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

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Mail art at home and away



 I made this one specifically for a member of my "circles" group on IUOMA. It was sent to her before I left for our beach vacation.

Since water, the beach, the ocean, was on my mind, I grabbed a vintage postcard and added this boatman that had been waiting on my table for just the right moment and card to alter.
A friend suggested that he'd be fun added to other cards so I scanned him and will clone him. Watch for more of him in the future.

First card at the beach! Yay, time on OBX (the outer banks of North Carolina, USA)




It's always fun to make a traveling mail art kit and spend some time away from home.

I had a few people join me in making mail art. Specifically for a 3 year old, the daughter of a friend of our daughter. She's in hospital with some severe problems.
If you'd like to send her mail - she likes octopi, dolphins, and other under water things.

The Mighty Violet
Maria Fareri Children's Hospital
100 Woods Rd        Room 2140
Valhalla, NY 10595 USA

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Stuff and other stuff

 My niece sent me a photo of some old art work of mine that she'd discovered in the last, little house my mother lived in. It's a lithograph that I'd made when I was in graduate school. Rather than having my niece return it to me, across the miles, and years, she's keeping it to hang in her place. Yay.
 Here's the Mailogram that Keith Bates made for me. I'm having a rubber stamp made of it and of the Ray Johnson Bunny name piece. I can't wait to use them. I've been printing this on adhesive paper and having a rough time peeling the backing off. Well, not that rough, but a stamp will be easier.
 Here's one way I've used the Mailogram recently. I started an add-n-pass, which I may never see again, but it's fun to think of this being changed up.

If I ever get it back, I'll let you know.
 Here's the treasure trove of stamps that a friend gave to me. She had no idea how excited, happy, elated that I'd be. Jackpot!! Lottery winner!! so happy. I've enjoyed using them and practicing my math skills.
We lost another good Mail Art friend last week. Lee Ashraf El Masry, Camel O-Rama, Poison Label, and most recently Veneno Estampo. He was very dear to a lot of us, very active in our Mail Art community. We are so sad for his family. My last conversation was in end of April on Facebook Messenger. Chit chat chit chat. How sweet to read it again. RIP my friend.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The usual stuff and some funny stuff


 Here's a series of table scraps cards with circles.
 Our grand-girl added color and put some googly eyes on a fashion model in W magazine. it tickled me SO much. I took a close up photo of the face. and then made this triple portrait. So silly and funny. I laugh every time I look at it. What do you think?
Googly eyes

triple portrait with googly eyes

my car
On Friday, I drove over to the museum to attend Zona espaƱola and parked between two behemoths. I looked back at my car and was astounded at how tiny my car looked. I had to snap this photo. Doesn't it look like a toy car?