TAG! I’m it! -Giraffe by Ryan of asmalltowndad

“I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”
– Pablo Picasso

Ryan, from asmalltowndad blog, started a game of TAG. I’m it! He sent me this beautiful giraffe and I am to send a small piece of original art to one of our blogging buddies. What a cool game!

Don’t you just love the eyelashes on this little beauty?

Thanks, Ryan!! 🙂

About Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso, the Spanish painter at the forefront of Cubism, is perhaps best known for his painting Guernica, which depicts the hopelessness and violence of war. The masterpiece hung in the Museum of Modern Art in New York until democracy was restored in Spain; the painting was then sent home, where it hangs now at Reina Sofí a, Spain’s national museum of modern art. Born in Spain in 1881, Picasso spent his adult life in France. Although he’s known for his abstract paintings, his realistic work, particularly his Blue Period, was equally accomplished. He loved to be surrounded by friends and had multiple love affairs. He died in 1973.


17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rick Daddario
    Oct 06, 2010 @ 06:43:20

    bwahahahaha. if you were not considering yourselves Mail Art Artists before Ryan’s Tag game, you will definitely qualify by playing in this game. this is definitely the kind of play that mail art people do all the time – or variations on it.

    this would be considered a PIF game. meaning Play-It-Forward. there would be a sign-up list and the play would follow the order of those signing up.

    if you signed up, you’d give your snail mail address to the person who had signed up just before you and that person would send a work to you. the person that signed up after you would give you their snail mail address and you’d send your work to them. (snail mail addresses are usually exchanged privately).

    in this way the “chain” can keep going indefinitely as long as another person signs up.

    usually the work is defined so that everyone is doing something similar – like ATCs or or it could be postcards or something else – but everyone would work within that format.

    you could also stipulate a category and kind of work – such as “original” (meaning not a reproduction of a drawing or painting) – and then the kind of original – like drawing/painting. the idea being everyone would be giving and receiving similar kinds of work. that way one person isnt giving an original work and then recieves a reproduction of an original from someone else. yeah, it’s good to spell this kind of thing out for people – even tho it seems like a lot of “rules”.

    also in most PIF games you can sign up as often as you want altho usually it’s polite – and considered mail art etiquette – to let someone go between you and the person after you before you sign up again. …or… to allow a day or two to go by – and then if no one else signs up it’s considered okay to sign up to receive from the person you just sent to.

    cool painting Ryan. cool game too. play on!


    • Beth Parker
      Oct 06, 2010 @ 07:48:49

      Hi Rick! Thanks for all of this info. I have participated in a lot of exchanges where we all privately sent our snail mail to one person, they compiled a list of all the players and sent it out (privately) to everyone. They usually had a theme and each person would send one item to each person on the list and if everyone did their part, you’d get a bunch of cool art. Usually 25 people played, but it doesn’t have to be that many.

      I did finally get a response. Erik Davis is getting a painting. I’m also sending one to Ryan, just for fun. 😀 Erik is anxious to send a painting to one of you, so send him your address!


      • Rick Daddario
        Oct 07, 2010 @ 04:40:01

        yeah. i know you do a lot of ATC and postcard work. hosted swaps are slightly different than the chaining style PIF swap i was talking about… hosting swaps require a lot of work for the host (imo). of course there are advantages to hosting swaps too tho. chaining swaps dont really require a host – may be just to set it up which isnt really hosting in the same way as a hosted swap. once the chaining swap is set up it’s basically self sustaining and just between two players – in the chain. it doesnt require a making a lot of work unless you play in the chain a lot. so you can play when you have time but step away when you have other obligations going. the tag game Ryan has started to me is a variation on mail art swaps. …there are hundreds of ways to set up and do mail art swaps of course. this just feels fun to me. cool.

  2. erik r davis
    Oct 05, 2010 @ 11:40:46

    Hey Beth – Love your work!
    I’m all for keeping this TAG going. If you could use the contact form on my site and send me your email I’ll gladly send you my snail mail!


  3. lindahalcombfineart
    Oct 04, 2010 @ 17:14:39

    Thank you for posting Ryans painting. It is full of personality!


  4. asmalltowndad
    Oct 04, 2010 @ 13:50:52

    I appreciate the scan.
    If no one else sends you a mailing address… I’m slow and probably can be caught! I just thought with all the communications with everyone you might have someone’s address.

    Are all our blogger friends wanted by law or what?


    • Beth Parker
      Oct 04, 2010 @ 14:21:44

      Funny, huh? I don’t have a single address, except yours. (I have a couple email addresses only.)

      I already thought of tagging you back. 😀 Glad you’re slow. he he he


  5. Karen
    Oct 04, 2010 @ 10:39:37

    Love it!! It’s so cute. Thanks for posting it Beth!


  6. lesliepaints
    Oct 04, 2010 @ 10:15:02

    Gorgeous giraffe! Such an expression!


  7. Helen Percy Lystra
    Oct 04, 2010 @ 09:28:28

    What a grand idea… cute girafe too.


  8. asmalltowndad
    Oct 04, 2010 @ 09:23:39

    Thank you Beth for posting the giraffe.
    The draw back of tagging you is that I’ll miss out on a Beth original, and some other lucky blogger will GET THEIRS from you. So they better appreciate it when they get it!

    Have fun and good luck to the other bloggers!


    • Beth Parker
      Oct 04, 2010 @ 09:53:48

      Boy am I ever having WordPress problems this morning. It just ate my reply to you. **sigh**

      What I wanted to say is at least you had an address to start with. 🙂 I’m waiting to see if anyone actually emails me with their snail mail address. The first one I get, that’s who get’s the Beth original.

      Oh, I emailed you a hi res copy of your giraffe, since you forgot to scan it.


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