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Tortuga Pilgrimmage

November 25th, 2014

Tortuga Pilgrimmage

My dripping "Jackson Pollack" style of painting has evolved into a formula. I drip the paint in a random fashion. I use a roller to flatten the paint which also creates echos of the original drip. Next I fill in the shapes with various shades of a select palette. Then I find a form of which to accentuate. In this painting I found a turtle and a pilgrim. The turtle on the left is just his head and right front flipper looking from above. The pilgrim on the right is in profile as if a wooden sculpture on the bow of a ship. Another observer might find sea gulls flocking or flying south for the winter. And I believe that is the joy of the painting, not only the exciting vibrant colors but the variety of visions one might be able to spot within. An abstract painting with hints of visible objects. This painting will be flying south for the winter!

Broody Guards Her Eggs

November 20th, 2014

Broody Guards Her Eggs

About a week ago my wife noticed that Broody Beverly the chicken hen was at it again. Winter time broodiness, yikes! There she was though, laying on a clutch of eggs, maybe 30 eggs in the corner of the barn behind a metal feed can, She was still as a dead frozen chicken, but not. For a couple of days I threw some pieces of bread her way. Sometimes a hen that goes broody will not eat nor drink, forever protecting her eggs like Uncle Scrooge hording his gold coins.

We decided to move Beverly out of the barn and into the cellar last night. I just could not see her surviving this cold spell, let alone if any chicks should hatch?? I prepared a cage and within that cage a box for her and her precious eggs.

The move went well. Maureen and I went out after the sun set, as they say this is the best time to make such a move. I put the box near Broody Bev and tried to push her in, this is when all the pecking started. Anticipating this I had on my work gloves but nonetheless it was frightening to be attacked non stop by a chicken. I quickly put a few eggs in the box with her and then started to fill an egg carton with the rest. I wrapped the carton with a sweat shirt and handed it to Maureen. At the bottom of the pile there was a broken egg and a few eggs stuck together of which I abandoned hope as I could not wrestle them free. Bev was still pecking at me anytime my arm came near the entrance of her box. We brought the eggs and Beverly into the cellar and I tried my best to place the eggs under her, she still pecking like a crazy chicken. I left the room and shut off the lights. This morning all looks well as she is still in "broody mode!" Will any chicks hatch after such a drastic move? Could Broody have kept them warm enough at all to begin the incubation during such a cold week? Stay tuned. In approximately three weeks we shall see!

Anyway this painting from last night captures the fierceness of Broody Bev and her protection of eggs.

Cattle Crossing

November 18th, 2014

Cattle Crossing

Last night I was able to work on a few paintings, albeit small ones. I am on the road to recovery, gaining momentum to the finish line of my painting a day for 2014. I will succeed despite this upcoming busy winter.

"Cattle Crossing" is a mixture of dripped paint which I then roll to make somewhat of a pattern. I then used some of those brilliant colors I will soon be famous for using, hot pink and yellow. Eventually I find a form within this abstract color conglomerate and I accentuate lines to make that form somewhat more visible to others. How far do I go? Just far enough I believe so that you see a cow. Do you see the cow?

Ducks Chickens Guinea Hens and Hakuna Matata

November 17th, 2014

Ducks Chickens Guinea Hens and Hakuna Matata

November 17th and I am about one month behind in my quest of a painting a day for the year 2014.

"Duckelmey" was painted about two months ago now and it is definitely one of my favorites. We do have three ducks at our farm Alpacaville, but this painting is not representative of ours. Something about the combination of these bright colors that captivates my attention in this little gem. This little duck may be flapping its little wings as it stumbles forward. As with many of my paintings lately, this one starts off from leftover paint from the night before. As I try not to waste any of the wonderful colors I create, I usually use a large brush to take any excess paint off my palette and apply to the next blank canvas. The next day I will find a farm animal within that hodge podge of colors and refine the image to some level. The level of my refinement is based on many factors. Sometimes I might be too tired to paint further, other times I find if I apply one more stroke with my brush that the painting may get ruined. Therefore I stop! Knowing when to stop may be the key to a successful painting or just another painting of the day.

