Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mail Art, of course, and eMail Art, and my son



eMail Art
 I had some fun using color sample papers, which I haven't done in ages. It felt good to just do simple color designs.

I think I'm going to do some more of these. Reference my older work.

And then I found some lovely autumn leaves and I scanned them to use as eMail art. I played with a dark background, a figured ground, and plain whiite which was most effective. Love autumn leaves. What about you? Do you have them in your neighborhood?

On Monday, our son's project for the VCU school of business was unveiled, as it were. He's the artist in residence there, the first such a position ever. The school is quite pleased with this and so is our son. He created one of his anamorphic portraits in the atrium using clothing donated by faculty and students. The portrait is of Maggie Walker. Quite appropriate. You can hear an interview HERE.
Anamorphic portrait

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Recent Mail Art collages - IF I can get the hang of posting on my Chrome Book!


Oh my dear friends, I can't believe this but I think I've got this figured out! I was just able to upload two images. Woweee.

I created the Paris one because I'm anticipating our anniversary trip to Paris in January. Yes, you read that correctly. January, where we're most likely to have weather issues. Is this crazy, or what? I'm buying travel insurance for sure.

The second piece, with the music was created this morning for my #creativesprint prompt. The prompt, to make something about one's favorite teacher.
Without a doubt, my favorite, most influential, earliest teacher was my piano teacher, Miss Rachel Marrs. She came into our home when I was a toddler to give my older sister lessons. Mom told me that I would sit by the piano during the lessons and make drawings that I'd give to Miss Marrs. I wanted to take lessons badly but was told that I had to read first, so you can bet I learned to read pretty quickly. I thought she was beautiful. She work lapel pins that were jeweled and seasonal: flowers, American flag, christmas wreath, and such. She brought a little clock with a roll up cover. AND she drove a car!!! That was a big deal, as my mother didn't drive one. Once, when I was probably about 10 or 11, Mom had me deliver some cookies to her as she lived only a few blocks away. I rode my bike over to her house and she invited me in to the living room for a few moments. Oh the thrill! She could never know the ways she influenced me.
We moved from the neighborhood when I was 16 and but I continued to take lessons from her until I was 18. I didn't realize then what a distance she had to travel to come to our home. I went off to college and we never communicated again. Later in life, I sent a letter to an address that I found for her, including some copies of old photos and current ones. I never knew if she got it, but she lives on in my memories.

The music bits are from a very old sonatina book that was my sister's before me. It's pages are yello and fragile. That is Miss Marrs handwriting.

Do you have a favorite teacher?

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Mail Art and my struggles

I'm still learning how to get photos onto this blog using Google Photos or from some cloud or wherever they are. I like this new Chrome Book but there are things that are different, that's for sure.

I've completed a full week of Creative Sprint. Are any of you, my blog readers, doing it, too? It's been fun.
This is a piece of mail art that I did for a prompt. The prompt was to be inspired by a children's song or a nursery rhyme. As usual, I had to let my mind mull this around. Then I started to look through my rubber stamps and found a tiny globe and a star. I, then, searched my stamp pads and found my gold one. FUN!
I'm thinking I need to do more like this.

Bear with me, I'll figure this out eventually and will get more images up and running.

So what's happening in your life?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mail Art, I hope

Well, my friends, I"m not sure how to get my photos onto this blog using my new Chrome book! Aaagh. I'll keep working on it.

Join me on in 4 days. It's a Global Art game and it's free and it's fun. I'm doing it, why don't you?

This is what I posted for MAM, Mail Art Monday. It was five days to the start of Creative Sprint. Get it. FIVE shapes!

An altered Mary Cassatt postcard. I love the depth created here. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Using a new computer!

I've gone ChromeBook! There's some learning needed to be able to figure things out as there's no manual, but there are, fortunately for me, lots of things on the internet to help me. People are so generous to put up reviews, and how to do its, and I'm grateful for their time. There was even a page about how to blog using ChromeBook. It was a bit complicated but I'm learning.
Here's my first attempt to add a photo. Can I do it? Let's see -   I DID IT!!
I had to learn where the images that I took are, since they're not on my desktop on this machine.

