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 CrestiveSprint.co 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: CreativeSprint.co 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.

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.