Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Heebee Post #1132 - Jas W Felter - Vancouver, British Columbia - Canada

 Wow, isn't this eye-popping "Solstice Greetings" folding card from Jas a beauty?  He always somehow manages to capture Nature's powerful personality in his distinguished work and this unique portrait of the Winter celebration is a shining example of his fascinating style. A super card (as usual) from Jas with good wishes for 2015 written within.

Jas sets the bar of card making standards quite high with his "eye of the artists" notecards he creates himself  
 Included with the fab card is this "Block 5 of 6" set of  "POSTES MRAUR / ECUADADA". I am always astounded by the incredible vibrancy of color and quality Jas invariably invokes into his Artistamp works.

I'm certainly glad to include these little lovelies with my growing collection of Jas's stamps. This particular set is a commemorative of Jas's escapades regarding his life in Ecuador. And now, it is mine! Thanks Jas!

 Note: "Notify sender of new address" sticker from the Post Office, adorns the front of Jas's classy envelope.  Good job USPS - Folks, for the sake of Papa Ray, please take heed!
I thought a closer examination of the curious postmark and that handsome "Rapa Nui" Artistamp was warranted.  Tremendous work! Last Feb., at the Ex Postal Facto convention in San Francisco, Jas was part of an Artists panel that discussed their own Philatelic and Mail Art histories. As enthusiastic interviewer and panel coordinator, Jenny Hinchcliff asked Jas how the "Mraur" in Postes Mraur was pronounced. "It's more like "Mrrrraur", Jas smilingly said. It was my distinct impression that it had a sort of feline tone to it. I forgot to ask him as I chatted with him later. Ah well, hopefully, I'll get another chance. Thank you so much Jas, I love your stuff - Happy New Year and see you in the mail! Jas W Felter  Stories and Antics.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Heebee Post #1131 - Sky City (Lord Fugue) - Hickory, North Carolina - USA

 Lordo A-GoGo is back in chique form and sleek style for his Autumn's fashion collection - The handsome devil sure must have received a good deal of loving treatment from his dentist.- the broad smile  seems to possess an attractive scratchy gleam that, together with his fearless blue peepers, really can invoke that all american appeal.

Scott has outfitted his action packed decorated envelope with some great features: This one boasting of his own ethereal domain, "Sky City".

The front side of the envelope is a wicked good treat for the eyeballs.
Yes, okay, I just thought the back side appeared a bit plain, compared to the rest of the work. Can you tell which part I added onto the panel above? Hey, happiness is a choice: Make it!

The "Infinite Gizmatron" takes up a lot of space and time deep inside the mind and delicate machinations of what is known as "Sky City".  
Thanks Scott, always super to hear from you old man. I like the Pippi Longstocking striped leotard tentacles! Nice touch. See you in the mail my friend.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Heebee Post #1030 - Cheryl Penn - Durban - KwaZulu Natal - South Africa

 Nice to find Cheryl back in Heebee Jeebeeland wielding storytelling with the magic imagery of mixed media - assembly included, as usual, a spell on the paper to make it fit just right with her wording. Wizened and witty, she builds upon an invented history that beguiles as well as enchants. Above, we view the piece in it's entirety.

She then cuts the work into 6"x4" postcard size cards and sends them out individually, with bits of anecdotal news that is of a peculiar nature and history.

 The image on the left looks to me as if some dancer's legs ("The Traveller"?) - trying to return to the painting, making it whole once again ("The Innocents"?). Inquiring minds want to know, although Cheryl will never really reveal the true innuendo that is going on in her quirky world. I am particularly drawn towards it because it is not unlike Heebee Jeebeeland

Yes folks, if Bhubezi Mythology is for you, then so is this well known artist. Check her out. Penn Art Works.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Heebee Post #1129 - Larina Lager - Heerenven - Holland - The Netherlands

 Looks like first time Heebee Jeebee  Hollander:  Larina Lager is putting the magic finishing touches on a combination of lettering that ensures this colorful card's arrival into the 4th Dimension. Quite nicely done as it has a definite "Fluxus Affair" appeal.
 This busy " Gas Station at Heebee Jeebeeland" , as it is referenced by Lorina, seems to offer service packages that one can only wonder what exactly they consists of. Could be in for a bizarre bit of fun, that may include inter dimensional espionage - and of perhaps, Trans-Dimensional intrigue.

And check out these ultra cool Netherlands official Postage Stamps!

