Liberate Your Art Blog Hop 2014

Time really does fly. It felt like a quick week, but it was really close to a month of liberated art arriving in my mailbox. The first card was postmarked March 17th. And the most recent was stamped April 11th.

Thank you Kat, and many thanks to your helpers, for making the Liberate Your Art postcard swap happen. What a joy to receive artistic correspondence! I have to admit, that I do not often think of sending a real card or letter. I email often and send ecards for special days. Sitting here, I am wondering why I have never thought to send a postcard to family and friends. I still have some cards. I think that is how I will put them to use. I will send a small surprise.

For those of you visiting my blog for the first time, Thank you! If you scroll down, you will see my earlier posts on the cards I have received with links to all the artists. I have lost count, but I think I still have a few that are on the way.

Photo by Siobhan Wolf

Photo by Siobhan Wolf

I received both of these cards on the same day. Good day, Sunshine! Siobhan’s card is a “Dream”. There are gorgeous magenta petals that have fallen to the table. The soft focus gives me a peaceful, relaxed feeling. For some reason, I started thinking of candle light and a warm bath. Something I honestly never do, but wouldn’t that just make you feel so pampered and serene?

 

Artwork by Sherry Harmes

Artwork by Sherry Harmes

Sherry included a quote from Blake, “Exuberance is beauty!” I love that. I also love her motto: Conceive, Believe, Achieve! Her card is bold and bright and some of the flowers are 3-D! OK, maybe just 2-D. I love these blue blooms! It is hard to see, but there is stitching along the left side as well.  Mixed media maven!

I count myself lucky, this is the second year I have swapped with Siobhan and Sherry. Thank you both for sharing your art and photography with me! Such a delight!

Postcard art, © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Postcard art, © 2014 Sheila Delgado

I am so thankful to be a part of this Liberating event.  So much fun creating the cards I send out. Such a nice surprise when one is received. Kat treated us all to this gorgeous card.

Layered Autumn. Kat Sloma

Layered Autumn. Kat Sloma 2013

 

 

 

Thanks again to all the artists and photographers who shared their art with me. I am always in awe of all the talent that is shared. Lori, Natasha, Lisa, Barbara, Melody -

Liberated art 2014

Liberated art 2014

 

Your blessings brightened my days! Deanie, Shelly, Janice, Sherry and Siobhan – so grateful!

Extra! Extra!

Extra! Extra!

 

 

 

 

Feel free to join our Blog Hop. The link below will take you to other artists who participated. Treat yourself to virtual visual voyage!

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Still Liberating Your Art

 

Paris Perfume Shop. Deanie Houghtaling

Paris Perfume Shop. Deanie Houghtaling

The official swap ended about a week ago. I lucked out, and agreed to many extra swaps. My treasure-trove is doubling by the day.

This postcard took me back to Hans Christian Andersen, the movie with Danny Kaye. I know there was scene where ballet slippers were hanging and he was singing. I remember the movie was magical the first time I saw it. This card reminded me. Ballerinas just seem full of magic too, don’t they?

Deanie’s postcard is an over sized image. I really like how the size accentuates the fact that this is a work of art. Taken in the Marais district of Paris. Deanie wrote that she saw these from the street, and she just had to wander in. Wander in Paris… sounds dreamy doesn’t it?

“To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage” ~ Georgia O’Keeffe.

Deanie included this quote on the back of her card. Lovely acknowledgement from my (Deanie’s too!)  favorite artist. You can see more of Deanie’s wonderful photos on her Facebook page and on her blog, Wild Sands Photography. Thanks again Deanie, for sharing your view of the world with me. Just a bit of Paris, and a little glimpse of heaven.

Watercolor, 4 x 5. 2014 SMD

Watercolor, 4 x 5. 2014 S.M.D.

Here is a small study I am working on. I need to go back and rework the feet. They look a bit stick figure to me. I am really happy with how the branch came out. I worked wet on wet to vary the tones.

