As a contemporary artists I respond to the world around me and express my response on paper or canvas. To celebrate the beauty that surrounds me is enough of a reason for me to paint.

 

For many years I worked in watercolour, and painted hundreds of portraits. I have since broadened my practice to include assorted printmaking techniques, oil, acrylic, mixed media, and large scale murals. Below you'll find some examples of my work in each medium.

I’ve lived overseas most of my life and love to travel. Wherever I go, I always carry my sketchbook, and much of my work is based on my impressions from my travels from California to Syria to Sri Lanka to Kenya and beyond. 

For many years I worked in watercolour, and painted hundreds of portraits.

I take very few commissions now, and give myself the permission to play and experiment with all sorts of painting and drawing, printmaking, collage, and large scale murals

Seana Mercedes Mallen is an internationally acclaimed artist who captures her emotional response to the natural world in contemporary semi-abstract painting and printmaking.

 

Her native California coast and her long-adopted home on the south coast of England provide constant inspiration. Through  joyful colour and expressive brushstrokes, she shares her delight through paintings that express a profound sense of place and connection to nature.

Her favourite thing is travelling with a sketchbook, discovering new people and places  and soaking up the atmosphere through drawing. 

Seana is also an inspiring and enthusiastic teacher who delights in sharing the joy of creativity and watching her students grow and thrive.

Since October 2020 Seana has had a studio at Stanmer Craft Museum, in the heart of beautiful Stanmer Park. She is delighted to be part of a wonderful community of artists and makers, and their work can be found here.

Fresh & Free Flowers & Foliage: Experimental Watercolour

Half day workshop at Sussex Prairie Garden

Wednesday 28th July, 10am - 2pm

 

Watercolour is a magic potion…

Come learn some of its secrets and capture the spirit of this inspiring garden.

 Embrace the happy accidents that inevitably occur with this mercurial medium, and also learn easy and effective techniques  to create beautiful paintings of a wide variety of plants and flowers.

For first time beginners or more advanced painters alike, you will be amazed at what you can achieve.

 

Cost: £55. Price includes the entry to the garden, use of the Garden Room till 2 pm, and some materials.

Book online or find out more here.

Splashy and free: Wake up your Watercolours

July 1, 2022   10am-2pm

£55 

Watercolour is a magic potion...

Go with the flow and let it work its wonders.

In this one-day workshop, we'll experiment with many non-traditional materials, barely picking up a brush, and responding to this glorious garden with gusto!

If this mercurial medium has discouraged you in the past,

please give it another chance.

You'll come away with lots of useful tips and tricks of the trade and you'll be amazed by what you can create.

If you are new to watercolour, this is a great place to start a life-long love affair.

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To sign up for a class, please email me at seanamercedes@gmail.com

Mixed-media  Collage on Canvas
An Exuberant Celebration of the Prairie Gardens
for artists of all abilities

Indulge yourself with a fun, beautiful & creative weekend.

Day 1: Gelli-printing &Watercolour

Inspired by the garden, we gather and create our materials, first working collaboratively to watercolour the tissue paper that will become the layers of colour and light. Then we will over-print them directly from the grasses and foliage of the garden to make evocative impressions for collage. No drawing necessary!

(unless you want to, of course.) 

Day two. Collage and acrylic on canvas

 

With all the beautiful sheets of coloured tissue and array of botanical prints  ready, today we will play and experiment with compositions and combinations, layering the tissues and prints into your personal interpretations, your visual poems and songs that capture your response to the gardens.

 

Two days for £120.

 

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To sign up for a class, please email me at seanamercedes@gmail.com

Creative Concertina Sketchbook

Saturday February 19th & Sunday February 20th, From 1pm-5pm

A joyful 2- day workshop creating a vibrant mixed-media concertina sketchbook.

Classes at Santa Cruz Art League

I am delighted to be back in Santa Cruz for just two months, and running workshops at the Santa Cruz Art League. I've been away for almost 2 years and have learned lots of new things that i'd love to share with you.

Gelli Printing From Scratch

Wednesday, January 12th, 1-4pm

Colorful Printing Without a Press & NO drawing required!

Energy and Expression: Experimental Approaches to the Human Form

3 Tuesday afternoons, January 18th, 25th, February 1st, From 1-4pm

Capture the gesture, movement and spirit of the elusive and endlessly fascinating human figure in ink, watercolour and mixed media.

Fast and Furious Painting

Wednesday, January 19th, 1-4pm

Create 6 paintings in an afternoon, abstracting from the landscape in mixed media. Leave the photographic image far behind, and tune into the wind, the splash, the aroma and your own feeling.

Fresh & Free — Flowers & Foliage

2 Wednesdays, January 26th & February 2nd, 1-4pm

Watercolour is a magic potion…

Come learn some of its secrets and capture the spirit of the garden with (almost) NO drawing.

 

Gelli-printing and Mixed Media Collage

Saturday January 29 & Sunday January 30th, 1-5pm

Indulge yourself with a creative weekend of Gelli-printing, acrylic and watercolour collage on canvas 

Creative Concertina Sketchbook

Saturday February 19th & Sunday February 20th, From 1pm-5pm

A joyful 2- day workshop creating a vibrant mixed-media concertina sketchbook.

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Waterercolour and Mixed Media Classes at Sussex Prairie Garden
Wednesday 22nd September - Thursday 23rd September, 10am - 2pm

Please come join me in this unique and inspiring garden for an Exuberant Mixed-Media Celebration of the Prairie Gardens, suitable for artists of all abilities

 

The two day workshop in September introduces watercolour collage and gelli-printing, with time for you to really explore and express your own artistic voice. 

 

Find out more on my Workshops page.