Monday, December 11, 2017

Recycled Cowboys

Things a Cowboy Should Know, mixed media, collage, 8”x8’ on board

San Francisco is a city with a great commitment to recycling and composting.  And we are a city where we all have that neighbor who thinks cardboard goes in the trash and plastic goes in the compost.  We are a beautiful city with filthy streets.  Streets with all sorts of abandoned flotsam and jetsam.  And still, some neighbors purposefully leave boxes on the street for us all to rummage through.   You never know what you might find. I’ve found good books, antique cloisonnĂ©, materials for art projects and, in this example, the tattered remains of book titled Lore of the West: Roy Rogers with Gabby Hayes.  The 78 rpm record the book came with was missing (you can listen here).  Here is a website that will give you an idea what the book was like in its complete state. I chose to recycle the remnants into the collage shown here.  I only wish I could figure out who was responsible for the original, wonderful illustrations but for now they remain an uncredited artist that worked for RCA or the publisher.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Color Memory and the 1970s

1974 Kitchen, mixed media on board, 6”x12”

My mixed media art continues to explore color and memory. This latest piece is an homage to the bright, orange 1970s kitchen.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

30,000 Miles

When I added up the mileage for just six wonderful pieces of mail art I have recently received I realized the tally was over 30,000 miles (48,000 km).  That’s a lot of postal frequent flyer miles in these six pieces:
  1. William Mellott sent a new postcard and ATC using some of his amazing rubber stamps from Taiwan.
  2. Connie Jean sent a modified postcard from Florida.
  3. Carolyn Oord (aka Kerosene) sent a new ATC and a skeleton zine form across the continent in Québec.
  4. Three new modified vintage postcards came from Anna Hollings in New Zealand.
  5. Fun envelope and a great collage inside from Virgo in Russia.
  6. And finally, a lovely, small folio of prints of Rebecca Guyver’s pastel work arrived from Britain.