Monday, August 24, 2009

Postcards and Placemats

The first two postcards were made for a mail art swap. The lady I made the top one for said her favorite colour was Orange. I don't have a lot of orange in my stash but luckily the power company put out the (orange) pamphlet and I was able to use it for my background...wheew!
The postcard below was made for someone who likes blue, purple and teal....and I didn't really need much of an excuse to use that nest image! Or the teasel:) This one's printed onto tracing paper, which I quite like the look of. The blue weave is the inside of an envelope and I thought the weave completed the nest to well not to use!

The 3rd postcard is my 5th postcard for the postcard book I mentioned a while back. I've got a bit of a 'thing' for pears at the moment...but there will be more about that later all going well!

This is not any ordinary placemat! This is a currently-being-altered placemat! I scored 6 this size for $1.00 at the second hand shop (op shop, thrift shop, charity shop...same thing) and I nearly left them in the shop. I actually went back to them 3 times before deciding that I did actually 'need' them and it wasn't just because I might use them! I've taken over more than my fair share of space in the garage as it is! I thought I would use them as bases for collage..but as I type they are drying in a nice painted shade of "pohutakawa". Tomorrow I hope to paint pears on them. I havn't painted in a very long time. I put so much pressure on myself for every painting to be great that I ended up being totally uninspired and dried up. (Much like the brushes!) I hope to put an end to that tomorrow...and I think even I can cope with pears! I just need to take a deep breath and do it. Tomorrow.


4 comments:

nancy neva gagliano said...

of course you NEEDED those placemats.....love the story, it's a UNIVERSAL one...i often leave my wallet in the car so i have to go there before i buy something, giving me time for the NEED/WANT debate...but 3xs takes care of that. the yeas won! can't wait to see what you do....and pears!! so symbolic, true, enjoy the revived brushes and just wave that arm around when you're holding it. AND I COMPLETELY understand the "perfection paralyis"..i too a victim of that!!!

The Weaver of Grass said...

I love those collages - it is an art form I would love to get into but when I see those done by someone as good as you I feel I could never match that.

Mick said...

I hadn't realized that you had stopped painting. The perfection you force into each new painting project might be averted with preparatory studies: value, color and composition. Like a good sketchbook, these trials, tests and experiments are the places to make your mistakes and adjustments. Just a thought.

John said...

Great again, Lisa. I so like your style - earthy, bright, alive....my veryy best...