Thursday, November 28, 2013
Ka's versatility is easily noted with the display of this pair of contrasting tecniques - both courageously created in Ka's fearless wide spectrum of interest.
This gig looks to be occurring inside a sort of celestial womb. Fantastic!
Now, we come to Ka's hand cut rubber stamp seen on the back of the Saddle card. I just love this fellow, even if he does remind me a bit of "Gort" from the film "The Day The Earth Stood Still"
Ka van Haasteren Mail Art.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
I wanted to get a little better look at this notable feature. A gorgeously important looking Special Postal Delivery Artistamp that "Secures Immediate Delivery At A Special Delivery Office". Note the tireless delivery person. Wow. This is deliciously done.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
The Great Northwest has always seemed to be an inspiring and almost magical region to visit, or in my fortunate case, reside in. A substantial part of this "magic", for me at least, is an unusual concentration of Artistamp creators of the highest, most excellent order. As if a sort of an unusual Wizard's guild - each one gathering up their unique power and skill to comprise a formidable arsenal of Philatelic phenomena and wonder for all those that find interest in the noble genre. At the top of that elite list is non other than the astonishingly brilliant master of the art, Carl Chew - or as he humorously refers to himself above, Chew Baba.
Carl's Triangle Post captures this lovely, rather cabaret-ish caricature of Dame Mailarta that seems to dwell in the top portion of the Wicked Witch of the West's ominous Hourglass - or is it merely a delicate heart of love. I'll leave that for you, dear reader to decide.
And lo, the Red Letter Day sprite herself, with her spell-casting impish appeal. Note how oddly similar this image is to my depiction of her at the top of the page, on the right. A little spooky?
And finally, an official Chew Baba "Philatelicks" cancellation to complete the otherworldly package. One last remark displaying Chew's grandiose sense of humor - Much has been romanticized regarding the "Pony Express"; which was, of course, the mail delivery system across the American wild west frontier. Most folks don't realize that those daring riders and that fashion of delivery lasted less than two years (Apr.1860 - Oct.1861). Anyway, Carl's cancellation stamping includes a "Express Yourself Pony". Splendid, Carl - absolutely first rate. Please take a moment to view the full splendor of Carl's enormous body of work here: CT Chew, Artist. Thank you very much Carl and find me visiting your post box soon!
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
I have always marveled over the peculiar detail in which Servane installs little magnificent souls and spirits into her 'Gardens of Delight' populous.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Of the various characters in the artistamp kingdom is this quizzical rendering of EF Higgins in his wrangler outfit. I had the pleasure of meeting ED at the AARPEX event in Seattle last year and really should admit that his glorious work has been a wonderful influence on me.
Friday, November 1, 2013
His Californian theme continues with this handsome Bob's Big Boy Burgers ATC (although, Bob's were all across the country). Here, "Bob" is adorned with some of Stan's usual symbol assortment.
More of Askew's "Loveland", this time a bit melancholy, even poignant - but, unmistakedly part of Stan's Californian woven fabric. The flipside of the ATC.
Even deeper into Stan's California Loveland theme we go with this pleasing shot of one of my favorite musicians, the late Frank Zappa! I was lucky enough to see Frank live a few times and I must say, I miss him
This is for you Frank: Peaches in Regalia (Orchestral).
Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park many times and have splendid memories of it. I love Golden Gate Park and, oddly, I still dream about it rather frequently.