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Nine Cards from November Swap

Fall’s ihanna swap yielded only nine cards. The ninth, from Italy, took a very long time, so I’m still hopeful number 10 may come from some remote location like Fiji or Australia. Here are the nine:

 

Stitchery from Italy

Stitchery from Italy.

 

From Minnesota, a sweet little (real) bag spilling little bits of (fake) jewelry.

From Minnesota, a sweet little (real) bag spilling bits of (fake) jewelry.

 

Life questions in a collage from the U.K.

Life questions in a collage from the U.K.

 

Self-portrait in paint and stamp from South Texas. (I digitized her image for her privacy.)

Self-portrait in paint and stamps from South Texas. (I digitized her image for her privacy.)

 

Collage seascape from California, one of my all-time favorites.

Collage seascape from California, one of my all-time favorites.

 

Whimsical collage from Germany.

Whimsical collage from Germany.

 

Another from England, a collage that changes "impossible" to "I'm possible."

Another from England, an upbeat collage that changes “impossible” to “I’m possible.”

 

A whimsical collection of gerunds in collage, from Sweden.

A whimsical collection of gerunds in collage, from Sweden.

 

Finally, an amazing little packet from California, tied up in a mesh bow:

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Fall Postcard Swap

Here are some of the cards I sent in the most recent iHanna swap.

Shiny puffy hearts (water color pencil, glitter paint, paper)

Shiny puffy hearts (water color pencil, glitter paint, paper)

 

Pride of Barbados (marker)

Pride of Barbados (marker)

Doodle #25, Flow (water color pencils, glitter paint, paper, marker)

Doodle #25, Flow (water color pencils, glitter paint, paper, marker)

Doodle #24, Sparkle dots (water color pencil, glitter paint, paper) The sparkle dots had to be added after my granddaughter accidentally splashed some sparkle paint on it)

Doodle #24, Sparkle dots (water color pencil, glitter paint, paper) The sparkle dots were added after my granddaughter accidentally splashed some sparkle paint on it.

I addition, I sent several that were variations on the Skybluepink poem in the last post, except that I used several photos of a real sunrise we had recently.

I’ll post images of the cards I receive after they’ve all arrived. So far I have two.

 

Cool Cards from the May Swap

A little behind after travel and the granddaughter finishing the school year, I’ve scanned the postcards I received in this spring’s iHanna swap.

Marieke, Netherlands (made with hand-dyed fabric):

Marieke, the Netherlands

Kristen, California:

Kristen, California

Dori, Iowa:

Dori, Iowa

Valerie, U.S. location unknown (the card was damaged and the postmark unreadable):

Valerie, U.S. location unknown

Anna, Sweden:

Anna, Sweden

Anke, Germany:

Anke, Germany

Pam, North Dakota:

Pam, North Dakota

Cynthia, Florida:

Cynthia, Florida

Sandra, UK:

From Sandra in the UK

Carol, Nebraska:

Carol, Nebraska

The Swap is On!

After I received the list of people to send cards to in the latest ihanna swap, I addressed and stamped all my completed cards–then got sick and didn’t get them mailed out on time. But they’re all on their way now (and I’m still trying to recover from one of the worst flu-type + intestinal viruses I’ve ever had. And now my poor hubby has it.)

These went to Sweden, the U.K. (2), Israel, California, Mississippi, New York State, Illinois, Maryland and Missouri.

Red poppy happy

Red Poppy Happy (collage)

 

 

Sundrops

Sundrops (acrylic on canvas paper)

 

Spring Morning Blunn Creek (water color)

Spring Morning Blunn Creek (water color)

 

Mood Swing (water color)

Mood Swing (water color)

 

Mood Swing II (water color)

Mood Swing II (water color)

 

Invitation to Summer (collage)

Invitation to Summer (collage)

 

Texas Spring/Summer (acrylic, collage)

Texas Spring/Summer (acrylic, collage)

 

Cry Wolf (collage, based on music from the Beck Song Reader)

Cry Wolf (collage, based on “The Wolf is on the Hill” from the Beck Song Reader)

 

Bird, bee and flowers (collage)

Bird, bee and flowers (collage)

 

 

Latest Postcard Swap

iHanna’s fall postcard swap was a great success this year–I received all 10 cards during November. Here they are, in no particular order.

