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Three bewildered creatures

I am sorry things have worked out like this for these little guys – something is obviously wrong. I don’t know what the problem in their tiny 2.5″ x 3.5″ world is, I just make the cards…

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A Storm Coming Run Away Fast

A couple of weeks ago I did a post where the idea of order turned out to be important. Order, as in which order you looked at the selections I presented and did it make a difference to the story you formed for the pair? Look here to see what I’m talking about.

If you remember, go ahead and try these two. Two ATC’s picked at random. See what you get when you try to connect them, and, then, when I switch them.

This one is so tricky, too, what with the fact that one is portrait orientation and the other, landscape. Hmmm, I do try to make it interesting…

All right. This way…

That way…

Lightning Strikes Yet Trees Are Confident

If you put these two ATC’s together you can come up with any number of stories.

And the narrative will be different if you take things in a different order.

Just saying.

See what you make of these two cards, selected at random, from the collection. Quickly you are intrigued, aren’t you, to come up with a story.

Artist trading cards, October, 2017.

Creation of the World

Here is an artist book I made in October, 2017. I painted in acrylics on top of the pages of a pamphlet from the paint store – it was already stapled for me, and I used the images on the pages as guides for my painting (in a loose way). The booklet was composed of sturdy shiny paper, like the ad cards I get in the mail and have used as the basis for many mail art items.

After I finished the book, I wrote text for it based on the images. I did not want to paste it in the book or write it out as I thought it would interfere with the paintings. Usually I do include the text, but this time, it just didn’t seem right for the project. Instead, I typed it out, referenced the page numbers, and put the book and the text page in a clear envelope. That way they can stay together and be enjoyed together.

I’ll show you the pages with their text and then set the text out all alone at the end.

Creation of the World

i.
Tough-eyed
the thin black trees
it’s hard to get hold of their thoughts
they cast restless shadows
eye the green silence
across the divide

ii.
Eggs asleep in a cold-water nest
The gray river flows
over and around
the black stones

Red-hot to ashes
stones cool on the orange beach.

iii.
Draw up the cover of night

iv.
Calligraphy on the moon.
The signs scratched on the rock
by vagabond travelers
run out of momentum
inform later
arrivals.

Impulsive escape.
The pretext of pursuit.
Compromise and balance
the refuge.

v.
Stars hang from the grid
set across the sky
named and a map drawn
by wayfarers
who cannot leave home.

Here is the text, alone.

Creation of the World

i.
Tough-eyed
the thin black trees
it’s hard to get hold of their thoughts
they cast restless shadows
eye the green silence
across the divide

ii.
Eggs asleep in a cold-water nest
The gray river flows
over and around
the black stones

Red-hot to ashes
stones cool on the orange beach.

iii.
Draw up the cover of night

iv.
Calligraphy on the moon.
The signs scratched on the rock
by vagabond travelers
run out of momentum
inform later
arrivals.

Impulsive escape.
The pretext of pursuit.
Compromise and balance
the refuge.

v.
Stars hang from the grid
set across the sky
named and a map drawn
by wayfarers
who cannot leave home.

A Lot of Color

Sometimes a lot of color is all you need.

Mail art postcards on recycled cardboard, acrylics – May, 2017.

Speckly Stuff and Maybe a Visit to the Tiny Art Gallery

Take a look at these artist trading cards before they get put on display at the Tiny Art Gallery (you know the place, you’ve been there before! And if you haven’t, start here, or search under the term – tiny art gallery…)

Fingerpaint, Please

Here are some postcards from May, 2017. I fingerpainted the black inclusions in all these cards. Sometimes I just get so impatient.

Acrylics do wash off skin very easily with water. Thank goodness.