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The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed Paperback – 31 Mar 2012
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About the Author
Seth Apter is a mixed-media artist, author and instructor in New York City. His artwork has been exhibited widely in the United States and Canada and published in numerous websites, independent zines, books and magazines such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Artful Blogging, Somerset Studio, and CPS Studios. He is very active in the creative community, and the voice behind The Altered Page, a visual journal of his own artwork, photography and collaborative projects, as well as a showcase for artists he admires and his creative experiences in NYC. His first book, The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed, was released by North Light Books in March 2012. He can also be found on two mixed media workshop DVDs, released in June 2012 by North Light Media and is currently working on his second book, due to be released in December 2013.
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It makes such as change to read about real artists and why they do what they do, what inspires them, why they work in a cetain medium and lots more to get your teeth into.
Ive never read anything by Seth Apter before and will certainly look out for more
As the Author says on the first page this is not a typical How to do guide, if you are looking for that this book isnt for you, but if you are looking for a different approach, I throughly recomend it
I discovered Seth Apter after taking an online class with Julie Prichard and visited his site. Seth is not only an amazing artist in his own right but also very empowering and encouraging to new artists too. I've taken part in several of his online collaboration projects and when he put a call out for people to take part in a survey for his new book, I jumped at the chance and submitted my answers to the questions he pose. I couldn't wait to see what he book would become and was overjoyed to discover that something I submitted was to be included in the book. Now the book has been released in the UK and I've read it, here are my thoughts.
I tell you this as often a review is based on how well the book lived up to the expectations of its reader, for their purpose
Taking the Pulse
Section One: The Artistic Ingredient
Section Two: Passion in Action
Section Three: Secrets Revealed
Over 100 Artists
This book is unlike any other art book I've seen and I love it. Often we create alone, not everyone is a member of an art club or community and this book is full of the thoughts, hopes, dreams and insecurities of REAL everyday artists. I love that there are famous names that I recognize from the mixed media online world and from Stampington fame, but also people I haven't heard of.
There are links to websites or blogs of artists involved, so if you discover someone you would like to know more about you can visit their sites.
Each section has a series of questions and responses from the artists, either in writing or in artworks or both. I have to admit that I don't understand assemblage art. I wouldn't dis it, but I had no idea at the meanings and messages that people have behind that style of art. It was fascinating to learn more about different styles of art.
It was wonderful to hear the journeys that the artists have been on, that others have insecurities about their creations and to get to hear about the thoughts behind so many projects was amazing. Often books just give a photo a title and the artist's name. You don't get to hear the back story to what motivated them to create the piece or what they feel about it. You do in Seth's book.
This isn't a `how to' book, but it has a wealth of inspiration, both from the art works included, and from the questions or prompts that Seth gave the artists.
I haven't got any.
Value for Money
Would I buy it Again?
Totally, I have been inspired and encouraged by what I read in the book.
This book is like Seth's whole philosophy enquiring, encouraging, engaging and empowering. I cannot think of a better gift to give an artist who likes this style of art or who wants to learn more about it.
Is this book for you? If you can say yes to any of the following questions then this book is for you:
If you create alone and wonder if you are an artist
If you are curious about the world of mixed media and want to know more about it and the people who create it.
If you enjoy Seth Apter's blog and the artists you find there.
In Seth's words `If you want to know what makes a mixed media artist tick
Then this book is for you.
Am I biased because I'm in the book? No, I bought my copy, just like I hope you will too. I am biased however, because I love Seth's work and his encouraging, empowering philosophy. He is an incredible artist but he hasn't used that in a negative `I'm better than you' way, he's used it to encourage others to follow and artistic life. It might not be the easiest path, but it is very rewarding.
Seth I wish you had been my art teacher at school, I wouldn't have wasted 20 years trying to unlearn the negative self talk and self-doubt the teacher I did have, gave me. I have finally moved past most of that and can now embrace art, enjoy the process and experiment to discover the results with different mediums. Sure it doesn't always work out, but now that's ok, I'm learning about the materials as long as I have learnt something when things don't turn out as I expected then its a journey. Thank you for showing me that art isn't just one style (as I was taught), that it can be so many different things to different people and every one is just as valid as the next. I might not like every art style I see, nor want to experiment with a certain style, but I am open to discovering new styles and the art world is so much bigger than I imagined. I have Seth Apter, Suzi Blu and Julie Prichard to thank for that, and to them I am forever grateful.
This is an amazing book, you need it. Do check out Seth Apter's blog, its amazing. Every time I visit I want to get materials out and get painting, it always inspires me to create.
I loved it because I am a self taught artist and have never really had the understanding about the style of art I do, this book encouraged me as to what sort of artist I am and what inspires me and listening to other story's really helped, I found myself in here are some of the styles I create
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I like the concept and content of this book a great deal. However, I am quite sorry that I experimented with it as my first art book for Kindle, because I recently saw the "real" book in, yes, a "real" bookstore, and this book was definitely meant to be paged through, on paper pages, and not "accessed" (In addition to my early version of a Kindle, I use the Kindle reader on another device that has great color, high resolution, etc....).
Live and learn. I suppose at some point, I will find the book itself and add it to my bookshelf. Meanwhile, I'll scroll through the pages if I'm killing time, but it is not as satisfying to me, personally, to see the work and even words of so many talented artists on a screen.
This will be my first and last art-related book purchase for Kindle. Novels and other books, no problem, especially for travel.
After reading an earlier review, I do have to say many of the artists here have been in other books. In the Pulse of Mixed Media, I have learned far more about them than I have in those other books. However, there are MANY "new" artists here that I have never heard of before. I'm enjoying my coffee breaks from my own art studio while looking at their blogs and websites.
My only complaints: I wish there were more photographs (some artists do not have photos of their work), and I wish the book could be longer.
Hopefully Seth Apter will come out with another edition?!?