Saturday, March 31, 2012
This is a lesson learned from this project. Being creative, doing art, is no different than staying in shape. If you take a break from exercise, it is hard to jump back on the treadmill and to get moving again. Similarly, it is hard to sit down and make something you like when you have not done so in a long while. Somehow your hands and brain do not cooperate quite the way that you wish.
Thank you for climbing back on the horse, pal. I remember getting an envelope full of cards with news, thoughts and inspiration on day when I was feeling particularly far away from home. A wonderful gift.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
The teacher's visit, and the fact that she had lived in northern Japan years ago, made the event feel closer to home for Lynn. This postcard memorializes the time with a very Japanese aesthetic.
This card reminded me of how my brother discovered he was color-blind. While working on my aunt and uncle's Christmas tree farm, someone complimented him on the green sweatshirt my aunt had given him to work in. He replied by thanking them, telling them that he liked that it was plain. This led to a bit of confusion because it was not plain at all. It had the bright red farm logo on the front. He had missed the message on his chest.
The situation makes the story funny, but at the time I felt sad that he had missed the cardinals that would have been sitting next to him in the pine trees while he worked.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
This news story on Slate a few days ago caught my eye. I tend to read any headline with postcard in the title! Its about a tradition of women proposing during leap year. At first I wasn't sure if it was just on Feb. 29th, but it seems to be about the whole year. Sure made me glad I was a woman of these times, I just found some of the Slate cartoons to be sad and infuriating in the way they made women appear to be trapping and tricking unsuspecting men into marriage. What do you think?