This year marks my second year of participating in the Liberate your Art Postcard Swap..
My participation in the 2015 post card swap came at a traumatic time in my life when everything was one big blur, so I didn't have so much time to fully enjoy it...
Not only did I enjoy this LYA 2016 main swap, I also did many side swaps..I became addicted to making postcards that feature my favorite photography work...
When the mood hits me, I give up e-mail for a time, Instead, I send my postcard snail mail to family and friends (old and new)..
I especially love having other people's pretty mail land in my mailbox...
I think a LYA swap of postcards and blog hop is a very effective way of networking with other artists to promote their work and our own..
In this blog post I included photos I took of the numerous beautiful postcards that landed in my mailbox over the last month or more...
One important thing I found out about myself during this fun experience...
I LOVE the challenge that comes with finding/creating unique ways to set up photo shoots..Backgrounds - stages that relate to the subjects being photographed while providing a glimpse into my own life...
These collages pictured are images of the cards I mailed this year with info on where they have landed...Memories of how many cards I mailed and with which image featured has become a blur....All of the cards I have received in the main swap/side swaps are pictured in this blog post :-)
|Another side swap that I sent|
This postcard landed with Amy Irwen in Minnesota..
Below are the cards that landed safely in my mailbox ( in Texas ), thus far...Side swaps are still ongoing :-)
Many of the goodies I included in these postcard shots are very old and precious to me..Most were gifts.....All of them trigger pleasant memories for me, of activities with my family and friends..
The postcard on the left is a beautiful piece painted by Sheila Delgado..sheiladelgado.com. "Creativity takes courage" ~ Henry Matise ~ is a quote on the back...
The postcard on the right is from Amy Irwen...This card pictures a collage made of tissue paper, gel and ink.."Innocence" is the name of the piece..Amy dedicated her piece to courageous Paris, in the aftermath of last year's bombings...
|This postcard is from Charlotte Prado of Annapolis Maryland....I love her artwork, a whimsical drawing of a big city or village..The notecard I received (not pictured) from her is very pretty too..|
|From Sarah Calhoun in Atlanta Georgia|
|A side post received from David Wolanski of Wilmington Delaware..Title of art pictured on this postcard is " Lost " ...A photo done with toy camera and film smile emoticon I love the dreamy mysterious feel..His website is http://davidwolanski.com The hanging camera ornament was gifted to me ( this past Christmas ) from a dear friend :-)|
|Postcard featuring the beautiful and whimsical work of Janice Darby landed in my mailbox .. Janice lives in California smile emoticon|
|S. Lane's wonderful post card from Texas landed in my mail box ...Main Swap..I also live in Texas, near Galveston..S has this colorful water garden to care for and retreat to..Ms S Lane's blog is twistylane.blogspot.com|
|A Zentangle from Tazwell Virginia landed in my mailbox..From Kat van Rooyen..Hearts Untangled|
"No one can see through your eyes, no one can speak your art...Create!" is the quote on the back of the postcard..
I love Zentangles smile emoticon
Post card received from J.(Jewels) Welsh.. justticketyboo.blogspot.com
Postcard from Pat in Portland Oregan
From Sarah Wiseman in Cumbria UK. Gecko painted on silk panel... Sarah's website
|Another landing, a postcard from Sean Dean in B.C.Canada|
I love her colorful collage of adorable critters :-))
Another postcard from David Wolanski- David's website ..His picture was shot using a toy - camera...A Holga...Scene in picture is in Vicksburg Mississippi..Background is Mc Hale Park in Seabrook Texas...I became aware of David's work via this year's LYA Swap ..I was inspired to buy myself a Holga, I am currently shooting my first roll of film..We shall see :-)
|This beautiful postcard from Louise Mamet landed in my mailbox from France..The image on the postcard is Venice as seen thru her lens.. "I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it" ~ William Shakespeare ~ is the quote on the back.. Louise's website is dropsofeverything.wordpress.com smile emoticon|
|A lovely postcard that landed in my mailbox from the main swap..From Debra Fillingim in Florida..http://debrafillingim.com |
I love owls and the sounds that they make smile emoticon
From Karen in Ohio-main swap 2016
| From Kat Sloma our host of the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap :-)|
I love her work..Kat has been a big inspiration to me in finding new ways to work with texture layers..
|I love this whimsical and colorful postcard..It speaks to my soul|
smile emoticon The image is of Jenni's original work "Find Your Happy Place"... Gouache on watercolor paper- size 12" x9 "..
Jenni's web site is www.everythingjenni.com.
Jenni's web site is www.everythingjenni.com.
|This bouquet of tulips traveled to my mailbox all of the way from Australia..These beautiful blooms were done in color pencil by Diane McWhirter Diane's work|
The small canvas in the background was painted in acrylic by an old friend of mine, Jo Claire Hall Groovy Girl Art
|This postcard features a photo of an old passenger car..Photography by David Wolanski...The old passenger|
car is being used as a hunting cabin in a town that is mostly abandoned..
I love the color and textures displayed on this postcard from Terry Owenby ... Gelli-plate prino and collage...On the back is this beautiful quote " Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul-and you answer"
~ Terri Guillemets ~
|This teapot didn't have far to travel to land in my mailbox..I live on the Upper Texas Coast, near Houston..|
This postcard by Snap Lane made its travels from Houston..Snap received this teapot as a gift from a dear friend who hand carried it from China..You can find Snap's blog here
Many thanks to Kat and her helpers for making this Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap possible :-)
For the past month or more I have been having a lot of fun exchanging postcards with other artists.... It is fun to find out which corner of the world they live in..Interacting with this online community ( on an almost daily basis) lets me find out what inspires the individual artists in the production of their work!
I treasure the many new friendships that I am making :-))))
Beautiful video compilation that Kat made for us with stats on how many art pieces were liberated, and from where.. Many of the postcards that were swapped this year are featured here :-)
I shall make this postcard swap a yearly habit to usher in the Spring Season :-)