Friday, January 18, 2019

Marzipan Mail Art

It’s always nice to have friends visit from Germany, and when they bring me a big box of Niederegger Marzipan, well, I’m in heaven.  I love marzipan, and Niederegger is the best!  I made the pilgrimage to Lübeck a few times many years ago.  I resisted eating it all quickly, rationing the delicious pieces carefully and saving the foil wrappers. Now, after some recycling, cutting, and gluing, it is time to send some Niederegger-themed mail art back to Germany.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Winter Mail

A rainy winter day is perfect to sort through some of the mail art I received over the holidays.  The recent batch includes collages, ATCs, amazing envelopes, post office postcards, a pair of duck footed kids (love those) and Sally Wassink’s fantastic 2019 calendar – this year in a stamp format.  This is a list of what’s shown here:
  1. Sagebrush Moderne – California 
  2. Kerosene– Québec, Canada
  3. Katerina Nikoltsou – Greece 
  4. Jokie X. Wilson – California
  5. Maria Quiroga – Argentina 
  6. Kathy Barnett – Missouri
  7. Peter Müller – Germany
  8. Sandra Lefever– Florida
  9. Fleur Helsingor– California
  10. Serse Luigetti – Italy
  11. Melissa Wand – Wisconsin
  12. Sally Wassink– California 
  13.  Donna Stroud – Washington 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Bay Area Scene Paintings

I said to the woman at the front desk, “It’s funny how I have to come down here from San Francisco to see Bay Area paintings…”   She laughed, and apparently they have been hearing comments like this a lot at the Hilbert Museum.  Yes, the best Bay Area art exhibit right now is down in Orange County. Bay Area Scene Paintings is on view until April 27, 2019 and well worth checking out if you’re down south.  
Plenty of artists I was unfamiliar with.  A bunch of lovely work that even featured the hideous and long gone Embarcadero Freeway. I actually am glad that freeway is preserved in some paintings.  Jack Laycox’s 1959 painting shows when it was brand new.
Will we ever get to see these up north? I would never expect them to make room for an exhibit like this among the baubles and schamtas at one of those San Francisco museums.  But the Oakland Museum needs to step up and show this work.

Friday, December 14, 2018

2018 Holiday Card

As the year ends, I always send out a card to celebrate the holidays and commemorate the coming new year.  Rarely would they be considered traditional Christmas cards.  Whatever is happening the in the world, I strive for an optimistic message (this is 2017).
As the year concludes, with all the problems in the world and the embracing of ignorance and denial, it is a challenge to remain optimistic. As the smoke was clearing from the latest devastating California wildflowers, this is the card I came up with.  Happy Holidays….

Friday, November 23, 2018

November Mail

It is always nice to have a post office box crammed full of mail art when you return from a long trip.  And, that is just what I found this week. There was a fold out booklet from Peter Müller, a rubber stamped postcard from William Mellott, a new piece from e. coles in England, and Marina Salmaso must have made a trip from Denmark, because her envelope was mailed from England. In Lithuania, Mindaugas Zuromskas is also making cards with British postage stamps (I have created plenty of work with Her Postal Majesty myself – I get it).  Melissa Wand is turning her post office photos into postcards.  That’s a great idea.  I always tend to photograph small post offices when I am on my road trips. Here is the list of the mail art shown here:
  1. William Mellott– Taiwan
  2. Valdor – Catalunya, Spain  
  3. Kerosene– Québec, Canada
  4. Mindaugas Žuromskas
  5. Melissa Wand – Wisconsin
  6. Fleur Helsingor– California
  7. e. coles – England
  8. Deble Faulkner – California
  9. R.F. Côté– Québec, Canada
  10. Peter Müller – Germany
  11. Marina Salmaso– Denmark
  12. Bonniediva – Illinois 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Mexican Sunsets

Mexican Sunset, acrylic on paper, 12"x9"

Typically I don’t paint sunsets, and purple is not a color with a prominent place in my palette.  But, when you are on vacation, rules can be broken, extra desserts, sleep in late, do nothing if you like, and paint sunsets.  I am home from Mexico now, so it time to get back to my routine.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Tile-Inspired ATCs

I love mosaics and ceramic tile.   San Francisco has plenty of wonderful examples of tiled public art (including right around the block from my home).  That said, I needed to come down to Mexico to be inspired for a new series of ATCs painted on playing cards.  I suppose it took escape-vacation mode to make these happen.  More soon….