I have done less painting, and more digital design the past few weeks. I have several in varying stages. I will be able to share them with you soon.

Don’t forget, to peek at the lunar eclipse tonight!

Liberate Your Art Postcard #5

Postcard #5. Art by Melody Lorraine. Colored pencils.

Postcard #5. Art by Melody Lorraine. Colored pencils.

Postcard #5 is this super cute postcard is from Melody. If you look closely, you will see there is a “snowmouse” outside the window. Check out more of her work at her blog, and in her Zazzle store.

I loved learning more about Melody. We have a lot in common. She loves animals, England, Ireland, Beatrix Potter, all things small, books and old houses. She is not a “girlie” girl, would like to keep bees, and calls herself a “keeper of memories”.

"Catching Sun", Janice Darby.

“Catching Sun”, Janice Darby.

I also received two of my extra swap postcards. This is from Janice Darby, a terrific photographer. She calls it, “Catching Sun”. Isn’t that a wonderful thought? She has a lot of amazing photos on her site. Including a close up of an orange slice, and a series on a peanut loving blue bird. She is really great at capturing children too!

 

 Photo by Shelly Gross.

Photo by Shelly Gross.

 

I love this photo by Shelly. She said the “angry” bird was stalking her. Uh oh! If you love orchids, take a look at Shelly’s Flickr photostream. She also has more posted on her blog. This is the second time I have been lucky enough to swap with Shelly. 

 

 

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Thank you Melody, Janice and Shelly for sharing your wonderful art with me!

 

 

A Little Bird and a Castle

4 x 5 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold press paper.

4 x 5 watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold press paper.

adding texture to the frame

adding texture to the frame

I worked on this yesterday, and I am painting the frame for it as well. It is a Mother’s day gift. I saw this little bird on Pinterest. The artist’s name was not included. Thought it would be good practice at staying loose. I still need more practice, but I like how this turned out.

The frame was bright gold, I thought a soft pewter would be better. I started with a base of khaki. I applied each layer lightly with a sponge, to allow the previous layers to show through. I added silver, and metallic taupe. Then I used a toothbrush to spatter some black in just a few areas for texture.

Bird in frame I know it is difficult to see in the photo. It looks great in person. I will seal it tomorrow and it will be ready to hang.

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Postcard #4 arrived. All the way from Kent, in the U.K. It is a terrific photo of the Bodiam Castle, taken by Lisa. I don’t have her last name, but she did give me her email address.

Bodiam Castle in Kent, U.K.

Bodiam Castle in Kent, U.K.

 

I  love historical British shows. Call the Midwife, Bletchley Circle, Downton Abbey. So this card is a huge treat for me. Lisa’s photo is awesome. She framed the castle with branches that are just beginning to bloom.

So glad Lisa, to meet you in the swap this year!

 

 

 

Liberate Your Art Postcard Number 3

Mixed media: watercolor, acrylic, fabric, and paper flowers cut from gift bags.

Mixed media: watercolor, acrylic, fabric, and paper flowers cut from gift bags. (click photo to see more)

I came home from brunch with my folks, raspberry french toast from Corky’s, to find this. A fantastical postcard from my friend Natasha Papousek. She explains:

Aloha Art Friend!
This year’s swap finds me in Honolulu for the spring semester. I thought it fitting to show a phoenix (an old bird celebrating new beginnings) with the Queen of Polynesian flowers, the Tiare or Tahitian Gardenia. As I learn about Hawaii and experience new adventures, I am reminded of this quote by Ursula K. LeGuin:

It is good to have an end to journey;
but it is the journey that matters in the end.

Mixed media: watercolor, acrylic, fabric, and paper flowers cut from gift bags.

This card traveled from Hawaii to Oregon. It took the long way around through the east coast before landing in southern California. This traveling card came from an avid traveler! I hope the travel bug rubs off on me!

Thank you Natasha, for making this a delightful day!

Wishing you all the best, may you have many new beginnings!