Monday, August 14, 2017

Shark Mail

Last week’s trip to the post office included the purchase of some of the newest stamps from the U.S. Postal Service.  The new set of Sharks are inspirational.  Today’s mail art on the way is a series of Shark Mail postcards — each has hand painted fin cruising above the surf.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Lazy Days of Summer

Well not for me, but it seemed that way for the elephant seals lying around on the beach at Año Nuevo State Park down near Santa Cruz.  Big rocks, or lumpy, molting elephant seals, here is where the fauna is the landscape.  These two paintings (12”x9” each) were inspired by last week’s visit and hike.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Transformed by Circles of Color

I have been altering old postcards for art projects for a long time.  They have been used in everything from large-scale works to mail art.  This latest series is relatively simple, yet the effects are somewhat complex.  I start by painting paper, and then using some punches to cut out circles of color.  I then apply a set of the circles or dots to a vintage postcard — just a simple constellation of colored circles are all it takes to alter the image.

In this latest series of mail art, each recipient also receives a small set of colored circles with instructions to apply them to an old postcard and return the new, altered postcard to me.  If you do not receive one of these, feel free to make your own altered postcard and send one to me.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Great Mail Day!

It is always a good mail day, no, actually, a great mail day, when an envelope arrives from Cuan Miles in South Africa.  Here is the latest one.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Little Books and ATCs

This past month mail art was going out and coming in, including some great ATCs and some little, handmade books.  The incoming mail includes:
  1. A new set of ATCs from Fleur Helsingor
  2. Layered vintage from Jennifer Utter
  3. Two handmade, 3D ATCs from Amy Irwen
  4. Jennie Hinchliff is recycling every part of the book.
  5. I showed Barbara Stasiowski this vintage postcard I have where the person in the picture holds a book you can open up.  This is what she sent back to me.  Love it.
  6. Pamela Gerard is repurposing old postcards and photos.
  7. e. coles sends a new treasure.
  8. Monica Lee is making handmade books with postage stamp portraits.