Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It's a lovely day in my neighborhood!




 Some Mail Art collages - #73 uses very specific shapes, #74 uses left-over shapes (and I do like this one a lot) and #75 is an altered vintage postcard that my friend Andrea sent to me. It's sort of Colossus of Rhodes, right?

It's such beautiful weather today that I've taken my lap top outside; where, I can enjoy the garden, and the lovely, low humidity and light breeze.

Meanwhile, inside, a chard pie was baking! Here it is. I did it without the pie crust that the recipe called for. I think it'll be good!
 Here's my lovely little garden. All hosta and ferns and other shade loving plants. The couple bird feeders are back in business attracting birds. Yay.
On Monday, I got together with my friend to finish up day 21 of #CreativeSprint. The prompt was to call someone you hadn't spoken to in awhile, and have them give you a prompt. My friend suggested that I make a map of a place we could walk to easily, so I did. We walked the map together, first to a nearby "shelf" to leave some things, then to a coffee shop to leave books.

The book is registered on Bookcrossing. I hope that whoever found it will make a journal entry.

Whatever is on the shelf is anonymous, so we'll never know who took our stuff. And someone left a miniature china cup and saucer, and I took it for our grand-girl. She loved it.

So there you go, a lovely day in the neighborhood. I hope your day has gone, is going, or will go well.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Catching up on Mail Art, again.



 This is an odd assortment of Mail Art, not in any series, though done on either the same day or successive days.

This one was only three bits but it needed more so I added the black square. It works.

 #70 is a collaboration done for #CreativeSprint. I was on the train headed north to Washington, DC, for the day when my friend Shelia got in touch with me about doing the collaboration for that day.
We came up with a plan. I sent her some photos from my trip to give her something to work from, she photo shopped an image together, and I added collage to it, and voila, she suggested it'd be a good Mail Art piece.  It was fun to do this, as we had no idea what we'd end up with. 


I found that I had some Kandinsky stickers, and managed to keep one before our Grand girl used them all on her collage.
I had an idea for using it on some Mail Art and like the way it turned out.

 Here are some stamps that I bought at the Post Office in the National Postal Museum. The blossoms were no longer blossoming, so we didn't get to see them in person.

I love this part of the National Postal Museum, people getting excited about being able to take home stamps. A mother and two children, in this instance. And C and I chose some, also.

Where did the days go? It's been ages since you saw me!




 Here are a series of pieces that I've done over the past few weeks.

I feel like I went back to some on my earlier pieces, simple, only three or so bits of collage material.

Of course, a circle was added to make them a series.

This pieces was done as part of the #CreativeSprint that I'm participating in. We were to create a piece of Mail Art and send it out anonymously, which I did.

It's like the old days for me, when that's what I always did.


This one was made from some paper scraps that were lying on my table. It reminds me of cut paper stuff by Matisse. Well, sort of like that.

I've been busy posting in other locations for #CreativeSprint and for posting the incoming Mail Art for the bicycle blog.
I'm getting some nice entries for that exhibit.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

More Mail Art, and more about other stuff



 This first piece of Mail Art was done for #CreativeSpring day 5,  I think. Take something boring and make it interesting.

My honey said "that'll be easy for you; you do it all the time with your postcards!"

I happen to have acquired a number of these very boring postcards from a friend. They call for alterations, they scream for alterations. So here are two of my newest.

By the way, you can still join up to get daily prompts from CreativeSprint. You'll get them starting with whatever day you join. HERE.

I used part of M's #CreativeSprint in this #61 Mail Art piece and I'm sending it to her. Don't say anything, I want it to be a surprise.

This card is going to some friends that we haven't heard from or seen in a long time. We miss seeing them and the message on the reverse is "How are you?" "Where are you?"

Maybe I'll hear from them.

 So last week, we were taking a walk in the neighborhood and came upon another "shelf!"
This one is about two blocks east of the original shelf.
Original shelf can be read about on this blog if you use the search term "shelf" or "Elflog."

The second shelf appeared on a corner at the end of my block and I know the orgins of it, as opposed to Shelf One whose origins are unknown.

This shelf is mighty nice and has a note to let us know what we're supposed to do.
"Take what you want, Give what you can!"

We had nothing in our pockets. We could leave nothing. So you can be sure that I'll be back over there with something to add.

Hopefully, this shelf will continue, undisturbed.

