Saturday, 25 March 2017

2017 #4 Doorway to my Imagination {by Seth Apter}

2017 Topic 4: Doors, Windows, Architecture

Yet another designer here to share with you this week! We are spoiling you here on the blog! It's everyone's favourite guy, Seth Apter here with a surprise for you...

Hello PaperArtsy people. Seth Apter from The Altered Page here with another PA guest post. 

It is always a thrill to be here and share my work with you. The theme of doors and windows is so special to me because they represent choices and opportunity. You never know what incredible view you might see through a window or what secret may lie behind a door. 

I chose to focus on an interactive element in this piece to better be able to capture the magic that can often be found through every door or window. It also brings a fun element to any artwork when the viewer gets to touch and interact with the piece in order to see it all.

Because the focus of this piece is on the doorway/window shutters, I decided to make the background look like a crumbly, aged wall by using a combination of Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics, including Terracotta and Mahogany from my own, first set of paints 

...and Mud Splat, Smoked Paprika and Green Patina from my newest set of PaperArtsy paints.  

I used my own photograph of a shuttered window that I took in Mexico as the focal point, cut it and added a looped closure so that it could actually open and close. I love text in my work so I also added the Imagine stamp from Lin Brown's new set ELB34

and The Doorway to my Imagination quote from the HP1605EZ set.

I had the most fun trying to choose what image to place behind the shuttered window and settled on what just might be the closest to representing what my imagination just might look like - a stamp from the HP1504EZ set.


In the end, having a hidden element make this piece so much more interesting, compelling and just plain fun. Seeing the closures really makes you want to open it and look inside.

Hope you are inspired to look into adding an interactive element to your own work. With just a little imagination, it is easy to do and will open the door to you to many creative ideas. 

Thanks for hanging out here with me today. You can see more of my work on my blog, Facebook page, and website -- where you can find links to all my other social media platforms as well.

And the added surprise was the gorgeous pop of colour behind the doors too! Such cool detail, and so nice to see all the rusty tone colours working perfectly in unison! Just as you would expect them to! ~ Leandra

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Kirsten said...

That is just gorgeous. I love the canvas, there's great depth of colour, but the end result is so subtle.

Helen said...

Fabulous project Seth, love the doorway to the hidden art behind.

Kaz Hall said...

Great work as always Seth!

Julie Ann Lee said...

Love the colours and textures - just perfect for this topic!

butterfly said...

Love the door fastening, and the fantastic paint textures. Terrific architectural piece.
Alison x

Miriam said...

Fabulous project Seth....Love it!

Lynn said...

So much to look at in Seth's pieces and I just love this one. The promise of what is behind the door!

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Wonderful project Seth, I love the rust colored background and the color of the paint's peeled door. Being very mysterious and imagining the light of Mexico the behind door....Fabulous. I like the string and button too!! xx

Chris Cresswell said...

Your artwork is so instantly recognisable Seth and yet each piece is so uniquely different. I love the mystery about this door. I love the image it reveals. You are the master when it comes to layers. Brilliant.

Dortesjs said...

wonderful, i love it, great colour combo ;O)

Carolyn Stephenson said...

Wow, love your piece. I like how you used the photograph and the wall you created for the background.

Hazel Agnew said...

Loving the textures Seth, and the doors look amazing. The closure is a great idea, as it makes your fingers itch with anticipation. Great choice of images inside too! Loving this. Wonderful inspiration!

Ruth said...

Such texture, gorgeous decay! Fabulous work and inspiration Seth!

Craftyfield said...

Fab work and fab shutter photo! Love the aged wall and the surprise behind the shutters...

irene walker said...

Love the texture and the unspoken invitation to look inside

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Those doors are so tempting that I was wishing this was interactive and I could reach into the screen and open those doors!
Gorgeous textures and colours and the idea of using your own photograph of shuttered windows, that is inspired.

whyducks said...

Very cool

Corrie Herriman said...

Fantastic !

Gerrie Johnnic said... much fun! I looked at your imagination and got lost! lol....mine would probably look like black soot! That was the perfect stamp to use behind those doors! Great piece, love the textures and mix of your paints.

Squiddy said...

Yet another fantastic piece, great to see your stamps getting a workout with others from PaperArtsy.

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