Sunday, July 24, 2011

Style File: Chapter 6

Welcome to the 5th edition of The Pulse -- The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. The Pulse is a collaborative project that aims to introduce you to new artists, help you get to know familiar faces even more, and allow you access into the creative hearts and minds of a very talented crew of individuals. More than 130 artists have answered a series of questions which make up The Pulse. Their responses will be presented in a series of online posts which will run every Sunday.

Style File is the 1st of 6 projects from The Pulse. Participants were asked: How would you describe your artistic style?

Interesting enough even though in most things I'm extremely tidy and organized (and my studio usually reflects this) my art is generally messy - splatters, drips, frayed, torn, large swaths of cheesecloth hanging off the edge. So style? Probably contained chaos.

I am mixed media - must to the chagrin of my DH. I really like to add lots of different things together (hence a wide variety of supplies is required!) to come up with unusual (but visually appealing) ways to convey a narrative. It almost always involves paint and usually text of sorts - but more than anything, every piece tells a story. Where as early days of mixed media mostly includedATC's, so my stories were small, single story boards. I only had a small creative space then too. Where as now they inevitable evolve into novels & me never being happy that they are actually finished!And yes - I have a bigger studio space now.

My artistic style is: Layered Emotions.

Eclectic Mixed Media with a spiritual twist.

Emotional abstract. My art is based on positive emotions and good vibes. I create only when I feel good and in harmony. Abstract gives the person who looks at my art the opportunity to imagine and feel the power of colors.

A mix of semi-representational and outsider art.

Organic. Fluid. I mull it over in my mind, making a few preliminary sketches, then I allow the process to unfold or emerge as I am creating. I'm never quite sure what the direction the work is going to take when I start. (Psychedelic Heart).

I use art as my means to get rid of stress. I journal to help work out issues. I create other art to give myself the feeling of accomplishment and self-worth. I try to make my art both crazy and happy just to make anyone who sees it smile.

Bright, colorful, joyful, organic, vivid, nature-inspired and changing. I often use watercolor paints and collage materials.

My style is busy and colorful with lots of black lines that confuse the order in which the layers were made. I have a weird compulsion to inter-connect everything inside my artwork. And I am definitely going through a "German" phase!

Next 'Style File' will be posted Sunday, July 31st.


marianne said...

i just want to thank you again for doing this. it is so nice to be exposed to all of this great art and it's good to ask myself these questions- as well as to see how others answer.

Julie Prichard said...

Love Style File! Another brilliant group, Seth.

Artsnark said...

what a colorful collection! Fun fun pieces

Theresa Plas said...

So happy to be part of this Style File Seth! Thanks again...I'm off to peruse the group:)

deb said...

congrats to all this weeks artists, looking forward to checking out more of their styles this week!

p said...

i totally relate to what erin says. nice to see more new artists (to me) today!

Lynn Cohen said...

A fun way to start Sunday Morning.
I'm impressed with the differences in style and how the artists describe themselves and it. Sometimes one piece jumps off the page and shouts HELLO to me. I won't say which this time as they are all good, but it's fun to have a favorite!

kj said...

what a welcomed array of talent! thank you. there is one artist here who jumps out because i know her heart is embedded in every movement. her name is anne...


MrCachet said...

As usual, the beat goes on. I won't be back until next Sunday, but I will make the rounds on Monday. A big thanks for your continuing support in the artist blogosphere!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Seth,

Thanks for including my piece here; it is delightful to see all the different artists and also to see how they describe their work.
Keep up the great work!

Anne said...

this is so FAB seth, i especially like this ONE you chose. it is so COOL to hear yourself speaking and even COOLER to hear others psyche's in action. thank you all for this, GREAT i say!!!

Jo Murray said...

Thank you Seth... a great concept. Makes so many creative people very accessible.

Lisa H said... some point soon we're going to see that you have four hundred and fifty thousand artists on the docket.
So many much to see! You are clearly the artist community VORTEX....and was that Lise Hoffman? Great name.

Bill said...

I can truthfully say I love everyone's piece here today. So many ways to work with color! I would love to work with mixed-media like Anne M. Huskey-Lockard. That's my ultimate goal. Well, Seth works in similar mediums, and I'd love to be able to create like him. Someday.

Debrina said...

Oh bliss! Love all of the group's style contributions. I'm following through to their blogs on nearly all of them.

Parabolic Muse said...

This is such a graphic and colorful collection! Love these. Thanks, Seth.

Jill Zaheer said...

Another great eclectic mix of Styles in your File today. Look forward to learning more about each artist through their links! Thanks Seth for another week of creative inspiration!

TJ said...

Seth, what a great collection. I'm so proud to be a part of it. Thank you so much for including me.

I've really enjoyed visiting everyone's sites and I'm grateful to start my week off with so much style!!

Best wishes from you fan in germany,

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

These are all new artists to me. I am so impressed. Will check out their blogs as time permits.

Laura Tringali Holmes said...

I've had enormous fun clicking around on the various links. And then the artists' links lead to more links! Thanks for putting this together.

Arabella said...

style file has become a part of my morning ritual. thank you for the inspiration! i'm thrilled to be included.

Denise Aumick said...

Sunday morning music.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Seth...these artists are awe inspiring..I love Anne's processes and follow her in her journey. Thank you for allowing us to follow along with this glorious journey! Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

rivergardenstudio said...

Another wonderful Style File. I love the art and maybe even more what each artist says here. They definately see the "fun" in their art making! roxanne

Steph said...

Thanks so much for the Pulse, Seth!
So many discoveries! I really enjoy it! :)

Martha Marshall said...

Hey, it's Sunday, July 31st as I sit here and catch up on reading several of your posts. And this one says I have something new to look forward to today.

Always a delight to read your blog, Seth. And I am so loving these artists' contributions about their unique individual styles. And maybe today (since it's Sunday) I can give myself permission to sit back and read through some of the Buried Treasure posts!