Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Disappointment Writ All Over My Face


Sometimes art just does not transfer well. 


Have you ever gotten a refund on postage? Or even post office credit? Well, I am definitely going to try. I bought these today. Was in a hurry so didn't actually look at them until tonight. They remind me of mud. I left some negative words about them in the Pen Thief's comments a few minutes ago. Then I felt guilty for leaving my bald opinions, so I enlarged the images for a second look-see. And . . . I like the art on the first stamp. I just don't like the muddy colors. Before you stomp all over me, remember that art is subject to interpretation. Now. Go ahead and have your say.

The second image is just boring and I want a refund on these as well. No wonder the post office loses money. I'd rather use a bunch of different stamps that might cover half the front of the envelope, rather than send these to a person. Some of my mail is depressing enough without me adding depressing postage. I can just see me sending a card to cheer someone up and they get an envelope with murk above their address. They wouldn't even open it! Or what if they burst into tears? Oh banish that thought! I want to spread a little color with my idiosyncratic mailings. At least a little mail art, coupled with a pretty, cheerful stamp or three might make you shake your head as you tear open the envelope, but at least you'll open it--perchance to read it and reply. So, there's no putting lipstick on these and convincing me they're anything close to being any more than what they are.

Aside: It's all about the values. The colors are too close in value.

Write on.


21 comments:

  1. they do look weird but look these we have for inside the country are just boring ;)

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-g7Km3iQaXfc/T4aFq2irXfI/AAAAAAAAAD8/BRDg1Yyfbvg/s390/zegel%25201%25202.jpg

    Someone decided we needed an 1 for up to 20 grams & a 2 up to 50 grams on them

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  2. LOL! Laughing here at yours. Not sure which are worse. Okay. I do. Hahaha!

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    1. ;)
      Mmmh postcrossing is boring today 5 to Europe at the moment... well better than 3 to China that never make it :(

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    2. I gave up on Postcrossing, but still get postcards. Well dang. There's the answer to why too many of my cards to China never make it. I should strip naked except for my shoes and knee high socks, make a bunch of postcards and flood their post offices. :)

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    3. Yes I have times I give up on Postcrossing also but then I want to send random cards again ;)

      Should peek around on sendsomething also for people who are active so I can send there

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  3. Those you call uglies are my little treasures among my received stamps. I don't mind (OK, I must admit I like) muddy colours and I love having a little piece of the US scenery at home.
    Spanish stamps are worse. They think digital art is everything we need so they just drew a couple of designs (any kid would have done better) and try to teach us civical values.
    http://www.correos.es/comun/filatelia/2011/img/28-01-11g.jpg
    It makes me cringe everytime I go buying stamps and these are all they have to offer.

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    1. See? That old adage about one woman's uglies being another's treasure is still true today. :) What I learned in art school gave voice to my likes and dislikes. Such as contrast, values, etc. I aced color theory. :) But I didn't know which side was up when I tried to examine the stamps. The only way I figured it out was the white prices. I wear glasses but I can still see fairly well without them. Not those stamps though.

      The first ones remind me of Currier & Ives, but I don't think they are ideal for postage. I checked out your "civic minded" postage. Made me grin. I am going to Google Spain's stamps and get a lesson in international postage images. I hope you will stop cringing. They're not so bad. The one Henderica pointed out are cringe-worthy. LOL.

      I've enjoyed this exchange. :)

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  4. I don't think they are so bad, myself. The first ones remind me of an Amish town I visited once in Missouri ~ so I have to say the stamp brought me a nice memory. The second stamp reminds me a bit of Alaska in the springtime on a gray day ~ not so good.

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    1. I am so glad we're able to have this discussion. Different strokes make for interesting dialogue and art. :) Oh, I like the Amish life/art. It's not the subject matter that puts me off. It's the colors. The values are the same and that makes for flat art.

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  5. Gotta agree....BORING! Would it hurt the USPS to put out more stamps with COLOR? Give me some Lady Gaga- I'll buy em.

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    1. For real! Colors affect humans and animals, too, so sure, you are so right. Lady Gaga? Hmm. She's colorful but tries to hard IMHO. What if all stamps had to bear images of the current president? Can you imagine such a thing? I'd prefer Gaga AND Nicki Minaja-vu. LOL! You're funny.

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  6. Since you like berds, you should ask for the birds of prey stamps. They are the .85 cent denomination. They show five different raptors: northern goshawk, peregrine falcon, golden eagle, osprey, and northern harrier. I think they are very cool!

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    1. Thank you! Stayed home all day 'cause of breathing problems, but God willing and the creek don't rise, I am going to see if they will let me exchange these things. Thanks for reminding me to get the raptors. I do love a raptor. Am saving up for a telescope lens for my camera. Hawks live near me and they feed on my geckoes and lizards and such. I'll use the first raptor stamp to write to you. :)

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  7. I'm so glad it's not just me! When they announced these stamps I really didn't like them and thought they were boring. There's so many good forever stamp designs that I'd rather use! I love the cherry blossom stamps, I had been waiting for them to come out!

    For Mexico/Canada mail you can use the bird of prey stamps, they're also 85 cents. You can also buy some 20 cent stamps and use them for your international mail as well! These ugly stamps forced me to get creative with my postage!

    A lot of my pen pals are international and enjoy seeing different stamps and I'm happy to do that. Also personally, it all costs the same and I don't want to use ugly stamps. Sorry for the novel, glad to see someone else feels the same way! :)

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  8. All right then Holly! :) I was with you until you said you like the cherry blossom stamps, since I don't. They were sold out 3 out of 3 time when I tried to buy them. I got them of the 4th try but was deeply disappointed. The colors were too flat, too weak, too faint and pale--I can barely see them. I do believe that Misty and I could have done a better job. Cherry blossoms have so much potential. They are awesome! Not so the ones depicted on the stamps.

    I am with you all the rest of the way. :) People who care want to send the very best. Stamps represent who we are as a postal system, don't you think? :)

    No need to apologize. I like novels. I like one liners. I just love hearing different opinions. Sometimes y'all make me change my mind and broaden my views. So thank you.

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  9. I grinned @ the God willing and the creek don't rise, cause I use that saying often and just as often it confuses people. LOL! I'm glad I was of assistance to you re: raptors. Good mail days to you! Sharon/Anonymous =)

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  10. LOL! I remember the saying from childhood. Sandy Creek runs through my mom's parents' property so I understood the meaning way back when, although it never rose to dangerous levels until hurricane Ike.

    Hope to have the raptors by Monday. Thanks again, and thanks for the good words. I need good mail days. Am so behind but not stressing out over it. :) Have a good weekend.

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    1. Mail your mail box bulge. :)

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    2. LOL! May your mail box bulge with good mail! There! Got it.

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