Sunday, May 26, 2013

I Want My MTV

For those of you old enough (I include myself in that group) to not only remember the time when MTV actually played music videos but to have been there to see the first video ('Video Killed the Radio Star' by the Buggles), this post is dedicated especially to you!

I find it ironic that MTV was one of the first media outlets to highlight quick cuts in video editing, which seem to me to be the precursor to the shortening and shortening of social media posts (e.g. Twitter).  Ironic because now social media videos themselves (e.g., YouTube and Vimeo) are being shortened (e.g., Vine - which btw is very cool if you have not checked it out yet).

But I digress. These thoughts are just the preamble to the real point of this post: sharing a few videos for your entertainment and some creative inspiration.

Many of you have heard me talk about Patricia Larsen, my good friend who was the original catalyst for me entering into the world of art. Here is a short, one-minute video of her in action, creating one of her ethereal abstracts...


Patricia Larsen from Luis Valdizon on Vimeo.


This is a video that I originally posted in 2008. I am bringing it back because it still makes me smile. Ignore the fact that it is a commercial for a product and just enjoy. And to answer your inevitable question -- these are real and not digital!



And finally a video from Roxanne Evans Stout. I had the pleasure of spending some time with her on my recent visit to Oregon and we spent a full day in her garden (you know, the one from the title of her blog River Garden Studio) making art. She introduced me to encaustic painting and was a wonderfully creative and patient teacher. She created this video as the evidence :-)

12 comments:

Lisa Graham said...

I remember those MTV days very well...my husband and I still talk about some of the crazy videos that were out there. Love the quirky video by Talking Heads "Once in a Lifetime".

Enjoyed your video shares very much! The second one was amazing. You did great on your encaustic Seth! It turned out beautiful.

rivergardenstudio said...

Seth, I too enjoyed these videos. The first with Patricia Larson is a work of beauty, the blacks and whites and her working so reverently.
And I am so happy that you shared the video filmed on the streets of San Francisco again, I love it and now I have a chance to save it.
AND I am very partial to the last video, where you are the shining star!
roxanne

Norma Conway said...

I can't wait hardly, to see encaustic incorporated into your work. It's almost as if your style begs for wax. I mean this type of treatment that you've learned. I like to watch how things develop and just keep moving and changing. It's the I CHING principle in action to my mind's eye. N, x

Laura Strack said...

Seth, Love the videos. Having no computers in schools in the 80's,I lean on my kids for the latest in technology. My son just introduced me to the Vine. It was quite amusing. Thanks for keeping me up to date with various art techniques! You're truly inspiring.

Jane Wetzel said...

OH yes..MTV videos :)Loved the videos and the encaustics= amazing..on my bucket list. Thank you for sharing..

Lynn Cohen said...

Technology is moving faster than I can keep up ... Apparently, as VINE is news to me. Fun videos, your encaustic piece is yummy. Love all those layers!

Sandy said...

Love what you are sharing here today, a trip down memory lane in my mind to witnessing the very first MTV video to the great inspiring clips you are sharing now. Thanks for putting a smile on my morning! Have a great day.

The Creative Beast said...

Thanks for the flashbacks Seth!! Funny coincidence: my boyfriend and I happened to catch an interview with the video dj's on tv at a breakfast spot just yesterday and Martha Quinn hasn't aged a day!! ;)
BTW: love the artful videos you shared here too =-)

Jo Murray said...

Yay Seth!...a little nostalgia, and LOTS of creativity. Great way to start the day.

Parabolic Muse said...

Thank you, Seth! I so loved the first and last one. The middle one was blocked for some reason. It said they had blocked it in my country, but I find that hard to believe!
Anyway, Larsen! Come on! And I loved watching you at work.
Thanks for posting!

donnaj said...

boy do i remember the beginning of MTV...come home from college classes and turn it on. enjoyed the video's too :)

donnaj said...

except the 2nd video that "my country won't allow due to content"