As I stood reviewing my exhibition plan designed for the 3-day
art event, I glanced over to a nearby booth and observed another exhibitor examining
his plan that he too had prepared for the hanging of his artwork. The artist was Seth
Apter. After a proper introduction, I discovered that Seth wasn’t
using the Parallax Art Fair solely as a platform to show his work, but that he was
genuinely interested in the other artists and their amazing creative force.
There is an obvious readiness in Seth to give more of himself to all of humanity,
unselfishly. His generosity freely translates into an abundance of ideas evidenced
by his blog, books, workshops and artwork that I have the pleasure of owning!
original artwork, Passare, by Seth Apter
My methods, inspiration and thoughts while
working on my submission for The Mixed Media Artist book. THE PROCESS
begins with a single word that my intuition presents before me.
demand of me to truly understand the practical and metaphysical meaning of this
This leads to another word, then another word, and then the formation of
To the best of my ability I become silent, listening and trusting my
I am layered in methodical thought and committed to express the
principles of unconditional Love, not conditional romance.
original artwork created for the book: the EXPRESSION
I use an etching press for printmaking. For the print the EXPRESSION
I created a collagraph plate to produce subtle ground and relief
patterns on the paper. The plates are made from plant life and insects
that I have collected from my garden and from the woods where ever I
The dried plant life is glued down with PVA (polyvinyl acetate) onto bookbinding
board. The finished plate is covered with varnish, shellac or polyurethane
to make it waterproof.
Below is the finished collagraph
print used for the ground color for the EXPRESSION.
The technique of using laser cut plexi to
create printed embossing is featured in the print, the EXPRESSION. The artwork for the print is originally designed on the computer and then laser cut in plexi. The cut
plexi is then glued down to styrene (in the opposite direction) to make the
Inked plate ready to be printed.
Additional color story for the EXPRESSION.
Door Ask Listen
This is the face I show the world, that
I rely greatly upon my intuition.
Entering through the open, mental door of
thought, I continually turn inward, asking myself questions. To the best of my ability I become silent, listening and trusting my
The Chinese characters in the artwork below & to the left are
Door, Ask and Listen in running script, from top to bottom.
original artwork created for the book: Door Ask Listen
Original sketches for Door Ask Listen.
Etching tools: The image is carved out of plexi, using the Drypoint method of etching.
Plexi plate with portrait photo taken by Faye, my 10 years old twin daughter.
Printing plate is inked and excess ink is removed with tarlatan fabric & newsprint.
Additional color stories for Door Ask Listen. The collagraph plate used to create the subtle background patterns for the EXPRESSION is also used on Door Ask Listen.