Friday, June 12, 2015

The Mix of Media - Part 1

Part of the beauty of being a mixed media artist is the freedom that goes along with it. With mixed media...anything goes. There is of course the choice among materials and supplies that are traditionally associated with art. I could lose myself in an art store for days. But by definition, mixed media also includes everything else. And I mean everything.


Something bought in the hardware store? Check. Something found at the thrift shop? Check. Something picked up from the street? Double check! The fact that it is an art form based on inclusivity really resonates with me.


Much of the work I create is focused on making the effort to seamlessly blend all the disparate pieces. It is easy to put a grouping of art supplies and objects together. It is not easy to do it well.

My goal is always to turn these seemingly individual items into an integrated whole, as if all the little pieces were destined to find each other. I want every element of my artwork to look as though it belongs with every other. I know the work is done when I feel that there is a relationship between every aspect of the work, no matter how small.

12 comments:

MB Shaw said...

LOVE this portrait! Genius.

whyducks said...

It is an amazing piece, full of wonderful textures.

Anjuli Johnson said...

Great thoughts... thanks Seth!

Carole from Chicago said...

"Universal Inclusion"........and, Seth, you do it SO WELL!!! Thanks for sharing yourself with us!!

DarcieGlam said...

How fun! I am really going to love this series - great choice of topic Seth!

Linda Gibbons said...

Wonderful portrait, and I love the pun in the title.

Jo Murray said...

All that yummy stuff!...yet your image is simple and integrated. You are SO good at this.

Pamela Gerard said...

I agree -- not easy to put the random things together well -- but you certainly do, Seth. Enjoyed the post.

JackieP Neal said...

Yes Seth, you do,do this well!
In fact,very well!")

Kay Wallace said...

You have chosen to share one of my two favorite pieces of yours, Seth! Oxide is right up there with Through the Mist! You manage to bring a cohesiveness to your art that I still find lacking in many others' works. I think it just might be that you take the time to listen to your elements...sound crazy? Looking forward to Part 2!

elle said...

You sure can mix things up meaningfully! When I grow up I wanna be just like you! ;^)

Leslie Lim said...

This is really an interesting topic. Congratulations to the writer. I'm sure a lot of readers having fun reading your post. Hoping to read more post from you in the future. Thank you and God bless!


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