I do enjoy the freedom of creating something each day as I find I do not attach myself emotionally to any painting. There is no worries as tomorrow will bring a fresh start. Hakuna Matata!

Strassenberg Stripes Seabergs Painting a Day 2014

August 11th, 2014

Strassenberg Stripes Seabergs Painting a Day 2014

Once, not long ago we had a rooster and he was named "Strassenberg Stripes." He was not a vary nice rooster, in fact he started to launch attacks at the family. One day he jumped up onto my three year old, and luckily my boy dropped and covered perfectly. I came moments later to get Strassenberg away. Suffice it to say the bird was not long for this world. He became stew! The children did not know that their soup was all Strassenberg that night!

This painting is part of my "Painting a Day, Art Explosion 2014" series. It is also part of my Jackson Farm series in which I cut up a Jackson Pollack style drip painting into many smaller pieces. Each of these pieces are painted with my farm animals. Enjoy the rest of the paintings by connecting to my website.

Guinea Hen Delight Farm Artwork by Jeff Seaberg

August 6th, 2014

Guinea Hen Delight Farm Artwork by Jeff Seaberg

Yes, the guinea hen or guinea fowl. Originally from sub-Saharan Africa, the helmeted guinea fowl has been domesticated and introduced outside its natural range, for example in southern France, the West Indies, the United States and India, where it is raised as food. More specifically there are about twenty of these insect- and seed-eating, ground-nesting birds in my back yard. They help patrol the farm by eating ticks, and while shearing the alpacas this spring not one tick was found. I have yet to find a tick on the kids this year and our dogs are pretty much tick free as well, although the dogs do wander further into the woods. Guinea fowl are pretty loud and boisterous, sometimes known as watch dogs.

I love the Dr.Seuss quality of the guinea hen, with their strange "Sleestack" looking head and their beautiful plumage. So I have made quite a few paintings of guinea hens throughout my "Painting a Day, Art Explosion 2014" series this year. These four paintings are part of my Jackson Pollack mini series.

ACTION JACKSON Seaberg Painting a Day Art Explosion

August 5th, 2014

ACTION JACKSON   Seaberg Painting a Day Art Explosion

Let's see some action. This is a 40" X 40" painting on board that I created in the Jackson Pollack manner. Jackson Pollack was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting.

It is quite entertaining to paint in this style, seeing where the paint flows from where I thought it might flow with my initial implementation is simply fun.
I plan to rip apart my painting and create smaller pieces that will hold individually while collectively remaining true. Actually I will cut it up using a skill saw into 5" X 7" or 8" X 10" pieces.

This is the halfway point of my 2014 plan to create a painting a day which started on January 1st. I was inspired by a artist friend who passed away in the fall last year, he and I shared studio space at Montserrat College of Art and a semester in Italy. Jim Falck was a wonderful man and a dear friend who simply told it like it was, profanities and all. I will miss him and our many phone conversations and jaunts to Celtics games!

Please follow my blog as I continue my "Painting a Day, Art Explosion 2014" and visit my website to purchase original paintings and prints of my work.

Visual Spaces Guest Blog

May 1st, 2014

Visual Spaces Guest Blog

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Visual Spaces Presents: Jeff Seaberg, Fine Artist
From time to time, we like to feature creative people here on Visual Spaces. This week, we have a guest post by Jeff Seaberg, a Fine Artist from Pembroke, Massachusetts, USA. Jeff is a graduate from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts and the son of an Architect and an Interior Designer.
Keep reading for more about Jeff, his work, and how to purchase his pieces for displaying in your home or office, or as a special gift for someone else!

