Monday, September 24, 2018

Be the First to Know

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Exquisite Corpse: Part I

I recently had the pleasure of co-teaching a five-day workshop with Holly Dean in Burritt's Rapids, Ontario - just outside of Ottawa. The workshop was originally called The Exquisite Corpse...but almost nobody signed up. We changed the name to Lovely Creatures and filled the seats.

Burritt's Rapids is a small town that was quaint and peaceful. We taught at the community center and couldn't be happier with the space.

It was hot outside but nice and cool on the inside. And we were able to provide everybody with their own table - always a bonus at a workshop.

The concept of the Exquisite Corpse is based on an old parlor game, later popularized by a group of surrealist artists. Three people participate and draw on the same piece of paper - without seeing what the other has drawn. One draws a head, one a torso, and one a set of legs. The drawing is then unfolded and hilarity ensues. Here is an example, completed with a group of local artists after the workshop ended. I drew the torso.

For our workshop, we put a twist of this concept. Every participant made a seven-page, flip book divided vertically into three equal sections - one each for heads, torsos and legs. Everybody also made their own box to house the book. For the images, we used collage pieces rather than drawings.

We painted, ink, embossed, and collaged. Here are some pages in progress.

Here are most of the book covers.

One of the boxes.

And the wonderful class.

Next Post: my book and pages

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Link Love: September


So many links. So little time. Once a month I am going to share links to articles, artists, websites, social media feeds, artwork, events, books, etc. that I have come across and connected with. Click on through and prepare to be inspired. And if you missed any months, click here.

How Joseph Cornell Transformed 20th Century Art.


Behr's 2019 Color of the Year


Leonardo da Vinci's Notebooks are now online page by page


IMAGINARIUM | Sibella Court interview with Karen McCartney from Sibella Court - The Society inc. on Vimeo.


How does Jonathan Higbee shoot these impossible street photos?


How to Get the Most out of Art Classes and Workshops


The Journey is Still the Destination

(photo credit - when listed - found in original link)

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Workshop Update

Crossing into September suddenly makes it feel as though the year is fast approaching its end. But there are still plenty of opportunities to join me for a mixed media workshop in 2018. You can see my schedule below and always find all the details and links on my workshop page.


Shake Rag Alley
Mineral Point, Wisconsin

Table of Contents - workshop full 
September 21-23


Art is You - Talk Story
Stamford, Connecticut

Join me at the final Art is You retreat on the east coast. Not only is this my only workshop at the retreat, it is a completely new one! 

Block Party - registration open
October 4

A Work of Heart
San Jose, California

My last set of workshops on the west coast in 2018. Get Baked and learn all about my Baked Texture embossing powders and/or join me for the debut of Joker's Wild - the sequel to 52 Card Pickup. 

Get Baked! - registration open
October 7

Joker's Wild - registration open
October 8

Art is You - Talk Story
Ogden, Utah

My first ever workshop in Utah is a one-time-only, collaborative master class 
with Sharon Payne Bolton. This retreat is going to be something special.

Table of Contents+ - registration open
October 10-14

Pratt Institute
New York City

Back on my home turf, this 3 hour workshop will cover all the basics of surface design for mixed media. It's at Pratt in Manhattan but open to everyone.

Mixed Media Surface Design - registration open
October 27


Artistic Artifacts
Alexandria, Virginia

For my final workshops of 2018, I return to Artistic Artifacts with 3 mixed media classes. 

Radiant Rust - registration open
4 seats left
November 16

Get Baked! - registration open
4 seats left
November 17

Cutting Room Floor - workshop full
November 18

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Bakery: 5

It has been so exciting to see what all you creative people out there are doing with Baked Texture, my new embossing powder for artists from Emerald Creek. My hope with these powders was that people would find non-traditional ways to use them. And you haven't disappointed.

Linda Cain is an absolute magician and alchemist with Baked Texture. Among her many creations are embellishments which ultimately find a home in her artwork. Take a look and be amazed....

I'd swear that these were old metal pieces rather than chipboard covered by Linda with Baked Texture. She used Ancient Amber, Deep Sea and Patina Oxide.

And look at what she has done with Vintage Beeswax.

Here she has mixed Patina Oxide and Chunky Rust

These beads were first painted with my PaperArtsy paints in Midnight, Terracotta and Mahogany, then rolled in ink and covered with a variety of Baked Texture.

A blend of my PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics and Baked Textures.

Clearly Linda is a master at pumping up the volume by using Baked Texture on embellishments. But she is also a whiz at... 

...creating surface texture with Baked Texture, mixing Dirty Sand with micro beads and glass glitter...

...traditional stamp effects, here using Chunky Rust.

And here is one more...just because!

If you liked what you saw, head over to visit Linda at her blog and tell her Seth sent ya!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Art Tip Video 3: Stamped Abstract Backgrounds

I have created a series of art tip videos with Artists Network, all 4 minutes or less, highlighting some techniques that are a large part of my mixed media work. 

In this video, I share my approach to creating layered, stamped backgrounds that add depth, dimension, and design to your mixed media work. Grab your stamps and click on.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Art Tip Video 2: Splatter Effects

I have created a series of art tip videos with Artists Network, all 4 minutes or less, highlighting some techniques that are a large part of my mixed media work. 

This video tip focuses on creating splatter effects in a unique way - using paint pens and your lungs. Take a deep breath and click below.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Art Tip Video 1: Painting Dark to Light

I have created a series of art tip videos with Artists Network, all 4 minutes or less, highlighting some techniques that are a large part of my mixed media work. 

The first is based on a question I often hear when I am teaching -- when you start it possible to go light? And, if so, what is the most effective approach? Click and you will find out.