The Gypsy Cart of Art and More

I hope you are enjoying your summer!  With the warm temperatures and cooling nights, my summer is very enjoyable.  Much art activity has gone on during the past three months.

The Gypsy Cart this past Saturday at the Farmers Market!

The Gypsy Cart this past Saturday at the Farmers Market!

Three times now, the gypsy cart of art has made it to our Farmers Market.  I’ve been very happy with the response from people enjoy the cart and my artwork!  On the cart I have smaller original paintings, prints, hand colored prints, floral garlands, notecards, bookmarks, vegetable bags, and pallet paintings (which are actually off the cart) for sale.  The market is held downtown Iron Mountain, across from the library by the stage.  If you get a chance, stop by say hello and you may the perfect piece of art for a gift.

Some of the art for sale on top of the gypsy cart.

Some of the art for sale on top of the gypsy cart.

A few weeks ago, I helped The Friends of the Braumart to put together the “framework” for the Inaugural Mostra D’Arte show, held during the week before Italian Fest weekend.  It currently is the only gallery style juried art show in Iron Mountain.  Sixteen artists, three jurors, and numerous hours of planning and setting up and striking the show, made for a wonderful exhibition of art.  I was surprised and delighted to win the Third Place Jurors Award on my watercolor painting of The Three Graces which depicted three women stomping grapes.  Sometimes hanging a show can be challenging, but I was so happy with the ease that two women and I had in curating it.  We received many positive comments regarding the hanging!

Meanwhile, up in the studio I’ve been framing watercolor and ink paintings to hang in the gallery.  This is the week I plan to rehang!  During the week, feel free to stop by the gallery downstairs to see what’s new.

The Dig In and Bike On project continues to move along.  Through Kickstarter, 3 racks have been funded and created. Outside of Kickstarter, 3 racks are ordered and a voice agreement for another.  Ronnie Bradke is doing a fantastic job of fabricating the racks.  Two have been installed in the downtown and I hope the third can be installed this week in time for the Labor Day weekend.

May the rest of your summer and the coming weekend bring you much delight!

Joan

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Dig In and Bike On!

Hello everybody!

I’m super excited as I have launched my first Kickstarter project called Dig In and Bike On!  Please take a few minutes to check it out and pass it along to your friends and family, too!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2131890996/dig-in-and-bike-on

outside view of bike end cap

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Mail Art entry 13!

Mail art entry 13a

What can I say? Sun was pouring through my Southern exposure drawing room window as the ideas fluttered about like the butterfly on the stamp.  I really like how this one turned out!

Mail art entry 13b

The back of this postcard is fun to trace the stitching tracks!

If you haven’t checked out where all these pieces of mail have gone, go to Two Hands Paperie’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Hands-Paperie/282051646297?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Mail Art entry 12!

Cut, sew, draw and repeat …

Mail Art entry 12a

Stage 1 of front:  I sewed the little orange ribbon on, the little butterfly cut-out, and then drew the rest with the addresses and stamp.  Still seemed ho-hum …

Mail Art entry 12b

For the flip side I cut out tulips from a rectangle piece of paper and then tore around it.  I sewed the tulip silhouettes, ribbons, and the cardboard cut-out onto the back. After stitching it onto the backside of another sheet cardboard, I scribbled into some of the border with the blue ink pen and added a request to Spring … still not pleased.

Mail Art entry 12c

Thinking a few raindrops might help, I added those, but still not enough …

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… I decided to darker the one set of scribbles in the border and add a second set.  The looseness of the line gives a “stitched” look to it.  Back to the front …

Mail Art entry 12f

… more color was added with marker and some Prismacolor to help give it a little more  brightness.

Off it went … with added postage.

 

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Mail Art entry 11!

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Inspiration once again came from the stamp and wanting to play with black and white gouache .  For this piece, I began with a piece of cardboard from a sheet set that had printing on one side and blank white on the other.

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Knowing the paint would not want to adhere very well, I sanded the blank side with some fine sand paper. After addressing and stamping the cardboard, I set it to the side and cut a smaller piece of card stock that fit inside a printed border on the back side of the cardboard.  From a recently acquired package of miscellaneous papers, etc., I pulled out a solid teal piece and a playing card.  I sewed the teal paper in the middle and cut the card at an angle. Placing the card in strategic locations, I sewed those into place.  Next, I added a piece of red ribbon.  Finally, I sewed the new “sewed” card onto the back of the cardboard.

