Tumblr and I have enjoyed viewing her artwork. I adore how she sometimes mixes her art with torn bits of paper. So much talent in this book Seth. Hat of to you!

liberal sprinkles said...

Love the different interpretations of the self-portrait created by Lynn and the different use of media.
Grace

Hagit said...

I've been following Lynne's blog for some time, and I admire her artwork - I love the layered look of all those portraits!

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Loved how Lynne represented the different sides of herself in her self portrait. It cast a knowing smile across my face when I saw it.

jinxxxygirl said...

Thank you so much Seth for introducing me to Lynne. Love her faces and enjoyed the video on her blog.

NuminosityBeads said...

I'm so glad that you featured Lynn. I think it's the first time I have seen her actual face. She has a gift that's evident in all of those evocative faces for sure.

Karen Cole said...

yes, just the right amount of "quirkiness".....and magic. I imagine all of these beautiful beings dancing around in a beautiful landscape that Lynne creates....I would like to visit...soon.

Cathy said...

I am seriously LOVING seeing a new artist everyday! thanks Seth!!!!

Melva said...

My head is spinning with looking at all these wonderful blogs that you are leading us to. Thanks for all your hard work. Lynnes faces are inspiring. the layers are genius.
Melva

Annie said...

I love Lynn's work and her special portraits. How lucky you are to own one.xoxo

Maureen said...

I'm struck by the depth of emotion in the faces. Lovely work.

Maggie Crawford said...

This just keeps getting better and better and still twelve more artists to come, can't wait. I love Lynn's approach to her work

~Babs said...

I have long been a fan of Lynn's work.
Large congrats to you Seth on the success of this book!

Frances said...

There is so much emotion to see and feel in Lynne's work.

Caterina Giglio said...

of course ... I adore Lynne's work and I also have a piece of hers that I admire as well, so glad she is in the book and agree with you, she is an artist's artist.

Parabolic Muse said...

Lynne is not only original, honest and beautiful in her work, but she's one of the sweetest people, ever! I would like to know her.

Cathy Mckean said...

I discovered Lynne's blog recently and have been inspired by her tutorials. Today I'm going to try the 'tea bag and wax' one. Love her style.

Lynn said...

thanks again...am so enjoying meeting Lynne and all the other 31.

Robert said...

Lynne Hoppe's 'faces' have an otherworldly quality and quirkiness that make them original and appealing. I love the way in which the layers that she uses in creating them allow under-painting, text, or tears and cuts in an underlying collage, to show through the final image. The simplicity of the forms she uses reminds me of some of the portraits created by Paul Klee. I love, too, the way in which the eyes of each portrait engage the viewer, and draw us in, giving us hints at the personality and soul behind the face.

Jill Zaheer said...

Just love seeing these images that Lynne created! Mesmerizing! Wonderful to read about such a great artist and that not only did you get to work with Lynne, you own a piece of her artwork!

mansuetude said...

its a gift to witness Lynne living from an open awakened heart

(even if she is a lil'ol devil)

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first time memory of her blog she was sitting with her feet in a stream drawing in her art book. totally connected to the planet, and her inner self's calling.

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she plays well in the wind of life. she is a prayer flag!

nance marie said...

i like her many faces.

Dapper-T said...

I've been enjoying the many faces of Lynne and am glad to see her profiled here.

Carol said...

After your description and these comments I am running not walking over to her blog!

Missouri Bend Paper Works said...

Wonderful work here....I didn't know Lynne's work before, so appreciate learning of her. I totally agree about the purity of the process when it no longer tied to the marketplace and promotion....bliss! Thanks once again, Seth!

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

Lynne's faces are magnificent. Her own face pictured in this post is the most magnificent of all. Just so great. I am going to pick up an old book, grab a page, gesso it, and make some kind of mark today. What great art Lynne makes hey? *smiles* Norma

elle said...

To create 'just because' is a wonderful gift!

sukipoet said...

nice to be introduced to Lynn

Susan Jonsson said...

Found you through Lynnes blog. Thanks for the chance to find more fabulous artists.

beskonechnost said...

what appearances!!! in them so much all unspeakable!!! super!!!

sybil said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this book!

All the artists are simply amazing and push me to keep searching for my way.

onesmallstitch said...

I love Lynn's words that she paints "without thought of what it might mean", it comes from her soul - beautiful.

Michele said...

I have been a faithful reader of Lynne's blog for a while now and I can't get enough of her portraits. Love her work!

Janine Whitling said...

Fun and quirky is what comes to mind. A lovely carefree-ness (i know thats not a word, but what the heck).

donnaj said...

On this rainy texas evening i think i'll be checking out more blogs/art!

Lisa H said...

I really don't know how much more I can take. The bar is high, the company divine....Lynne's work IS magic isn't it?.....it is.

rivergardenstudio said...

Seth, this post about Lynne is so lovely, to me she is a "true" artist, always to herself and her art. She is also a lot of fun, to paint with, and to wade in creeks and explore with! I am so thankful to know her.
roxanne

rivergardenstudio said...

Seth, this post about Lynne is so lovely, to me she is a "true" artist, always to herself and her art. She is also a lot of fun, to paint with, and to wade in creeks and explore with! I am so thankful to know her.
roxanne

Jo Murray said...

The ultimate luxury... to create for the sake of creating. Lucky girl...and talented.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Lynne's art is so cute and fresh. Her faces are so very different and enjoyable.

I truly am learning a lot about you through all these questions you are being asked.

susan in seattle said...

Lynne's faces are playful and fresh. Really fun too! So when will you be in Seattle? I need to be there too!

Bill said...

I wish I could paint like that, just paint what's inside of me without thought of what it might be.

Rebeca Trevino said...

love the faces! each one tells me a different story . . .
thanks so much for the into!
now i am off to Lynne's blog.

Annette said...

Love that work, those faces are so inciteful... and inspiring...
hugs

Jacky said...

One of my most favourite ladies! Such a beautiful and gentle soul. I love Lynne's faces, her treks up to Mt. Shasta, her tree flags ... such a wonderful blog to visit.

Jacky xox

Carol said...

Seth, I love that we are getting such an insight to you via your artists. Lynne's blog is lovely, another one to thank you for.

Carol said...

Seth, I love that we are getting such an insight to you via your artists. Lynne's blog is lovely, another one to thank you for.

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Rusted Wings said...

i too love lynn's work and it inspires me to create more...which is what all art should do, right?
blessings,
abigail

Judi said...

Love her work. Very inspiring to meet new artist and their work.

Dianne said...

I adore Lynne's unique little faces and her painting style!

Plume said...

I love the purity of Lynn's style.

Pattio said...

I love Lynne's art, her blog and her too. It really resonates with me in a way I can't even explain.

I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of your book Seth .

Cheers Patti

Pattio said...

I love Lynne's art, her blog and her too. It really resonates with me in a way I can't even explain.

I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of your book Seth .

Cheers Patti

wanda miller said...

i have adored her work since seeing it for the first time. she is a true inspiration to me!

4roomsandthemoon said...

Lynne's was the first art blog I had ever seen. She inspired me and I knew I wanted to have an art blog too! She has continued to inspire me with her joyful spirit and her mysterious faces, that seem to just arrive on her pages as if they were always there, but not evident until Lynne touched them!
Olivia

Vickie said...

So nice and delightful to look at! I'm really appreciating seeing all these different artists.

alteredbits said...

you summed it up perfectly in the first sentence: i think of Lynne as the type of artist so many of us want to be. that is so very true! lynn is such an amazingly real artist. love her work!