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Hungry on Thanksgiving

by hseymour , November 21, 2010—10:11 PM

Topics: Thanksgiving, children, hunger, hungry children

Hungry on Thanksgiving Here is ___Sharing a Meal,___ a 14_18 scratchboard art etching depicting a child eating from a chicken__™s plate. What inspired me to do this piece was learning that worldwide a child dies just about every five seconds of hunger? There are about 16,000 deaths from hunger related causes daily. Even in the richest nation in the world one in four children is vulnerable for food deprivation in America. These sobering statistics are worth thinking about as we ___gobble, gobble___ on Thanksgiving Day. There are many ways to respond to hungry children__™s needs during the Holidays. I chose to make a pledge to ___No Kid Hungry___ 0 comments

"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." This was the oath taken by our 44th President, Barack Obama. In my scratchboard etching, ___The Oath,___ I__™ve attempted to capture the fragility of the act when Lincoln__™s bible rested delicately within Michelle Obama__™s grasp and upon which Barack Obama gently placed his hand. These moments of fragility were also quite fleeting in that the euphoria and the widespread adulation felt toward our new President would soon be replaced by hysterical acrimony and doubt about his capacity to effectively carry out the very words he recited… Continue reading… 3 comments

Why do I paint?

by hseymour , March 11, 2010—08:47 AM

Topics: Martha's Vineyard, beach

I__™m sure painters paint for all sorts of reasons. I do so simply because it makes me happy. Yes, I know this is an awfully simplistic answer and begs the question- why does painting make me happy-the answer to which I__™ll leave to the shrinks. Having spent a lifetime doing ___real___ work and now retired, earning a living is not my motivation-though making a sale is a terrific form of validation. I know I don__™t paint out of a sense of ego-though my chest swells at an appreciative glance or positive comment about my work. These motives are not why I spend endless hours totally engaged in attempting a work of art. Consider the 16_20 egg tempera ___Against the Rail___ shown here… Continue reading… 1 comment

I was told a few years ago by a friend upon viewing one of my works-___you ™re no Picasso. I know it was spoken in jest but I ™ve never forgotten and continue to ponder the comparison. Of course I__™m no Picasso, or Lawrence, Wyatt, or Bearden . I am a Seymour. Indeed, Rembrant is no Picasso and vice versa. In my opinion, no artist should be a comparative gold standard for another. A Picasso is a Picasso. A Rembrant is a Rembrant and a Warhol is a Warhol. What these and all visual artists have in common is a capacity to transpose an internalized vision into a product that arouses some emotion and/or thoughtful reflection from those who view it. The painting here is an 18_24 egg tempera painting ___Walking with Grandad.___ It is no Picasso, it is a Seymour… Continue reading… 1 comment

From First Dance to Political Dance President Obama__™s first year has ended. Wow! It began with so much enthusiasm and excitement. An electrifying inaugural ball and the first dance set the tone. Here I show that ___First Dance,___ an 18 _ 36 egg tempera painting in which the First Lady adroitly grabs her dress from behind preventing President Obama from stepping on her train and stumbling. What a perfect metaphor for a dance of another sort __" a political dance where the President has had to maneuver between the aspirations of the left and resistance from the right… Continue reading… 2 comments

About 30 years, is a reply I once heard from an artist, suggesting years of experience and by implication, talent has more to do with the quality of a painting than how much time expended on it. Despite the logic of this point of view, those who ask this question really want to know the number of hours or days involved in a particular painting. I__™m often asked this about ___Departure___ "a highly detailed scratchart etching depicting the loading of cars and passengers onto a ferry about to depart from Vineyard Haven on Martha ™s Vineyard. Well, it took hundreds of hours -extended by eye strain and constant cramping of fingers when using straight pins to produce tens of thousands of scratches… Continue reading… 1 comment

My recent works tend to invoke the question- are they oils or Acrylics. My reply is neither since I work in egg tempera. I__™m trying to achieve a painterly and impressionistic look commonly seen in oils or acrylics and never in egg tempera. My aim is to apply egg tempera in such a way that it looks painterly and impressionistic. I favor this approach because I think it injects energy and interest beyond more direct representation. But, I do not want style to detract from the essence of what I am trying to depict. In ___Shaking it out___ I have painted a rather common event of a little girl on the beach shaking out her towel, and yet, it is this action that interested me… Continue reading… 1 comment

"Arrival" is a scratchart etching

by hseymour , December 20, 2009—06:04 PM

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___Arrival___ is a 16_20 scratchart etching depicting the arrival of a ferry boat to Martha__™s Vineyard. Beneath the boat cars are carried and the large doors open as the boat approaches the Island. This piece was done with a straight pin and a fiber glass brush-a process called scratchboard art. This medium consists of three layers; a firm foundation, a layer of white clay coating the surface of the foundation, and a layer of black ink covering the white clay. As a base or foundation, there is a factory prepared masonite board designed specifically for scratchboard art. Images are created by ___scratching___with sharp etching tools such as knives, pins or even fiber glass brushes which was prominent in the creation of ___Arrival… Continue reading… 1 comment

Egg Tempera with a pallette knife

by hseymour , December 12, 2009—03:55 PM

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At the risk of heresy among egg tempera painters I__™ve attempted this piece ___Ready to Go___ using solely a palette knife. To attempt this I was once told would be like painting with melted butter. Not so. I used a dispersion pigment mixed with egg yoke but keeping the consistency thicker than I would typically do when painting with brushes. Let me know what you think of this… Continue reading… 1 comment