Archive for April, 2007

Postcards about Friendship

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Via Pippoburro:

You are invited to take part of mail art project “FRIENDSHIP”, that will capture universal meanings of friendship through artistic images.

Size: Send postcards only in any medium that deals with any technique. (No Return * No Fee * No Jury * All entries must be sent by “snail mail”.)

Info: sidtome via

Online documentation to participants at

Deadline to be received: September 30, 2007

US postage for a postcard to Brazil is 75¢.

Please include name, surname, country, address, e-mail address & web site.

Sidney Tome & Beatriz Tome
R. Pedro de Godoi, 269 – Gardenia 123
São Paulo – Brasil – 03138-01

Bursts of creativity on Sunday

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Green shell necklace & bracelet

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

Christine mentioned she needed some green and purple earrings to go with some of her outfits recently. When i passed a rack of beads at the craft store, i had an excuse to browse. Note that i’ve made a bracelet and necklace but not quite the earrings.

The bracelet is a little large and a less graceful that ideal — i rushed it. But i can’t manage leaving projects dangling around these days.

I also shot a handful of frames from Roll2007.06, lingering in my camera from our trip to Florida in late February. A flock of Cedar Waxwings was feeding on the eucalyptus blossoms yesterday afternoon, and they’re back this morning. I think i can smell the honeyed scent of nectar this morning — surely that’s a jasmine somewhere and not the eucalyptus. Yet watching the birds feed on the pompom blossoms, it seems they should have a wonderful scent.

Another opportunity for writers, this in the SF Bay Area

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

At Foothill, where I have been taking geography courses the past three quarters, there is a summer writers conference. I’ve been thinking more about writing lately, but i think this summer will be occupied with plenty of digital-creativity events. I imagine i will not need another event, and don’t think i can pull my (digital) scribbles together before then. The conference looks like it would be wonderfully welcoming though, so i’ve put a reminder in my calendar to check next year.

The Beat Museum and the 2007 Poetry contest

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Write? Formal or fast fiction, experimental or experienced, poems no longer than three double spaced ages long are welcome to the contest. There is a $5 for one/$10 for three reading fee; since visiting the Beat Museum, i feel supporting their efforts, which include taking the story of the Beats to schools and colleges, is well worth it.

See the Contest Rules for more details. The January and February winners are posted.

Still in progress

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

Still in progress

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

This is as much would fit on the scanner, perhaps the center. What i like about it so far is scraping off the red to reveal the textured surface below. (See here for the white & black layer.) I also like the almost opalescent effect of the green through the red.

Christine likes the red very much, which reminds me too much of ground beef. Her reaction triggers an almost perverse sense of challenge: can one paint expressionistically of intense emotion and use blues and greens?

The red: naphthol light red with a bit of q. magenta and some carbon black, mixed both with matte and gel medium

Color Notes

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

Medium Hansa Yellow is the color of field daffodils, two bundles for $2.50 at the grocery.

Last night i used the fan brush, some soft gel, and the liquid hansa yellow and a touch of quid. red to paint a sheet of water color paper. I don’t know why i am so fond of yellow as a background, because i don’t think it is a good background, technically.

However, i’m preparing myself to ruin the lovely field of daffodil yellow (the streaks of quid. red from the base giving a subtle “up” and “down”-ness, a warmer weight at the base) with some blue. I ought to make the paint opaque, but still find myself enamored with the floating color in the clear gels.

We’ll see what happens.