The Pulse of Mixed Media: Blog Tour Post & Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post on Seth Apter’s new book, The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed !  It’s a pleasure to be a part of Seth’s blog tour, and I’m happy to share a bit about his wonderful new book with both my long-time readers and new readers.  Welcome, new visitors!

I received an advance copy of this book last month, and really enjoyed pouring over the pages in order to get better acquainted with the book.  And though I’d love to keep this advance copy for my personal library ‘tis better to give than to receive, so please keep reading for details on how to enter my giveaway!

An Overview

One of the things I love about this book is it’s filled to bursting with two of my favorite things: artwork and insight.  Not only are readers treated to the visual creations of many of the quoted artists, we get to peek inside their hearts, minds, and creative processes as well!  The creative process is often a solitary one, and this book gives us a chance to hear what other artists are thinking and feeling about the art experience.  Another great thing about this book is that it’s really thought-provoking.  Sure, you’re reading the responses of others, but it also helps the reader to think about their own answers to the very same questions the author asks.

Another plus?  Exposure to interesting new artists and their mediums!  For example, after reading “The Pulse” I’d like to try using plaster for the first time.  I’d also like to give encaustic work another try, and add some more dimension to my work.  We never know what seeds of creativity will take hold in our hearts and minds, and this book is chock full of “creative seeds”.

144 pages long and full of both text and original artwork, this book is a treat for anyone who’s interested in the creative process and life as an artist.  Whether you’re just dipping a toe in the lake of creativity or have jumped in and submerged yourself completely, you’re sure to find quotes, artwork and/or questions that resonate with you.

MY answers to 3 of Seth’s Questions

Seth asked those of us participating in the blog tour to answer three questions from the book ourselves.  Here are my responses to three of his questions…

What do you think your preferred art medium says about your personality?

Well, given that my preferred art medium actually includes multiple mediums, I think it says I have varied interests and enjoy the challenge of working in different formats while still staying true to my aesthetic.  I’m most drawn to mixed media, photography, collage, writing, and card design.  And though I love vintage elements, and often incorporate them into my work, I tend to think of my art as “modern vintage”.  Not only do I mix modern elements in with pieces from the past, my work is usually clean and uncluttered, and I believe this can be said about all my work – whether it’s a photo, a collage, or a short story.

How has the internet changed your artistic practice?

I suppose the biggest change the internet has had on my artistic practice is this blog.  I launched it in August of 2010, and life hasn’t been the same since!  Blogs weren’t really on my radar prior to MY blog’s launch, truth be told, so I was a bit late to the party.  Since then, my horizons have definitely expanded.  I still don’t follow a ton of blogs, simply because I don’t have a lot of free time, but I have started following some blogs organically.  They’re mostly the blogs of creative friends/peers – folks I’ve networked with and/or come to know along the way in my own blog journey.

One benefit of the internet and blogging is the wonderful connections I’ve made with folks in my ever-growing network.  I’ve made so many new in-person and online friends, and it’s been great fun! From teaming up with folks like Catherine Ryan HydeDawn DeVries Sokol, and Seth Apter on giveaways featuring their books, to receiving donations for my art journaling program for disadvantaged public school children from some of my wonderful readers, it’s all been a blessing. The more the merrier, I say, and blogging has definitely brought more wonderful people, laughter, kindness, and creativity into my life.  For that, I’m very thankful. 

As for my own blog, it’s been such an incredible experience!  When you’re committed to posting new content twice weekly, you have to keep making/doing/creating.  Artistically, I’ve created so many things that might not have been brought into existence if I wasn’t blogging.  And though some might find it scary to commit to producing new content on a regular basis, it’s been my experience that creating and sharing begets more ideas.  The more I create and brainstorm the more I come up with ideas because I’m exercising my creative muscles, so to speak.
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Is creativity built-in, learned or both?

I think creativity is both built-in and learned.  Some people are driven by a need to create – the “obviously” creative people.  The ones destined to become artists, writers, musicians, and so on – regardless of what life throws at them.  They embrace and relish their creativity.  Just about everyone else is on a sliding scale of sorts, ranging from those who enjoy creating but are reluctant or afraid to call themselves artists in their respective medium to those who don’t think they’re creative at all.  I believe that every one of us has the ability to thrive creatively, particularly if we devote the time, make the effort to find our niche, and make creating a regular practice instead of an “every once in a while” endeavor.  This applies to art, cooking, interior design – the works!

