In today’s post I will be reviewing; The Pulse of Mixed Media by Seth Apter.
- Title: The Pulse of Mixed Media
- Author: Seth Apter
- Publisher: North Light Books
- ISBN: 13:978-1-4403-1070-6
My Reason for Buying
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
- Spotlight Artists
- 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.
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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 tic’
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.
- The Altered Page. Seth Apter’s Blog
- Read my interview with Seth when he was our Featured Artist of the month back in October 2011.
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon