Sunday, April 15, 2012

Seth Apter: The Pulse of Mixed Media

Seth Apter is celebrating his new book The Pulse of Mixed Media with an open call to everyone to join The Pulse with an online project. At first I said no way but then after reading his questions I knew I had to do it.  You must go over and read all about it here.  If I can do it so can you!

He has three questions that he wants us to answer. You can answer 1, 2 or all 3.  I decided to answer just one. 

His question: Passion in Action: Who has had the most impact on your creative life?

As soon as I read that question I knew I had to answer, my mother. She is an artist and growing up I always wanted to draw like she did. I would try and give up.  She always said it's in your heart just go and make art. After a while I stopping making art figuring I just couldn't do it.  Then years later on a vacation with my husband and daughter I walked into a rubber stamp store and found my way of making art.  She was thrilled that I finally found a way.  I have many of your paintings in my house so I decided to take pictures of them to show you her art.  She loved nature. She would paint from whatever was in her head to painting from a photography.

Ugly Ducking by Shirley A. Hector

Parakeet by Shirley A. Hector

Skunks by Shirley A. Hector

Later in life she had a fondness for painting in miniature. She decided to start painting on milk bottle caps. She had the whole church bringing her bottle caps in all colors for her art. She would sell them as magnets in art shows. She even started taking orders for special caps with some one's dog on it.  To give you an example, this is Heidi. She was my family's dog and this is her as a puppy.

Here are more bottle caps that I have on my fridge that she painted.

My Mom and Dad died in 2004 but her impact on my art is still there loud and clear. She told us once that she had days where her art table would call her name and she needed to make art. I never understood it until now.  My art room calls my name all the time even when I'm at work which makes it very hard to focus!

Here is my submission for Seth's open call (hope its okay to post!).

Side of Canvas

Second side:


I'm sending it to Seth's open call in memory of my Mom, my inspiration and my biggest fan forever.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


  1. Your mother's artwork is special. I can see why through her work and her words she is such an inspiration to you. Your piece here is wonderful and I cannot wait to see it in person.

  2. Karen,

    It's clear you come by your talent naturally. Your mother's work is wonderful. I especially like the swans - both the large one & the miniature.

    Thanks for sharing her work.

    I love your canvas - especially the way you painted the edges, and the sentiment honoring your mother.

  3. It's touching to see Grandma's art online. It's finally published in some way! I love your piece.


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