How to Enter the Giveaway

One lucky winner will win a copy of The Pulse of Mixed Media. To enter, please complete all three of the steps below:

  1. Subscribe to my blog (via the email feed).
  2. Leave a comment on this post.
  3. “Like” my website’s Facebook Fan Page.

The winner will be drawn at random and will be announced on Thursday, April 19th, so please complete all three steps by Wednesday, April 18th.

Blog Tour Schedule

Here is the complete blog tour schedule, including blog tour “stops” before mine, for those of you who might be interesting in hearing what other bloggers have to say about Seth’s “baby”.

April  2  Rice Freeman-Zachery   
April  3  Stephanie Lee               
April  4  Ali Edwards                  
April  5  Ro Bruhn                      
April  6  Roben-Marie Smith        
April  7  Nancy Lefko                 
April  8  Kelly Kilmer                  
April  9  Trudi Sissons               
April 10 Melody Nunez               
April 11 Dina Wakley
April 12 Stephanie Hilvitz

Thank you for including me in your blog tour, Seth – what a treat!  Good luck with the giveaway, everyone!

Warm regards,
Melody

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28 Comments

  1. Posted April 10, 2012 at 6:26 am by Karlene | Permalink

    Sounds like an awesome book. Thanks for a chance to have one.

  2. Posted April 10, 2012 at 6:45 am by Kathryn Dyche | Permalink

    Seth’s book really is inspirational in both imagery and content. Loved your responses to the three questions you chose.

  3. Posted April 10, 2012 at 7:05 am by shirley | Permalink

    Love the “modern vintage’ description – because? Well – because that’s the way I think I live! Thanks.322D

  4. Posted April 10, 2012 at 7:23 am by elle | Permalink

    I’m agreeing with what you are saying. I’m learning so much from Seth’s willingness to share everyone’s art and thoughts. I’m happy to add you to my list of teachers. Thanks!!!

  5. Posted April 10, 2012 at 7:39 am by Denise | Permalink

    I love it when you review books! Kind of gives me a shortcut as to which books I would be interested in. (OK, you haven’t reviewed one yet I wasn’t interested in but that’s a different issue!) Keep up the awesome work cause you know we are all watching!
    Denise

  6. Posted April 10, 2012 at 8:11 am by Adriane | Permalink

    Excellent piece you put together, and compelling comments to those questions, Mel! The book is intriguing and I’ll har to seek one out (seeing as I never seem to win anything through things that involve draws and luck). I’ve enjoyed reading three of the blog hop posts so far… inspired networking! Cheers! 🙂

  7. Posted April 10, 2012 at 8:48 am by Stephanie | Permalink

    Great review….So! enjoyed exploring your blog here…happy to be part of the tour with you!

  8. Posted April 10, 2012 at 11:45 am by Norma | Permalink

    Melody I would love a chance to own this treasure. My experience of the 31 day exposure to artists in the book (via Seth’s blog) has changed me forever (as an artist) as I now can actually call myself an ‘artist’ ~ the different styles of art and the different philosophies of the artists in the book have all fuelled me for a long long time. I’d love to have the book beside me to refer to in a second’s time. Please toss my name in to the hat. And thank you Melody. I look forward to keeping up with what you are up to now that I have a feed. *smiles* Norma

  9. Posted April 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm by Robert | Permalink

    I think that you are SO right in your answer to Seth’s question about creativity being “built-in, learned, or both.” One definitely has to have the inclination, or in some cases, the absolute need, to create in the first place, but, that being said, creativity will only flourish if we “devote the time, make the effort. . .”, and strive to make our creative time “. . .a regular practice.” And. . .getting there can involve some hard work. I’ve been subscribed to your blog for awhile, and love the variety of topics you cover, as well as just checking in from time-to-time for a little ‘creative tune-up’.

  10. Posted April 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm by Karen | Permalink

    Oh, I just love books. Please enter me into your giveaway sweep. I love your blog, as always.

