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Painted Pages: Fueling Creativity with Sketchbooks and Mixed Media Paperback – May 1, 2011
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About the Author
Sarah Ahearn Bellemare is an artist from New England who first began painting as a way to illustrate poetry. Her mixed media paintings are layered with found images, fragments of text from old books, and pieces of vintage maps. These ephemera become the fabric and focus of many of her whimsical paintings.
Sarah has taught art to many students in a variety of settings ranging from art camps to museums, teaching students age 3 to 63. Most recently, Sarah was invited to teach her mixed media techniques at Squam Art Workshops, and is thrilled to be returning for two more sessions in fall of 2010.
Sarah and her work have been featured in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine (Nov/Dec 2008), Artful Blogging (winter 09/10), Cloth Paper Scissors: Studios (fall 2008), and Memory Makers magazine (spring 2009), as well as on a number of prominent art and design blogs. She regularly exhibits her paintings throughout Northeast in galleries and art fairs, as well as online in her Etsy shop. Sarah can be found making messes in her studio on a daily basis. See what she's up to in art and life by following her blog: http://www.sarahearn.blogspot.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
Taking this book over the top for me was that the fabulous photographer, Thea Coughlin had so eloquently captured little natural vignettes & Sarah working in her studio. Like I said, it is eye-candy for the soul.
I loved this book so much I bought extra copies for my friends and we are using the prompts in the back of the book and techniques throughout in our regular weekly gatherings which we call Dirty Laundry ~ where we hang it all out there on the canvas and in story in a safe, accepting environment to be washed clean of shame, with wine of course!
Love this book, look forward to learn more about Sara Ahearn Bellemare and what she creates next.
Despite my hectic schedule, I made time to sit and savor every page of her book, just 3 days after receiving it. I had no need to be weary about my purchase.
This book was exactly what I wanted it to be. I LOVED her emphasis on using a sketchbook for inspiration and how she showed a direct correlation between her sketchbook and finished art. I find inspiration in many of the same items (dictionaries, antique photos, rub on letters, any discarded old piece of paper, etc) as the author, so this was a book I could completely relate to. I particularly enjoyed that this was not another book where the author gave specific instructions on how to recreate a particular piece of art. I was looking for a book on general technique and I found Ahearn's tips were something I could incorporate into my own artistic process.
In addition to the worthwhile content, the design of the book was an added touch. The photographs, particularly Ahearn's studio, where a great complement to the book. The design of the book mimicked the style of the sketchbook and made me almost feel I was in Ahearn's studio sifting through her collection of papers and found objects.
I would recommend this book for any true artist looking for that added motivation to keep a sketchbook and anyone who enjoys the lost treasures of another era.
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thanks! Inspired to make art!