Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

I found them!

I found a couple of post cards from the swap last May.
Very clever - black out poetry card from Alaska.

Collage and paint from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
 And here's a card made from a painting by a 5th grader I know:
"Barrel of Duckweiser"

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Post card from Sweden

From Sweden: "pictures are symbols from 1000+ year old rock carvings found in Sweden." I like the gold leaf.

Fun stamp!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Post card from Columbus, Ohio

I received this post card yesterday: made from a recycled flyer from Columbus Art Museum. It looks like a monoprint, plus paint, plus collage on top of a photo. Not sure what the photo is, but it definitely looks like a Dale Chihuly blown glass sculpture.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Received in the Fall Postcard swap 2016

Nevada City, California. A detail from the back.
This is from England, but it doesn't say exactly where. It looks like all of the collage pieces survived the trip.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Peterson, Minnesota.  Hand drawn poem.

Stow, Ohio 
Little River, South Carolina
Arlington, Virginia

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Fall Post Card Swap 2016 - my cards

For this swap I decided to try the Etegami as described by Diana Trout on her blog:  It's the entry from 10/15/2016.

I wrote fewer words and mostly used letter stamps for the words. I ordered a custom chop, but it didn't arrive in time.  Most of the cards are using the paper rated "full blur." You can see how the paint spreads in the Nasturtium card below. The stamps are from Spain in the 1980's.  I found a stack of letters written by friends I met there in college.  I need to read through the letters again, but I'll save that for a nostalgia day. In the meantime I grabbed some of the stamps for the art project.

I'm obviously inspired by my surroundings: my dog, my cat, a mini pumpkin my husband has on his desk, an owl from the Audubon Society of Portland, indoor flowers we had from the market, nasturtiums and asters from our yard.

Speaking of the Audubon society, I just could not decide on a design for the 6x6 project this year. I gave up, but we did go to the show this weekend. We picked up a couple of steel ravens for the yard and notecards.

I've received about 5 post cards so far. I'll post those next time.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Spring 2016 Post Cards part 2

I realized that I had not posted the other postcards I received.  These are 3D:

 Thick paint and a metallic shimmer.
Individually crocheted flowers.

I repeat: EACH one crocheted!  This is from Urska in Slovenija.
The Fall 2016 postcard swap can be signed up for here: iHanna Postcard Swap
Deadline is November 7, 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Post cards received in the Spring 2016 swap

Here are the first 5 post cards I received:
Arizona and Florida

Michigan and Hawaii

Every card is made with care, using cool techniques!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

My post cards for iHanna's Spring 2016 swap

For iHanna's Spring 2016 Post card swap:

I had intended to make some reduction linocut cards, but that didn't work out.  Maybe I should start NOW for the next swap.  So, I played around with water color and words.  The mantras helped with how I've been feeling lately.

In progress

Finished - and put into clear bags to mail. I tested one to myself and it made it through in good condition. Hopefully the international ones made it!

All manner of thing(s) shall be well


Drawing Class, Spring 2016

A couple of drawings from Life Drawing this term:

Thing I like - I caught a little of the feeling of the light. Thing I don't like - at first she looked like a certain orange presidential candidate, but I managed to lose that.
Thing I like - the lights and darks, and the feeling of movement.  Thing I don't like - the hand.  I don't seem to be very good at hands.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Hoppy Easter

Some quick bunny sketches with a brush pen. I was thinking of painting an Easter card or two but ended up just doing these quick sketches.

Hannah has a new postcard swap! Click here to sign up for April:
iHanna Postcard Swap

I may be brave and try a reduction linocut process.  We'll see!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Nina Johansson drawing year

If anyone has not had a chance to look at Nina's tumblr where she drew every day in a 2015 calendar book, check it out at the link above.
Also, I don't know how to link to this particular question/answer page in her tumblr, so I'll post the screen shot:

Great advice, right?
Here's my attempt to capture some flowers I bought for the new year.  I like the top part - the looseness and variety of color in the Freesia.  The composition could be better, for sure.
Stonehenge notebook