  11. Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm by Jenny Lee | Permalink

    I feel the same way about blogging. I don’t post as often as you do, but I think the looming feeling of “I need to post something soon” kind of lights a fire under me creatively. It is fun to have a place to share all the brain fluff that I used to have to keep to myself!

  12. Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm by bev langby | Permalink

    hi Melody found u via Seths blog and i find yours delightful and full of great ideas and art…

    hugz bev

  13. Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm by Linda R | Permalink

    What a wonderful giveaway!! Would LOVE to drool over this awesome book. I’m subscribed, liking you and waiting for the winner – hope it’s me!

  14. Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm by Carol | Permalink

    Melody, it’s a joy to find your blog and Facebook page. Thanks as always, to Seth. Your answers to Seth’s questions were thoughtful and resonated with me and I will happily follow your work from now on.

  15. Posted April 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm by Trudi | Permalink

    Nice to meet you Melody and I love the layout of your blog along with your thoughtful comments in response to Seth’s questions.

  16. Posted April 11, 2012 at 6:37 am by Gina Sismilich | Permalink

    Love following all these new art blogs! Thanks for your book giveaway –

  17. Posted April 11, 2012 at 9:40 am by Susan Aldrich | Permalink

    Seth’s 31 Day Program was so exciting! Great to meet all the artists – and now this bonus group! Thanks for the post on Magic Cookie Bars…I hadn’t thought about those for so long…gonna have to make ’em soon!

  18. Posted April 11, 2012 at 10:50 am by Darlene K Campbell | Permalink

    A fun and artistic blog…going out to get Easter dye kits. Love the flowers. I also started blogging late (Jan 2011) and now am spinning in the wonderful artistic community of cyberspace. So many opportunities, new friendships, etc. I am creating and writing on a regular basis now. I used to wait until I had theses big chunks of time. You are so right when you said we have to work and practice on creating new content on a regular basis. Exactly right! Look forward to visiting again.

  19. Posted April 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm by Jo Murray | Permalink

    G’day from Australia, Melody. Love your blog,,, your work is so ‘UP’…it’s always a delight to see it.

  20. Posted April 11, 2012 at 10:45 pm by Thien-Kim | Permalink

    I love the questions you and everyone else are answering as part of the blog tour. I’m looking forward to exploring the rest of your blog!

  21. Posted April 12, 2012 at 8:00 am by Leslie McNeil | Permalink

    Thanks for the chance at the book; looking forward to seeing it one way or another…!

  22. Posted April 12, 2012 at 10:49 am by Bleubeard and Elizab | Permalink

    Looks like you can’t count me in your giveaway, since my e-mail is not working and your mailings would return to you as unable to deliver. Additionally, I’m not on Facebook, and have told myself I don’t have time to get sucked into that site. So, since I’m only a blogger, I will certainly appreciate your blog and I’ll return, but I won’t be able to enter your giveaway.

  23. Posted April 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm by Barbara I. | Permalink

    I enjoyed reading your blog post today. . .especially your answers to Seth’s questions.

    I signed up for your newsletter and “Liked” your Facebook page too. Thanks for the opportunity to win Seth’s book. Such a great giveaway! Should I be the lucky one please contact me at bkisrael@gmail.com.

  24. Posted April 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm by Kara | Permalink

    I loved your comments about creativity. It makes me said to hear people say they aren’t creative because they equate creativity to being a talented painter or writer. There are thousands of opportunities to be creative every day!

    (I’m already a subscriber and a “liker” on your FB page)

  25. Posted April 14, 2012 at 4:03 am by Diane Chen | Permalink

    Love your comments! Hope I win the book!

  26. Posted April 17, 2012 at 10:21 pm by Csexton | Permalink

    This is a new medium I’m discovering and Seth’s blog and book are inspirational. Thank you for telling your journey and creative stories.

  27. Posted April 18, 2012 at 8:35 am by katherine Regier | Permalink

    I’d love a copy of this book…. I hope I am lucky!

  28. Posted April 18, 2012 at 10:01 am by Adeola | Permalink

    Hi Melody,
    This is the third tme trying to leave comment and my phone kept messing up just when i am about to post.
    Happy to connect & read your blog!