Friday, March 9, 2012

31/31: Lynne Perrella


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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Within in the open unguarded moments of childhood we discover what we truly resonate to.


As long as I can remember I have enjoyed working with paper, glue, paint, and found objects.


My goal is to maintain the same excitement and uncluttered instincts about making art that I felt in childhood.



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What can I say about Lynne Perrella? She is an artist and an instructor. She is an author and a columnist.  She is an illustrator and a designer. But most of all she is a trailblazer. She was the force behind True Colors, which changed the face of mixed media art as we know it. She is creative, kind, generous, and innovative and has been a source of inspiration to me long before I began blogging. And she has been a consistent supporter of me in my career as an artist.

I have met Lynne twice, having had the luck of taking two different workshops with her in 2007 and 2009. She is a wonderful instructor, who found the good in every student and in each piece of art that was created. But I have to say that the highlight of the workshops was seeing her own art in person. As sensational and spectacular as it is online, it is even better "live." For the second workshop, Lynne brought in her white journal from True Colors. Seeing that in person at that time in my development as an artist was priceless. Thanks for that Lynne!

Lynne also has a beautiful way with words. I have read many of her articles and have always been enthralled by her descriptive language. We are all in luck today because today Lynne has reviewed a recent exhibition she has seen on Art Propelled, Robyn Gordon's website. AND there is a giveaway. If you leave a comment on Art Propelled, you will be eligible to win a print of an original artwork by Lynne! 
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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.

66 comments:

ArtPropelled said...

Looking at Lynne's work I just know she "maintains the same excitement and uncluttered instincts about making art" that she felt in childhood. It must be a liberating experience to take part in her workshops.

Julie said...

These are beautiful! I especially like the one with numbers and tags. This reminds me so much of Jasper Johns' work. I teach an art class for young children and love to do mixed media with them. We do a Jasper Johns-type project similar to this. Thanks for posting. It looks like a great book that will spur some inspiration for many people!

Pattio said...

I am a huge fan of LynnePerella as well. I think I have all her books. My copy of True Colors is worn out from all the love. To say she influenced my path as an artist is an understatement. I am now a dedicated art journaler and I enjoy it soooo much. It is my chosen art form.

I took a workshop with her and was so inspired.

I would love to have a copy of your book Seth. I am very curious to see it.

Cheers

beskonechnost said...

oh my God! how I love works of Lynne!!! rather already a book went out in a sale!:)

Aleta said...

I love Lynne Perrella and have many of her books! I am relatively new to the world of mixed media and have not seen "True Colors". I am off to check it out now! Thanks Seth. As always you are a guiding light to the world of art for me.

Aleta said...

I love Lynne Perrella and have many of her books! I am relatively new to the world of mixed media and have not seen "True Colors". I am off to check it out now! Thanks Seth. As always you are a guiding light to the world of art for me.

Cathy said...

Wow, the layers in her work are so beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Lynn's work has always attracted me. I so love her White journal from True Colors that I can just think of it and the pages pop into
my mind!!! Thanks for this book and for the giveaway.
missy from the bayou

Annie said...

Beautiful work and I love the freedom here. xoxo

Karen Cole said...

Lynne is certainly an icon in the world of mixed media art. When you spend time with her, her "true colors" show so beautifully,in her ability to share her enthusiasm for her craft. There are as many complex layers to her as a person, as there are in her work. I feel privileged to share pages in your book with her and to know her.

jinxxxygirl said...

Hello Seth!

Off to visit another artist!

lindjoy said...

I love Lynne's use of color and the depth of contemplation required to really fully understand the message in each piece.

Carol said...

True Colors was my introduction to the art journaling, mixed media world. I've never been lucky enough to take one of her classes but have every book of hers and enjoy her articles in Somerset. What an inspiring person-can't buy a set of letter stencils without thinking of her!

donnaj said...

Have been a fan of her work for many yrs~

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Loving the hair in that first image. Another great artist.

