Postmarked 2011 – prison library project

This is my third year participating in this project. All they ask is that you send them mail at the following address:

Postmarked 2011
Prison Library Project
112 Harvard #303
Claremont, CA 91711

http://postmarked2011.blogspot.com


What’s nice, though is that you can paint, color, paste, use any media you want, and as long as the address is on the front, it will go. I will end up sending them some illustrated envelopes, but I also like the challenge of sending them something a bit larger. Like a 1/4 sheet of watercolor paper with a stamp on it. I guess here is the before picture:

This is 11″x14″ on 300 pound watercolor paper. It will be raffled off in June, all proceeds to the Claremont Forum’s Prison Library Project, which sends books free to prisoners in the U.S.

So anyway, after they get your mail (envelope, postcard, art project) they display it on their blog. Then in June, they have a big exposition and they raffle the pieces off! All proceeds go to charity, providing books for prisoners. You have plenty of time! get started, and share with me your entries. Stay tuned for more of my entries.

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A Rose by any other name



“A Rose by any other name” Who said it?
I really love roses. Their intricate fat blooms full of a wonderful scent make me smile. Even the simple wild roses with their bold structures and great rose hips have a place in my heart. This is another piece of “mail art,” a simple postcard that will surely delight its recipient.

My favorite rose is Double Delight. Which is yours? If a rose doesn’t have a scent, I will not keep it in my yard. To me a rose without a scent is like an artificial piece of candy.. or a clay piece of chocolate. Or a wax fruit.

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Mail art – one of the things I love


If you are so fortunate as to get personalized mail from me, it probably won’t look like a plain white envelope with a generic stamp on it. It will probably involve at least 4 stamps, and if I have any time at all, it will also involve watercolor paint, crayons or color pencils. Sometimes, for fun, I also make postcards. When I design a card or an envelope, I want it to be happy and bright. Sometimes it’s silly, sometimes it’s sublime, but I guarantee that none of my envelopes or postcards will be mistaken for a bill!

The first image was done with colored pencils, the second; watercolors. The reference to the painting of the chestnuts was a leaf from my own chestnut tree and some nuts that my Calabrian cousins sent me home with.

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Postmarked 2010 now for some Daffodils


It’s time, there’s Daffodils in my front yard and in my back yard. One day there were none, now they are everywhere, I don’t know how they did not get my attention sooner. In between portraits, flowers are a great way to stay in shape. I painted this on a piece of 8 x 10″ 300 pound old handmade Indian River paper. I took it to the post office and told him to put stamps on it. and it appears to have arrived in one piece. Hopefully someone will actually bid on this one! It’s to a good cause for sure.

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Postmarked 2010 continues

After sending in several envelope-shaped art works, I got a bit more creative. I sent two different watercolors on real watercolor paper, here’s one. Sorry I have not been painting much in the last two months, we have a family member recovering from a grave illness and it’s been tough to carry on with normal activities.

There’s still time for you to participate – http://www.postmarked2010.blogspot.com/ and in March there will be an online auction!

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