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