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Postcards make staying home fun


I totally love getting postcards. They are a sometimes trite communication: Having a great time. Wish you were here. That does not matter at all! It's about the fun of flipping down the door of my old metal mailbox and seeing postcards on the stack of [junk] mail. Who from? Friends who have been hounded by my usual request: Send postcards!

My pal Lynn is the absolute Most Faithful Postcard Sender in the world. In fact, she is so diligent about it that I have on occasion received the same postcard twice! No matter; all of them go into the cache boxes and baskets reserved for my collections. Sometimes they are sorted by sender. Those from a beloved cowboy Out West are stacked in a Roy Rogers "Happy Trails" metal lunchbox. Some from another special person are packed into a fragrant box from Paris that once held L'Occitane soaps. There are postcards from my late father, from an old ski buddy in Colorado, cousins in Arkansas, old Army friends, and more.

How wonderful to know where they have all been ... and to ponder on the number of miles postcards have traveled from all over the world to my very own mailbox.

Artwork cropped from a photo of collage technique learned
in a class at the John C. Campbell Folk School several years ago.
Medium: Original watercolour, digital prints, art papers & foils.
Lucy's personal collection.

Little Stories

A marvelous sojourn at the John C. Campbell Folkschool introduced Lucy to Artist Trading Cards. “ATC’s”, as our instructor (the talented Debbie Ogle of Cover to Cover Bookarts) calls them. And they are definitely All Too Cute!

Since rejoining the real world again after an art weekend, Lucy has encountered Artist Trading Cards on the Internet! They are referred to in the most magical terms — “a collaborative cultural performance”, says artist-trading-cards.ch. “Art in your pocket”, says cedarseed.com.

Lucy says, “ATC’s are to art what jelly beans are to candy.”

Voici the Rules:

  1. Dimensions of the ATC must be 2.5″x3.5″
  2. They must not be sold, only exchanged.
  3. They are identified on the back with name, contact information (usually email) and title (or numbered edition, etc).

Keep looking to see the first series of many that will be produced by this artist …

The Stars at Night …

Card 1

Texicans are generally ornery folks, and they are especially possessive about their history. Icons of our heritage include ‘Country and Western’ music, longhorn cattle, and the famous Yellow Rose of Texas.

This card series weaves a theme about the Fagan family, who came to Texas from Ireland in 1826 to settle along the San Antonio River near the Gulf Coast.

Art parts include:
Drawing of the “flower loose four” brand, registered to Peter Henry Fagan in 1875. Title image snipped from the book jacket of The Texicans by Nina Vida.


Card 5

The Fagans were cowboys, one and all. It was their way of life. Khakis and Levis were the uniform of the day, with clean and excrutiatingly starched ones for Sundays and holidays.

Art parts include:
Snips from notecards with photography produced by Robb Kendrick. Encyclopedia definition of a cowboy.

Under the Stars

Card 6Cowboy (and cowgirl) transportation was the horse. The story this card hints at is of the wild mustangs that roamed the open range and their figurative assimilation with the pioneers, becoming show ponies, cutting horses, and faithful companions.

Art parts include:
Snips from the book jacket of The Texicans. Small brass horse figure. Skeletal leaves.