It has been a tough year for everyone, but we won the misfortune lottery: we survived the Big Texas Freeze, after which we resumed looking for another house, which we found in April, closed in May, moved in June, then put the old house on the market, closing in July. In August, we discovered a leaking shower that needed a total renovation, very expensive and quite disruptive. Then in September we were in an accident, which was the other guy’s fault. Husband and I were slightly injured and my car was totaled. Since then I’ve been dealing with healing, getting a new car, and dealing with insurance adjustors.
But…it would take more than that to stop me from participating in the fall iHanna postcard swap! On Monday, November 1, I had five ready and needed 10 by November 5. I made it! The cards were dropped off at the post office this morning.
There are actually 11, because the two Scotland cards really needed to go together to make sense.
Now back to my regularly scheduled crazy life.
Time to catch up with work I’ve done since I posted the Fall swap cards. Since we’re still staying home until we get vaccinated (I finally did get my husband and me on a waiting list!) I go through spurts of work. Here are my latest collage cards.
The first four came from a prompt from ihanna, taking a full sheet of water color paper and painting a ground, then cutting the sheet into four pieces and making four different cards.
Keeping with the floral theme:
And staying with natural objects:
Onto totally uncategorized subjects:
Because I just love suns!
Now that the holiday busyness is waning, here are the nine cards I received in the ihanna fall postcard swap. (It’s disappointing to send 10 and receive nine; I wish people would honor their commitments.)
I’ve been participating in the iHanna swap since about 2014 and have quite a collection of received cards. Rather than stuffing them into a binder, I punch one hole and thread them onto large separating rings, which I then link together and hang in the studio.
The ihanna fall swap hasn’t been announced, but so much time at home has allowed me to focus on art more than ever. These have been so much fun! Since I knit and work with fabrics, I’ve incorporated yarn images, as well as actual fabric, into some of the work.
A friend has a huge collection of Paddingtons, so I made a second one of this and sent it to her.
A little bit about process: I have a huge quantity of papers, clippings, images and media. Pieces accumulate on the art table, and sort of rearrange themselves. The studio is near a hub area of the house so I go past the table many times a day, and as I do I’ll see patterns, color schemes and juxtapositions, rearranging slightly as I go past. Then I sit down and work the random arrangement into a composition. The following three came together after I received a yarn catalog in the mail.
Bonus #11: my granddaughter was inspired to do a collage using mostly Color-Aid paper (the scan does not do it justice; the colors are vibrant)
Although we have been fortunate to be living fairly normal lives during the Great Pandemic of 2020, staying home has made me spend more time making art. In order to brighten people’s lives, I’ve been working on post cards that can be inspiring or bring a little cheer. I have donated some to my church to be mailed to folks who are not participating in our Zoom services. I hope they brighten someone’s day.
This group is not comprehensive but is a good sampling of current work. Some is original art and many are computer-generated graphics, using photos, quotes, poems or inspiring words. Many of the photos are manipulated but they are all my own original work.
The rest are computer graphic designs, which is a fun way to play with images, words and compositions, and makes an easily reproduced product.
Finally, in working with nature images, I found myself perusing poetry books and found Wendell Berry’s poetry to be especially apropos. In this case I used the poem in two different images. The one with prayer flags is our back yard. (The text is adapted from Berry’s poem, “Woods,” published in his “New and Collected Poems.”)
As always, if you would like to receive an original jillybeans card, email your mailing address to email@example.com
The local arts center is accepting work for a member show with the title “Created During Covid.” I’m submitting this painting, which was painted from a photo I took in early May. I love the dramatic sky against the church building, the Mormon church in my neighborhood.
I have received only eight cards from the Spring iHanna swap, but unless the last two are coming from Fiji or New Zealand, I think that will be it. The last one I received, in late June, was from Australia.
One thing about postcard swaps: since the administrative side is done online and the actual swap is done by mail, it can go on during a pandemic! I have registered for the iHanna spring swap and have 10 cards ready to mail once Hanna sends out the lists. (See earlier posts for previously completed cards. Also see my other blog for some inspirational cards I am sending out to friends and neighbors.) Here are the final four: