Wednesday, October 16, 2013

30/30: Dan Eldon - A Tribute

I am excited to announce that my new book The Mixed-Media Artist is now available from the North Light Shop online as an immediate download eBook. The book itself will be shipping and be available in stores very soon!
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30 artists...30 days. Spend the month of October with me at The Altered Page to meet the 30 spotlight artists in my book The Mixed-Media Artist: Art Tips, Tricks, Secrets and Dreams from Over 40 Amazing Artists. See them in action in their studios, 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 Mixed-Media Artist.


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Dan Eldon: A Tribute


"What we see in his artwork rings true with what he once scribbled in a journal as a personal mission statement, To explore the unknown and the unfamiliar, distant and near and to record in detail with the eyes of a child..." Hugh Milstein




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From the first moment that I decided to propose this second book, I knew that I wanted to honor Dan Eldon. He and his story have inspired me for many years. I consider him a pioneer in so many ways, including as a journal artist. But even more so, I look up to his adventurous spirit, dedication, fearlessness, and sense of duty. He truly is an example to us all.

In 2008 I had the opportunity to see his journals and artwork up close and in person when a traveling exhibition landed in NYC. I blogged about that visit here. It truly was a peak art experience. Following my blog post, I received an email in response from Kathy Eldon, Dan's mother. Her story, and the work that his entire family has done since Dan's death, is equally inspiring. Kathy has just released a book which I would highly recommend.



If you do not know who Dan Eldon is and what his story is all about, run - don't walk - over to the Dan Eldon website for details. I guarantee you will be moved and inspired. You can also visit Creative Visions Foundation, started by Kathy and Amy - Dan's sister - to learn more about this organization which utilizes the arts to create meaningful change in our world.
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GIVEAWAY

For every comment you leave in October on one of the 30/30 posts on my blog, you will have that many chances to win a signed copy of The Mixed Media Artist. I will be giving away a total of 3 copies.The more comments you leave, the more chances you have (but only 1 per post please). Please make sure I have a way to contact you. Winners will be announced in early November. 

51 comments:

Ruth L said...

ooh he has amazing layered collages...

Beanie Mouse said...

Wow..... lovely work and the perfect mission statement!!! Might actually pinch it, too!!

Angie said...

What an incredible young man!

Pd Packard said...

Incredible work, really makes a statement.
Excited to see that his work has been included in the exhibit WAR/PHOTOGRAPGHY coming to the Brooklyn Museum November 8, 2013!

Nan G said...

An amazing young man!

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

What an amazing man! I'm so happy to see you honouring him this way.

elle said...

Super young man and his mother is pretty amazing, too!

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Marie Danti said...

Dan Eldon's journal is inspiring and heart breaking. He was beyond extraordinary. I'm so happy that your book will bring his work to many that do not know of him.

Teresa said...

Just had to stop over and say Hi and hope that all is well. Looking forward to see your new book!

Chris Gualazzi said...

Alright! That is one awesome artist, activist and adventurer... Very inspiring, thanks for sharing this Seth! Can't wait to see your books! Sending hugs and love from Vegas my friend :)

Hue and Me Art said...

Very inspiring... FB page is awesome. I'm sure Seth you will do him justice in your book. Thanks for including!

Patti Sokol said...

Seth-I'm a huge fan of his work. 'The Journey Is The Destination' is one of the books that inspired me to move into this art journaling world. Glad you honored him! We all are indebted to his style.

Peg Englishman said...

Seth.....I never heard of Dan before today. I've been missing out! thank you so much for sharing his story and work. I am inspired by it.

Bill said...

What a privilege to see his work in person! His story is incredible.

queenb2u said...

Another amazing artist with an amazing story. Thanks, Seth.

Beth said...

hank you to introducing me to an inspiring person and artist.

Irma said...

I 'found' Dan Eldon's books and my perception of art journaling has never been the same. Anytime I have a nagging inner critic telling me that no one will like my pages, it looks like a child made it, etc., I look over Dan's books and it puts things in perspective for me immediately. It's about one's journey, and affecting other people with your work, even if that is to give someone courage to be more brave and honest in expressing oneself. Dan was like a blazing comet- living life to the the fullest. Most people don't accomplish in their lifetime what dan was able to accomplish by his early 20's. He is a legend! He is the James Dean of art journaling!

Jo Murray said...

Tho' Dan's life was short, it was a life 'well-lived'. It's a tragedy that the world lost him. HIs journals are extraordinary.

4roomsandthemoon.com said...

I didn't know Of Dan Eldon. He was a gift to humanity and he continues to inspire and reach out to people. Thank you, Seth!
Olivia

donnaj said...