Knowing the paint would not want to adhere very well to the slick cardboard from the sheet, I sanded the blank side with some fine grade sand paper. The gouache stayed onto the card beautifully.

Once I finished the front and let it dry, I flipped it over, looked at that 3 of hearts and began to reminisce about all those Canasta games. That playing card brought back many memories of playing canasta with my family. Being allowed to play Canasta with the adults was truly a right of passage.  Numerous Sunday afternoons were spent playing cards with my family and visiting with cousins, aunts and uncles.  My Aunt Agnes always placed bowls of chips and chocolates onto the table only to be washed down by soda pop.  Strategy, stories, and laughter often ensued.  Enough reminiscing for now, back to the project …

mail art 11b

Originally, I thought I would draw or paint some silhouettes of figures (like those the stamp) onto the sewn back side of the card, but it seemed only right to add the Williams Rule book and a few thoughts.

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Mail Art 10!

Mail Art 10a

With yesterday officially being day 3 of Spring and knowing white snow surrounded me, my psyche ached for spring flowers and color.When working on this envelope, this landscape composition extended from the stamp, which is rather ironic when looking at the industrial landscape of the stamp.

The front of the envelope I worked on last night and placed it on my drawing table for the morning project.

Mail Art 10b

This morning I saw the flowers and decided to create a still life with more of them, only larger on the back.

Media I used for this envelope included ink and Prismacolor pencils.

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Mail Art entry 9!

Mail Art entry 9a

Last night after dinner, I sat in a chair to watch Neil Young’s Journey.  As the movie began, I found I just couldn’t sit there without doing something.  So I ran to my office and grabbed an envelope, to the dining room table where I left my stamps, then into my drawing room for my Bic markers.

I placed a stamp on the envelope, added the addresses and began the black outlines, using the graphics in the stamp as a reference.  Once the black lines were in place, I added the bright Bic marker color, but found frustration with the flat colors.  One more leap up from my chair and I retrieved my Prismacolor pencils!  The color pencil overlay allowed me to add wonderful detail, depth of color, and depth in design.

Mail Art entry 9b

I turned the envelope over and stared at a plain white blank side.  I began the process over beginning with the black lines, adding color with marker and adding more color with color pencil.

Many of the stamps I currently am using are from the U.S. Postal Service Modern Art in America, 1913-1931 Forever Stamps.  You can read more about them at:  http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2013/pr13_033.htm

 

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Mail Art entry 8!

Mail Art entry 8a

Ever have one of those ideas that seem wonderful, but the execution of it becomes more time consuming than you thought?  Welcome to Mail Art entry 8?

Mail Art entry 8b

Using a clear envelope, I thought it would be great to put some glitter paint into it.  Good idea – until I realized how long it was going to take for it to dry.  After approximately 7 days and numerous attempts at blow drying the inside of it, the paint dried!  I added two pieces of paper to the inside with the words Peace and Joy on each.  As an added interest, I cut up pieces of white paper and added those.  At last I placed on the mailing labels, and cut up other mailing labels stuck onto the outside to create a design.  May your endeavors move along much quicker than that one!

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Boulder Creek Painting and Photo

Boulder Creek photo w painting

Many times I’ll capture a photo of a beautiful place with the intention to someday paint it.  Now as I write this, you need to understand that creating a painting from a photo is not the same as to make it look just like the photograph.  If that is the intent, why bother in the first place, just use the photo.

I use the photo as reference for shapes and placement.  If you look at the picture above you will see my original photo of Boulder Creek and the unfinished painting.  The original photo is dark due to the overcast day.  I love to use color and using brighter colors, especially compared to the muted tones in the photo, gives the painting more life and joy than the photo.  The color gives me more of the emotion of how I feel when I think of Boulder Creek.  I use the photo to get a general idea of placement, a starting point for a composition, not as a compulsion to put every single bush, branch and stone into my painting.  The photo is a starting point only.

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Mail Art entry 7!

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I love color!  I’ve accumulated various paint chips over time, in trying to decide various colors for different rooms in our home.  Over the weekend, a local store offered a free quart of paint to try out their new brand.  Trying to decide on one color was so difficult for me, as I love so many colors.

Arriving home, I looked through my collection of paint chips and thought they would make a great piece for Mail Art!  I sewed different cards together and then front to back.  Next came the fun part of deciding what to do.  I used ink to create a great contrast for all the color.  Who knows what tomorrow will hold?

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