Monday, August 21, 2017

Postcard 12080817

Postcard 12080817
I usually put up a whole series on my blog at once and then each day bring up one of the posts to write about.  I think have about 33 posts lined up and I have nine more to scan and prepare for publication.  Having a month's worth of work is way too organized for me but I did it and am glad that it is done even though it did take a bit of time.

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrEJmvuKSwo

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Postcard 11080817

Postcard 11080817
I do not know what happened to most of the day yesterday other than I worked on four cold wax projects and took a three hour nap.  Somewhere through those activities I forgot to post on the blog. So here is another two-fer for you.  Several of you have asked for more information on cold wax and I will share more when I present the work I have been doing in cold wax.

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Even though this is a Christmas stage the message is totally appropriate for right now.  Rise Up.

Alicia Keys sings Rise Up w/ Andra Day - 2017




Postcard 10080817

Postcard 10080817
Not sure why I am so interested in x-rays but I am.  I am presently looking for such images and I am finding many pretty expensive.  It seems that since technology has changed how doctors view the maladies of the body x-rays have become valuable.

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BADBADNOTGOOD: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert




Friday, August 18, 2017

Postcard 09080817

Postcard 09080817

Not thinking too much about placement, just get collage materials down and working really fast has been the name of this postcard series game.  I guess one has to when one is creating over twenty postcards in one setting.
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A couple of weekends ago we went to Vancouver, B.C.  Tim use to live there and I have visited Vancouver more times than any other city.  It is amazing to have the mountains and the water right there, together.  We have a favorite Greek restaurant, Stephos.  The food never disappoints.  We have even talked about going to Stephos just for dinner and then drive home again.  It is about a three hour drive  usually including the border wait.  This time we also went to Cin Cin on Robson.  OMG!  It was one of the best meals I have ever eaten.

Last night for dinner we decided to try and recreate the salad that I had ordered.  Our re-creation had a bed of arugula, burrata mozzarella (a must because it is very soft), fresh peaches, fresh figs, beets and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.   I should have taken a photo. I found one online but it has a few different ingredients.  YUM!



https://pamelasalzman.com/roasted-beet-burrata-salad/

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Postcard 08080817

Postcard 08080817
Sometimes I have a specific person in mind when I create a postcard.  In this case I did, Brian Kasstle who had a blog called the Paper Bear.  Now has both a blog and a web page  http://www.briankasstle.com/.   So anytime I find a bear image I think of Brian.

I have several Boy Scout manuals.  The black and white images come in handy from time to time.

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You owe it to yourself to experience a total solar eclipse | David Baron


This really worth listening to if you are at all interested in the upcoming eclipse.




Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Postcard 07080817

Postcard 07080817

Freedom and playfulness is what it is all about.  That is what I feel with this series of postcards.

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Sade - Is It A Crime



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Postcard 06080817

Postcard 06080817
Holy Cat or is that Cow?  I always mix up my idioms and metaphors!  I love the matchbox images that I have been finding.  The gentleman in the postcard came from one of my students who attended the Coupeville workshop.  Thanks Jeannette.  I love using ephemera that either is new to me or something that I have forgotten for awhile.

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Booker T. Jones: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert




Monday, August 14, 2017

Postcard 05080817


Postcard 05080817
Nothing in this one was planned.  Since I work in series frequently I might do twenty backgrounds.  Then I go onto the middle ground and finally the foreground.  I never know where I am going and am frequently quite surprised with the results.  For instance, in this piece there are lots of stripes.  That was not planned but is a happy accident.  I love when that happens.  The stripes of the tiger; the stripes of the swim suits; and the stripes in the upper left of the background are a total accident or is it?  Is it intuitive?  Is my mind totally unconscious of the decisions I make and do not notice until I step back and look at the finished piece?  In case you did not guess it, I really like how this one turned out.

