February 23, 2017

Faux Mail Art

Faux Mail Art #4. David Hayes, 2017.

I've added four more pieces in my Faux Mail Art series to my Etsy shop, An Eclectic Universe. Each work is an one of a kind mixed media collage based on the Mail Art concept. I invite you to take a closer look at each piece as I'm sure you'll like what you see!

Faux Mail Art #5. David Hayes, 2017.
Faux Mail Art #6. David Hayes, 2017.

Faux Mail Art #7. David Hayes, 2017.

February 21, 2017

An Eclectic Universe

Faux Mail Art #1. David Hayes, 2017.

After putting it off for what seems forever, I've started to revitalize my Etsy shop, An Eclectic Universe. It is in this shop that you'll find many of my mixed media works...and as time goes on...selected images from my photography portfolio. I will also list other interesting tidbits as I come across them!

Faux Mail Art #2. David Hayes, 2017.

My Faux Mail Art series, of which these three pieces are a part, are one-of-a-kind mixed media collages. While not really suitable for mailing, I did create them with Mail Art in mind.

Faux Mail Art #3. David Hayes, 2017.

To check out these three pieces and other examples of my mixed media works, please visit my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnEclecticUniverse

February 13, 2017

My Little Friends

Mean Mr. Mustard. David Hayes, 2017.
It's been a while since I last posted. All sorts of reason why...but there you are. I thought I'd make my first posting of the year one in which I spotlight another side of me. While I mostly consider myself a photographer and mixed media artist, I do like to do the occasional assemblage piece. Mean Mr. Mustard is my latest endeavor...put together using a spice can, doll parts, wine corks and other found objects. A little bit of super glue and paint to bring him to life.

Ginger. David Hayes, 2017.

Ginger has been with me for some time now. She was one of my first art dolls. She's still my favorite...just love her attitude!

Hot Dog. David Hayes, 2017

Next to Ginger, Hot Dog is my all time favorite. I made him back in 2011 for a Cloth, Paper, Scissors challenge and was quite pleased when he was featured in their September/October 2011 issue!

There are more "little friends" scattered about my studio and house...and others have been given away or sold over the years. I do have several more in mind and as soon as I bring these to life I'll make sure to share them with you!

December 27, 2016

52 Cards - Week 52

52 Cards - Week 52. David Hayes, 2016.

So here it is...card 52 out of a deck of 52. I don't know if this is the best in the deck...I'll let you decide that. All I know it was fun working on these every week...now to come up with a weekly challenge for 2017. I'll give that some thought...

Here's the original card:



December 22, 2016

52 Cards - Week 51

52 Cards - Week 51. David Hayes, 2016
A bit late in posting this week's card...tis the season and all that! Only one more card left....gonna have to make it the best one ever!!

Here's the original card:

December 12, 2016

52 Cards - Week 50

52 Cards - Week 50. David Hayes, 2016

Channeling the movie, A Christmas Story for this week's card. More cut and paste collaging on this one versus "digital" collage. Some week's are like that...

Here's the original card:



December 6, 2016

52 Cards - Week 49

52 Cards - Week 49 David Hayes, 2016

Now then...this isn't at all what I had in mind when I made the original card...although I can't really say what I did have in mind! So...all that ends, ends well! And god bless iColorama!

Here's the original card:



November 30, 2016

52 Cards - Week 48

52 Cards - Week 48. David Hayes, 2016

I created this card over the week-end...long before the wildfires devastated Gatlinburg. Not sure what I was thinking about as I put this one together...but it wasn't forest fires....

Here's the original card:



November 21, 2016

52 Cards - Week 47

52 Cards - Week 47. David Hayes, 2016.

I started with a leaf pasted to a black card. Scanned that. Used iColorama and Repix to give the card it's magic!!

Here's the original card:




November 14, 2016

52 Cards - Week 46

52 Cards - Week 46. David Hayes, 2016

Take one playing card, painted with black gesso, add a bit of wrapping paper. Scan it into one's iPad, paint a moon and add some lines using Procreate, some stars using Repix, and finish with a overlay using Stackables...

The original card:



November 10, 2016

52 Cards - Week 45

52 Cards - Week 45. David Hayes, 2016

"Found poetry" for this week's card topped off digital with an old image and the magic of Procreate and Stackables.

The original card:



November 3, 2016

52 Cards - Week 44

52 Cards, Week 44. David Hayes, 2016.

This week's card is a far departure from where I started...but that's what's so fun about this project! A bit of cut and paste as always then Stackables and Snapseed for some digital transformations!

The original card:



October 26, 2016

52 Cards - Week 43

52 Cards - Week 43. David Hayes, 2016

The upcoming Election Day has us all in an uproar...tried to challenge that feeling into this card...

A paste-up followed with "special effects" courtesy of the app iColorama! 

The original card:



October 18, 2016

52 Cards - Week 42

52 Cards - Week 42. David Hayes, 2016

I had some fun with this week's card! All digital work done in Procreate with a topping of Stackables...as usual.

Here's the original card:



October 11, 2016

52 Cards - Week 41

52 Cards - Week 41. David Hayes, 2016.

Let's see...I used Procreate to do the digital collaging, Distressed Fx and Snapseed to tie it all together!

Here's the original card:



October 6, 2016

52 Cards - Week 40

52 Cards - Week 40. David Hayes, 2016

I'm a little late in getting this week's card posted...it's been that kind of week! I used the apps Procreate, Repix, and Stackables to create the digital version...a little bit of this and that. As always!

The original card:


September 29, 2016

52 Cards - Week 39

52 Cards - Week 39. David Hayes, 2016

Oh my gosh...this one is a real mish-mash! After the paste-up, I started with iColorama, then used a bit of Repix, maybe Snapseed...but I'm not sure about that, and finished with some of this and that added in Procreate. Happens when it took several days to get something I was happy with...

The original card:



September 19, 2016

52 Cards - Week 38

52 Cards - Week 38. David Hayes, 2016.

I kept this one fairly simple...a quick paste-up followed by letting iColorama do its magic!

The original card:



September 12, 2016

52 Cards - Week 37

52 Cards - Week 37. David Hayes, 2016.

This week's featured apps are: Repix and Distressed FX!

The original card:



September 6, 2016

52 Cards - Week 36

52 Cards - Week 36. David Hayes, 2016.

I threw a little bit of everything at this card...cut and pasting then the apps Distressed FX, iColorama, and Stackables. A glorious mess!

Here's what I started with:



August 29, 2016

52 Cards - Week 35

52 Cards - Week 35. David Hayes, 2016.

Some grunge for this week's card. Started with a paste-up, scanned then Stackables followed with a touch of Snapseed!

Here's the source card:



August 22, 2016

52 Cards - Week 34

52 Cards - Week 34. David Hayes, 2016.

iColorama and Stackables. Seems to be a great combination for this series!

The "source" card:



August 15, 2016

52 Cards - Week 33

52 Cards - Week 33. David Hayes, 2016.

This one leans a bit more to the abstract side than the others...I am having fun seeing what I can do using iColorama on these cards. Good stuff!!

Here's the "source" card: