FOTI: Nameless Paints

“By not assigning names to the colors we want to expand the definition of what a color can be, and the various shades they can create by mixing them,”explains Yusuke Imai. Together with Ayami Moteki they form the design duo Ima Moteki…

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FOTI: A List of 100 Suggestions on How to Live and Work as an Artist

FOTI is a new tag on my blog. It stands for Found On The Internet: things I’ve found interesting and thought you might as well.

Irwin Greenberg circulated this primer to his students at the High School of Art & Design and the Art Students League of New York. He died, age 87, in 2009.

Like a lot of realist painters, I started teaching as a way to stabilize my income. I was amazed to discover that it would be one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. Somehow, everything I have learned in my life found a place in the studio classroom…

1. Paint every day.

12. Don’t allow yourself to be crushed by failure. Rembrandt had failures. Success grows from failure.

 

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Limited Christmas Ephemera on Etsy

I’ve been tidying up the studio and put together some Christmas ephemera “scrap packs” full of vintage Christmas illustrations, music, green & red tickets, coupons, old music sheets, word flash cards (French & English) related to the holidays, plus lots more – there’s 50 pieces crammed in there!

Perfect for card making, mixed media art, tags, art journalling…

I only had a enough goodies to make about 6 or so, so get yours before they’re gone for good. Have fun! And don’t forget to join studioseena on Facebook to share your creations – can’t wait to see what you’ve made!

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Mixed Media Art Video: Watercolor Flower Tag

I love getting snail mail, don’t you? Not bills or flyers – I mean something addressed to me in someone’s handwriting, with stickers or colourful embellishments to grab my attention. And if that envelope is just the wee bit on the chubby side… well, who knows what goodies await?!

Just such an envelope was waiting for me last week. Excitement! Inspired to reciprocate, I pulled out my watercolours to finish creating a tag I’d started on another project. Here’s how it turned out. Have you every tried painting with watercolour? Let me know what you think!

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Pleasantly Awkward: A Review of Mark Victor Young’s “Awkward Stages”

Here’s Mark’s latest book featuring cover art by yours truly. Love the man, the cover, the book. AND this glowing review!

Reading Other People

It has been a long while since I have reviewed a set of short stories. I am immensely happy that I chose to break my unintentional short story drought with Mark Victor Young’s incessantly charming “Awkward Stages .”

Young’s decision to depict Da Vinci’s Vetruvian Man on the cover is a gutsy one. It evokes a heralding of classic art, but also subliminally asks the reader to question what makes up the composition of the ideal human form. Therefore, when the reader gets to the first short story entitled “Crotch Dogs,” the overarching themes of the goal of perfection and emotional superiority are already lurking.

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Mixed Media Art Video: Making Shiny Tags

If you’re looking for a smaller project, creating tags is a great option. Smaller in scale than an art journal or canvas, the techniques can be applied to any paper substrate. Here I use distress inks in various ways, ink sprays, mediums, stamps and perfect pearls to achieve eye catching, shiny tags.

The finished tag. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of the new opening for my youtube videos!

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Art Journaling Video: Creating Backgrounds in an Altered Book

Hi everyone! How do you like the new look of my blog? Spring seemed like the right time for a change. Did I mention I moved my studio as well earlier this spring? I’ve been art journaling again and altering books, which I’ll be sharing with you of course. Think I’ve finally found my groove, thank goodness. Hmmm, maybe this post should have been called How Seena Got Her Art Groove Back?

I’ve started turning on the video camera when I’m working at my art desk. Personally, I really enjoy watching the creative process of other artists; I often get inspired or learn something new. Here’s me creating backgrounds in an altered book. (There’s no sound; I figured you could add your own if you wanted a soundtrack.)

Let me know what you think of all the changes. And the video!