Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Secrets, Life and Videotapes!

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If you are reading this post, more than likely it's because you've been to The Altered Page and learned about Seth Apter's new book "The Mixed- Media Artist: Art Tips, Tricks, Secrets and Dreams From Over 40 Amazing Artists" and how he is featuring 30 Artists 30 Days .

Thanks for taking the time to visit and Congratulations Seth!

Waves of gratitude flow through me each day when I view work of other artists included in this book.  I mean that.  To be among them is a true gift.   I can't imagine life without continuing to explore my creativity daily, and this, well, it really encourages me. 

My work in Seth's book took on more than what I'd initially anticipated.  As many of you already know,  he has a knack at digging below the 'surface' and is gifted  in 'drawing out' artist's  thoughts, motivations, desires, and visions.  It's no surprise considering that, apart from his artistic endeavours,  he also holds a PhD in psychology. 

As a positive consequence, many of the questions he posed in this process shone the spotlight on several of my own thoughts/musings and encouraged me to reexamine them in detail.
Over several weeks, one of these thoughts became a goal* and finally  transpired into this 47 second video below (which shows just a smattering of an estimated 150 iterations and edits.)

*To provide a tiny glance into my digital art process and provide viewers with an opportunity to understand and better appreciate this emerging new media.

In real time, "The Chairman" took over 40 hours  to complete, not counting the photographic elements, nor the time spent on the initial old  tattered drawing (circa 1980's) I dug up from an exercise in Betty Edwards book "Drawing From the Right Side of The Brain". 

I hope it will give you a glimpse from my side of this computer screen  and increase your understanding  of how new media  has far more in common with non-digital, traditional art techniques than what immediately meets the viewer's eye.

 "The Chairman" - From a Graphite Drawing to a Digital Collage - Trudi Sissons Two Dresses Studio

As for the secrets and dreams behind what inspired me to create "The Chairman" - well, you'll have to read about them once your copy of  Seth's book arrives.   They may surprise you!

As always, comments and feedback are appreciated.


Jo Murray said...

Loved watching the changes in The Chairman. Your work is so imaginative.

amy of four corners design said...

have always loved your work...so glad to hear you are in the book!
p.s. I've been exploring the world of digital collage lately...using my originals mixed in with vintage elements...gives me a whole new appreciation of your work!

Roberta said...

That was a great video! I love what you did with Van Gogh and Betty! What a combo!

elle said...

Just fascinating and makes me want to explore digital all the more. Thanks.

Gallery Juana said...

I enjoyed the video giving a glimpse of the process your art works go through and I look forward to reading your feature in the book.

Beautiful works!

Linda said...

that is some amazing progression of steps and details Trudi-wow! Huge congrats on having your art and words in Seth's book-I def. must have this one!!

Caterina Giglio said...

amazing!!! xox

sheilasab@sbcglobal.net said...

Trudi---i love your art; and yes, i thank Seth for introducing you and your blog to me --- he keeps on giving and giving and giving, bringing all of us together--this is SAM, and it is a pleasure meeting you !!! sharing your short video was amazing ---from beginning to end !!!

Seth said...

Thank you for your amazing contributions to the book Trudi. And this video is like the icing on the cake! So happy to be connected with you in the world of art!

Gallery Juana said...

I am excited to be meeting the artists in this book. Your work is captivating.
Thanks for sharing your process in the video:)

Sue Marrazzo said...

LOVE the book...I recently bought this.