From Libby in Idaho

From Libby in Idaho

Lina in Ontario

Lina in Ontario

Kathleen M

Kathleen M

Karen B

Karen B

Jenny P, Colorado

Jenny P, Colorado

Helly J in the UK

Helly J in the UK

D. Walsh--Sparkles and jewels--this came in an envelope!

D. Walsh–Sparkles and jewels–this came in an envelope!

Dori P, Iowa

Dori P, Iowa

Cathy, Iowa

Cathy, Iowa

An Lina Designs, Texas

An Lina Designs, Texas

Next: I’m still painting, but with holidays, upcoming design work for Paradox Players and having a rambunctious nine-year-old in the house, it goes slowly. As my therapist says: it’ll wait for me to get back to it.

Drought

Although the spring rains in Central Texas have not ended our drought, they have kicked the butts of anyone who suffers from allergies, which is just about everyone. So I’ve been in a bit of an artistic drought. Here’s my recent paltry output:

Code (poem fragments) - monoprint, marker on vellum, paper

Code (poem fragments) – monoprint, marker on vellum, paper

“Code” is second in a series about coded language. I love Gregg shorthand–still remember it after learning it in high school a thousand years ago–and I’m exploring different forms of coded language. The poems fragments say: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” (From “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver); “Life has loveliness to sell/buy it and never count the cost,” (From “Barter” by Sara Teasdale); and the last is after the title of a poetry collection I’m reading, “Grab Life by the Throat.” (The title is actually “Catch Life by the Throat,” but I like “Grab” better.)

Monster Dandelion - monoprint, collage on board

Monster Dandelion – monoprint, collage on board

Faded Honor - computer type on vellum over water color

Faded Honor – computer type on vellum over water color

Place Setting - collage over monoprint on board

Place Setting – collage over monoprint on board

Skating under the Aurora 2 - water color

Skating under the Aurora 2 – water color

I’m working on a book of dream poems, possibly to be titled “Skating under the Aurora.” This is the second version of what may be the cover art. It has a way to go yet to capture the dream.

Plus one card received:

"Adirondack Chair," from Honi in New York State

“Adirondack Chair,” from Honi in New York State

I have a surplus of cards to send, so if you would like to find a piece of hand-made original art in your mailbox, email me at jillybeanswiggins@gmail.com. International requests are welcome, and I’d love to swap.

Springing Back to Life

The month between mid-March and mid-April was a blur of illness, travel and too little art time. But I’m getting productive again, so here are the latest pieces, plus some I’ve received since the last post:

Heart of Spring (collage)

Heart of Spring (collage)

Stained glass with brown and gold (markers). Done when I was in the grid phase but overlooked in scanning.

Stained glass with brown and gold (markers). Done when I was in the grid phase but overlooked in scanning.

Strange Golden Creature

Strange Golden Creature (water color, gel crayons). I don’t know what to make of this.

My favorite colors (water color, gel crayons)

My favorite colors (water color, gel crayons)

Windows (markers, cutouts and paper)

Windows (markers, cutouts and paper)

 

Ice Skating under the Aurora (water color). There is a poem to go with this but it's not finished, and I'll probably re-do the art and post on my other blog.

Ice Skating under the Aurora (water color). There is a poem to go with this but it’s not finished, and I may re-do the art and post both on my other blog.

Travel Writer (collage on recycled board). My husband wants me to frame and hang this, so he may get it for his office.

Travel Writer (collage on recycled board). My husband wants me to frame and hang this, so he may get it for his office.

And cards received:

From Dee in South Africa

From Dee in South Africa

Honi in New York State

Honi in New York State

An interesting envelope and stamps from Michelle in Fiji

An interesting envelope and stamps from Michelle in Fiji

 

 

Still in Love

It’s been almost a year since I got the post card bug, and I still feel like I’ve just begun. Ideas flow into my brain before I go to sleep. I dream ideas. “Palimpsest,” below, came out of a dream of creating “decorated shorthand.” I’m interested in the different ways people communicate, which can be kinds of code. For some it’s a foreign language, or American sign language, or math; for others, literal computer coding language; for me it’s body language, music symbols, Gregg shorthand–learned in high school, still remembered and still useful! Who knew it could also be art?

Palimpsest (marker, stickers on vellum) "Decorated shorthand," and playing with overlaid images on vellum.

Palimpsest (marker, stickers on vellum) “Decorated shorthand,” playing with overlaid images on vellum.

 

Cheer Up (water color, water color pencils) Playing with transparency

Cheer Up (water color, water color pencils) Playing with transparency

Make a Wish (collage). The central image came from a birthday card received last year, so I sent this back to the sender.

Make a Wish (collage). The central image came from a birthday card received last year, so I sent this back to the sender.

I Don't Want to Set the World on Fi-yer

I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fi-yer (water color, water color pencils), after a writing workshop about setting your words on fire. My mother used to talk about my brother singing the song when he was little, and I had heard it several times recently. So it honors both the writing teacher and my late brother. I sent it to the teacher.

