Saturday, March 10, 2012

It's Here At Last (Well, Almost)


It's that time of year again, when my great friend Elena opens her home (and her heart) to her lucky art pals, for a week of creativity, friendship, great food, and unending fun.  Three years ago we started out as virtual strangers, knowing one another only through online groups.  Elena brought us together, and now we are ready to begin our third annual get together in the Florida Keys.  The group has grown, and now two of my best local art friends are part of the excitement.  Teri started coming last year, and for Pat, this is her first time.  We are on the same flight, and will be heading south early tomorrow morning.  Woo Hoo!

We've always made little gifts to bring for everyone, and this year we decided keep it simple and alleviate stress.  So instead we've all made postcards for everyone, highlighting where we come from (and we come from all over the US and Canada).  I'm sure all my fellow travelers are way too busy packing (and some are already on the road) to look, so here is what I've done:

Since I live in the Bronx, which often has a bad reputation, I focused on things that defy the stereotypes.....the unexpected Bronx.

The front is a photo collage (done the old school way, cut and paste, no Photoshop skills for me!)

 The back explains what is on the front, features me in the stamp, and contains all my info.  This is an extra; the ones I'm giving out are all addressed to the recipients.

Nothing much left to do but wait.  I am more than ready.  And the overstuffed suitcase that weighs in at 45 pounds is mostly full of art supplies.  I think maybe 2 of those pounds represent clothing. 
Click HERE to see what happened in the Keys in 2011 (that will take you to the first of MANY posts).
And HERE for the first Keys4Art, in 2010.


Alicia said...

Eileen, What amazing post card ART! I just love it! You did an wonderful job with it and I am sure your Keys4Art Friends will just treasure them! *Hugs* and have a safe and thrilling trip!

Vic said...

No need to tell you to have a great time! I look forward to the recap.

Marjie Kemper said...

I love your old school postcard. Hope you have a wonderful trip!

Chrystal S said...

Love the postcard! I know you must be excited about your trip. :) Have fun!!! :)

Patzee said...

What a clever card. Hey, who needs PhotoShop anyway? Love that postage stamp, too.

Elaine A said...

Hi Eileen -

Hope you have loads of fun and create lots of art! Love the postcard idea and they really turned out nice. Give Pat my love. ENJOY!

Elaine Allen

Anonymous said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh....I'm SUPER SUPER excited for you!!!! I know you are going to have a BLAST!!!!

Dorothy said...

Have a wonderful time!!!

Lori said...

I eagerly await your return and the update! Hope you have a wonderful time, and I'm sure you will! Your postcards are wonderful!

inge said...

Hello Eileen,

nice postcards ! I looked at all the photos of it. Nice to get to know the Bronx a bit more from your site of view !

I try to hop over to Elena's blog to see if she posted already something about your artretreat at her house.
I bet you had a lot of fun the past week and learned so much of each other. Maybe one day....

Don't forget to post about it with lots of photos ! :)

greetings from belgium