The days are dark and unlovely but I am trying to get into the spirit, making and mailing dozens of cards like the one above.
I will be participating in a Holiday Open House with my fellow Fresh Artists at 900 Santa Fe Drive this Friday December 7 from 6 to 9 PM and Saturday December 8 from 1 to 3 PM. We’ll have some holiday noshes available and this will be the last chance to buy my work at 2012 prices. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and say hi.
Any Christmas not spent in a mental institution is a relatively good Christmas.
I have much to be grateful for lately.
I keep telling myself this as the days grow shorter and darker with winter on its way.
One of the best ways to remind myself of this is by sending out thank you notes to others I feel grateful toward. Not everyone I feel grateful toward; there are so many I would do nothing but make little collages and lick stamps and the frenetic non-remunerative activity would get me deemed (even more) crazy.
I used to make a lot of collages. These days I rarely get the paste pot out unless I’m making thank-you notes. Below are a few recent ones.
I may go unabashedly bawl my eyes out now.
Oil on canvas, 16″x 12″.
This year’s Christmas card – the usual quick block print method- had some surprises.
Hand-marbling paper is always a little unpredictable. The red and green paint I used in the marbling bath left a select few nutcrackers looking like they were dying in a bloody storm of gunfire. I sent those cards out anyway, but only to friends who would (hopefully) understand.
After a weirdly warm spell in Denver, it feels like our snow will come in tonight.
I’m ready for it. I’m making fruitcake tonight using a variation on Alton Brown’s recipe- no nasty jellied fruits, just good dried fruit, lots of nuts and even more brandy.
Trying very hard to be of good cheer.
Hope you are safe and warm who ever you are, where ever you are.
Linocut. Cut my fingers up, printed by hand. Dreary time of year.
For you mail art mavens out there- Colorado’s illustrious Roger Rapp is organizing “My Voice,” a politically-themed mail art show to coincide with the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Sounds like standard mail art procedures- no fee to enter, and no return of entries. For details please click on the flyer thumbnail.