Spring Will Come (collage). To reassure friends after a dreary winter.

Spring Will Come (collage). To reassure friends after a dreary winter.

Shine Bright Dream Big (mixed media collage--coffee filter, watercolor gel crayons, washi tape, various papers)

Shine Bright Dream Big (mixed media collage–coffee filter, watercolor gel crayons, washi tape, various papers)

Haven’t done many exchanges lately, but below is another card received from Honi in New York. She really goes all out with envelopes, something I have yet to get into.

Orange is the Happiest Color, by Honi. Love the envelope, too!

Orange is the Happiest Color, by Honi. Love the envelope, too!

Email me your mailing address to jillybeanswiggins@gmail.com if you’d like to receive a card. International addresses welcome.

Fun from Fiji, France, S. Africa and the U.S.

This week was a bonanza of cards from interesting places:

From Honi in New York state, with a bonus snow picture

From Honi in New York state, with a bonus snow picture

Card with interesting envelope from Michelle in the Fiji Islands

Card with interesting envelope and stamp from Michelle in the Fiji Islands

Cool New Year's greetings from Guillaume in France

Cool New Year’s greetings from Guillaume in France, with an added “Je suis Charlie” on his note.

Beautiful collage from Dee in South Africa

Beautiful collage from Dee in South Africa

And I few new pieces of my own:

Doodles in pink, blue, teal, purple and green (markers)

Doodles in pink, blue, teal, purple and green (markers). I’m still playing with doodles and grids, after Joaquin Torres Garcia.

Meditation Altar (water color). My little zen altar as it looks this week.

Meditation Altar (water color). My little zen altar as it looks this week; the flowers will be different next week.

Neon Doodle Profile (Doodle app/computer) My granddaughter downloaded an app on my phone. It's addictive.

Neon Doodle Profile (Doodle app/computer) My granddaughter downloaded an app on my phone. It’s addictive.

Ivy and Winter Sun (manipulated original photo) Our back patio on a sunny winter afternoon.

Ivy and Winter Sun (manipulated original photo) Our patio on a sunny winter afternoon.

For the Love (Part 2)

If you missed Part 1, please visit my other blog, the gist of which is that I blog because I love doing it and I’m not very good at promoting readership.

My mother was an expert knitter. She could knit anything: fair isle, fishermen’s knit, cable, dolls with removable knitted clothes, coats, vests. Local yarn shops had rosters of knitters to knit for well-off non-knitters. She refused. She said if she did it for money it was “work.” She gave away hundreds, if not thousands, of items in her  80+ year knitting career. She would charge for yarn, or let people buy their own, but she wouldn’t take a penny for her work.

 Fair isle made when I was in high school!

Fair isle made when I was in high school!

Lacy multi-color from about mid-80s.

Lacy multi-color from about mid-80s.

 

Someone told me I should sell my post cards at a booth at Austin’s South Congress Artists’ Market. I told him about my mother and knitting. I do it because I love doing it. If I have to worry about renting and running a booth, marketing, parking on market days (!) and everything else it entails, it’s work.

Another reason I’m not so good at marketing myself:  As a public information person before retirement I was responsible for getting my agency’s message out to the media and the public. But the focus was on what the agency was doing, not on myself. I have mixed feelings about attention. I can talk with a live mike in front of me,  and did TV interviews, but I’m embarrassed when “happy birthday” is sung to me.

For 2015 I’m going to learn how to get more eyeballs on my blogs. In the meantime, thank you for your eyeballs, and if you’d like to receive a real, non-digital version of a post card, please send your mailing address to jillybeanswiggins@wordpress.com. International requests are welcome.

I’m still playing with grids inspired by Uruguayan artist Joaquin Torres Garcia.

1950s bathroom (marker)

1950s bathroom (markers)

Shiny New Year (markers, metallic and glitter markers)

Shiny New Year (markers, metallic and glitter markers)

Fat Tuesday (markers) Named after I got going with those colors.

Fat Tuesday (markers) Named after I noticed the colors I had chosen.

Stained glass (marker)

Stained glass (markers)

Maori art overlaid on a New Zealand map (scanned images)

Maori art overlaid on a New Zealand map (scanned images)

Good Morning (Gratitude) (Original photo retouched with colored pencils and glitter markers)

Good Morning (Gratitude) (Original photo retouched with colored pencils and glitter markers)

This is not upside-down (original photo). Having fun with Texas winter sky.

This is not upside-down (original photo). Having fun with Texas winter sky.

Another card received from Honi in New York State:

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!