Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Martha....you've got mail!!

In my previous post I mentioned receiving a piece of mail art by fellow artist, Martha Miller.

Following "Mail Art Etiquette" I created something in return!

Here's my mail art to Martha!

I wanted to create something special, eye-catching, and unique!

Still new to the whole mail art scene, I wasn't quite sure what could and could not be mailed. So I decided to stick with a traditional envelope (6" x 9") which I illustrated. Afraid paint would come off too easily, I decided to use waterproof black ink instead.

Here's the back.....

It features a series of phrases written over and over. They read, "Run free. Tears blowing in the wind. Run free. Shine brightly and run free!"

I'm so terrified this is going to get lost in the mail! Or worse yet, some postal employee will just keep it for themselves! Oh, that would make me sooooooo mad!!!

This experience has opened me up to a whole new world! Who knew something so simple as exchanging decorated pieces of mail could be so fun and invigorating?



Anonymous said...

Mine would resemble xkcd comics, lol.

Meeko Fabulous said...

That's looks pretty bad ass! btw, I like the new pic of you in your sidebar w/ the facial hair. It suits you nicely. :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing. I would love getting a piece of art like this in the mail!

Unknown said...

Wow! What a wonderful piece of useful art! How lucky are you guys exchanging art through the mail. Good to read a "Whee" from you Dean.

elsie said...

ART MAIL, what a wonderful concept! and it's like an exclusive club too cause mere "artistically challenge" mortals like myself can't participate but I sure can enjoy! Love what your received, LOVE what you sent!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Beautiful, beautiful work, Dean. Your heart was all over it! I don't know which I liked the best, the front or the back!

Kathleen Coy said...

Oh wow, I LOVE IT!!! :-D

Dean Grey said...


I had to look 'xkcd comics' up! Stick figures are art too!



Yay! I wanted it to look super cool!

As far as my new sidebar picture. I'll be changing it soon, I'm sure!



If you think you can create one to send to me, then I will send one to you! That's the rule!



It was a lot of fun!

I'm surprised more artists aren't involved with this.



It is kind of exclusive, isn't it? But if you can decorate an envelope and make it your own, you CAN participate.

Check out the mail art blogs on my blogroll. Some of the envelopes are pretty simple.

And don't sell yourself short. You wouldn't be making such lovely jewelry if you were artistically challenged, now would you?



Yeah, I really put my heart into this one. I wanted it to be something special.

I like the front the best IMHO!


Thanks to all of you for letting me know what you think!


AndyDrewby said...

Wow interesting, he looks pissed something you don't usually associate with this animal.

Dean Grey said...


I love it too!



Well, if you look click on the image, you can look at the unicorn in greater detail. You'll see it's crying.

I like to think it's upset rather than angry, but it's interesting to hear other's perceptions on this!


Thanks to the both of you!


Anonymous said...

Wheeeeeeeeeee! Your enthusiasm is so contagious Dean!!! It's absolutely gorgeous and the message is brilliant! Run Free Shine Brightly!!!! Great! PS Love the pic on your sidebar, you look at peace!!!

Tracey Clarke said...

Fantastic, Dean....I would have been nervous about dropping it in the mail, too!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful piece of art....I want one in the mail;) Love it;)

Btw: Thank you so much for all the nice comments on my blogs...u r way to sweet;)Ive got "stuff" going on right now, kinda keeping me off the blog, but I'll be back regularly soon...

LOVE the new pic, very handsome;)

Manon said...

Hey! Love this piece of mail art!! It is fantastique!! I really like both sides!! I'm sure it'll get there in one piece!!


AndyDrewby said...

Guess it was the laid back ears and the tears that led me to believe it was anger. Tears usually accompany rage on my emotional pallet. Even though I may have misunderstood it I still enjoyed it.

Dean Grey said...


I'm glad you are enjoying it!



Keep your fingers crossed for me that it doesn't!



Regarding the comments left on your blog. Anytime!



Thanks! I'm proud of this one....if I do say so myself!



It's more emotionally upset with maybe a hint of anger underneath.

That means we're both right! (^_^)


I appreciate everyone's enthusiastic comments on this piece!


robertga99 said...

Wow, you are so talented! I can't even draw a str8 line. I'm jealous :)

jason said...

Love it! I love the movement in its mane especially...and the idea of using its cheek for the address.
Wonderful work!

pathetic prophet said...

I didn't say anything right away because I was so overwhelmed by the concept. Then my imagination started to run overtime as I started to plan art I could mail myself. You and your posts about the process of art with you are so inspiring. Keeps me wanting to do more. you really are beautiful. Thanks.

Cooper said...

dean thanks so much for visiting my blog and all your comments very touching you took the time to do that. thanks for the kind words also they mean more than you know! love your blog im following it know hope you dont mind. beautiful are work btw!

Dean Grey said...


How nice of you to say!



The windblown mane and the address on the unicorn's cheek were my favorite things too!


pathetic prophet!

Mail art has SO many possibilities!



Welcome to The Doughnut Gang! (^_^)


Thanks to the four of you gentlemen for stopping by!


david gómez said...

this mail art thing is great!

Paula Villanova said...

This is ridiculously cool! I have seen such envelopes but not for many years...in an era of electronic communications...this is a real nice touch. Beautiful.

suzanneberry said...

this is brilliant!! please send me some mail!! i love the front but am besotted with the back! a new possibility has opened and the sun is shining! at the risk of being tacky, i would buy a series of these to use as mailing envelopes to people i admire and want to impress!

Dean Grey said...


Yes, it is!!



I agree! In an age of e-mails, it's nice to go back to basics and mail someone a letter.



Flattery will get you everywhere! I'm glad the mail art has moved you so much!


Thanks to the three of you wonderful artists for your input!


martha miller said...

wOw!!!! can't wait to get that GORGEOUS piece of MAIL ART, Dean!!!! Bet it'll be here tomorrow! xxooxx

Dean Grey said...


I hope it looks even better in person!


artbyakiko said...

Hi Dean! This is AWESOME!! I love how you painted a unicorn and wrote her address on his face. It's so creative and beautiful!! The message on the back is also cool. Martha is lucky to receive such an awesome piece of art.

Unknown said...

DAMN! I want art mail. The front is fabulous, but the back...

The back is a masterpiece. Seriously. It's dark, brooding and beautiful.

Dean Grey said...


I worked really hard on this piece of Mail Art and am happy to hear you like it!



Dark and brooding. That's the exact look I was going for!

If you think you can create a piece to send to me, I will gladly send one to you. That's the rule!


I appreciate the enthusiastic comments from both of you!


Gwen Bell said...

This is fantasic, Dean! I'm with you...lets hope some art-loving postal clerk doesn't keep it because it certainly is beautiful!

Dean Grey said...


No worries. It indeed arrived to Martha safe and sound.


Kayla said...

too cool dean! i've become to love looking at your blogs, old and new. the mail art idea is too cool!! ...i'm off to try some out...nervous though.. i'm so impressed with yours.

Dean Grey said...


I can't wait to see what you come up with!