Swap-bot Time: August 17, 2018 7:24 pm


Date Joined: March 6, 2014
Last Online: August 17, 2018
Birthday: October 9
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi, I'm Dave. I live in St Cloud, Minnesota, about an hour northwest of the Twin Cities. I've been married for 40 years to the same wonderful, sweet woman with whom I've raised seven kids.

I've always liked art, both appreciated it and enjoyed creating it. I like to sketch and do collage. I love books and have way too many of them. I buy a new bookcase and it's not long before that one is overflowing and I need a new one. I had a whole garage full of books before we moved.

A couple years ago I started trading postcards - little works of art! It's fun to receive them in the mailbox and it's fun to send a little bit of love out into the world every week.

I swapped ATCs for a while a few years ago. I enjoyed that a lot, but found the small size becoming a little restrictive. But, I'm ready to do more. I just like to create.

See my Postcrossing profile above for preferences. I'll add more as I go along. I'm kind of a hermit by nature, but I am opening up a bit. :-)

I've got a good sense of humor, so don't worry about offending me. I'm easygoing and just appreciate the time and thought that people put into their swaps.

I guess that's all for now. Looking forward to swapping with you.

Spoiler Alert: I post most of my art to my Flickr account. So it will probably be posted there before you get it in the mail.


Hmm. I like a lot of things and styles. I probably lean more toward traditional than modern. I prefer Rembrandt to Picasso. But I love Japanese woodcuts and Chagall, Van Gogh and R. Crumb, too. Lean more toward dark than cute. Steam punk over Disney. But I like imaginative, fanciful illustrations, epecially pen and ink - Gorey, the aforementioned Mr. Crumb, George Herriman (Krazy Kat). And vintage children's book illustrations - l love those!

As far as postcards go, same as above, plus I like b&w, vintage, unusual, Native American, nude, pin-ups, people, especially women, especially Renaissance and Impressionist women. Not so much run-of-the-mill tourist cards, although an exceptionally beautiful scene or historic building is welcome. I like vintage cards, but not reproductions of vintage cards. Unless they're really unusual, like some tinted Old West and Old Hawaii cards I have. I know there are some fabulously artistic and creative people here, so a handmade card is fine with me. Oh, and mermaids. I love mermaids.

Favorite Music

I have eclectic tastes when it comes to music. I like medieval and Renaissance music; Bach, Corelli, Vivaldi and Handel. I think Pachelbel's' Canon in D is perhaps the most beautiful melody ever written. I like Dylan and other singer-songwriters; roots, blues (Eric Clapton, Lightnin' Hopkins) and alt-country like Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, John Prine. I like world music, Celtic, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, most classic rock, r & b and gospel. I don't really care for jazz and can't stand heavy metal, rap, hip hop and don't really care for most modern pop.

Favorite Movies

My taste in movies is almost as broad as my taste in music. I like the Wizard of Oz and The Princess Bride; Gone with the Wind and It's a Wonderful Life. African Queen, Casablanca - yes, I'm a romantic. But I also like Get Shorty and Snatch. Silver Linings Playbook, Hunger Games and Men in Black. Spirited Away, The Fantastics, Lion King. James Bond; never thought anyone could compare with Sean Connery, but Daniel Craig definitely measures up. I like most of the Coen Brothers (Minnesota's pride), Fargo and O Brother Where Art Thou are both great, Not to mention The Big Lebowski. I like a lot of foreign films and movies that make you think - Memento, L.A. Confidential, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Well, you get the idea.

Favorite Television

This one's easy. Survivor and The Middle. I hardly watch any other TV. Except during football season. Update 2016 - have to add to this list: Better Call Saul and Naked and Afraid.

Favorite Books

The Bible stands in a class by itself. David's Psalms nourish and comfort me as nothing else can. I read mostly nonfiction - books on writing, art and history. Favorite classics are Lord of the Rings and Big Tiger and Christian. Recent favorites would be Shadow of the Wind, The Kite Runner, and a book of poetry by Hafiz, given to me by my sister, entitled The Gift. Oh, and Anne Lamott! She's written some really good stuff.

Favorite Crafts

As I said above, I like to make ATCs, and now post cards. I do mostly collage and rubber stamps but I'm finally getting brave and doing my own drawing. I also LOVE watercolor, but am just beginning that. I don't know why I don't do more of it?!

I've always loved photography, too. When the kids were young I always had a camera around my neck. I sure appreciate the economy of digital photography, but I sometimes miss my old 35mm Pentax.

I love paper. Ephemera, clip art, vintage, retro, post cards, old newspapers, magazine pages, unusual paper, you name it.

I've recently begun carving stamps. I enjoy that a lot. I would love to see prints of yours, too.

And along with that goes artistamps and faux postage.

I guess it's time to update this. I've been on SB for a couple years now and am doing a lot more drawing. I love to sketch any time, any place. I'm getting better at it, too, but mostly I'm not so worried that it be "good". Thank you, SwapBot!

And zines! I love zines. Check this out!


