Saturday, April 21, 2018
Please do sign up - HERE. It's completely free to play this international art "game."
So the prompt was that we were to be inspired by what was above us. I looked up and saw our light fixture. I love circles so it was perfect and I love using the Layout App on my phone. I think it turned out great! What do you think?
I started to play around with pieces of paper and pages from a magazine. I didn't glue anything down, just played. Eventually, I'll make some decisions and glue pieces down. Or not.
Which one do you like most of these "sketches?"
It brought back a memory from when I was in college many years ago.
I'd attended school in the city in which I lived, but it was only a branch of the big Uni and had only a year of an art program so I had to transfer to the big school 3 hours away in a rural area. I was very lonely. I knew no one. I went to class, I went to the place I lived, and was feeling very sad, not knowing if I could continue.
One afternoon, just a few weeks into the semester, I was sitting by the window in the stair well, probably smoking a cigarette (it was a long time ago in a different world!) An older looking guy came out, probably to smoke a cigarette, too, but I can't remember. What I do remember is that he said something like you look sad, what's going on, and, I guess I told him I was a new comer. He was very nice, he listened, he became a classmate colleague and introduced me to people. He and his wife lived in married student housing, which were quonset huts. Very old timey. His friendship changed everything for me. He never knew that. Al Loving
Thursday, March 22, 2018
|Botanical Garden - El Charco|
|garden at La Casa del Puesta del Sol|
|In front of the rented casa|
It was such a steep walk down, and then up, that I didn't even attempt it, though my honey and daughter did. We took cabs or called a car. I always jumped in as co-pilota so I could have the "thrill of the ride" like a Montaña Rusa.
I was always able to have conversations with the drivers and learn about the city, the neighborhood, the people. I'm so happy that I can speak Spanish, because de lo contrario, not everyone speaks English there. Even though there's a large ex-pat population, it doesn't feel like it, but it makes it easier for people like my honey who has a small Spanish vocabulary.
And the El train that I traveled on my whole life, as kids we took the train by ourselves to get to the ice skating arena and go to the beach. Who'd let a kid do that now? It helped us to be independent and comfident, for sure. And the fabulous Art Institute, where we were taken to see the art, even as little children, and my honey went to school there. I can remember the paintings by Seurat, Degas, Renoir, which I think is what drew me to study art. Such memories. The company has other places, too. Check out their website. It's actually a family owned business, which made it extra attractive to support. Click HERE to get there.
Adios, hasta luego, mas fotos de Mexico en el futuro, tal vez.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
|A Perfect cactus!|
|View from the terrace|
Pasamos dos maravillosas semanas en San Miguel de Allende.
|on the terrace|
|Mail Art on Cactus|
La casa que alquilamos fue perfecta para nosotros. Luminoso con luz y una pequeña piscina/alberca climatizada con energía solar para relajarse.
|Mail art on cactus|
|Mail art on cactus|
Monday, February 05, 2018
I have many First Day Covers left so I'll be writing more letters but not on a daily basis, until some fancy to do so strikes me again.
I've heard from recipients and even gotten a couple letters in return. It's been very satisfying.
Try it, write some letters. Find a pen or two you really enjoy writing with. If cursive isn't your favorite thing, print it, or draw it. Who ever you send it to will be delighted to receive it. Trust me on this.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
In some cases, I found envelopes that corresponded to the dates. When that happened, I was pretty excited.
Have you thought about doing a daily project? Have you completed one.
A thirty day project is quite easy to accomplish, I discovered.
This spring, I'm hoping that there'll be another Creative Sprint and if there is, I hope you'll join me in doing it.
Sunday, January 21, 2018
I was given a lot of these envelopes by a friend who "inherited" them from her husband's family. They collected them and stamps when the husband was young. They are not valuable except, maybe, to a few people. I researched and found this out. I did find two envelopes with autographs by the person who designed the illustration and one with the illustrator and the Post Master General of that time. They sold for a bit of money and I donated the money to a charity.
So far, I've completed 21 letters. I'll post more of the images soon, but these photos give you a taste of what they look like. Oh, and I have to add current postage stamps.
Have you ever done a daily project? For a month, or longer?
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
|Needs a caption, right?|
I made mail art continuously though not every day. I did may be 150 + but I made other stuff. Mainly, a lot of knit mitts, because I was buying a lot of cool yarn and knitting was keeping me from getting crazy about politics.
|He let everything go to his head!|
|Map of our favorite beach area|
|A sign on the OBX|
|The Atlantic at the OBX|
|The GrandGirl and her toy bat|
Bizoo misses us when we leave though he's got a come-by care-giver. He's also having some physical problem that has caused him to not urinate in his box, he uses the bathroom sink. Grrrr. Oh if only I had the patience to teach him to use the toilet, and flush it, too. ha ha
The Grand Girl continues to delight us, even though she's gotten a bit sassy at times. Normal stuff, which is funny, and, thankfully, easily changed.
She's my cleaner-upper, baking assistant, art studio companion, and all around joy producing little person. She never fails to make us laugh, think, wonder, and feel grateful for her presence in our lives.
Happy New year, Bonne Année, Feliz año nuevo. May the year ahead be better than the last. See you in 2018.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
BE NICE is actually a framed tea towel that I saw in a gallery in Paris last month. I didn't note the artist's name and I can't enlarge the photo enough to read the label. Maybe you can.
In any case, I like the admonition. It's especially powerful in our current political climate in the United States.
Maybe I'll make a book, someday. or not.
Oh and something very cool to share - My son made a shop where you can buy cool stuff with his cool images on them. Check it out HERE.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
|Homage to Josef Albers|
I can't remember which day that was for, but it was prompted by my remembering how much my art foundation year was so informative to my life as an artist and a teacher.
My profs had been educated by men who immigrated to the U.S. to escape Nazi Germany. They were teachers at the Bauhaus academy and brought their knowledge with them where they could all get teaching or professional jobs. How fortunate for all of us.
My teachers learned from them and passed it along to me. I remember how profound the feeling when I viewed the slides that Josef Albers showed to our Art History class. He was invited by our teacher, Canio Radice (who wore bowties to class and I think might have smoked a cigar.) I don't remember much about Albers, silly 18 year old that I was, but I remember the impact the slides of his projects had on me.
The second photo was taken in Jakarta. The organizer of MicroGalleries enlarged our favorite of my cards, and also made postcard sized copies of it for people to write on. I don't know what they wrote or where they sent them, but isn't this so cool?
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
The MicroGalleries installation opens October 6th. I'm not sure how the pieces are pasted up but one looks large! These aren't the originals, of course. I sent digital files.