I always enjoy my heart being lifted by notes similar to the one Lorina included. I don't usually publish notes, they are too personal, But know this dear readers - She is quite enamored with the 4th Dimension and she also would like to receive my previous offer (post # 1128   ) of owning your own "Witch's Passport" just for the asking. That particular postcard was a Halloween Special that folks seemed to like immensely. There are more of the W- P's - If Anybody else would like one - just ask! Thank you for your works and the enthusiasm you displayed in your note to me, really made my day old girl....One Witch's Passport one the way - See ya in the mail.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Heebee Post #1128 - Brenda Perez - West Palm Beach, Florida - USA

 Pamela Perez wants to share the celebration for International Post Card Week.  I like the Childlike International feel it beamingly possesses - Not unlike "It's a Small World" at Disneyland! I'll be popping something into the Post today, for your collection. Fasten your seat belt for your "Witches Passport" from Heebee Jeebeeland. Any of you other dear readers can receive one in the Mail by merely asking for one. I have made about a dozen of these in the last couple of weeks and a fine addition to your Test Tower collection. Heh-heh.
 Thank you for the kind words and card, moreover, for making us aware of International Postcard week.

And furthermore: That, folks, is an Official USA stamp. Nice - Way to go USPS!  And thanks a lot Brenda, for carrying the postcard torch and waving the art banner around the world!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Heebee Post #1127 - Stan Askew - Pasadena, California - USA

Often introduced as - "A man who can't make up his mind whether he would rather be fishin' or playin' music" - also, aiding in his eternal popularity, was his early demise, at the height of his career (1923-New Year's Day 1953 - 29 years old). Yes folks, and please remove your hat when I say the name: Hank Williams!  Looking resplendent in cowboy hat, guitar and western outfit, singing in full glory - and residing under one of my favorite words "Bingo" - After all, how many words are there that guarantee something good is happening!  What does puzzle me is that the die shown is not enough to make the sum of eight; which Stan uses as a symbol of eternity, more than it's look alike numerical presence.  Ah well, nice card and I just can't say enough regarding Ol' Hank wonderful countrified songs. Check one out "Hank Williams Sr. song".  

This Askew ID tag I found on the reverse side of his large, sturdy decorated envelope, seen later - lower below.

 Stan also added two gorgeous, linen era postcards for my increasing in size and beauty, collection of such superb relics. The first of two mint condition publications is this depiction of  the enormous "Interior of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Mass" circa 1936 - 1944. The magnificence of this palatial, stadium-like structure is breathtaking, although some may cite it is not without a high degree of ostentation included in the architecture.  The printing techniques of the day are astounding - This beauty published by United Art Co, Boston Mass - and I am, as always, delighted to have it enhance my collection.
 The second of the two cards depicts the simple yet glorious home for a pair (that's how I shall always consider them) of entertainers that are loved by Heebee Jeebeeland.  Mr. and Mrs. George Burns  Mrs Burns being, of course, the famously light hearted and enigmatic Gracie Allen" (1895 - 1964). The beautiful card color printing is with the C.T. Colortone process - circa 1940. Although George lived on for decaeds after the love of his life passed sorrowfully away in 1964 - George managed his career on to become a huge movie star and remained active until his demise in 1996 - He was 100 years old!

Gracie Allen:  "Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years."
George Burns: "Actually, it only takes one drink to get me loaded. Trouble is, I can't remember if it's the thirteenth or fourteenth."

The large envelope that Stan stuffed all the goodies in! Thank you Mr. Askew - I do realize I have at least two more from you that I haven't posted yet. Not gone, not forgotten - Moving up into the mountainous terrain of of the Cascades and setting up shop, proved to be tougher than I had anticipated. Aw well, I'm good to go now so, let's see what happens from here. Thanks my dear friend and I just sent you something in the mail as well - enjoy! Enjoy some of Stan's other work. Photo Askew

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Heebee Post #1126 - Russell Manning - Dallas, Texas - USA

 Behold, my skeptic readers, as the good ol' Rusty M Ranch sends in a wondrous "The Prophecy",  an inviting booklet for visionary lovers of the uncanny. He really does a wonderful job of capturing a Houdini-like atmosphere, with fun sprinkled liberally all around. October was just begging for this one!
The first offering of  the 4 page, A4 sized dreamy and scary visions is a study on simple,  matter of fact,  dark humor.  One can only imagine......

 "The babysitter is here dear".  I like the way the skull seems to be good naturedly whistling!

"Pull up", they all yelled as the lightning, shaped like poison Ebola spears menace them from all sides. Is Russell making a political statement here? Heh-heh........
 I have always wondered who pulled off the funeral funnery. Now I know!
And a lovely envelope to pull out of your mailbox at twilight in "October Country", here, in the 4th Dimension. Thank you very much Russell. Love this stuff and see you in the post!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Heebee Post #1125 - Karen Chew - Redwood City, California - USA

 This beautiful, grainy, homage of Americana, sent in by the happy-thoughts and quite lovely artist, still manages to somehow toss on a tone of poignancy in it's depicted nostalgic visions. Whether manufactured or not, Karen's anthem of love leaves the viewer to reflect upon the similarities and differences of his own mentored upbringing. With that preponderance aside, take a look below at karen's charmingly stated sentiments regarding what makes her tick.
Nice to see the torch of celebration for the mundane being examined without the tarnished helmet of cynicism being worn. Karen and I have swapped a few mail arts since our brief meeting at the Ex Postal Facto in San Francisco last Feb. This one got under my skin; but then, I am a soft touch anyway.Thanks Ms. Chew, be seeing you in the mail!    

