Friday, March 2, 2012

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF SETH APTER




The ball is rolling at THE ALTERED PAGE in preparation for Seth Apter's new book, The Pulse of Mixed Media.


We are into the 3rd day of ...........

...... and since I am one of the very fortunate contributors, Seth has written a post about me today, so hop over to the Altered Page, here and see what he has to say ..... but WAIT!!

Before you go, read about A Day in the Life of Seth Apter. We have all wondered how Seth squeezes so much into his day ..... so ......"the next voice you hear" will be Seth's ....


My weekdays vary greatly because my time is split between my two professions: artist and psychologist. I am self-employed in both cases and have had the luxury of being able to create (and modify) a schedule that really works for me.

Some days are fully spent in my private practice office, seeing clients from the morning through the evening. On those days, I do my best to find time to keep up with the part of my life as an artist that lives on the computer - checking and writing emails, responding to blog comments, and checking in on Facebook and twitter. After I return home on these types of days, I usually get to work on whatever art project I am involved with at the moment.

On other days, my time is shared between my studio and my office. They are both in the same neighborhood, so I am able to travel back and forth between my two work spaces very easily. When I am in my studio on days like these, I split my time between making art and working on the computer. I am the type of artist that is always working on many projects at once so the amount of studio time I have, determines what I will do. I might work on backgrounds, pull together some found objects to use in a piece, work in my visual journal, bind pages of a book, etc. I also spend a great deal of my time and energy on the computer. In fact, the longer I have been an artist the less time I seem to have to devote to art. Working on my blogs takes up a majority of my time on the computer, but there are so many other things I do there too: upload and organize my photographs, visit other blogs and websites, contact people about ongoing projects, email, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.


My best days are those days that I can be in my studio from morning till night. I start each of those days on the computer and find I often lose myself there for hours. The rest of the time is spent making art.


Recently I have been working on two series of artwork - more than 20 pieces - for an exhibition. Up until the time I began to work on my book, I would also work on the many collaborations I have been involved with.


This year I have spent a lot of art time making samples for my upcoming workshops. Sometimes I just experiment and work on pieces of art that never make it to my blog. Right now, much of my studio time is being spent on promoting the book. There are also times when I leave the studio to do research. And by research I mean visiting the many galleries and museums that are in NYC. I always bring the creative inspiration I find back to my studio. And in between all of the "work", you might find me going for a run, hanging out in Central Park, meeting a friend for coffee or lunch, visiting a different neighborhood in NYC, spending time with family, etc. But mainly, I MAKE ART.



Dear Seth, thank you for finding the time in your busy day to answer my question. Most of all a BIG thank you for everything you do for our art community. You have a knack for bringing us all together at The Altered Page and then sharing your limelight in the articles you write as well as in THE BOOK we have all been waiting for.

The waiting is almost over ..... Can you believe it? Soon I will be turning the crisp pages of my new copy of The Pulse of Mixed Media. Available at Amazon and Kalahari in South Africa. All artworks and photos in this post are Seth's except for my self portrait piece for the book which you see below.

A sneak peek of my self portrait .......


Seth is offering a few copies of the book on his blog so leave a comment here to get your name in the draw.


71 comments:

  1. Congratulations Robyn for being published in Seth's book, you have enough beautiful work to publish a book yourself, hint, hint. Thanks for the insight into Seth's life too, we all feel we know him and it's nice to discover a little more about him.

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  2. I would love to see a book of your work too Robyn!

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  3. félicitation pour ce nouveau livre... et surtout pour l'autoportrait.. d'une artiste confirmé !

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  4. It was lovely to read about Seth. I joined in his super project to hang out a bundle and leave it for a while - most interesting. Good that you are in his book too Robyn.

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  5. Congratulations on being in The Pulse of Mixed Media! I loved reading about you today on Seth's blog and thought your interview of him was equally wonderful. How thoughtful to give your readers a bit of insight into Seth's days as well. Enjoy!

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  6. Wonderful piece about Seth, & congrats on being selected for his new book. All the best to you both! Patty

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  7. I was excited about this book to begin with, but even more so now, reading that you will be in it. I can't wait to see it!
    Congratulations Robyn!

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  8. I agree with Ro. You could do a book yourself. I love your self portrait. She oozes personality.

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  9. thank you robyn for the "Seth "interview! it answers questions we had about how he managed his double life!and your self porteait is wonderful! bring her along when you fly here!

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  10. i'll just join in the chorus with Ro and Mo and everybody else...

    :)

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  11. Seth you have led us to so many diverse paths of creating. Your blogs are literally full of layers to explore and I thank you for bringing them into our worlds. Vicki

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  12. Robyn - congrats on being part of The Pulse of Mixed Media. I can't wait to see it! I loved reading more about you on Seth's blog - you know I love your work and your blog!
    xxoo

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  13. Nice interview. The man behind....
    And also a nice "selfportrait"!

