Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mail Me Art! PFF#27


This was my only entry for a mail art contest that ended shortly after the first of this year. Which leads me to the reason I'm posting this today: I tried to tell a little story with this one, but I really don't think that was the main impetus for doing it. After more than fifty years of putting my art on envelopes. via the amazing resource of the web, I discovered there were others like myself who truly enjoy making art that goes through the mail.

Seth Apter at The Altered Page has been sponsoring an ongoing series of posts called The Book Guild, the most recent being Chapter 21 this past Sunday. One of the books which was suggested by a couple of the more than 150 artists that he had asked to participate in the fourth edition of The Pulse(an online survey of nearly 150 artists) was a book entitled Good Mail Day, authored by Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler. Not only that, but he sweetened the pot by offering to give away two copies of this book via a drawing of all those who left comments on the post itself.

Shortly after he made the offer one of the authors, Jennie Hinchcliff, offered to create a piece of original mail art to 'go-with' the book. Now, my chances are pretty slim of winning one of these books, so I'm pinching pennies and not making my usual purchases of old paper on eBay so that just in case I'm not a winner, I'll be able to afford to add this one to my very slim library of art books.

I'm a big fan of mail art and have been since I was a little five-year-old kid standing in front of a glass case looking at the mail art of C. M. Russell. When I heard from a fellow blogger about a mail art contest called Mail Me Art, I decided to create an envelope and send it in. Unfortunately, I didn't hear about the contest until it was too late to enter more than once, but I'm ready the next time it opens up for entries.

In the meantime, I'm anxious to see (1) if I win one of these books, and (2) actually purchase one of them if I don't!

Be sure to stop by Beth Niquette's The Best Hearts Are Crunchy for more Back-to-School mail art images!

21 comments:

  1. I love the lettering, the movement, gradation of the colors. It's a wonderful piece.

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  2. You can mail me art, too -:)

    Hoping you open door number one, but know that you'll still be happy with what's behind door number two.

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  3. Good luck... Wonderful mail art. I love the skull, my mother had them all over in her garden! wonderful stamps.... buffalo, steamship and headdress and cowboy on horse back.

    TFS... Happy PFF

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  4. Great card. I love the lettering!

    Good luck, and happy PFF!

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  5. Dave,

    Another great card and mail art sure seems to be the *in* thing. I saw a book today at Half Price Books on mail art done by *professional* artists. I didn't purchase the book and now it will haunt me!!!!! Happy PFF.

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  6. Good Luck! How great to find a community of like-minded people.

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  7. I love it! And thanks for the heads up about the Mark Twain stamp...I'll have to be on the lookout for it.

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  8. Dave: I love your mail art. It's always a treat. Good luck with the contest!

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  9. Thanks for getting the word out about the book guild and the giveaway on my blog. Your Mail Me Art envelope is stunning...as are all your pieces. You are definitely the mail art king in my book!

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  10. Inspiring. I'll have to click through the links you have here to see more.

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  11. I love getting art in the mail, whether it is on the envelope or in it. I hope you win. I really like how you match the stamps to the artwork. I'm off to read your links now.

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  12. You'll win, no doubt about it! It must be wonderful to find something even approaching yours in the mail, but since I couldn't even start to reciprocate, I don't go out in search.

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  13. Your mail art envelope is fabulous. Very inspiring! Good luck with the contest!
    Gaby xo

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  14. wonderful piece
    and i am partial to buffalo
    they call to me for some reason...must be a past life thing

    and for some reason your comment left to me about the girls..didn't come through the email announcment
    so i did't respond to you for that reason...but thank you!

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  15. Hello, Dave! I have featured one of your wonderful pieces on FAT Tuesday. Thank you for the privilege of sharing your inspiring artwork with everyone I know.

    Here's the link: http://bethlniquetteart.blogspot.com

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  16. I linked here from Beth's FAT Tuesday meme - wow. No wonder she LOVES your mail art. Your art is quite amazing. I hope you win your contest - you certain have the talent!

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  17. I'm so sorry you had computer troubles--we've had our share of them this week! I put a link into LinkyTools for you. Take care, and thank you again for sharing your wonderful talent and unique artwork with us! You are one of my inspirations.

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  18. Hi Dave! I entered the Book Guild competition too but I must admit you are FAR more worthy than I of winning it! I haven't mail arted for an AGE! Your mail art, as usual, is stunning and beautiful here. :-)

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  19. Hi Dave and thank you for visiting my blog. It is always so fun to have someone new come along and learn what they are up to as well.
    I see you are doing some fantastic things with Mail art. !!
    The last one you did reminds me of South Dakota, however we just got back from there so perhaps this is why! It is great.
    :-)

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