Monday, August 15, 2016

Having FUN!

 I sent one or two of my altered landscape postcards to Elke Grundmann, in Germany, over the years. She sent me some in return. I decided to add to her card and return it to her. Maybe she'll alter it again and return it to me.  I added the peeking person.

I had a lot of fun putting together three things.

Sun glasses, lips and hands. These two cards make me smile.  Especially #118 for some reason. Is there one that made you smile more than the other?

As I mentioned before, I was doing a bit of studio cleaning up, and found a couple of Sark sheets  that I couldn't throw away. I sent one to someone with out altering and then decided to make one into an Add and Pass sheet. I hope it gets back to me eventually so I can see what people added to it. Do any of you remember Sark. She was sooo popular for awhile.
 My friend Erni Bär, in Hamburg, sends me collages - 100 years of DADA -  and I've been altering them and returning them to him. He seems to enjoy what I do with them. He posts them on Google + .

Here's his most recent send to me, and what I did with it. I'm pretty pleased with my alteration.

 I'm continuting with my eMail Art. This one is from last week. I'm making frequent use of the cut out ART and the arms.
So here's a photo of the wall at the exhibit at the Guggenheim NYC, where we were a few weeks back. We went up specifically to see two exhibits. DadaGlobe at MoMA and this exhibit.

We were very emotional about it. My husband and I both did our foundation art year together at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Our instructors were people who had studied under Moholy-Nagy at the school he created, The Institute of Design.

Going through the exhibit, we could see how much he influenced our own work. I said to my husband - We're his grandchildren!! Our design lineage. It was quite emotional actually seeing where we came from.
Have you ever had this kind of experience?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Some fun discoveries - student work

Student 1
 I was doing some house cleaning in my studio, and came across a folder with copies of work done by my students. These were just photo copies that I'd made on the copier at work, to have a record. However, there were no names and no dates on any of the work.

Here are a few of them. More to come.
These were done in my Basic Design class in early 2000s. There were done without use of a computer. All cut and paste. They were done to demonstrate the principles of basic design.
student 2
 I'm blown away by them. They're amazing and I only hope that the students who did these got an "A" from me. So far, no one has come forth (via social media) to claim any as their own.
student 3
 Here are some of the principles: Gravity, space, direction, and concentration.

Which is your favorite!
student 4

student 5

Monday, August 01, 2016

First day of a new month!



Mail Art by Miss Z

Arms and Art

Arms and Lips

The grand girl, Miss Z, was sitting at the studio table with me while I was making Mail Art. She wanted to make some, also, and used what she found at hand. She's really good at using a glue stick and a burnisher (she's only 3!!) and know what she wants regarding composition. She, also, has a sense of humor!
    The Arms are a part of my eMail Art series. I'm having fun with it and when I don't have Global postage handy, I can send one of these.
   Pink is an old card of mine from 2004. I'd printed up some of my collages into cards and I just found this one this morning. I altered with a pink postage stamp and am sending it to the Pink Mail Art call by Tofu.  Find more information HERE.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Staying indoors - heat advisory!



 Last week, I was away from home for a few days with my Mail Art traveling kit. I took a few things with me - some circles, some black paper, a butterfly.

I picked up a brochure while away and cut little figures out of it. Perfect for Mail Art, right?


Some action going on here.  A pet sphere going out for a walk?

Nice striped dress!
My favorite thing, making - creating the illusion of transparency. Upper left.  What do you think? 

I had this face in my kit, from a brochure I got at VMFA. Did I make it a bit mysterious?

Here's mi corazon. Yesterday, she was in my studio, staying cool, cause we've got A/C. She took out a bunch of my old rubber stamps and made some art for me. She made paths and connections, she told me. She had a lot of fun and even used my date stamp when I told her what it was.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Test

I haven't blogged using email in a long time so I'm doing a test to see if I can still do it!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The usual and the not so usual.


 The usual is that I'm posting Mail Art and eMail Art. The not so usual is that I'm sharing some feelings that I'm having these days.

This #102 was done for our national holiday, independence day, the 4th of July. For me, it represented my sad feelings for all of the things that have happened recently - killings, terrorist acts, natural disasters, coups, that go on and on.

So what can I do? Just hanging out being sad is so pointless and doesn't help, does it? No, of course, not.

So, besides sending out Mail Art and e-Mail Art into the world making people's mail boxes brighter, I'm going to be extra mindful of staying calm, noticing what is good, giving complements freely, and being kind however I can. Hoping that I can spread a little brightness.

Meanwhile, #103 looks like the sky is weeping over a lake and a drab landscape. Oh, well.

I took two of my piles of cut outs that i'd been doing e-Mail Art with and put them on my scanner and printed them out. But, alas, the printer was being un-cooperative and the prints had lines. BUT, I cut them up into standard postcard sizes and added circles.


Voila, they look okay! I like them.  The lines actually added something interesting to the prints.

I'm still going to do hard-copy mail art, but this e-mail art thing is taking hold. Maybe, because of the idea that people have so much paper to deal with, archives, I don't know. But what I do know is - I like cutting out stuff from magazines, and I like making piles of it, and I like moving it around and taking photos of it with my smarty-pants phone.


Summer time

 The summer time piece has been a lot of fun. I put a found photo (in an envelope marked 1980, that I inherited from a deceased friend) on an image of an O'Keefe painting torn from Art in America magazine, and then put a magnifying glass on top to hold it in place.  I've photographed it with the photo in different locations on the painting, and the magnifying glass in different places on the photo.
 When the photo is enlarged, the viewer (you) can see what is under the glass.

Fun! I'm having such fun. And people that have receives it as an e-Mail Art have responded positively to it.

I've an idea, send me your e-mail address, if I don't have it already, and I'll send you e-Mail Art!
Here's our Grand-girl, Miss Z. She makes me laugh and feel good about everything! Here she is painting in a little book that La Marquesa made for her. We were using tube water colors that a friend gave me for her to use. She wanted to use them all us at once and ended up making a big finger (hand) painting on the inside of an opened up cracker box.
The results - meh, the process - priceless.

She's mi corazon!

Friday, July 01, 2016

The day before My birthday! Mail Art catch up.









You can see a variety of ideas and realizations this post, with Inktense pencil fun, altered cards, collages. For #99 I used part of a show card from our friend Keith Long, sculptor, where I added a face, an arm, and boots. I have such fun altering his sculptures.  You can see that #94 and #101 are two parts of the same card. In one, it was the shape that governed my placements decisions and in the other, it was the color.  #100 was a card someone sent me, a Keri Smith card, meant to be added to.

Any favorites? Let me kmow.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Having fun with a Gondolier!



 After a friend saw my previous use of The Gondolier on a postcard, she commented that it'd be fun to see him in different situations. So I tried that.

Here he is in a fountain at the World's Fair in NYC in 1964.


Unfortunately, my printer didn't do a very good job of printing so that he came out a little pale.

This is NOT a Gondolier card, obviously, rather something I did with the scraps on my table. I like using up my scraps this way.

Below, more of the Gondolier in his many environments. Which is your favorite?
The Gondolier