Saturday, June 5, 2021

The Bird Revolution

 Cutting up old postcards and making some ATCs.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Back to Museums

Yesterday was my first museum visit since before-the-Event.  It had been 15 months since I have been inside any museum.   About one year ago, I walked by the de Young Museum for the first time during the lockdown.   That moment made me profoundly sad.  Since then, I have walked by the museum many times and gotten used to the museum being closed.

I always prefer weekday afternoons for my museum visits — it is the best time to avoid the crowds.  Yesterday it was nice and mellow.  Masked up and vaccinated, with our reservations on our phone, my friend and I got to get in some museum time.   There is signage reminding us to social distance, passageway walls have had art removed to prevent visitors from lingering and some of the gallery benches have been removed.   The museum felt a little bare, but it was still good just to be inside and wandering around.   

The big change, after spending a year painting books, I am now really paying attention to paintings of books.  I have always enjoyed the de Young’s gallery filled with trompe l’oeil, yesterday it was becoming a real favorite.   John Frederick Peto’s books are so inspirational.   Although, I will never have the patience to master that level or realism in my own work.

Friday, May 21, 2021

May Mail

Sometimes with mail art the envelopes try to upstage the contents — and this month has seen a few examples of amazing envelopes in my mailbox along with some great contents.  Plus, I am noticing more and more postage stamps and artists stamps honoring, doctors, nurses and medical research.   I even hunted down some Jonas Salk postage stamps for the vaccine-themed mail art I sent out a few weeks ago.  

The mail shown here includes:

  1. Rebeka Torowin-Borowicz – U.K. 
  2. Wabi Sabi Sews – California
  3. Kathy Barnett – Missouri
  4. Jennie Hinchcliff – California
  5. The Sticker Dude – New York 
  6. R.F. Côté — Canada
  7. Peter Müller – Germany
  8. Margo Hill – California
  9. William Mellott – Taiwan 
  10. Fleur Helsingor - California 
  11. Katerina Nikoltsou - Greece
  12. Gregg Biggs – Museum of Unclaimed Ephemera – California

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Cat Chaekgeori

This is the newest painting of books and things in my Chaekgeori-inspired series.  One might ask, where are the books?  I believe there is a small one tucked in on the lower shelf.  But in this modern example, clearly that iPad Mini is filled with ebooks.  Does Spinerboy actually read?  He is clever, but he might prefer cat game apps over reading.  And what sort of cat has his own iPad?   There is even has a special shelf where he keeps his fancy cat dishes.  Spinerboy shares a home with Scarlett Jo, so that shelf is a necessity.  Scarlett Jo is the type of girl that thinks nothing is more charming than a dog with cat food breath.  

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Happy World Collage Day!

May 8th is World Collage Day.  These collages are examples of double recycling.   I always re-use the event calendars from the San Francisco Public Library when I paint.   And now I have cut them up for colorful collages.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Don’t Hesitate — Vaccinate!

Sending out some handmade rubber stamped, vaccine-themed mail art. If you are eligible and vaccines are available, get it.  If not, I hope you won’t need to wait much longer. 

Monday, April 26, 2021

Meaty Mail

Can you mail some steaks?  How about some meat art mail art?  These hand-painted, meaty postcards are on their way in the mail.  I would not recommend cooking them.