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Do What You Like, Like What You Do: Bert Jacobs at TEDxBeaconStreet




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZB2vVHmiug

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Postcard 04080817


Postcard 04080817
I absolutely love the Lyra water soluable graphite pencil.  I have used it a lot since my friend, Wendy, turned me on to it several years ago.  Thanks Wendy!  I never spent much time reading the label on the graphite pencil until about a week ago.  Another friend, Irene, asked me if I knew about the water droplet on the side of the pencil.  No, I did not know about it.  Voila!  It is there and, of course, that means it is water soluable.  Not all Lyra pencils are.  I always just looked to see if it said "water soluable".  Now I just need to look for the droplets.

You might wonder why I am even mentioning Lyra graphite pencils.  I used them twice in this postcard.  Once for mark making and once for outlining around the photograph and the matchbox image.  It softens hard lines.

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What creativity is trying to tell you: Jonathan Tilley at TEDxStuttgart




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMOqIJ9V_K4

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Postcard 03080817

Postcard 03080817
When one likes something but can not quite say why, what is that all about?  I like vintage.  The term is very broad but practically everything vintage is OK by me.  I like mixing vintage and contemporary or vintage and abstract.  It just works for me.  It is pleasing and yet why do I think that? What is it that pleases?  Maybe it is just OK that it is pleasing.  That is enough.

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The art of asking | Amanda Palmer




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMj_P_6H69g

"In My Mind" Music Video


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9WZtxRWieM&list=RDEMWsqWb0QG0ACb4YhYHp0Orw

Friday, August 11, 2017

Postcard 02080817

Postcard 02080817

I smile every time I look at this postcard.  When I was in my twenties I wanted a pig.  It is fortunate that it did not work out as my professional life took a turn which would not have allowed for farm animals. I do have a special place in my heart for pigs though ever since I read Charlotte's Web.  Who could not feel warmth from Some Pig?  For those of you who have not read Charlotte's Web, Charlotte, a spider, wrote in her web "Some Pig" when referring to Wilbur and to save his life.

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Penguin Cafe: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert



NPR Music



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Postcard 01080817

Postcard 01080817

Sometimes I get possessed with an idea and I just have to carry it out to completion.  This new postcard series is one such possession.  I am using vintage photographs, postage stamps and vintage matchbox cover images in the series. You might wonder about the numbering system for the postcard. The 01 represents the first in the series.  The 080817 represents the date that I completed it. Sometimes I come up with individual titles that aren't numbers.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Reveals How He Sneak Tested Hamilton at the Obama White House


I am totally obsessed with Lin-Manuel Miranda.  He is just the sweetest man.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo5Tq7e0reo














Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Secrets 23

Secrets 23


This was the first spread that the Coupeville workshop did with me last week. Many of the aspects of this collage include recycled materials like the inside of a teabag envelope or magazine snippets. There is a secret buried beneath the image of the rowers.  I took the photo of Irene Rafael when I was in California last October.

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Maren Morris: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert


a bit of explicit language....


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Secrets 22

Secrets 22
I completed most of this spread last week while teaching at the Pacific NW Art School in Coupeville, WA.  I worked on it this morning and I am calling it done.  The label that I found that says Cowboy Cavier came from Trader Joe's.  It took some time to soak it off the jar but I just had to have it for this piece.

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Albin Lee Meldau: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert  ....some explicit language warning.....



Monday, August 7, 2017

Secrets 21

Secrets 21
Today is another two-fer as yesterday I was in Vancouver, B. C. and when I returned from our trip I took a nap and forgot to post here.

OK.  I can now divulge the idea behind the Secrets series.  Last week Brian Kasstle and I taught a workshop at the Pacific NW Art School in Coupeville, Washington.  We created stack journals bound with wrap around bindings and sealed with bizi sticks.  I will share the covers and bizi sticks tomorrow or so.  My portion of the stack journal instruction included a variety of ways to hide secrets within a spread.  In this case the secret is hidden within the teabag "envelope".

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The Shins: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tid0nlwfvAI

Dive

Dive
This was one of my non-thought out pieces.  I had no clue where it was going and it just evolved. When I was finished I discovered I had a diver in the background, too. Serendipitous!   I say, just start and see where your work goes.  Something wonderful will surely evolve. :-)

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Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWIvfE01J0k

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Cowboy Motel

Cowboy Motel
I imagine the Cowboy Motel must be in a place like Las Vegas, perhaps before the expansion of the city.

