Thursday, January 22, 2009

Postcards




Every year the Muskegon Museum of Art has a Postcard Salon. Artists are invited to submit 5 postcards which will be for sale for $30 each. The Museum gets half and the artist gets half. There is no jurying, everyone is invited to submit as long as they meet the size requirement and that they are not photocopies of something... they have to be original pieces. I've done this every year... sold some and not sold some... doesn't matter really, it's a fun event. All of the postcards are displayed, everyone has a chance to see them and then the doors are closed while they prepare for the sale. Museum members get in 5 minutes before the rest of the crowd.... and the rush is on to get these bargains while contributing to the Museum. I finished two of mine this week.... The first one is Mardi Gras... or should it be Venitian Masks (maybe Mardi Gras because I don't think I know how to spell Venitian.) The second one is No. 10. Both of the images are from Wetcanvas.com. Both are mixed media... starting with watercolor and adding other media to them. Number 10 has an encaustic finish because there was some pastel on the piece and I wanted it to stay put.

7 comments:

Joan said...

That sounds like a great fundraiser! I like the both of these. A technical question for you...when you do something with the writing on it like your first postcard, do you actually do the writing or is it a stamp? I haven't done much mixed media and would like to incorporate some into my work.

Helen Percy Lystra said...

Thanks Joan, To answer your question, in this case it's a combination. Sometimes I just use a stamp and sometimes I just write myself. When I write myself I use a Pigma Pen with permanent ink.

Cathy Gatland said...

These are lovely - I especially like No.10 - love the simplicity of it combined with the soft colours and textures.

Joan said...

Thanks for your answer to my question. I was looking at stamps yesterday, but there isn't a bit selection of script writing.

Dean H. said...

These are beautiful, Helen!

Judybec said...

very FUN! I love the second one--it's got great atmosphere.

Barb Hartsook said...

I absolutely LOVE the masks -- saw them on the very long thread at WetCanvas... the catch-up in January thread. So, just stopping by your blog to tell you so.