So glad he is included in the book-his work was and is amazing and inspiring and I can only imagine what more he would have done if her were still here. such a tragic loss.

Becca Feeken said...

Hi Seth!
I don't want to be included in the drawing but just wanted to pop in and let you know what in inspiration you are! Love the sharing you're doing and I've appreciated the intro to many of the artists. Keep up the great work my friend!

Blogger said...

Dear Seth - It is amazing to see how many people continue to be inspired by Dan's Journals. The Eldon family is so grateful to you for continuing to spread Dan's message, and look forward to hosting a workshop for you in 2014!

trish quilty said...

so very touching life and such wonderful collages he created.So very inspiring.

.Trudi Sissons said...

I have been a fan door a few years now - such a legacy of compassion. Thanks Seth for including this!

Kathy said...

I began poring over Dan Eldon's journals while working at Borders. I am always moved by them. Thank you for including them in your book and bringing them to even more people

Barbara I. said...

I have known about Dan Eldon's story for some time. He knew how to live life to the fullest. He was an extraordinary young man and so were his journals. Thank you for including him in your new book and for letting your readers know about him. Your 30/30 artist intros have been so great thus far. I'm enjoying meeting new artists and being reminded of those that I am already familiar with. bkisrael@gmail.com

Laura Strack said...

Seth, I'm sure you could have written a whole other book on this extraordinary artist and writer, Dan Eldon. His Mother raised a wonderful young man. I'm so glad that so many people are keeping his message alive. Now I have 2 books added to my reading list! You're awesome.

nelda said...

What an amazing story about an incredible young man. Now I will need to read another book!

Sandy said...

Art that moves the spirit! thank you for your tribute to Dan EldebReldon.

Lura said...

really amazing work but who else would be in your book. so want to will to study this young man and all the others. thanks for the chance seth. xoxo

Candice Thomas said...

Thanks Seth for sharing another truly amazing artist.

Lynda said...

I have a copy of "The Journey is the Destination" and dip into it from time to time... he was an amazing adventurer...

Barbara Mason said...

Seth thank you for sharing yet another wonderful and unknown artist to me and all of your followers...His work is truly inspiring and I will be checking out his life story.

Mickie said...

So sad the world lost a wonderfully talented artist at such a young age. Very impressive, love his work.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

fantastic art is this!

madelincwolf said...

Truly amazing! Thank you for introducing me to Dan's work.

angi eharis said...

Amazing art and humanbeing, we are so lucky to look at his life and art and be reminded how fortunate we are to still be here on this planet and maybe we should all try to do acts of kindness, especially with our art, tx again seth, aloha, angi in hana

Teri said...

I have never seen this art before and this is what I like about your blog: you give us art to look at that some of us have not found yet. Thanks Seth. I heading over to the link.

Christine Kiehl said...

Wow, as recommended I visited his website and was BLOWN AWAY! At his work; art; photos, etc. I would love to see his work live like so many others including yourself! How blessed to be a part of his story/family. Amazing man in an amazing book!! Thank you for sharing him with us!

Darlene K Campbell said...

I so admire him and his family. Dan referred to a life journey as a "safari." I also remind myself often what he said, "the journey is the destination." He has empowered many (and I hope the young art journalers) to live an authentic and passionate life, and to do all that is possible towards our personal life potential and for the world. I was very happy when I saw you included a tribute to him in your book Seth. Thanks for helping to spread the word about him and his work.

Chris said...

Truly amazing work!

Sassy said...

Sweet mission statement... awesome work

Patty H said...

Dan was an unbelievably amazing person. His courage and dedication are very moving.

Beverley Baird said...

Have just spent time exploring the links you provided. Thanks for sharing them.
What a tragic loss of such a remarkable young man. Incredible art and talent.

Blessedsue said...

Incredible art, so inspiring.

Thank you,
Suzanne

musictoliveby08 on YouTube

Lura said...

just awesome collaged layers. great to see all this exciting art. thanks seth. xoxo

Jorin said...

Such great work. Inspireing.

Gillian Pearce said...

Another artist I'd not heard of before. thanks to his mother for sharing his work.

alteredbits said...

moved and inspired is right! and teary-eyed but in a good way -- i just read the websites (both) and facebook page. what an incredible and amazing human being he was! and what a completely heart-breaking but utterly amazing story. i cannot wait to see/read more in your book, seth. it's so beautiful and amazing for you to honor him in such a wonderful way as this. and what an amazing mama -- i can't even begin to imagine...

i thank you for the introduction. i live under a rock, you know, and had not previously been aware of this amazing man or his work/art/adventures/activism.