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

It is uplifting to me to hear about when an artist helps another (beginning especially) artist. It sure just goes round hey? Well Lynne does the style of art that says to me (in a very small voice): "maybe I could do things similar one of these days." *smiles* Norma

alteredbits said...

i would imagine lynn's workshops to be so much fun! i love the pieces of her that you've shared here, especially the first one -- all of her work is just wonderful and i have most of her books for that very reason.

Jo Murray said...

I'm a fan of Lynne's work and her generosity of spirit. She doesn't mind giving away her 'secrets'.

onesmallstitch said...

again, thank you. I try to regain that childish simplicity and wonder when working with my grandchildren - I know they are teaching me rather than the other way around.

Parabolic Muse said...

Oh, really. How can anyone say enough about Lynne Perrella? Her art journals book was the very first mixed media book I ever read. I fell over and had to be resuscitated. They locked the book up and wouldn't let me see it again, but I had dreams and colorful visions came to me in the night. One of them said, Chris... the key to the cabinet is here...

So I got the book back out, and it changed my life.

For one thing, I don't sleep as soundly any more.

Zaz said...

this is looking like a wonderful must-have book...........
thanks Seth

Sara

Robert said...

I am familiar with Lynne Perrella's striking artwork through her earlier appearances on "The Altered Page," and in the wonderful book "Masters: Collage, curated by Randel Plowman (of "A- Collage-A-Day" fame), which features a number of pieces from her "Icon" series. From the biographical information you include here, Seth, it certainly sounds like she is a great many things to a great many people in the mixed media arts community: a true innovator in the field who shares her discoveries, and insights with others! How incredibly cool is that!

And. . .would that we all, in our own ways, find the means as artists to tap into "the open unguarded moments of childhood." I think that just about says it all!

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Lynne is an inspiration person with great enthusiasm for her art. I love her white work especially. Lynne's outlook about making art from am uncluttered instinct is admirable!

sukipoet said...

I have enjoyed looking at Lynn's art for many years and learning little hints from it for my own. I think her work has a lot of depth, moreso each year she continues to work.

Bill said...

What? I thought you were the one who changed mix-media art into what we know it as today. I've been following the wrong person!

Maureen said...

Striking use of color, great sense of composition. Would love to see her work in person.

You've got a wonderful eye, Seth!

iamrushmore said...

Wow, how could I have missed Lynne's work and books? My reading wish list just got longer.

hattie said...

Love Lynne's work and the colors.
I'm a beginner in this realm and would be excited to win a copy of your book.
Mary

Melissa Green said...

Lynne's work is so stunning. She layers on her pages, but there's a palimpsest of all the beloved art of the Western World behind each of her iconic figures, layering with love and surprising colors and techniques. She is a master.

Terrie said...

Thanks Seth for the introduction to yet another amazing artist! I found her blog informative and filled with beautiful images. Thanks.

ParisMaddy said...

Simply marvelous work in this sweet book with inspirational artists.

Thanks for the giveaway, too.

lolartisticcrafts said...

Love your blog. So much great talent in one place. Enjoying all the other artists you are showcasing this month.

Jill Zaheer said...

Have always been a fan of Lynne's work after learning about her from your blog. Love her talent and the way she weaves patterns and colors throughout her work. Just brilliant!

elle said...

I luv True Colours. Thanks to Lynne!

Patricia Wolf said...

I'll be on the look out for True Colors at the store! Lynne's work is amazing!!

lyle said...

seth, you know that this post is a favorite with me! Lynne has taught me so many interesting ways to "see" things. thanks for including her in your book!

Jessica said...

Lynne has been one of my favorite artists for a very long time now. She inspires and amazes me over and over with her use of color and patterns.

Dapper-T said...

What gorgeous work! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of True Colors.

Vickie said...

I've always been an admirer of Lynne's work! It's gorgeous!

pfstuff said...

