Sunday, November 27, 2011

Observation 50, Mailart 365 /365

365 / 365 / 50 of 50 observations on Mailart 365:  Oh, what a night, what a day, what a year!

Observation 49, Mailart 365 /364

365 / 364 / 49.  The exuberance of mail artists is unrelenting, as is their creativity.

Observation 47, Mailart 365 /362

365 / 362 / 47.  The joy of color.

Observation 46, Mailart 365 /362

46.  The pleasure of finding new uses for art forged in earlier fires.

Observation 45, Mailart 365 /360

365 / 360 / 45.  Persistence is its own reward.

Observation 44, Mailart 365 /359

365 / 359 / 44.  Fabric you never knew existed.

Observation 43, Mailart 365 /358

43.  How else could I justify sending you pictures of my good dog?

Observation 42, Mailart 365 /357

42.  A little light in the darkness, and a little mail in your own mailbox.

Observation 41, Mailart 365 / 356

41.  Stamps are appropriate mail art decor.  Stamps postmarked from the home town / home island of the artist are especially delightful.

Observation 40, Mailart 365 /

40.  Always new.

Observation 38, Mailart 365 /353

38.  Sharing -- on your terms.

Observation 38, mailart 365 / 353

39.  Mailart:  many different languages.

Observation 37, mailart 365 / 352

37.  Opportunities to share chickens are rare outside the mail art community.

Observation 36, Mailart 365 /351

36.  After all this time, I'm worried that when I reach 365, ideas for more mailart will still be bristling and tripping over each other in my head and on my desk.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Observation 35, Mailart 365 /350

35.  You learn your joy through the search.

Observation 34, Mailart 365 /349


34.  Geography, one postmark at a time.

Observation 33, Mailart 365 /348

33.  V A R I E T Y

Observation 32, Mailart 365 /347

32.  We are all in this together.

Observation 31, Mailart 365 /346

31.  Sometimes more is more.

Observation 30, Mailart 365 /345

30. Mail art is a bridge between people and cultures and hair styles and preferences for dogs vs. cats.

Observation 29, Mailart 365 /344

29.  You are not alone.  Mail artists are everywhere.

Observation 28, Mailart 365 /343

365 / 343.  Observation 28:  Note to self:  find out if all the 365-ers fell in love with fire hydrants this year or if it's just me.   (Note:  the color is off in this photo; the actual fire hydrant was bright red.)

Observation 27, Mailart 365 /342

365 / 342 - Observation 27:  Say thank you to Andy Geezer, who threw this 365 party the same year he got married.

Observation 26, Mailart 365 /341

26.  Don't bother explaining.  If they have to ask, they're unlikely to understand.

Observation 25, Mailart 365 /340

25.  As time passes, the urgency increases.

Observation 24, Mailart 365 /339

Observation 20, Mailart 365 /335

20.  Don't get carried away with yourself.

Observation 19, Mailart 365 /334

Observation 18, Mailart 365 /333

18 / 333.  Don't overplan.

Observation 17; Mailart 365 /332

332 / 17:  You can't go wrong with birds.

Observation 16, Mailart 365 /331

Observation 15, Mailart 365 /330

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Observation 14, Mailart 365 /329

14.  Use what you've got.

Observation 11, Mailart 365 /326

11.  Speed is not the point.

Observation 10, Mailart 365 /325

10.  It's called the Eternal Network because after the first 200 or so days, you are never not thinking about art.  It's a constant (eternal) presence.

Observation 9, Mailart 365 / 324

9.  Experiment with techniques.

Observation 8, Mailart 365 - 323

Observation 8.  Keep your eyes open for the unexpected.

Observation 7, Mailart 365 - 322

Observation 7.  It takes all kinds.

Observation 6, Mailart 365 - 321

365 / 321. Mailart observation  6.  Glow where you're planted.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Observation 2, 365/317

Observation 1, 365/316

In the final 10 days of completing 365 pieces of mailart in one year, I opted to use my last 50 official pieces for this project to talk about the project itself and my evolving philosophy of mailart.  Once I reached that decision, the pieces flew through my hands.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mailart 365 - 305

305. Did you ever get the feeling you're going backwards?