Thursday, May 10, 2012
Ta-dah! Completely intact. All tabs, legs and amazement at this little set are working. You are such a clever lady. This was really fun. Jackson and I popped it all out of the mailbox together. It's so cute. I want to place some tiny food on that mail art and have a charming little feast.
An especially trying week. Jackson got sick Monday night and has now missed three days of school. He was doing great for a while but his health tends to fluctuate. No Crohn's symptoms--just a bad cough and sore throat. His Crohn's medication suppresses his immune system, so I guess he's susceptible to viruses. The good news is he's so much healthier on his medication that he does fight things off. It's such a bummer when he misses school though. He needs a schedule and I get nothing done when he's home. I don't know why. I'm in some freeze-frame mode.
So I know what you mean about days without art being made. It's frustrating. I have materials for something but I haven't started yet. Thank you for the advice on watercolor paper. I have some tablets of paper and they're OK. Nothing special. Good enough for fun painting, but not like, you know, amazing artwork is going to ensue, probably. I'm going to sit down and see what these little paints can do. Jackson made a card for his teacher with the paints. He was so intrigued by the little case and all the little parts. He had to use the special brush that came with it. He loves gadgets and intricate thingies.
Your box paintings sound excellent. I love that idea of squashed down found-looking boxes. Y'know we both love the old, beaten down, but interesting looking stuff. Every time I go out to take photos of weird old buildings and signage, they tend to be torn down a month later. I have an eye for the decrepit and soon-to-be-going it seems. You should definitely show at the library and maybe a cafe or some public space. I see really great art in business lobbies sometimes. Our new library has some fun shows too. Lots of wall space in there.
You SHOULD be a professional artist. I could see you doing art every day, no problem. And you're definitely definitely professional caliber. Have you submitted stuff to agents? I think you did a few years ago, yes? There's all these how-to books out now about doing mixed media and the like. They use a lot of art work from various sources as examples of projects and drawing exercises. I've been reading Quarry Books lately. They're nicely put together and have lots of artwork within. Perhaps they have a submission process.
I would love to see your work spread far and wide. This should happen. Know this: your mail art is completely delightful and so creative and fun to receive. Thank you. Pull-tab dinette set--ingenious!
OK--I should go and make some meatballs for Jackson. He loves Trader Joe's turkey meatballs. They're frozen and microwavable. It's amazing that he eats anything at all, so hail meatballs!
I will be sending you something very soon. I will end this with a woot. WOOT!