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?