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Negative Space and Negative Emotions (Maybe. Or Maybe Not.)

Here is a mail art postcard made in 3/21. To create it, I covered the background in random colors and patterns. I then used India ink and a bamboo brush to wash around the figures and the little checkered floor they are standing on. Quick and easy.

I find when I do this process the figures take on a life of their own. These two may be having an argument, and I think the one on the left is no longer listening to the one on the right. In fact, she is walking away. Maybe to think happier thoughts?

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.