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Would You Like to Visit this Location?

I took this photo of the Pencoyd Bridge in Philadelphia PA in September 2020.

I gave it a real boost in color saturation, just for fun, because even in the unaltered photo, I loved the color array – green, blue, orange, red. I thought it would look great in a stronger version.

The view made me think of postcards from the past – a local scene captured to show people who might never be able to visit the location, that would make you marvel as you looked over the card. Every place, big and small, has beauty spots and places of interest, and I enjoy seeking out the sites that local people feel are important.

And I love receiving postcards.

That’s why I thought of this as a great postcard image. If you received this item in your mail, you might examine it in detail, see what your cousins or your grandmother saw in the real-world version that caught their eye strongly enough to buy the card so you could enjoy it, too.

All right, here it is. Greetings from the Pencoyd Bridge, Philadelphia, PA!

Stitchy Postcard #1

In August, 2020, I tried out stitching on paper – I had never done it before. Here is one result.

I took random offcuts and scraps of fabric and laid them on a piece of watercolor paper cut to postcard size. Then I stitched around them. That’s pretty much it.

I left the thread tails hanging from the card rather than clipping them. I liked the way it looked.

More postcards from outdoor art time in June 2020

Here are a couple more postcards I made at the outdoor art session some friends and I held in my backyard in June, 2020.

Once again, they both include India ink and are drawn with a bamboo brush. As you can see, I left the first one in a simple black/white color scheme. I drew a lady holding her cat; that could be me. I have a cat I love very much.

The lady’s head in the second card – do I know her? No, I do not. But I feel she might be interesting to sit down with for a cup of coffee some day. I drew her in India ink and then added color with acrylic inks.

Shout out to my friend John G. I sent these cards, plus the two in the previous post, to him through the mail. All of them arrived in good shape. I encourage you to not only make postcards, but to send them! It’s fun for the sender and the receiver.

Outdoor Art Day postcards from June, 2020

Here are a couple of postcards I made during an outdoor 451 Art session, the one we did back in June, 2020.

I am not usually good at focusing on my work when I am with a group. So I try to make small items, or work on project stages that do not require all my attention.

That’s why postcards are perfect for when I’m working with other people. These two are drawn in India ink with a bamboo brush (everything that is black)

Then I used colored inks, acrylic paint markers, and art markers to add color. Some of this work I did at the session and other parts I added later at my leisure.

I like the way they turned out.