December 2014 Blog Posts (228)

February 2014

The challenge this month was to further develop my tonal modelling through a number of representional still life compositions. I needed to overcome the tyranny of line by avoiding line drawing altogether. Through this process, I discovered that the lost and found lines in a drawing become immediately more apparent, enabling me to create line through the use of tone alone. To achieve lost lines I am using an eraser and leaving the canvas white or lightly shaded. I am also beginning to assess…


Added by Jane Noakes on December 31, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

January 2014

Looking back at the first month of regular drawing practice, I can see where my use of  tonal variation has improved. The perspective in ‘Swains Lane, Boxing Day’ is good, but although I have included tonal variations, they are not very subtle and I have struggled with them, due to an unresponsive pencil. I have been using a 2B pencil, which does not have sufficient…


Added by Jane Noakes on December 31, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Happy New Year for all of you my mail-art friends !!!

All the best for 2015 nice works nice moments nice days for all !!!

Added by Mariana Serban on December 31, 2014 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Ano Novo...chegando 2015_Sidnei Piedade

Começa o ano e fico a pensar, como ele será...espero que seja repleto de muito amor, carinho e paz, pois os filhos já não falam com os pais e os casais só brigam e falam em separar...meu Deus isto tem que acabar. Devemos fazer uma…


Added by Sidnei Piedade on December 31, 2014 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone,

I'm having trouble being able to respond to messages, and though I've searched my account settings, found nothing that could rectify the situation. If you get to see this blog post, it's to wish you -

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2015. May your year be full of Mail Art and good cheer and good health and good friends.

Best wishes, always,…


Added by Mim Golub Scalin on December 31, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Negative/Positive shapes of Cat Mail from Paris

Lush "pink" mail art arrived from the Artist in Seine in time for the New Year! Yay!

Some very important images here...but I cannot give out their identity, sorry.

Anyone wish to take a guess as to who they might be?

Now the…


Added by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 31, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

TWO from the Haptic Werewolf for the New Year :-) (Part 2)

And the SECOND package from Hamburg that arrived at the end of 2014...

Interesting wrappings here, too...the answer is "Yes. our Erni"!:…


Added by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 30, 2014 at 7:52pm — 2 Comments

Thanks Patricia Landon, very interesting & cool envelope!

Added by Eva Amity on December 30, 2014 at 7:31pm — No Comments

TWO from the Haptic Werewolf for the New Year : (Part 1)

Last mail delivery for 2014, and here came 2 (TWO!)  from the Off-Scene Akademie Hamburg!

Nice birdie for Wildlife in the City: chiep, chiep? or chirp, chirp? or tweet, tweet!…


Added by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 30, 2014 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Last Mail Art delivery for 2014

The postman finally brought the "last-of-the-mail" for 2014...

and Edmund displayed it on our "blue" placemat :-)

All will be blogged over the New Year Weekend surely,…


Added by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 30, 2014 at 3:48pm — 2 Comments

P-PAW 2015

New Years Resolution: It's time for a new fact this will be a P-PAW!

In 2008, 2009, and 2010 I participated in an exercise in self-discipline that had been started by some online photo friends on one of the Leica groups. It's called "Picture-a-Week," and the idea is simple: make at least one good photograph each week, no matter what, without fail, no excuses. Doesn't have to be prize-winning, but it should be one that I am happy to show off to some sophisticated phot…


Added by Dan Mouer on December 30, 2014 at 3:47pm — 24 Comments

Final Mail Out of 2014

If you have sent me something in the last few weeks a response should be on its way to you this afternoon.

Today's trip to the post office brings my total pieces sent in 2014 up to 151. I have sent mail art to 12 different countries including the UK.

I hope you all have a creative, mail art making…


Added by E Coles on December 30, 2014 at 2:52pm — 3 Comments

Diane Keys: DeConstruction / ReConstruction

Just got back from Diane Keys new show at the Elgin Museum of Modern Art (EMOMA). Wild stuff. I was surprised to see my name in the Catalogue:

Keys continues to burrow into the layer of duff on the urban floor, a sediment rich with meaning "para aquellos con los ojos." (Trans.: For those with the prescience to find the vision of…


Added by David Stafford on December 29, 2014 at 4:43am — 22 Comments

International Banana Day 2014

The International Day of The Banana is now in the rear view mirror but even though I didn't enter the mail art call I did receive some entries including a Banana Surprise from Stripgoose who has never sent me anything before. Surprise! Thank you,…


Added by David Stafford on December 29, 2014 at 2:30am — 6 Comments

Drenched in David Stafford, But Seriously Folks.... (Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA)

David - 12.28.2014 - 1

Mail-art by IUOMA member David Stafford (Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA)

December 28, 2014 - The inclusion of a pipe-bedecked David Stafford in the holiday card he sent me this year puts me in a mood for a bit of puffery as…


Added by De Villo Sloan on December 28, 2014 at 11:30pm — 8 Comments


For those few of you who missed Nadine's One Person Show at the Burbank Museum of Unnatural History, here's a quick review from the Burbank Gazetteer:

Wendell-Mojica's stinging portraiture produces a laugh and a wince when we realize balloting may be going on behind our own backs. Through January…


Added by David Stafford on December 28, 2014 at 8:05pm — No Comments

The Vizma Bruns Retrospective

From the Catalogue:

Like Diane Keys and Nadine Wendell-Mojica, Bruns is a culler of culture, a diva of detritus who captures the zeitgeist daily in scraps of ephemera. The gestalt of the assemblage IS the art, a snapshot (or scrapshot, if you will) of a flailing culture amid which we flounder, up to our eyes in the onslaught of imagery that…


Added by David Stafford on December 28, 2014 at 7:49pm — 8 Comments

Connectivity - a theory

I had admired Linda Faye French's series The Theory of Buttons. Each piece is subtitled, and, for me, the titles enhance the work.

Completely unexpected, The Theory of Buttons Solar, Electrical appeared in my mailbox.

Many silvered and blackened orbits, against a cosmic green and mauve firmament. With suns, planets, moons tightly…


Added by FinnBadger on December 28, 2014 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

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