Tuesday, March 29, 2011


When I heard the news I knew I needed to take action. To create something just for him.

I learned a long-time, trusted blogging friend lost some friends in a tragic car accident late last summer. That explained his "silence" and why I hadn't heard from him for several months afterwards.

He tends to shut down and close himself off from others during times of great loss. And being a fellow artist that is detrimental when creating art.

So I wanted to send him some Mail Art as a gentle reminder to be part of the world again.

Here is what I mailed out to him (it's reflecting the cloudy sky!).....

Specialty papers on backing board - 4" x 6 3/4" (NFS)

An aspen leaf was traced onto backing board (used for storing comic books) which was carefully cut out revealing the intricate shape.

I love those stamps grouped together like that!

The address side was lined with patterned origami paper and once again trimmed down to size.

Metallic silver paper was then glued to the other side.....

See me taking the picture?

Using colored permanent markers, I wrote down all the words I wanted to say to him:

Create. Paint. Hope. Dream. Believe. Fly. Survive. Live. Laugh. Feel!! Love.

The thing I LOVE about the metallic paper is that it's highly reflective....almost like a mirror! So when he reads the words he's essentially reading them to his own reflection.

And if you turn the leaf upside down it becomes an impromptu heart.

I'm happy to report that I not only hear from this blogger regularly now but that he's creating art again too. In his own words, he's back to the land of the living and has been "reawakened".


Anonymous said...

Dean! That's so thoughtful!
I LOVE your reflection as you took the picture. It's so awesome. And the heart? Amazing. Where do you get these ideas?! Incredible.
As always,

BB said...

That is fantastic. What great thought you put into that. Amazing.

sweet pea. said...

thats good to hear, glad hes feeling better

Becca said...

That's so creative and beautiful! I'm sure your friend will very much enjoy it.

Mona Diane Conner said...

Dean, I liked how the sky and clouds reflect in the silver leaf in the first picture!

Genesis said...

Yay!!! First commenter!! Ok wow dean that was sooo sweet!!! Now all you have to do is think that way for yourself and every thing will be great! :)

mrpeenee said...

I think the land of the living is over-rated. Still, good on you for helping a friend who needed it.

Enele said...

I really have to say that your blogger friend can be very glad to have a friend like yours.
You're a tremendous person.
Sending you everything you need,

Adam said...

well done Dean

Anonymous said...


That's really awesome. What i like the most is your enthusiam about your art. I can almost taste the passion in your description, the words are so strong.
Keep up the awesomeness!

David K Small, artist said...

What a caring sweet thing to do Dean. I am sure that made his day !

JuJu said...

Oh, I'm so happy to hear that your friend is doing better. That's great news. And, you sending him this surely helped him on his way. Well Done!!

If I were artsy, I would create something like this and send it to you. It would say: Believe in yourself. Surround yourself with those who make you feel glittery. xxx

Anonymous said...

it is beautiful, just like the heart of its maker ;)

neora chana said...

Love it! How compassionate of you!

ilduce said...


Writer Yogi said...

How wonderful of you and how wonderful for you! :)

Rachel Ott said...

You're so incredibly kind. He's lucky to have such a creative and thoughtful friend.

jason said...

it's lovely!

Liz said...

It's awesome that you always use your art to encourage and inspire :D It's wonderful !!!! :P

Dean Grey said...


I think the ideas find me.


Bouncin' Barb!

I tried my best!


sweet pea!




I hope so!



Yeah, I took these pics outside simply for better lighting but when I saw the clouds reflecting onto the image it was an unexpected surprise!



You are NOT the first person to comment on this post.

Silly, silly.




Maybe The Land of the Lost would be better?




I appreciate that!



Thank you, sir!


i'm a superhero i can like fly and shit!

This piece meant a lot to me and I guess that came across as I described it, huh?


David K Small, artist!

I hope that and so much more.





David Allen Waters!



neora chana!

I'm just trying to be a good friend.






Why thanks!



That's sweet of you to say!



I'm glad you think so!



I like the idea of my art encouraging and inspiring others!


Everyone's enthusiastic comments are greatly appreciated!


martha miller said...

Beautiful. Now, can you mail one of those to yourself? xo

n.lea. said...

Dean, your soul is so beautiful! You are one of the most caring people I have ever had the pleasure to communicate with.
It is so good to read that your friend has awakened and is partaking in the activities of life again.

Be blessed as you do lots of blessing.


R. Burnett Baker said...

See how you are?? Beautiful and kind!!


naturgesetz said...

Again, you are so thoughtful and loving, not only in thought but in deed! How wonderful that he is "reawakened" and creating art again!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Most generous. Most creative....

Aizat Hamdan said...


Ken Riches said...

You have a huge heart and I truly appreciate you :o)

Dean Grey said...


I know. I know. I need to take my own advice sometimes.



"Be blessed as you do lots of blessing."

That line made me smile!



How nice of you, sir!



Yeah, he's been creating a lot of art lately and I couldn't be happier about that!



Most kind of YOU!


Aizat Hamdan!






All of your kind words mean a lot!


Sonnia J. Kemmer said...

I just gave you the Stylish Blogger Award. Check it out from my post. Happy Tuesday!

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a lovely, thoughtful thing to do! The world needs more handmade mail like this. It doesn't take much to let someone know that you care. Glad to hear that your fried is doing much better now! - G

Dean Grey said...


Thank you, Sonnia!



Exactly. It's the little things that mean the most!


Thanks to both of you!


Anonymous said...

I know he always appreciates what you do and share with him. I keep telling him you two need to get together. He cares SO much for you. If you only knew.

Dean Grey said...


I already know, dear. He told me.


sMacThoughts said...

You are incredibly thoughtful, Dean!!

Dean Grey said...


Why thank you!


Unknown said...

Once again, you are incredibly kind and thoughtful.

Dean Grey said...