Saturday, April 30, 2011
Last night was the wedding rehearsal and a pizza dinner afterwards. It was nice to spend time with family we hadn't seen in years. My how the kids have grown!
Tonight is the wedding and tomorrow after brunch, we'll be on the way home. This is a very quick trip!
Friday, April 29, 2011
Indiana is really flat, at least, where we are. Pretty, in it's flatness. Like Illinois, where I used to paint landscapes that were just bands of green, yellow ochre, tan, and blue. Illinoiscapes, I called them. This photo is an example of one of my paintings (well sort of.)
Thursday, April 28, 2011
This is on the road in Virginia, however, not today. I took it the other weekend when we were headed down to Lynchburg to pick up my honey's art work from a gallery. It was lovely on the way down, but on the way back, a storm. Not as bad as this weeks storms, to be sure. Tomorrow, we start out again, early, Indiana bound.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The king card ("roi" in French, thus the R) was given to me by my friend, who found it in an old chair that he was refurbishing.
More old bits. I liked the word "Souplilav." What the heck is that? And what kind of car is that? Do you know?
I love using old photos.
Car and diagram from an old auto magazine.
I made this one on the plane, leaving Paris, using scraps from the airport magazine and from some receipts. Au revoir, Paris! I was pretty pleased with myself that I managed to make daily Mail Art! Now to catch up with my life since returning home 2 1/2 weeks ago. (& I'm still tired!)
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
For this card, I used an image from the brochure about the Chagall show at the Grenoble Museum of Modern Art. It was more than Chagall, it was also the Russian Avante Garde. A very cool exhibit. That's a map of Grenoble, showing the round bubble funicular, called Le Telepherique, that we didn't ride.
Our friend gave me some old automobile magazines and a French topo map. You know how I love those tropographical maps.
|The letter opener!|
The cafe and small book/gift shop are nice, too. My honey got me a letter opener there. This second card has scraps from a bread wrapper, a gallery map, and a tiny image of artwork.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
I took out my copy of Cancer Ward (my book club book) and the woman next to me pointed to it and said "You like?" and when I launched into English, she said "No English." We had a minimal conversation in French. She was from Moscow, a French language teacher.
These are the first of the three cards that I made while in France.
This happy baker came from the wrapping paper from the baguette I purchased in the morning.
Coffee at a little cafe we'd often passed by but never stopped at. It was suggested by our new friend in Istanbul (Ekin) that we go there and check out the bathroom. While the cafe looks old and typical, the bathroom is wildly modern, metal and dark, with little tiny lights. It's something to experience. The coffee was Frenchly good. This cafe is across the street from our favorite Eye Glass store (Anne and Valentin)
Here's our friend's website where you can see his terrific sculptures.
The Swedish Cultural Institute.
They have a nice little cafe, which offers a refillable cup of coffee, a rarity in Paris. On nice days, one can sit in the courtyard. They have two exhibition spaces and always have interesting art exhibits.
Friday, April 22, 2011
These are the last pieces of Mail Art related to Istanbul. I had to take them to France to me, since I had no time to get to the post office to buy stamps or mail these. The last one was on the way, via Lufthansa to Munich, for our connection to Paris.