Carry on, neighborhood, carry on - create shelves!

Mail Art Catch up and more




A tulip!
I've been making my Mail Art, collages, alterations, etc. and having fun with them. I haven't been posting because I've been busy keeping up with my Bicycles mail art call. HERE.
And preparing for and presenting my Slow Art Day 2015 event. It's my 4th year as a volunteer, hosting at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, which has nothing to do with the event at all. Just me and my friends and new friends, the participants. It's a lot fo fun and happened in over 200 locations this year. Woo hoo.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Something cool! SPRINT, a daily project!

I've something very special to share with all of you! It's something you can do for yourself that will be quite fun.
It's called Creative Sprint and you can learn more about it HERE.
For those of you who have thought about a 365 project and found it daunting, here's an un-daunting project for you. Try it, you've nothing to lose.
Oh, and disclaimer, it's my kids project!
Check it out.
Let me know if you're going to do it. I am!

Some art, and a reminder about Slow Art

 A collage on an old book cover. I'll be sending this out with the address on the same side as the collage? I left room for that and yet, I'm not sure about doing it that way. I guess I can add an address label on the reverse on the book cover image. What do you think? Address this side? or leave it alone?
My friend Andrea, of Found Art fame, sent me some things including an old postcard from Russia.  She said that I could alter it, so I did.
 Here's a photo from last year's Slow Art Day event. Folks looking at a Jasper John's painting, slowly.

So if you can join me, register HERE so I'll know you're coming.
If you don't live near me, find a venue near where YOU live. Check out the venues HERE.

Come along, bring friends, family, whomever, all ages welcome.

No experience needed, just a time to look at art slowly and enjoy.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday, fun day.




I just learned about a postcard project through Brain Pickings. Wow, check it out HERE.
This group of mail art collages were made using scraps sent to me by Cecil Touchon of the Museum of Collage, Assemblage and construction.  Well, actually, I donated money by purchasing a packet of the scraps. What a cool idea. And in return, I cleared a path on my own work table and sent him a bunch of scraps to use for collage night at the museum. Fun, this is such fun.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ah, mid-week update! Mail Art and Slow Art.



 The above three collages use scraps that friends sent to me. I really love using these old bits and adding my own touches. #50 is made on the cover of an old children's book that someone gave me to cut up. The cover fell off so I used it in this way.

I purchased a scrap kit from the Museum of Collage, Cecil Touchon's place, to help support the museum. It arrived yesterday and I'll make several pieces of mail using the scraps from Cecil's studio. I decided to send scraps from MY studio to Cecil to use for collage night. Happy to pass scraps along.

Ah, move slowly like a turtle - that's what we'll do on Slow Art Day 2015.

I've set up an EventBrite page here. Just click on "here" and sign up. It's free to attend and I'll be able to prepare enough handouts if I know you're participating.

And if you aren't in Richmond, VA, check your city and see if there's a Slow Art Event where you are. Venue's here.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Some fun news!

 This is the atrium of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA.) I took this photo when this new space first opened. It looks the same though it's usually always filled with people now. The museum is open 365 days of the year and is free of charge except for special exhibits. How nice, right? We love hanging out there.

AND here is #1 FUN NEWS!
 I will, once again, host  Slow Art Day at VMFA.

Participants will meet me at the museum on Saturday,  11 April, at 11 a.m. and view 5 works of art for an hour. Then we'll convene at the Best Cafe, at noon,  for an informal conversation about the experience. I'm excited to be doing this again. If you are in the area, please sign up on my Facebook Page, Slow Art Day 2015 - Richmond, VA - VMFA 
  or leave me a message on this blog, or send me an e-mail.. If you comment as anonymous leave me your name and info so I can get information to you. Bring children if you have them or know any who'd enjoy this activity, as well as adults. It's open to anyone.

First page

Fun Thing #2 - I'm so happy to be participating in The Sketchbook Project again. I missed the deadline because I wasn't being mindful, but then, the deadline was
e x t e n d e d!
Lucky me! Hooray.
So here's the cover and the first page. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I was going to do before starting so that it's all come together for me.
It's minimal, as usual. 
  I'll show more pages eventually, or tomorrow.
Fun Thing #3 - my page from the Artists Coloring Book will be among several featured at a festival in Cape Town, South Africa.  Check out the link and see the cool things that are happening all around the world via Micro-Galleries.

Fun, right? This is all so fun.