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Heebee Post #1124 - Vallery Shimanovsky - Nizhekamsk,Tatartrstan - Russia

 I am a Mail Artist that does not like to become too political and neither, usually, is Valery. But there is so much innuendo inside the universe of this card, that it is difficult to not find Art imitating life. Funny how Angela Merckle, German Chancellor, looks like she means biz -I don't think she's too happy about Russia going into Ukraine (I see war machines). But, Germany does get a lot of petrol from the big Bear and winter will soon be here. A bit of a pinch?  Anyway, interesting perspective for the times.

Mail Art Bon Vivant  and Russian postal statesman Shimanovsky is a fun loving, high humored artist usually more into some kind of joke telling, instead of showing off what a state of affairs things are getting to be in his country, at least at the Ukrainian border - even if most Russian folks love Vlad Putin. A little surprised, that's all. It sure would be nice to just entirely overlook the sometimes gruesomeness of our world and just have unbridled fun.

 Uh oh! See what happens when my new address is not shown on the envelope? Luckily the Post Office caught this one as they ave many others (Thank God for the Post Office)

Valery's "Bunny-Head" rubber stamping is cool too - Wonder If Ray (Johnson) ever did get to see one of these from our distinguished Russian friend? I think about things like that. Anyway, thank you very much Vallery, hope I didn't get you in some sort of trouble and see ya in the mail old boy. Vallery Shimanovsky Mail Art.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Heebee Post #1123 - Eric Babaud - Russan (Ste. Anastasie) - France

The more I am getting to know the eloquent, talented and smooth humored Mr. Babaud, the more I am liking him. I hope our exchanges continue for a long time. And behold - this is the first posting with my new address on it! Good show Eric. The new Heebee Jeebeeland Studio is finally up and running semi-smoothly and I am as happy as the grinning fellow you see above.
This beguiling piece, entitled "I can be so different from me" reminds me of the lyrics "The more I change, the more I stay the same". Another path for the viewer to take, is the "String Theory" pathways through other dimensions - as if a cosmic sidewalk, strolling through different neighborhoods of reality. A beautiful, contemplative stretch for us to put on our  "One Universe - no matter what" slippers on and have a good think.
The first panel shown above was only a portion of the enormous (A4) sized colorful and vibrantly entertaining conglomeration.  Here it is in it's entirety and our eyes go on holiday until we can seize control of them by looking away. Great work Eric. I love your blog, (Eric Babaud Artwork Factory) and yes, my friend - I'll be seeing you in the mail old boy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Heebee Post #1122 - Jennie Hinchcliff (USPS Mail Art Ambassador) - San Francisco, California - USA

 Jennie was kind enough to think of me by sending in this commemorative postcard regarding the momentous "First Day of Issue" of psychedelic "Music Icon" Janis Joplin. This is my favorite kind of stuff folks.

A very groovy cancellation appears over the two stamps and I am more than a little delighted to have this card in my collection. The ceremony for the release of the iconic Janis stamp (on the right) was held during the Outside Lands Festival in Golden Gate Park, SF - in Hellman Hollow. Jennie was invited as a guest by the USPS to attend. She gets all the fun duties!.

This is the official Janis Forever stamp and what a beauty it is too.

But, what is this other stamp of the beloved rocker below? As she was fond of singing: "You know you got it child, when it makes you feel good"! Who made this one? Dogfish? Hinchcliff? It sure is cool. Reminds me of an old hippie newspaper called "The Oracle" that used to come out of the Haight long, long ago.

 And get a load of the front side of the super commemorative postcard. Yeah, "Take another little piece of my mail art baby...". I love this picture of Big Brother and the Holding Co. And remember folks, Janis was really just the singer among some very talented band members, of whom, one and all performed live fantastically - even if they were more "Alchodelic than Psychedelic. Loved those guys even after they lost their singer.

One last thing of note: While at the post office today, I happen to have purchased a sheet of the wonderful Janis stamps. Did you notice that the sheet itself looks as if it is an old record album cover. Yeah, I'm smiling too!  Back side of the stamp sheet seen below.

Thank you so much Jennie, doesn't take much to turn Heebee Jeebeeland into the final bastion for the astonishing sixties. See you in the mail Ms. Ambassador! You can read more about it from the dreamy proprietress of Red Letter Day herself!