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Skybluepink poem and postcard X4

The title that my poetry group liked was “Something Else My Mother Was Wrong About,” but I decided it was too snarky and kind of like the invented run-together word.

All are water color with type on a vellum overlay. I’d love feedback on your favorite version. If you’d like one, send your mailing address to jillybeanswiggins@gmail.com. International requests are welcome.

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Some I Have to Keep

I’ve been working on post cards for the iHanna swap in May, but sometimes I make one that I can’t bear to part with.

There is a tree outside a window that reflects beautiful leaf shadows and apricot light on our living room wall when the sun reaches it. I took a photo, then tried to render it in a way that captured the magic of that ephemeral light.

After it was finished, I decided to mat it and found the perfect yellow frame, so now it hangs on the wall near the spot where the actual light comes in. I used a vellum overlay, inking in the branches and filling in the color with water color. That is laid over another layer of water color underneath, which I think gives it more depth. The “happy accident” that happens in art is that the ink, which I thought was permanent, ran when I painted in the water color. It blurred the edges a little, just as they are in the photo, even though it was unintentional.

Apricot morning light (ink and water color on vellum over water color on paper)

Apricot morning light (ink and water color on vellum over water color on paper)

Here is the photo of the actual image.

apricot light

Benefit post cards

As part of my gallery show, I offered to send an original post card for a donation to the church. Since it’s spring, I went with a floral theme in mostly primary colors. The tiny red biplane was inspired by one I often see fly over my house.

Spring Flight

Spring Flight (water color)

Spring Flyers (water color)

Spring Flyers (water color)

 

Fall Postcard Swap

As crazy as this fall has been, with adjusting to new beings in my life (updates on my other blog soon) and a trip, I squeezed in the iHanna postcard swap. Fortunately I had a small supply saved, so I had to make only a few. Here’s what was sent out at the end of October.

Beautyberries 2

Beautyberries 2 (water color, marker, paper) – Impression of colors of a beautyberry bush.

Beautyberries (water color, markers) - More realistic view of a beautyberry bush.

Beautyberries (water color, markers) – More realistic impression of a beautyberry bush.

Utah Impressions (water color)

Utah Impressions (water color)

Piscivore (collage)

Piscivore (collage)

There was a face - Kupka (water color) - Homage to the artist František Kupka

There was a face – Kupka (water color) – Homage to the artist František Kupka

Kupka homage in hot colors (marker) - Another nod to Kupka

Kupka homage in hot colors (marker) – Another nod to Kupka

Ice Skating under the Aurora (water color) - Sketch for a future book of dream poetry.

Ice Skating under the Aurora (water color) – Sketch for a future book of dream poetry.

Autumn glow (water , glitter paint)

Autumn glow (water color, glitter paint)

Autumn dreams (water color, glitter paint)

Autumn dreams (water color, glitter paint)

This was a repeat of a previous card:

Eating an Orange (copy of original poem and original pastel drawing)

Eating an Orange (copy of original poem and original pastel drawing)

I have started receiving cards, so I’ll post them after I’ve received all 10.

It must be the heat

Not too much output yet this summer, for the usual reasons. Here’s this week’s work.  Apparently I’m into hot colors. Happy July!

Off-Center Boom. Had a scrap piece of round cardboard to play with. (Acrylic, paper, washi tape)

Off-Center Boom. Had a scrap piece of round cardboard to play with. (acrylic, paper, washi tape)

Little Bang (acrylic, paper, washi tape)

Little Bang (acrylic, paper, washi tape)

Orange, red, purple (water color)

Orange, red, purple (water color)

Sailing the Cosmic Sea (water color, collage, stickers, confetti)

Sailing the Cosmic Sea (water color, collage, stickers, confetti)

The above began as the first version of “Orange, red, purple,” but it wasn’t working so I just played around with images until it became rather whimsical. (I rarely just give up and call a piece a failure–of course there have been some–but I usually try to push through until I get something pleasing or, if all else fails, fun.) I also just realized that each of these four pieces was an attempt to express the same idea, and “Orange, red, purple,” is the closest fulfillment of that vision. Also the simplest and quickest (and last) one. That’s often the way art is. It works best when you quit trying so hard.

