Friday, July 25, 2014
I did however make a lot of Mail Art while away. These pieces are a sample - I used scaps from found paper and added circles that I brought with me in my traveling Mail Art kit.
I altered commercial postcards and I made water color landscapes (not pleine aire, however.)
It was very relaxing to take a few moments each day and make little art pieces.
We were very inspired by what we saw at museums and all around us, returning home with ideas for new work,
I had fun putting the bears into the postcard and am happy with how it turned out.
Monday, July 07, 2014
I made this altered card using a postcard that we got at our most recent visit to the National Postal Museum on my birthday last week. I added the colorful old postage stamps to it. It's going to my niece and nephew in Wisconsin. They'll get a kick out of getting real mail.
I've been having fun punching out circles from old Art magazines. I'm preparing for a workshop that I'm going to do in two weeks, and I'm going to offer up a tin full of these circles as part of the project. More on this after it happens.
My workshop last week went really well. It was on Artist Trading Cards. Super fun to share. The participants were all teachers, grades kinder through end of high school, all different subject areas.
So these two cards are the start of some fun for me, as I plan to make use of the circles, also. I like circles a lot, and these are so planetary, and minimal.
This is beautifully crafted and painted to look exactly like the ambulances. It had a nice amount of books in it, not crowded like some of the other smaller LFLs. I hope that more people pay attention to it.
Do you have any LFLs in your neighborhood?
He knows it, as does our grand-girl, who likes giving the cat treats. We did, however, find her munching on a few herself, yesterday.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
So the daily practice of making a skull every day for a year, set my son on a path that grew into something he didn't expect. Part way through he got a book deal - which became his first book SKULLS. Since this book captured less than half of the project it was a dream of Noah's to have a book with the entire year's worth of skulls. Now, that's going to be a reality.
A new SKULLS book has been developed and it's on kickstarter now. It's going to be so good. If you like skulls (and we all should since we all have one) or know someone who does, then -
Be a supporter HERE.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Doing landscapes vertically for a visual challenge.
Here, I decided to not worry about the lining up of the strips - I decided to just put them off kilter, which gives the pieces a bit more energy. I also like the circle that I chose to add.
I couldn't resist. She's wearing the hat we'd just gotten for her - she loves hats.
She's eating fresh strawberry pieces from a little divided dish. It was serious business.
The doll she's holding in her right hand is from her great-aunt E. Because the fabric on the back has a horse print, Z calls this baby NayNay.
She is very content to sit with all her babies and animals.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
I'm too embarrassed to even post a photo of the two piles on my work table. Eventually, I'll catch up - won't I?
Meanwhile, I continue to MAKE Mail Art. My process is once again, taking bits of scraps out of one of my tins and seeing how I can compose them. 3 pieces of paper. Yes. Satisfying.
The cement duck, one of a pair, looks quite content in the foliage.
Here's the motto again - don't forget this as you move ahead in your own practice.
And don't forget, this is the motto for The Alternative Speakers Bureau.
If you're a reader in the Richmond, VA area, here's an opportunity (click on this) to participate in a creativity experience. It'll help you get unstuck.
|Flashback Tuesday - the Atlantic Ocean, N.C. USA|
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
I have lots more of these cards, so I'd better get busy coming up with "poetry" for them.
I was inspired by seeing some collages made with old papers. I made a few like this the previous week, too. Very satisfyin.
Here's a lovely surprise. Many of my long time readers might remember The Shelf! Well, here's another one that appeared on a pole at the end of the block down from our house. It's very neatly constructed which leads me to thinking that it was made by the dad of the little boy living a few houses away.
I put a couple of things in it.
The original shelf is up again, after a brief period of being away. It's better than ever, and more sturdily attached to it's pole. You can see it in my archives searching under "shelf" or "elflog."
Besides the regular dancers, a couple of professionals from Argentina did a demonstration of fancy dancing. It was quite fun and I'm thinking maybe we could try to dance Tango.
Do you dance? What do you do, ballroom Tango, Salsa?
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
On Saturday, I had the opportunity to speak with several people about Mail Art and it made me excited to make more pieces.
I don't know who gave these vintage postcards to me (don't worry collectors have told me that these aren't sought after.) I altered them with Italian phrases which I took out of my old Madame Butterfly libretto. I sent one to a friend who is actually Italian. I think he'll get a kick out of receiving it.
Here's a series that I did with my Cactus - Lily cards.
Again, so much fun for me to find words that create dialog between the two "friends."
I added an old stamp to each of the cards just because they needed something more.
Does the dialog between them make you smile? Any captions you come up with? Send them to me and I'll send you a card.
To ensure that the viewer looks at them in the orientation that I wanted, I signed and titled them. As you know, I usually don't do this with my Mail Art.
I'm going to continue with this series for awhile. I need to get back to serious business, ha ha ha, rather than playing around.
Alternative Speakers Bureau.
Every day, make something, or do something creative. Practice!
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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Here are a couple more that I've collaged the fronts of , and added current postage but left some of the original postmark visible.
I hope that somehow the stamps and the recipients connect.
What would you do with these envelopes. I appreciate any ideas you have.
Here's my kitty, Bizoo, with his favorite morning thing. A heavy duty plastic zipper bag.
He's so pleased, if a cat can show that, when I bring it out in the morning from the closet where I stash it over night.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
The random letters spell nothing but with the addition of a question mark and en exclamation, wow, they sure do seem to be telling us something.
People gave me nice captions for them.
So I made up the postcard and sent them out to people with their caption on the reverse.
These strike me as quite amusing. I have more cards to work with so you might see more examples of my silliness.
If you'd like to receive on in YOUR mail box, let me know.
"Creativity is a Practice" into the envelope so it wouldn't go empty.
Today was the American holiday called Mother's Day. It's been all changed up from the original idea of it, made so commercial. I never required that my kids celebrate me on this day. I felt pretty much honored on a regular basis year round, but it's nice day to be out and about. Every year for a long time, I've sent my kids cards on Mother's Day - if not for them, I wouldn't be one. But now we have a little grandgirl, and I like celebrating this new life and our DIL. We walked to Carytown where Z went to her favorite restaurant for her usual, a mini-baguette. She walked lots, amazing how fast she goes. We were exhausted but she still had energy.
So back to the First Day Covers: do you know anything about them, did you ever collect any? What did you do with them?
Thursday, May 08, 2014
For a number of reasons, primarily the arrival of spring and the opening of the farmers' market, I've been thinking a lot about nature.
I was happy when Mary of Uncustomary picked this as her monthly theme.
My walks in Battery Park with my grand have also made me aware changes in the season - with the little yellow flowers in abundance. My grand loves to pick them. Are they buttercups? I don't know.
I love walking down the path towards the children's play area and having my grand get so happy about the flowers and the sweet gum balls that are all over the ground.
The market at Byrd House opened yesterday and my CSA had the most beautiful produce.
I got some curley kale, some peppermint chard, some asparagus, radishes, and salad greens. I'm going so happy to have produce fresh from the fields again. Oh and eggs from really free range out in the open hens. I know my farmers! It's all real and tastes so good.
Here are the French radishes that I like to eat as a snack, crunchy and slightly spicy.
Everything is organic,
Being part of a CSA since 2001, I've been made aware of buying local and seasonal. This really puts one in touch with nature. Tomatoes only grow certain times of the year, wow, not like year round in the grocery stores. Ditto all our other produce. It's seasonal!! It's nature.
Also, since I've gotten on Instagram, I'm taking lots of photos of flowers. Nature at it's prettiest.
After a long, cold winter, oh spring, I like you so much!!