So, here's my first attempt on this machine - a photo of some morning glories that I took on Friday at the Virginia Museum of Art, as I was going to Zona espanola. My Spanish language social group, where we laugh a lot. And I"m happy about this post, too.

Besides the challenge to be minimal, as in my previous post, there's the challenge of learning something new. I'm happy that I can! And I'm fortunate that my challenges are this minimal.

Having fun with minimal and small collages


 With this series, I wanted to be minimal and see if I could use only 2 or at most 3 pieces of paper.
I decided to add a circle to #130 and several to #133 while still keeping the minimal feeling.

There's a challenge to myself to see if I can create a good composition with very little.
 Do you set up any challenges for yourself?


Here's an opportunity to participate in a global art game. Creative Sprint starts again on October 1. Sign up at here: and participate.
 It's a lot of fun.
It's free.
People all over the world are doing it. School groups, businesses, individuals, friends, families. It challenges and sparks creativity. Even if you think you aren't creative, you ARE!
Join this event. If you can't do every daily prompt, don't, if you can't finish, stop. But at least, start. You'll get a lot out of it.

And here's the cover of the book, which will be released in the spring of 2017. Disclosure - my offspring wrote it!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Guess what? More Mail Art!




 I wasn't going to write anything about these. I was just going to let them speak for themselves, but I wanted to ask you if you have

Sunday eMail Art

 a favorite among the altered Mary Cassatt cards.

This piece, labeled eMail Art, is another of the pieces that uses the same scraps but rearranged, photographed, and posted but never glued down. I'm having fun doing that and then e-mailing them to people to whom I can't post mail to for various reasons.

Monday, September 05, 2016

More funny faces and other stuff.


 I hope that these face make you smile.

They amuse me and I made them!

Which is your favorite?


It's interesting how the space between the eyes and the mouth changes the expression, right?  Why don't you make some and show them to me. I'll include them on my blog, if you'd like.

I did some pages out of old books for a "call" from Greece.  Here they are - Can you see the different languages I had available to use? This was a lot of fun. I hope Dimitra like them.

To Germany
Some one sent me information about a "call" to send to a show in Berlin. I scanned bits from my e-mail collages. These are the collages that I don't glue down so they change over and over again. I scanned in black and white on sturdy stock, then added old postage stamps.  It turned out pretty good. I'm pleased with it.

Today is a national holiday in the U.S. so mail will have to wait until tomorrow to be sent off across the planet.

It's also Monday, so I posted on Facebook with my MAM - Mail Art Monday project. I posted #124, in case you aren't on the social media.

I urge people to make some mail art. It's easy. Look at my faces, only two or three pieces of paper. Send them to someone. They'll smile. The world will be a better place. Really.

Monday, August 29, 2016

My creative offspring have done it again!

My creative offspring have done a book together. It'll be out in spring of 2017 but is available for pre-order on Amazon. It's based on their successful Creative Sprint project.
You can be a part of the project. It's FREE! The next one starts in October. You just have to sign up at Creative Sprint HERE. 

I participated twice and it was a lot of fun, and even though I make art daily, I was inspired by their prompts and ended up with a lot of ideas for new work. Try it, really, you'll like it.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Some collage stuff, some mail art, and my cat.



A booklet from Fleur

one page

A second page
 I received a beautifully made accordian book from Fleur Helsingor, Mail Artist extrordinaire. I'm sorry that I didn't take a photo showing the folded our book. It was made from an old booklet that she'd had as a kid, from a science kit. Very cool.

She sent it as an Add and Pass along.

So I added to two pages, One opening the book in one direction and one page going the other direction, if that makes sense.

Rather than physical science, I used natural sciences for my entries.

Botany, biology, and entymology. Gosh, I hope that's the right word for the study of insects. I can't believe that I didn't look it up.

I tried to make the entry look like something old, by adding little letters by each bit, like in an old science book.

I'm please with the results. I hope Fleur wll be, too.  I'm sending the book on today to another participant.
 After breakfast, we noticed that Bizoo was in the front room on his favorite cloth. He appears not to be able to keep his eyes open.

We went upstairs to our studios.

After a bit, I went into my honey's studio to look at something he was working on and there was Bizoo.

He'd made his way upstairs to be near us and
had fallen asleep.
 He's so long, isn't he?
Oh, changed positions to take up less room.