Received a nice packet from Honi in New York state, including the scan of a weave, and the dear little purple envelope with butterflies on it and a tiny handmade book inside.

Image of a weave, from Honi

Image of a weave, from Honi

Little envelope and booklet with tiny "tickets" inside, from Honi.

Little envelope and booklet with tiny “tickets” inside, from Honi.

 

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.

New for ’15

Halfway through January, it’s time for an update. Here are new pieces of my own and fun ones received. Some have been sent. If you’d like to receive a card, just send your mailing address to jillybeanswiggins@gmail.com. International mail is ok.

Texas Autumn (acrylic, real leaves)

Texas Autumn (acrylic, real crape myrtle leaves)

Heavy Metal (marker, metallic marker)

Heavy Metal (marker, metallic and glitter marker)

Plaid Homage (water color, acrylic) sent as a thank-you for tickets to Plaid Tidings

Plaid Homage (water color, acrylic) sent as a thank-you for tickets to Plaid Tidings

Monkey Shines (water color, sticker, glitter marker) previously posted on other blog

Monkey Shines (water color, sticker, glitter marker) previously posted on my other blog

Fan Coral (neon paint monoprint) My granddaughter and I were playing with monoprints. I was going to add fish or something but decided all it needed was the border.

Fan Coral (neon paint monoprint). My granddaughter and I were playing with monoprints. I was going to add fish or something but decided all it needed was the border.

Margarita Doodle (marker, mounted on paper-covered board

Margarita Doodle (marker, mounted on paper-covered board) No, I wasn’t drinking margaritas; the title is inspired by the colors)

Shiny New Year (markers, metallic and glitter markers)

Shiny New Year (markers, metallic and glitter markers)

Cards received:

From Lynne in Maine

From Lynne in Maine

Another from Catherine in Shropshire

Another from Catherine in Shropshire

Finally, two from Honi in New York state.

Finally, two from Honi in New York state.

Honi Jan 15

Offerings may be a little skimpier for a while as I focus on a pile of poems that have been written and critiqued but not finished, plus keeping up with my writing blog. I can’t not do some art though, and I keep adding media, including incorporating stitchery into my artwork.Happy 2015!

 

Postcard love

It recently dawned on me that one reason I like making postcards is that I’ve always liked postcards. Many that I’ve received are on the kitchen wall.

Post cards on the kitchen wall

Post cards on the kitchen wall

Kitchen post cards 2

When I mentioned Hiroshige in my other blog, a friend send me a note saying she had a fat book of Hiroshige postcards, which she sent out sparingly because she didn’t want them to run out. I replied that I had the same fat book, but couldn’t bear to send them at all!

Postcards I kept

Postcards I can’t part with

It’s hard to believe my last post was in October! With two trips, granddaughter’s birthday and Thanksgiving, November didn’t allow for much art output. But here are the few I’ve managed to produce, followed by some lovely cards I received.

Grid, inspired by Joaquin Torres Garcia (marker)

Grid, inspired by Joaquin Torres Garcia (marker)

Undersea (water color, stickers, Sparkle gel water color crayons

Undersea (water color, stickers, Sparkle gel water color crayons)

Braided Streams (water color pencils)

Braided Streams (water color pencils)

Grid 2, also after Joaquin Torres Garcia (markers)

Grid 2, also after Joaquin Torres Garcia (markers)

Another card that I made in November was posted on my other blog, since it included a poem.

Finally, some fun cards received in the past few weeks:

Fall image from Honi in New York state.

Fall image from Honi in New York state.

Cheerful flowery greeting from Catherine in Shropshire, UK.

Cheerful flowery greeting from Catherine in Shropshire, UK.

A beauty from Dee in South Africa.

A beauty from Dee in South Africa.

So very French. From Guillaume in France.

So very French. From Guillaume in France.