Reality Elf, Imagination Sprite, Bohemian Soul . . . I love to surf the internet, collect recipes and cook good meals, create art, write an occasional poem, watch and listen to an eclectic array of movies and music. I desire to achieve a balance in all experiences, yet I am admittedly more focused on the inner than the outer experiences, thus I enjoy the company of others in moderation, and I enjoy the company of my guides and muses immensely. I am pro economic globalization, pro cultural diversity, sexual and identity diversity, and reproductive choice. Let there be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me. I have taken a personal vow to do and be the best I can.
I just had a birthday so I'm 68 now. The only thing about being older is the body experience is so different than what it used to be. You make daily physical, emotional and mental adjustments and carry on. I was born and raised in the Houston, Texas area but haven't lived there for about 47 years. Since then I've lived in Southern California, Nevada, and briefly in West Palm Beach, Florida. I was married for nearly 30 years, got divorced in '98 after I finally busted down the closet walls. I have 3 grown daughters who are now 43, 37, and 28, and 5 grandkids who are 18, 14, 13, 3, and 9 months.
I have been artistic my whole life, creating all kinds of art and using many kinds of mediums. I have never been very prolific in my production though. I usually have many, many other interests that have to share time with my artistic impulses. I started doing mail-art and swaps in 2008, mainly black pen and color marker ATCs until I joined Swap-bot 3 1/2 years ago and ventured into other forms of mail-art (postcards, zines) and other sorts of image types, like multi-media, rubber stamping, and collage. Here is a list of some of the kinds of art I make:
DRAWING - black pens like Micron, black brush pen, color markers, colored pencils
ABSTRACT - most of my work is abstract. Wikipedia says "Abstract art uses a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world." I love geometric abstract most of all.
CONSTRUCTIONS - (cardstock or thin cardboard) of geometric solids, boxes, small chests-of-drawers, etc.
STAMP CARVING - I love making my own stamps. I started doing it because I can't afford to buy them, and I now have a very large collection which grows every month. I need to seriously think about stamp storage other than tossing them in a plastic bin.
PAPER COLLAGE - I love paper collage! I collect and use images, words and phrases, textures, color, and all kinds of bits from junk mail, magazines and books.
ZINES/SMALL BOOKS - I don't do as much of this as I would like, but I could get serious about it and do more.
QUILLING (paper rolling) - Sometimes . . . .
PAINTING - acrylic, watercolor, gouache . . . not as much as I'd like to do
DIGITAL/COMPUTER - some digital collage, computer art, page design, etc.
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Dislikes - - - -
ALL that is mean, horrifying, misogynistic, insensitive, thoughtless, narrow minded, bigoted, maliciously deceptive, and grotesque (notwithstanding Equisite Corpse).
Namaste. Baraka Bashad.
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