Creativity has been the constant of my life even though I have pursued a variety of occupations — Draftsman, Social Worker, English Teacher, Airplane Mechanic and, most recently, an Alpaca Farmer. My creative process is stronger than ever as I am now creating a painting a day, which started January 1st of this year 2014. My style, which I call “Abstract Realism,” takes on a real subject such as a building, an airplane or most recently one of my farm animals, which I then abstract using an array of dazzling color. Below are some samples of my work.
“Mosquito Madness”
mosquito-madness
As I worked on small airplanes as an A & P Mechanic in Florida, I gravitated towards painting airplanes onto canvases. This painting is a culmination of a process that started out as simply painting an airplane flying through the sky and ended with a surreal version of a warped airplane ripping through the fabric of another dimension.
“Pompeii Postcard”
pompeii-postcard
After I graduated from Montserrat College of Art, I studied abroad for a semester in Viterbo, Italy — a small town in the Tuscany region of Italy. On one of my excursions from Viterbo, I visited Pompeii and from that visit I was inspired to create this small little gem. The actual painting was also a postcard, which I had sent back to my mother. I sent many of these painting postcards back to my friends and family in the U.S.
“Isola Di Pianti”
isola-di-piante
On another occasion during my time in Italy, I made an excursion to the town of Vitorchiano, which was this wonderful walled city built upon grand boulders. The town looks like an island within a sea of vegetation. This painting combines my natural ability of drawing buildings and using perspective with my abstract adaptation of the sky and the vegetation below.
“Iglecia San Rafael Costa Rica”
iglesia-san-rafael
I spent three years in Costa Rica and the country and my friends in that wonderful place remain a big part of my life. I had been a volunteer English teacher at an elementary school in a small town called Pueblo Nuevo de Abangares. Throughout my time there, I took many photographs of the much varied Catholic Churches and have since used them as subjects for my paintings. Each Church is so different and exciting, both architecturally and historically. I just needed to paint them! Of course, the palette of colors was in alignment with my usual array.
“Siete Pollos”
siete-pollos
This painting is from my “Painting a Day, Art Explosion 2014″ series. I have been exploring the images from my farm Alpacaville — the chickens, guinea hens, peacocks, goats and alpaca. I love the idea of placing my abstractions with something painted realistic and to make that combination work within the canvas. This particular chicken — “Beverly Chick Chocks” — is repeated six times. As one ponders this abstract repetition, your eye rests on the realistic version.
My work featured above has a couple of common threads that weave the tale of “Abstract Realism.” I am constantly striving to achieve a balance between a realistic subject and an abstraction from it using bright, dazzling colors that reflect my happy demeanor. I am most happy and calm when I paint and I hope that happiness pulls through to the viewers of my artwork. I believe everyone possesses creativity in some form or another and for me to create something that might spark their imagination makes me happy.
About the Artist
Jeff Seaberg studied Fine Art at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1993. He attended their summer program in Viterbo, Italy exploring and studying painting. In 1997, Jeff spent the year developing his caricature skills at Horton Plaza and Old Town State Park in San Diego, California as well as showing his paintings at coffee shops. In 1999, Jeff became a volunteer with a non-profit group called WorldTeach, teaching English in a small town called Pueblo Nuevo de Abangares in Costa Rica. He used art and song to help educate the children in learning English.
Jeff was raised in New England as the son of an Architect and Interior Designer. His passion for travel began while sailing on the Cape and Islands with his parents. Sketching their destinations became a family past time and charted him on a course of adventure and creativity traveling in Europe and Latin America. He works mostly in acrylic, moving paint across the canvas in an expressive and fluid manner that is bold and dynamic. Interviewed by South Shore Living Magazine, Jeff describes his artwork as “Abstract Realism.” The subjects he chooses are places or objects seen through Jeff’s perspective, albeit abstracted with vibrant color and enthusiasm.
Prints and Originals can be purchased at:
www.jeff-seaberg.artistwebsites.com
Jeff’s “Painting a Day, Art Explosion 2014″ can be seen on his Facebook fan page:
www.facebook.com/jeffseabergart

My first blog ever

May 1st, 2014

My first blog ever

It's true, I have never blogged until this moment. I am quite unsure what it is that will happen. I really do not expect too much, how many people actually look or find my blog? Are there ways to find a blogtopia? Blog on I suppose. I have started using Fine Art America because a friend found some success selling some pieces, so here I am.