I’ve been writing and painting letters. I just entered two of the smaller ones in the 12×12 Show at the Art Center Manatee. All of these paintings come with a hand written and painted letter tucked into the back – to be opened by the new owner of the painting only!
I wrote a couple of letters in some handmade books. They were made from a mish-mash of collage, magazine pages, paper doilies, envelopes, and old paintings on paper…. I left some pages blank and wrote handwritten letters. After doing these I discovered that there’s a whole group of journalers who make these and send them round-robin for collaboration and fun… does anybody want to make one for me?
Above are some of my journal entries from earlier in the month. It has been a magical month of new connections and heartfelt wonder for me. I am part of an online Holistic Creative Group (SPECTRUM 2015 with Hali Karla and friends) that is keeping me and my art grounded. I have a new larger journal going just for this workshop! I have connected to sacred labyrinths and made creative covenants tags with lots more in store there. I’ve discovered a new yoga studio that’s outside on a beautiful platform in lush greenery (Raven’s Nest in Palmetto)… I feel like I am at one of those amazing yoga spas in Costa Rica! But I still do yoga with friends overlooking Tampa Bay with the big sky, big water and the frolicking dolphins. Plus, I have connected with some new letter-writing friends across the country thanks to April and my letter-a-day efforts. Although I attribute yoga to keeping me young, I have been trying to indulge in a wilder, younger side of myself just for the fun of it… I got a new seagull kite and a small, fun sit-on-top kayak is on the way. Gulf of Mexico, here I come!
Have you thought about your wild side? Your child of wonder side? Are you doing something to keep them alive? I hope May is Magical and fun, fun, fun for you, too!
I finally mailed my Sketchbook Project, a Pen Pal painting off to Brooklyn where it will go on to find a painting pen pal for me. The 4″ x 4″ canvas arrived in the small bag above with two notes, one to send along with my painting to my future pen pal and one with instructions. It was quite simple to do and fun, fun, fun! I made it like a postcard with a cancelled postage stamp and one word message. that’s a copy of the painting on the right journal page… I’ll let you know what comes back to me in the mail. If anyone out there wants to do something like this with me, a painting/art exchange, let me know! I LOVE to get letters and little surprise packages in the mail.
Most days there is just junk mail or bills in the mailbox. I still write letters to family and friends… and receive wonderful letters and cards back. However I have been discouraged because lately some of my letters have not been arriving at their destination. They are MIA in the system somewhere and no one can explain where or how this happens! Yet, a square postcard arrived today from Indonesia and yesterday my latest issue of Uppercase magazine arrived. It is a designer’s dream. This issue has a piece of fabric (small pink&blue square) glued to the cover and the inside is chock full of inspiration with beautiful photos and articles on all types of creative people. Last month’s issue was all about typography and calligraphy with a silver, black and white cover… I am so glad I treated myself to a year of this beauty after letting some regular, not-so-beautiful magazine subscriptions expire so I could invest in Uppercase. One of the best presents to myself ever! Give yourself an inspiring present today!