HAND-CARVED RUBBER STAMPS MADE INTO POSTCARDS – I hand-carved these rubber stamps to look like woodblock prints, stamped them & then hand water-colored them. I mailed the postcards to myself to make sure they would survive the USPS postage machines. This series of greeting cards are made in such a way that the postcards are only temporarily attached! These are embroidery floss stitches or photo corners on the cards to hold the postcards in place, but then I can remove them to see the lovely sea shell postage stamps & the message! Some of the cards are also embellished with tiny sea shells, sequins and starfish or shell beads, too! I entered these cards into a summer theme competition at my greeting card group & will use the post cards in a collaborative art project with San Diego Book Arts. It’s fun to create something like the hand-carved rubber stamps & then see how many ways I can use them!
“PELICAN POSES” – This is a series of small Japanese brush paintings. The paintings are done from my pelican photography at the La Jolla Cove. Spending time with the pelicans & observing them has been a privilege.
The paper I painted on is Chinese calligraphy practice paper, which is why there is a grid and red lines. This paper is extremely thin & fragile. It also has a horse & wagon watermark on it. It is challenging to paint on this paper & I like to challenge myself!
SAND PATTERNS – PACIFIC BEACH – Couldn’t believe my eyes this morning as I spotted this sand pattern of Pelicans flying in the sand to the sea. Long-billed Curlew birds at the edge of the sea, but they are the real thing!