Sunday, April 9, 2017

April's Postcard of the Month
April winds a'blowin'.

A brisk little jot of notes as I sit typing, looking out at the April 8th snow flurries.
I'm jotting these briskly because... 
I'm in the thrall of deadline fever working on several LARGER THAN POSTCARDS (by a lot) collages
that I need to finish up for a display at Espresso Bueno in Barre in June and July.  
More info to follow.   Addendum teasers below.

So... back to production notes: This one came harder than most.* 
I'd settled on this as my prototype:
Liked the echo of diamond shapes, but not entirely happy with it;
hoped it would evolve into something richer in production.
My paper order arrived in the meantime  :-)  :-)
so I figured I'd perk things up by incorporating some of these.

The Fixin's

But Then!!  I was actually 5 steps into production
when I realized that I really did NOT like what was happening.  :-/

So, I started all over.

The Steps: The Movie  

The Steps

 Some of my new paper - 'Tarasen Grasses'
 And another new paper - Iridescent Gold Rush

 Little Bo Kite Flyer 
copied from a book called "The History of Printed Scraps'**

 Peacock feather kites were cut from the cover of one of my high school's Spring bulletins***:
Rubber stamped some 'wind':
Panels of 18 of April's postcards


* BOTH of my usual cameras - my Nikon Coolpix, and my back-up, the nifty little Canon - were outta commish for the duration of this month's production, so pix were all taken with an old old Nikon and my cell (not Smart or i) phone camera, so most are not too crisp.
** My mother gave me this book years ago:
Here are 2 kite-flyer prototypes from April 2013 that never came to fruition:
***From the cover of Today's Pingree - Bulletin Spring 2014


Work in progress for Bueno show:

Sunday, March 12, 2017

March's Postcard of the Month
Well, I hadn't intended to make baskets...
And, yeah - they look more like purple bunny ears, or Lupines, than Croci,
but I thought I'd go with Crocuses poking up through the snow (again*) this March.
I was thinking I'd maybe do a close-up of just a single flower; did a quick pastel pencil sketch:
had in mind collaging something along these lines:
but never got any further.
And then, as March's card was percolating, my beloved friend, Elaine, stopped by the studio with her friend - artist Tamara Wight - bringing me one of Tammy's enchantingly lovely little fairy houses.
Which got me (re-)exploring Tammy's site, Tamara Wright Baskets:

Which must have seeped right into my subconscious, because next thing you know, this:
Turned into this:
Basket.  :-)
I added on this little perforated scrap:
Just seemed more balanced with this.

Ok - here's the odd thing about my choosing to do Croci (again) for March: 
Yes, it's what I think of - other than MUD - when I think of March, so that wasn't unusual.  
Somehow, I was completely NOT thinking about the fact that shortly after completing the cards, I would be attending a workshop on Crocus cultivation, specifically the fall-blooming Crocus Sativa, which is the source of SAFFRON - THE MOST EXPENSIVE SPICE**IN THE WORLD! - which I - along with neighbor/pal Peter - was contemplating growing/supplying.  
I actually have a few fall-blooming Croci in one of our gardens:
They were planted by the previous owner, and surprise me with their unexpected late-September appearance (who ever heard of fall-blooming Crocuses??!) almost EVERY SINGLE YEAR!   
Back in the fall, I'd come across articles about a UVM study re: Saffron cultivation in Vermont:
Knowing that friend/neighbor (over the trickle (not quite a river...) and through the woods neighbor), Peter, had been wanting to get into some viable/lucrative agricultural use of the nice open field that abuts our land, I'd suggested to him that this might be the very thing.  This research had come to his attention, too.  
So we started to check it out, and next thing you know, we'd signed up for the day-long workshop in March.
Really - this had completely slipped my mind, all the February weeks that I was percolating, prepping, and then making the cards.  
And, now, mere days after sending out the March Crocus basket postcards, after attending the excellent and inspiring Saffron Cultivation in VT workshop, I am about to embark on a huge new Crocus adventure!  Our Crocus Sativa corms are ordered!  Peter and I are going to be Saffron farmers!

The Fixin's

The Steps: The Movie

The Steps

(29, this month)

Panel of 21 of March's postcards:


*March 2014 and March 2015 Crocus postcards:
**Saffron is not technically a 'spice', but most commonly referred to as such.