You got to love Heleen's drawings.  What a talent.But this is too good to leave in Black & White.Just a little colour here and there should do.Well that doesn't look too good, maybe a little more will help.I have a feeling I should have stopped while the getting was good.OH dear, what a dog's dinner I made of this.  Can I have another one?

Thank you Heleen.  What a team we would make!

Really sorry about this.

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Comment by Dean aka Artist in Seine on January 25, 2015 at 6:26pm

No problem.  When one is inspired, one is inspired.  Sadly, when one is expired, well then it is too late.  I do miss Ray who left us 20 years ago. (January 13, 1995)  But hope lives on.

Comment by Richard Canard on January 24, 2015 at 6:02pm

24.01.15 Dare Ms. Heleen de V.,....Incredible!!!!  (I'm talking about my own "naivitay" here)...  & yes, now that Sir Dean has simply pointed out that what is actually going on here is simply a series of progressive photos of the same image.(But , of course , it is.) I find it all  very embarrassing. That is, so-called "artist types"are suppose to be able "to see".  All I really picked up on was the pun surrounding his name ......perhaps foolishly again, but I'll stick with the  loose "obsessive" label that I mentioned nonetheless.  Over the years, I've noticed multiple mail artists who do not necessarily abide to the common civilized traditional courtesy of  responding directly to recent correspondence. Certainly, observation of the social graces is appreciated but there are no rules in the business of "mail art" (except those enforced by the Post Office &  or the heart of the individual mail artist). I can vaguely remember receiving 4 or 5 or more missives from Ray Johnson & without a single peep (or "quack" ) from me.  & vice-versa, I seem to recall bombing him, as well as, some others mercilessly--all to no avail. Obviously , I am attempting to cover myself here for any silence in regard to your earlier mailing. It is true , I probably owe a  thousand & one postcards & letters. All the best to you. Richard Canard

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on January 24, 2015 at 2:22pm

'Love coloring the snail, too

...and those duckies are fantastic!

Yes, Heleen, that is Richard's address in Carbondale, Illinois

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on January 24, 2015 at 1:25pm

Thank you, Dean, for your kind words, and sorry for having drawn an artist in the Seine on my envelope to you et pas des canards... :-)

Comment by Dean aka Artist in Seine on January 24, 2015 at 1:01pm

Actually it is the progress of the same one.  But the InSeine part is not too far from the truth!

Love the duck envelope.

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on January 24, 2015 at 10:28am

Hello Mr. Richard C. I happen to have one snail colouring card left, which probably is because it knew it had to be sent to you.

The only thing is that I don't dear to put it into the letterbox because I am in doubt whether I have your correct address or not. In 2010, or 2009 or 2011, I sent mail art, 'words', to which I thought it was your place, but I am afraid it must have been lost in post.

But of course I would like to have an other try. So please let me know if this address, written bottom right, is yours:



Comment by Richard Canard on January 24, 2015 at 2:06am

23.01.15 Dare  Ms. Heleen De V., ...... Oh, I want one of these also---just to try my hand.....(Sorry,... I don't have the wherewithal & or the necessary hardware to duplicate). ..... InSeine  plays a serious game. What a serious mail artist he is.....(note: he completes 4 different versions....Obsessive!!! ...either that or he is InSeine.   All best to you. Richard Canard

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on January 24, 2015 at 1:37am

I created a colouring picture, you created Art!

Thank you for posting, I really appreciate your inspiring version.

If you want any more snails and leaves and '2015' to add your colours to, please feel free to upload it from my


Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on January 17, 2015 at 7:26pm

Adorable snail, InSeine! Very "Hippie" :-)



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