Entries in post card exchange (4)

Wednesday
Aug202014

Wolves, Sheep, Cats and Dogs and circles 

Our last postcard exchange before our exhibition opening next Tuesday the 26th of August went golden and conversed about the behaviour of both domestic and wild animals. We also both returned to a motif that is revalent in this exhibition 'the circle'.  
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7th July 2014, Dear Joan, With so little time I hoped to use the superimpose app... but battled. Hope you can teach me. Your interest in Red Riding Hood seems to keep emerging in my work these days. Love Lara 

Text Above: 11 July 2014, Dear Lara, I thought you would like the following quote: The price of being a sheep is boredom. The price of being a wolf is loneliness. Choose one or the other with great care@ Hugh Macleod. Love Joan

Text Above: Wed 30th July, Dearest Joan , I know that I had to respond with my Sienna to your last card. She was so sick last weekend...I nearly lost her. She ensures that I am neither lonely or bored. Bullmastiffs are also known as ‘Lion-dogs’... another appropriate connection to your last card. Love Lara. Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is – German proverb.  

Text Above: Wed 30th July, Dearest Joan , I know that I had to respond with my Sienna to your last card. She was so sick last weekend...I nearly lost her. She ensures that I am neither lonely or bored. Bullmastiffs are also known as ‘Lion-dogs’... another appropriate connection to your last card. Love Lara. Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is – German proverb.

Text Above: 1 August, Dear Lara, I am so happy that your card was about Sienna. We have almost come full circle. When we started thinking about our collaboration we came up with the Sienna Sam identity. It is only fitting that Sam appears with Sienna in our postcards. Love Joan 

Text Above: 9th August, Dearest Joan, I can’t wait to dance, Love Lara. If people stand in a circle long enough, they’ll eventually begin to dance. 



Monday
Aug112014

Butterflies and Flowers 

This next series of cards recorded both Lara & myself enter quite a whimsical phase...
Text Above: 23 May 2014, Dear Lara, “Is it possible to become friends with a butterfly?” It is if you first become a part of nature. You must supress your presence as a human being, stay very still, and convince yourself that you are a tree or grass or flower. It takes time, but once the butterfly lets its guard down, you can become friends quite naturally” Haruki Murakami. Love Joan  
Text Above: May 27th 2014, Dear Joan, I’m not sure I would stand still enough to make friends with a butterfly...U2 sang a song called “Running to Stand Still...they’re one of my all-time favourite bands. Take a listen to it ...it’s from the album The Joshua Tree.

Text above: 4 June 2014, Dear Lara, Unlike butterflies Art never dies. I have included a quote on my card from my favourite artist Frida Kahlo; “I paint flowers so they will not die”.   

Text above: 10th June 2014, Dear Joan, I have just learnt that the larvae of moths eat lily flowers...my favourite flower!! An interesting, if not a little sinister connection. Love Lara  
Text above: 15 June 2014, Dear Lara, This card provides another opportunity to visit "sktchy" one of my favourite apps. Right now time is precious and all attention is on completing work for our exhibition. NO time to play! Love Joan 
Friday
Jul112014

Layers and stories

This next series of cards became multilayered & started to explore mythical stories. Lara started it off with a multi layered card in which she created a portrait of me. I wear layers of clothing in both summer & winter. Often layers of very sheer fabric and lace - hence the layers of ribbons and fabrics in this card. I also have a "thing" about the number three, which explains the number three stamped on the front of this card.         

Text above: Dearest Joan

I won't be the same now that I have an iPad

Love Lara 10th Feb 2014

I felt I needed to match Lara's card above, so I also made a layered card below: 

Text above: 19/2/2014, Dear Lara, I was scratching around in my storeroom - looking for paper and I came across an old music book. The book fell open at a song called "Waldgesprach" (German). I looked up this word on the Internet and found out that it means "forest conversation". On further investigation I found out that it is about the witch Lorelei, a woman who was accused of bewitching men. On her way to imprisonment she climbed a rock (large)...   

Text above:... on the river Rhine and subsequently fell to her death. There is a rock on the river that is her namesake and has been painted by your favourite painter- William Turner. I thought you would like this story as well as the old paper. Love Joan. PS - I didn't burn it - these are original burns.
The drawing above is Lara's dog Sienna (I did this ages ago & stuck it to the back of this card - just to fill a blank spot) 
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My Dear Joan, Your last card spoke of 'conversations in the forest' This made me recall a photo I took of Pat & my shadows at the Valley of Desolation, where standing at the rock's edge was quite scary...but beautiful too. Poor Lorelei ...it is a pity the village folk looked to the seen rather than the unseen. We often tend to notice the 'obvious' rather than carefully considering the deeper meaning of things. William Turner sure got it. I think. Love Lara

Text above: 18 March, Dear Lara, My forest is my classroom and my garden. The closest visual equivalent to your postcard I could find in these two places was a reproduction of Pollock's "One" and a dying rose. Love Joan 
Dear Joan, Wherever we are classroom, boardroom, home....wherever our forests are...life must be lived with courage. Love Lara, 21/3/2004 
Monday
Jun232014

Scanography and serpents 

At the end of the year last year I discovered a blog on scanography & introduced this technique to my students. I wanted to try this out myself & was caught peering into the scanner in my classroom when our headmistress was touring some prospective parents around the school building. Still not sure whether the student ended up attending our school...

Text above: 4 Oct 2013 – Dear Joan,  Its interesting how each artwork, or postcard or painting, or idea I have seems bent on being in forests … the over’leaf’ is a section from your previous postcard reused … and it looks to me to be that of a magical forest.  Love Lara

Last year was the chinese year of the snake & snake symbols starting slithering into my work. I love the texture of snake skin & I like the idea of snakes shedding their skin becoming symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing.

Text above: Dear Joan,  I found it interesting that the verse below referred to wolves, serpents and doves … (and to sheep) … although I can’t say that I’m keen to paint sheep … I count enough of them each night!  I’m sure we’d find lots of snakes, birds and the occasional wolf in our forests though … but sheep … not really! Loadsaluv, Lara

“ Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”  Matthew 10:16