DLW74 rated for Written postcard Prompts #1 on Aug 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your postcard! :)
Mamamoose rated for Free Ad Card PC Swap #6 on Aug 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard! Love it!!
Allegrae rated for Collaboration #58 on Aug 13, 2018
Comment: Gorgeous postcard--and, of course, I adore the theme you decided upon. Looking forward to adding to it and sending it along!
Comment: Thank you for the drawings! It was fun to read about your day sketching. :) You did a lovely job. I particularly like the faces.
Comment: Hahaha, indeed, what a surprise :-D I recognized it as yours as soon as I saw your lovely blue washi tape with a ... dragonfly? Until next swap!!! XO - Ellen
Innytoes rated for FREE/AD pc JULY on Jul 31, 2018
Comment: Hi David, Thanks so much for the cool card!
MissPaula rated for Art Collab #8 Quick on Jul 28, 2018
Comment: Well, lemme say today was a day I needed some Happy Mail and I got it! Love the vtg lady stamped on the front and your carved addy stamp looks Japanese style. But. When I turned it over, well Who doesn't Love a Sloth? Cute. Thanks for the awesome extra goodies! I will think carefully about what to add on your watercolor background. = ) ♥ I have all the carving supplies, I just have to use them!
Leftie rated for Join 7/13, Send PC 7/14~US ONLY on Jul 26, 2018
Comment: ❤️😃.... I agree with you the artwork is inspiring!😃😃😃❤️❤️
vlhafer54 rated for B&W PCs JULY on Jul 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the Spencer PC. I love all his movies, especially the ones with Hepburn.
Response: I thought you might like that one. Thanks for the rating.
FiWebster rated for MA: Use your scraps PC! on Jul 16, 2018
Comment: Great postcard! I especially like the watery blue mixed-media bit....
Response: That was the inspiration for the whole thing. I set a glass down on the paper and the condensation turned out pretty cool! Thanks for the rating.
Dsweeny rated for WIYM: Postcard Train - USA #6 on Jul 15, 2018
Comment: Hi David! Welcome to the swap! You did exactly the right thing, and sent a cool selection to choose from to keep the train moving. Thank you so much for sending and joining in the fun
Response: My pleasure. Thank you!
pernie123 rated for NYUP 4 pcs in an envie #11 on Jul 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you. Great cards! I especially like pouting child.
priony rated for Weird Quote on a Postcard on Jul 14, 2018
Comment: Love the card! Perfect for a weird quote!
kelsue62 rated for Weird Quote on a Postcard on Jul 12, 2018
Comment: Omg. Thank you for the CT memorabilia post card. I went there as a kid. The story is that he built it and never got to live in it. Ps. Also never knew that those were scratch and sniff stamps.
Larina rated for Song Lyrics on a Postcard on Jul 10, 2018
Comment: Gotta love Bob Dylan! Thanks for the mermaid postcard, Its beautiful.
Kathy821 rated for Song Lyrics on a Postcard on Jul 9, 2018
Comment: Great lyrics! Thank you very much. I do agree, he was really good. I love the postcard, but Alexis really liked it so it's going in her room now lol.
Response: LOL I'm glad. Thanks.
Fieke rated for HP Watercolor PC in an Envie #2 INTL on Jul 9, 2018
Comment: Such a great painted card !! I won't sent it, I've put it in a frame on my desk so I dream about exotic islands ;) Thank you very much
Response: That makes my day, Sofia. Thank you.
Comment: Really great selection of PCs! Love them! And the sloth image is great. Much love! Thank you.
Response: I'm glad! Thank you!
Comment: Thank you. I love all the extras from you. The self portrait is amazing :)
Response: Thank you!

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MissPaula on Aug 5, 2018:

Thanks for painting the clouds n my salty Jesus PC!

Margothecat on Jul 3, 2018:

Thank you for the wonderful vintage horse postcards you sent for the PH Tag. Loved the Scripture one as well and am sending it to a friend tomorrow!

simcoe54 on Jun 12, 2018:

PH: Postcard Tag -- Received the postcards today and I love all of them but my absolute favs would have to be the map and large letter! Thanks so much for choosing such great cards to send me.

Hell0Z0mbie on Apr 18, 2018:

Thanks much for the postcard! That's hilarious and very true!

MiRdLHWY43 on Apr 12, 2018:

Thank you so much for the super prize package! I am honored to receive your Duke Kahanamoku postcard! Love the New Yorker and Cross ones as well. Now for the gushing over those hand carved stamped note cards, yeah those are beyond awesome! Thank you for a fun swap and nice surprise mail. I will try to dig the limerick out of my cobweb filled brain as I didn't write it down anywhere! Laura

Drachenfrau on Apr 6, 2018:

Could you please pm us your address, Dave! Messaged you 2 days ago, as you won tge ptg-wta!

ButterflyLover on Mar 26, 2018:

You are most welcome. Enjoy!

Margothecat on Feb 21, 2018:

Thank you so much for the beautiful horse and butterfly postcards for the PH Tag! They are all new to me and I like them very much! Right back at you with Jer. 29:11 Blessings to you!

user6937 on Jan 31, 2018:

Hi, Dave: Thanks for the PH: PC tag of (4-ahem-or more!!!) profile pc's! And, extra's. But, especially thanks for the personal touch - she was truly a soul sister to mine!

CurlyTea on Jan 23, 2018:

Thanks for the cool postcard.

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