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.
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
|Day 1 - something to fit in your hand|
And here's the notice for all of you out there - you can do this, too.
It's easy, it's free, it's an international art game.
Sign up HERE.
Come on, join me. Use a translator, if you have to, but find out what's going on.
|Day 1 - use what's in your immediate environment.|
|Day 2 It's a long story|
|Day 3 Combine two things that don't go together.|
Monday, October 02, 2017
I think the only ones that I didn't have photos of were the first three envelopes. But hey! I got all the rest.
The adresses are obscured for obvious reasons.
I've heard from three people so far, via e-mail, ha ha ha, thanking me for writing to them. Sweet.
I hope they brought smiles to the recipients.
But that's not important.
I just wanted to share with you and to encourage you to reach out to people you haven't heard from in awhile, haven't seen or spoken to, or have only met on-line through one of your social media groups. It's really important to connect or stay connected. Really.
And here's another plug - It's not too late to join me in Creative Sprint. We're two days into it, but you can still join. Go to the link HERE.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
So far, so good. But then it's only day 5. I've sent mail to Morocco, Canada, California, New Hampshire, and Florida.
I even made some note cards using one of my SMILE collages.
Now for my pitch - Join me in the #CreativeSprint. Sign up. It's easy. You'll get a prompt in your e-mail box everyday for a month. You can choose to do it or not, but doing it daily is an amazing practice. Anyone can join. It's an international art game, sort of. It will change your perceptions, make you less anxious, buoy your spirits, reveal amazing things about your creativity, and you'll make a lot of new on-line friends all around the world. Really, it's amazing. It's free. Anyone can participate. Young, old, classrooms, schools, businesses, social groups. Do it. Join me. Please.