If you haven’t already met him, I’d like to introduce Mr. Seth Apter. Our first exchange of blog comments dates back to 2007. Always encouraging and enthusiastic, his remarks were not only appreciated, they became a foundation of a friendship. In addition to being a mixed media artist, I’ve come to regard him as a curator and collaborator, which you will agree if you’ve frequented his Altered Page. He regularly presents his own handsome work, as created for himself (like the "making Waves" series above), or as part of a collaborative project. Some years ago he began presenting The Pulse – an ongoing self-imposed assignment where he surveys artists on a number of topics of interest. A visit to his blog is always fun and informative and you will find yourself hopping around to the many useful links he provides, to events, exhibits, and sites, while widening your circle of acquaintances.
The online project has now manifested itself in book form. Seth has once again culled from a community of artists, and invited many to share their art and their perspective by anwering many types of questions. I am priviledged to be among the spotlighted contributors. His book will be released this month so he is celebrating by presenting 31 artists in 31 days. Visit his blog for daily updates, plus a chance to win a copy of his book, HERE.
Queue the trumpets, sound the drums....
I have observed, both in the book preview available on Amazon, and the posts on his blog, that he doesn’t answer his own questions. Ok, he did participate in chapter one of the Pulse on his blog a long time ago, but since then we have not heard his opinions. Don’t you think it’s time we start asking him a few??? Pick up the pen Seth, (or poise your fingers over the keyboard), it’s your turn.
Later this month I will be one of the guests for the two hour podcast where Seth will be co-host with Mark Lipinski at Creative Mojo. And then I will join a group of artists for a live panel at The Ink Pad. Looking forward to celebrating creativity and what it brings to our lives....and finally meeting the man!
March 28: Podcast with Mark Lipinski on Creative Mojo. Seth will be Mark's co-host for the entire 2 hour podcast which airs live from 3-5pm EST (and which will be archived for listening anytime). They will talk all about The Pulse of Mixed Media and be joined by contributors Michelle Ward, Angela Cartwright, Pam Carriker, Julie Prichard, and Lisa Hoffman. Get your questions ready as this radio show has a live call-in feature!
March 31: Live artist panel at The Ink Pad in NYC. Seth will be joined by contributors Leslie Marsh, Karen Cole, Jill Zaheer, Julie Prichard, Roxanne Evans Stout, and Michelle Ward. The panel will be video taped and available for viewing on Create Mixed Media sometime in early April.
EDIT: HE HAS SPOKEN! Please continue to join in the conversation taking place in the comment section below. Seth has been a good sport about taking on the questions above...here are his answers:
1. I have always worked small and enjoy the challenge of having something small make a big impact. By far my largest piece to date was 3 feet x 3 feet and I made it as part of my Graffiti Wall collaboration with Julie Prichard and Lynne Hoppe. My most recent series of paintings, called Interior Angles, was created on 12" x 12" panels - and I have to say that I definitely liked working larger.
2. For my book, I wrote a very, very long list of questions from which I chose the ones that ended up in the book. They were all questions that came to me because I was curious about the answers and I felt that in all cases, the responses would really offer the reader insight into each contributing artist.
3. Autumn is definitely my favorite season in general and the one that is most inspirational too me. It is the combination of the feel of the season, the colors, the weather, the nature, the smells, the food, etc. that really gets me going.
4. One sentence huh? Now I know how my contributors feel when I ask them for only one instance of something. Here goes: Allow what is inside you to be your artistic guide, with a sense of playfulness, a feeling of passion, and not a trace of judgement.
APPLAUSE APPLAUSE! Thank you Seth. Hey, while we are clapping, how about the clever title of his sculptures at the top? "Making Waves"...get it? Waving hands. *dies at the geniusness*