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St. Paul And The Broken Bones: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Check out the gold shoes!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vpXX5BjltM

Friday, August 4, 2017

Three is the Luckiest Number

Three is the Luckiest Number
Since I forgot to post yesterday, today is a two-fer.  I taught a workshop with Brian Kasstle Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Yesterday, Thursday, was really busy and I was exhausted but exhilarated last night.  Hence, no post!

This spread is in my journal that I created for last weekend's workshop.  I used mono-prints created on my gelli plate for the background.  Those of you who know my me well know that I love odd numbers.  The horse, the rider and the man chasing, three; the three children looking down; the three women; and the three men.  I feel this piece is a bit unbalanced but I do love the colors.

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Fire......the fires in British Columbia are affecting much of Washington state.  Smoke, smoke, and more smoke.  Hmm!  Smoke does not respect borders!  I wonder what President Trump can do about it.  Maybe we need a huge wall, something to keep it all on the Canadian side of the border.  Work on that Donald! :-)



https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2017/smoke-from-british-columbia-fires-heading-to-the-coast

Red Bird

Red Bird
This postcard sat around for awhile unfinished.  Then I found, in my ephemera stash, the red bird and the circle man.  It all came together.

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Leon Bridges: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert




Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Beatrix Loves Thistles

Beatrix Loves Thistles
Several weeks ago I took a cold wax class with Judy Wise.  Here is my first complete result.  I rather like how it turned out and I rather liked the process.  I have a task to complete in the next few weeks. I have to make ten or eleven cold wax pieces that are postcard size to mail to each of the workshop participants.  I had best get cracking! :-)

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Lianne LaHavas NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HUV5a7MgS4

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Orange Series No. 30

Orange Series No. 30
Run little boy!  Run!  I had a red racing wagon when I was young.  I carried a multitude of items and raced down the lane in that wagon.  The vintage image of the little boy totally captures ones heart. Did I already say I am in love with Pastel Portfolio crayons?  I created them through a stencil.  The pluses just draw the eye around from the bottom to the top of this piece.

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The surprising habits of original thinkers | Adam Grant




Monday, July 31, 2017

Orange Series No. 29

Orange Series No. 29
I am captivated by the monkey's eyes and those of the two children.  It is as if the Frenchman is reading something startling about either one of the other three characters, the monkey or the two children.

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Why are these 32 symbols found in caves all over Europe | Genevieve von Petzinger


Image result for cave drawing of a deer


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJnEQCMA5Sg

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Orange Series No. 28

Orange Series No. 28

I can imagine that the doctor in the white coat and the man in the vintage photo are one and the same. Perhaps he was the local town physician.  Perhaps he was the sheriff.  Or maybe there is something more sinister about these characters.  Maybe not.  Maybe they were pillars of the local society.  I think I have been watching too much of Hinterland on Netflix! :-)

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The Inexhaustible Creations of Yayoi Kusama | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 53




Saturday, July 29, 2017

Orange Series No 27

Orange Series No. 27
This piece possibly is my favorite of the Orange Series.  The background really came together.  It could have been an abstract piece standing on its own.  I love how the woman by the car seems to interact with the woman standing.  The voyeur is creepy but seems to fit or perhaps is odd man out but works with the piece.

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"Hamilton" Star Daveed Diggs Explains How Thomas Jefferson Planted All Those Crops




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6cLX9aTjQc














Friday, July 28, 2017

Orange Series No 26

Orange Series No. 26
This one is all about strength...super powers, brute strength, and ray guns.  So have you noticed that each one in this series has certain repetitions.  One of those is taking a poem, my favorite is the Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.  I copy the poem into Word and then space between each letter 3 or 4 spaces.  That takes a bit of time.  Then I print the poem on tissue paper for use as ephemera in my collages.

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Sylvan Esso: Slack Jaw | Echo Mountain Sessions