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.

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.