It’s A Rainy Day Here in San Diego

Wash

Finally! Day after day, month after month of dryness (we had one of our hottest and most arid summers this year!), it rains this morning. It’s a welcome change, but there’s no way I’m going anywhere (for the next hour or so, at least). San Diegans don’t know how to drive in the rain, especially right after it first starts.

As usual, the school week is exhausting. Part of what keeps me going is that I’m employed. I do like meeting new students and teaching them new things, though I can’t say that for all of them. There are some I will be glad that I’ll never have to deal with once the semester is over. I’ll remain vague on that right now. To get back to the positive, it is always nice when students in the lower level classes ask me if I’m teaching the next level course the following semester.

In the midst of commuting to the various schools, teaching, preparing, and grading papers (which seems to never end!), I have to find some ways to stay sane. I’m at a place where I want to do creative activities more and more, such as art and fiction writing. Also, taking more time to read what’s not on the curriculum helps foster that creativity. It’s so easy to put these things on the backburner, but I feel I’ll certainly be a better teacher for it if I make the time for myself.

In my spare time, I’ve gotten prolific on the postcards. As I mentioned earlier this week, I joined the Post Due Collective, and I’ve had fun doodling and making collages. I also got a postcard from Chris Gregori, who coordinates Post Due, and it’s really cool!
I also sent out some postcards. I sent this one to illustrator of the interesting postcard above:

To search is an obsession

I sent this one to Rob. I hope he likes the Gold Lady.

Gold Lady Post Card

This one went to Brandi, my friend from grad school who’s familiar with the Gold Lady:

Gold Lady 2

And this one goes out to Jack in Oceanside:

Japonaiserie 3

I hope you all enjoy these cards as much I have making them.

There’s a postcard swap coming up soon in the Post Due Collective. When I get the card from my swap partner, I’ll post it here. I’ll also post the one I send out to him or her.

If you’re interested in doing the postcard swap, you can go to Post Due dot Com. If you’re interested in getting postcards from me, e-mail me at shindotv at mac dot com. You can also send postcards to me at:

shinichi evans
PO Box 125003
san diego, ca 92112-5003

Post Due Dot Com

To search is an obsession

This week, I joined Post Due‘s postcard swap thanks to Rob Williams (not to be confused with the famously cheeky Robbie). I saw his mention of the site, was intrigued, and decided to join. The idea is to create your own postcards and exchange art and creativity through the mail. Collages, drawings, or photography are among the media you can use to. Gift shop cards and the kind you can get for free from the bar don’t count. However, they would be fun to tweak. Several years ago, I received an altered postcard from a friend which was a beefcake photo from the 1950’s with some words written along the body and some stickers added. Something along those lines or graffiti sounds like a fun option.

I came across Top Model alumna Elyse Sewell‘s blog and she mentions a post card club. She doesn’t say if it’s Post Due, but it was the second mention I’ve seen of swapping artistic cards this week. She gives a temporary PO Box in her entry, so make a postcard and send it to her.

The image above is one of my first creations simply using pastels. I also made an image of the Gold Lady, which I haven’t done in a long time. Who knows? I might just start working on Resplendence again.

Gold Lady Post Card

I’ve also done a few collages. This one uses silk origami paper and Japanese newsprint.

Japonaiserie 3

I’ve created more than that. For more images, check them out on Flickr.

If you’re interested in doing the postcard swap, you can go to Post Due dot Com. If you’re interested in getting postcards from me, e-mail me at shindotv at mac dot com. You can also send postcards to me at:

shinichi evans
PO Box 125003
san diego, ca 92112-5003