The Pulse of Mixed Media Blog Book Tour

I’m thrilled to be one of the 31 spotlight artists in Seth Apter’s new book! It’s hot off the press and full, FULL, of over a hundred mixed media artists answering many questions about the mixed media community at large. I have asked Seth to answer one of his own questions for us so we can see a bit more of the man behind this book~

So Seth, What is your biggest pet peeve in terms of art?

My pet peeve relates to an issue, sometimes spoken and often unspoken, within the art’s community: negative judgment based on the relative value placed on a person’s chosen media. As an example, artists who take more traditional approaches to art viewing mixed media work as somehow of less value. Or mixed media artists who look down on the scrapbook community. I say let’s dismiss the discrimination and celebrate the fact that people are being creative in any way, shape or form that works for them!
I spend a lot of time in galleries and museums looking at art. One of my biggest pet peeves is when photography is not allowed. For me, part of the viewing experience is being able to take photos to refer to later and to include on my online sites. Somehow the process feels incomplete when I cannot do this.

Here is a peek at my self portrait from the book. No, it doesn’t look like me particularly, but the layers of under journaling are from my heart and allow me to put myself into my work.

I was thrilled to get a quick peek at Seth’s book at CHA in January!

And to meet Seth in person last October at Art Is! If you haven’t visited his blog The Altered Page, you’re in for a treat! I hope you’ll take a moment to stop by and wish him congratulations on his amazing accomplishment.

You can find this book HERE

Well done Seth and many, many congratulations!

15 responses

  1. I have been reading your blog and following your artistic journey for quite some time now. I love your honesty and transparency. Seth made a great choice by including you in his new book!

  2. Hello Pam, just came over from Seth’s blog – congratulations to all concerned. I have your book and have seen your work in magazines so I can easily understand why you were chosen. Delighted to hear you are doing another book!

  3. well that was a wonderful response to your question. i always feel that art is a safe and wonderful place to explore and express, no rights or wrongs.
    your self portrait is wonderful!

  4. Pam…I applaud your philosophy!…..when I owned a store in the 80’s and 90’s we fought to merge all “Art Worlds” or at least burn the hierarchy!
    who needs it when we ALL have our own work to do??!!!
    I hope to meet you one day in person, until then…keep the flame burning!

  5. Looking forward to getting Seth’s book. Just thought you should know that your book, “Art at the Speed of Life” is the ONLY art book I have ever read cover to cover. That says a lot! Thank you so much for writing it!

  6. Congratulations for your wonderful art being a part of Seth’s book! Excited to find your blog via Seth’s and to see all the wonderful things you create and do. Will hop over to your Facebook page next. So nice to meet you here. I love the soft yellow tones of your self portrait.

  7. Pam,
    I think the self portrait does look like you. I love the idea of underwriting building a base of emotion and passion in your work. I just finished a canvas painting with underwriting and I truly connect to the piece working in this way. Always love your work and you have a terrific prescence when you teach. Your class was the first online class I experienced. Next I’ll try for an in person workshop. Hope you are settled in your new home…fun to see the studio shots.

  8. Do you not love Seth’s down-to-earth yet heavenly approach to art? I’m glad you asked him about his pet peeve. In reading his book I get this sense, myself, from all the different perspectives and opinions and practices of the artists, that there is no excuse for being snobbish about art/craft/creativity. It’s a pointless death to someone’s creativity to exclude what they do from the ‘inner circle’. I think this might be one reason people try to copy others–the fear that their own voice is not good enough.

    I have grown to know more about your work, Pam, and love it. And the images Seth offers on his post are stunning. You have great skill with color and shade.

All comments are read and greatly appreciated!

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