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  14. Robyn, what a fabulous post. I love that your interview with Seth gives us a clearer picture of him and how he works. Thank you for that. Looking forward to hearing more from you in the book!

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  15. I love,love,love your self portrait! Congratulations on being a part of Seth's book it looks lovely and inspiring !

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  16. Robyn, this is a wonderful look at Seth - thanks for posting it. And congratulations for being part of his book! I cannot wait to get my hands on it!!! ~Denise

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  17. seth you abound in energy and drive...spirit and creativity. congrats on the book, and thanks for sharing more about your life. and....ugh....blogger double captcha commenter :(

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  18. always a little bit of a gift when altered page appears in the email...thank you for this lively pictures...a-lively

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  19. Enjoyed seeing the pictures and the glimpse into a day in the life of Seth. LOVE the self portrait.

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  20. Enjoyed seeing the pictures and the glimpse into a day in the life of Seth. LOVE the self portrait.

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  21. Of course you had to be in "The Pulse.."! Your blog is a touchstone of perfection for so many of us!
    Thanks for the wonderful "visit" with Seth.

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  22. Always wondered if Seth had another part of his life other than art. Thank you Seth and Robyn. Am so looking forward to the book. Thank you for the peek at your self portrait, Robyn . . soulfully sensitive. Love African beeds .. was wondering what kind are on her neck?

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  23. Great post Robyn. I have met Seth and knew some of these things but, you made the picture 1000 times more clear.

    I would say that both of you make the artful blogging world so much richer by letting us discover, through you both, artists that we would have never known. I am so thankful.

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  24. Robyn, what a great overview of Seth's artistic and professional life- all woven together so beautifully. What a great time it must have been learning all of these things. And what a great treat it will be for all of us to see your work in the book! So glad my work will be with yours. This truly is such an exciting month for all of us!! Though you live very far from here, hope one day our paths will cross!

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  25. Dear Robyn, you have done such a beautiful job on this post, I am very moved, both by your own art that is spectacular in every way, but by your words about Seth And his very own words about his daily life. You are incredible people and I am very thankful for what you have both brought us through your blogs as well.
    roxanne

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  26. A Love Fest going on over here!

    I love Seth's idea of "research". Wonderful post, and Congrats. It Would be stunning to see a book of "you" or even a gallery where one could walk among the totems and doors, like a forest peopled by your imagination and symbolic language.

    thanda

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  27. for some reason i just hit deja vu when i was about to leave this comment...

    anyway, great post.
    sounds like he has way too much fun :-)
    got him on my reader now.
    see you in pinterest.

    ♥ davis

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  28. Your posts are always so informative and interesting! Thanks for sharing :)

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  29. Robyn! That last photo is amazing! I mean, Seth's work is amazing, too, which he is probably tired of my saying. But WHAT an amazing piece! Love the neck! The nose! I'm so glad Seth has introduced me to you.

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  30. Beautiful self portrait Robyn. I love the beads, the form, your hair/nuts!

    Congratulations to Seth. How fun to find out more about Seth and his artful life.

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  31. Thanks Robyn... I'm delighted to know more about Seth. He is SO busy! Love his work and his dedication to getting the art community connected.

    Your own work is inspiring and your portrait a gorgeous example.

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  32. Thank you Robyn and Seth for providing this window into Seth's process! Congrats to Seth on the book and congrats to you, Robyn for having your beautiful self-portrait published. The piece is amazing!

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  33. Can't wait to see Seth's book and your part in it. Thank you for the profile of Seth. I've been following both you and Seth for ages so it is really delight ful to read about you both today.

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  34. As usual a very insightful piece, I watch Seths blog with awe, its not what I do but it is so interesting to find out more about him. I love your self portrait.

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  35. what a fantastic post. thank you for sharing so much about seth's life -- it's nice to read about the artists we know online.

    congratulations on being in his book -- i cannot wait to get my copy! your work is gorgeous and i cannot wait to see it in the pages. i hope my copies come soon!

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  36. It never occurred to me that Seth did anything other than make art- duh.... Thank you for this informative post.

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  37. I always thought about how busy Seth must be--- with all the work he does on his wonderful blog and all his artwork and all his computer work and now his book coming out this month.. and I forgot that that he has a DAY job! Now I am doubly impressed.. and congrats to you too!

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  38. LOVE your self portrait and gosh! - I always wanted to know more about how Seth pulls it all together - great interview - and thanks for all the inspiration you bring into the blog world...

    xox - eb.

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  39. That is a busy schedule. I didn't know he is a psychologist! His photos were fantastic, Robyn and it's going to be a treat to see your contributions in the book.

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  40. Dear Robyn, congratulations on being featured in this book, that seems to be very precious for artists like you and quite interesting for people like me - who work in other "fields", but have passion for art...
    Seth's description of the kinds of days he has, confirmed my conviction that when you have devoted yourself to art, you must be ready to give it all your time and then its dimensions become quite different!
    I like your self-portrait very, very much! :)

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  41. i feel like a whole other world has been opened up for me today - i have some blogs and links to now follow... and congratulations robyn! love the self-portrait...

