I guess I've been kvetching too much about the snow and ice, which in fact I love. In response, PostMuse made this funny card called Wicked Winter. The design is super but what I really like is the amazing texture--all kinds of layers, surfaces, knobs, and bumps. I keep running my fingers over it. Great card!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Bosnian-born artist Amer Kobaslija is having another show at George Adams Gallery in New York. It's called The Road to Rossiniere: Paintings of Balthus' Studio and features paintings Kobaslija did in Rossiniere, Switzerland, where Balthus lived at the end of his life. As I picked this postcard out of the mail, I knew who the painter was, though I confess to not remembering his name. I saw some of his work, with its dizzying yet centered perspective, in 2008 at the same gallery and was enthralled. The show runs till March 26. www.georgeadamsgallery.com
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Friday, February 25, 2011
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John Tyler, the 10th president of the United States, lived in a plantation home called Sherwood Forest. At more than 300 feet, it is the longest frame building in the country, thanks to a ballroom 68 feet long, which Tyler had built on to the house. The reason for the ballroom was, supposedly, the raging popularity of the dance called the Virginia reel. I love the tree in this card, which I sent off into the greater world.
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Saturday, February 19, 2011
The Thai postcrosser who sent this cool card shared some thoughts on Chinese New Year, which is also celebrated in Thailand. She writes that both sets of her grandparents came to Thailand from China so the holiday is traditional for her family. Before one week before New Year's, everyone does a big cleaning at home, then the whole family gets together to eat and to pray for their ancestors. All the best to her and her family in the Year of the Rabbit!
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The Finnish postcrosser who sent this charming domestic scene by Carl Larsson wrote that she herself is fond of knitting and of growing plants. She also likes lighting candles "in the dark nights of autumn and winter." She imagines a beautiful landscape outside the window, with a sun-drenched forest and lake.
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Friday, February 18, 2011
A young Lithuanian postcrosser named Anastasia in Vilnius sent this dreamy card, which she says took her a month to pick out. I appreciate the thought---and the message. She adapted lyrics by one of her favorite groups, Blackmore's Night, changing their Streets of London to the Streets of Vilnius. A 'magical' effort.
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Thursday, February 17, 2011
A persevering postcrosser from Belarus sent the whimsical bottom card, with Chirstmas greetings, early last December. When she did not get a reply, she this year sent the striking anti-death penalty card. (What do the US, China, Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia have in common?) Both cards arrived yesterday, both with variations of the stamps shown above.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The fabulous card above, from a postcrosser in Lviv, Ukraine, shows a magical Sonja Deshalyt watercolor called Walk. I love this painting, though I know nothing about the artist. Svitlana, the sender, said that she had tried to find a card with rabbit in it and challenged me to find it. I did. Can you? She also mentioned that she had been listening to the expressive and amazing band called Gogol Bordello. Wow! I have one of their CD's. Oh yeah, the stamps on the card were pretty special, too.
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Monday, February 14, 2011
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Saturday, February 12, 2011
These days I've again been drinking lots of oolong tea, one of my favorites, and I very much enjoyed making this simple card. In Japan I now and again studied the Japanese version of this tea ceremony. It uses gyokuro, another favorite of mine, which is a special kind of green tea.
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Friday, February 11, 2011
The Finnish postcard I posted yesterday was the first postcrossing card to arrive with an ID# of one million plus. Yesterday I sent my first card with an ID# over one million. Finland was of course first to the million mark. Maybe the US was second. But really, the US wasn't even close. Just think about the populations of the two countries. Finland is far and away the postcrossing capital of the world. Here's to Finland--and to its always interesting stamps!
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Thursday, February 10, 2011
Two postcards, here and below, from opposite sides of the earth. This stunning winter scene is from a Finnish postcrosser who is much enjoying the winter. Lots of snow means lots of skiing!
A Brazilian postcrosser sent this card of Liberdad Square in Belo Horizonte (the city with all the bars). She writes that the square is a favorite place for locals just to hang out, chat, and tell jokes. I'm getting a very good impression of this city. It seems to have its social priorites in order.
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