I always think color when I see Lynne Perrella's name-and exuberance and beauty...

Eileen said...

I am fortunate enough to have taken many workshops with Lynne, and will be in a two day one in just a few days, when she will be teaching me and a bunch of my friends at our annual retreat in Key Largo! Then in May, I'll be at her two day workshop in Connecticut. No matter how many classes I take with Lynne, I always learn something new, and the way my own art has soared since first meeting her is indescribable.
Oh, and the first Lynne class I ever took is also where I met Seth for the first time!

rivergardenstudio said...

Lynne's art and books are amazing to me as well!
roxanne

Lisa H said...

queue chanting voices at Yankee Stadium:

"Lynne-Lynne-Lynne..."

really really LOUD.

Emma said...

Lovely bright vibrancy, I must give her books a turn soon.

Denise said...

Lynn Perella has been a favorite of mine for years. True Colors was my introduction to her - still a keeper! ~Denise

Sandi said...

Lynne's beautiful multi-textured and layered artwork has been a real inspiration for me for quite a while now. Thank you for featuring her Seth!

john said...

Lynne Perrella's color choice is so vibrant and alive. I can not wait to take her class at ArtFest in two weeks. I appreciate your comment, Seth, on seeing her work in person. Can't wait!

Autumn Hathaway said...

Nice....I adore Lynne's work. She is remarkable.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was so, so disappointed in True Colors when I first read it. I know I've shared that with you before. At the time, I was just trying to learn about collage and mixed media, and this was NOT a technique book, but a book on how people felt at the time they were creating the art that went into the book (which just happened to coincide with 9/11 in some instances). I have since come to appreciate the book for what it is, not for what I anticipated it would be. I am sure Lynn would approve of my "evolution."

Kate Burroughs said...

Love her work. It is not what I would do, but it is beautiful.
Aloha, Kate

iHanna said...

I'm one of her biggest fans, and she is the one who got me started with her beautiful books! :-)

Fallingladies said...

I love her work, and have for years! Great colors!

Sharmon Davidson said...

Lynne's work is inspiring to me; I definitely feel that 'freedom to make art like a child' in her art. It's what makes art truly great, and a very hard thing to do; she lives there.

Plume said...

Lynn perrella is one of my top ten artists1 i would love to follow a course, take a lesson from her. Her use of color amazes me and she is the queen of collage!

Annette said...

stunning colours....

Patti said...

Have followed Lynne's work for several years now. Absolutely LOVE these very colorful pieces... so exciting!

DogsMom said...

Another artist I want to spend more time with!
Thank you for the link to True Colors. I had fun doing the sneak peek.

La Poeta said...

I have Lynne Perrella's books. I like lots of her works, and the colors!
I want to win your book, so, you know what to do.

Jen Crossley said...

Lynnes work is always so vibrant and stunning.

susan in seattle said...

I love Lynne's work and love opening up one of her books. I always learn something and get a new inspiration.

Cynthia S. said...

More great collage works! Great energy and color in these. I'll look for more of Lynne's work. Bet she's an amazing teacher, too.

Carol said...

I've really enjoyed exploring Lynne's fabulous web page. I had no idea her work was so full of happiness. Tha nks gain, Seth!

Rebeca Trevino said...

i love the layers in Lynne's work. i have only recently started figuring out the beauty in 'layers'.

craftyM said...

I feel fortunate to now be able to join this group of followers and say, I, too have also met Lynne Perella and had the wonderful opportunity to enjoy one of her inspiring workshops. Lucky indeed, too that it was in Key Largo, Florida! A great time was had by all... Now to work on finishing up my banner and canvases!!! Thank you, Lynne!
Marita Kovalik!

Rusted Wings said...

lynn has been such a channel of light (true colors) on this planet!

Barbara I. said...

Lynne is one of my favorite mixed media artists and she's "from" Pittsburgh like me so we have that in common! She is so creative and makes such interesting artwork. So pleased that she is in your book.