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  42. lovely to be introduced to Seth through your post and how wonderful that you are part of his book. Lovely to meet you and your art.

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  43. I love the carvings. Very rooted in your culture.

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  44. Your work is astonishing, as it has always been. It is fitting and wonderful for you to be in Seth's book. When I saw your name there, I was so pleased. I remember posting about you in my blog several years ago, and am thrilled to see how you have grown and thrived as an artist. Congratulations, Robin, for making meaning with your work.

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  45. Congratulations! It's all so wonderful, & I agree with Ro! Loved the piece about you on Seths blog & your sensitive piece about him.

    As for those beautiful goat pics a post or 2 back, they're wonderful!

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  46. Congrats on being in Seth's book. I can;t wait to see it IRL. Thanks for an opportunity to win a copy.
    Aloha, Kate

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  47. What an informative post about Seth. Congrats to you both.

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  48. Congratulations Robin with your altered page!

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  49. Girlfriend! You're famous! Woohoo!
    Robyn DARLING, I'm so proud of you.
    (That's what I know.)

    Love & Laughter,
    DJ, who knew her when...

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  50. Congratulations on being included in the book, Robyn. I love how you incorporate African influences in your art.

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  51. Robyn, this was a truly delightful post...you've really captured the essence of Seth through his life and art. Your self portrait is magnificent.. Can't wait to see the rest of it!

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  52. Congratulations Robyn!! And thanks posting this interview with Seth....double treat! He's an inspiration and an energetic powerhouse!! Best wishes to you!

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  53. Robyn, Congratulations on being included in the book! Very exciting.
    I agree, you could have your own book, your work is stunning.
    I don't know Seth, but I have heard of him and I need to follow his blog more. I put in for the draw, I would love to win this yummy book.
    xoxo

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  54. visiting from Seth's blog to read about you, but it's all about him :) So I browsed through many of your other posts and find a wealth of information and talent. I'll be back!

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  55. THANK YOU to everyone for leaving such supportive messages here and on Seth's blog. I feel truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful blog community. xox

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  56. Congratulations on being in Seth's book. I can't wait to see your self portrait. Also, you have shown me a side of Seth I never knew before. You do great interviews!

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  57. you did a splendid job of this and congratulations on being published in the book.. I cannot wait for my copy ... and your self portrait is wonderful... x
    ps... my journal IS my sanctuary... thanks for the kind words...

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  58. Congratulations on being one of the featured artists in Seth's book. I love my visits to your blog and can't wait to see your contribution to the book. I pre-ordered it and am anxiously awaiting for it to arrive (should be any day now. I also have a small piece of artwork included in the book as as its the first time having anything pubblished I'm super excited. Seth is an incredible person and artist and I love his ability to bring so many talented individuals together.

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  59. I have followed your blog for a long time....am always excited when I see a new post and get to be introduced to new artists or new work of yours. I agree with another comment that said they would like to see a book of yours.

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  60. I have had the pleasure a aLREADY laying my hands on the book and savoring yours and the others works.

    thank you for this spotlight on Seth.

    I love your work! and the work you compile here for us all to seep ourselves in deep in inspiration.
    x..x

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  61. What a wonderful adventure this is Robyn!
    Congrats to you for being featured as such a prolific creative in such lively directions ...and to the man who manages to be wonderfully multi-dimensional in other areas and bring all this together!

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  62. Fantastic post Robyn.Really interesting! I am so pleased that you are in the book! I just got word that my copy has been shipped and I can't wait for it too arrive!

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  63. Congratulations on being part of Seth'b book! just received an email from amazon telling me mine is on the way. i can't wait.

    great post - i very much enjoyed reading up on seth!

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  64. To all who stopped by THANK YOU!!!

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  65. nice opinion.. thanks for sharing....

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  66. Robyn,
    "A day with Seth" was interesting. Thanks for giving us this extra insight into him. Love the composition of your self portrait. Your work amazes me.
    Darlene

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  67. Thanks so much for The day with Seth, Robyn, it's lovely to get such insights. And I'm delighted to find you in the book. Your blog is one of my favourites and it is always a joy to visit you.

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  68. Great post Robyn. Congrats on the book, very well deserved. It had been delicious reading catching up on your blog and extraordinary art.
    Thanks for the peak into Seth too.
    Look forward to seeing you in the book.

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  69. what a wonderful post Robyn :) i didn't know Seth is also a psychologist until quite recently. that was a great interview! i just got the book on Monday at the Post Office :) and i couldn't put it down. it was an amazing read into the inner depths of the artist soul! Your self-portrait is stunning! i feel so honored and humbled to be the little one amongst the greats in the community. Seth gave me my first opportunity that i shall always keep close to heart :)

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