So excited about how these look!
What do ya’ think?
Only eight more months until Christmas!
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The Liberate Your Art swap comes to an end much too soon (click to see the video). As with Christmas, the anticipation for the next one begins as soon as the last present is unwrapped. Once a year, doesn’t seem enough. Our hostess, Kat Sloma might feel otherwise.
Kat has the huge task of sorting all the art. You can see her art swap preparations for yourself. Kat loves sharing the artful envelopes as they arrive, (she even shared mine this year). Can you imagine seeing this big stack of artful envelopes in your mailbox?
Swap participants receive five postcards, from fellow swappers, and one from our hostess Kat. Through the swap Facebook page, side swaps are arranged. Some of my LYA friends have traded with me 3 years in a row! This year I made enough cards to share with friends and family.
Side swaps – 23
International swaps – 6
States swapped – 17
Postcards mailed – 60+ (including family and friends)
Pending swap arrivals- 4 (in the mail)
You can learn more about the cards I liberated, as well as those I have received by following the links below. These are my “official” cards, minus Kat’s, per her request.
The cards I sent out…
Early postcard arrivals – ArtyKat, Sherry, Teena, Sarah, Amy
Chain, chain, chain – Terry, Deanie, Juana, Janice, Mark, Mary
Sunsets and shells – Chelsea, Jo, Lui, Maggie, MJF, Vicki
Snow and sand – Jill, Jasmine, Liz
I am so thankful for having connected with so many talented, creative people! It’s about more than the art and photos. It is the stories that go along with them. And so often finding a shared experience, or interest.
Diane McWhirter shared her bold tulips with me. There is a note on the back of the card that says it was put in the wrong box. Whew! I am so thankful it made it from Australia! I love Diane’s loose technique. (One I wish I was better at.)
SnapLane shared one of her glorious garden shots. Don’t you just love those fuchsia blooms? The message is, “Leave room in the garden for the fairies to dance.” Diane is a proud Texan. I was born in Abilene, so, gotta love that!
“Paris is always a good idea.” I have never been, but I totally agree with Lisa Schwinghammer! Paris is on my list! Lisa sent this from Denver, Hello Denver! I grew up in Loveland which once was 60 miles north of Denver, but now I think it is closer to 45 miles. Sure did seem closer the last time I was there. This is the third year Lisa and I have exchanged cards. How lucky am I!
This year I have filled a small album (dollar store) with the cards I have received. It is a little over half full. Room enough to add my cards maybe. (To remind myself next year, what I sent out this year.)
I have a small space, and not a lot of display space. I like the idea of being able to keep this close by, and open it up when I need inspiration. Keeps the neat freak (me) happy too.
Found a Youtube video by Steve Mitchell Design on mixing lively greens. I pulled out my yellows and blues, prontissimo! Played with it a bit last night, and. Uh Hum, I mean I practiced last night, and again this afternoon.
Hello! (thumping forehead)
I always reach for old Faithful. Sap Green. I LOVE Sap Green. I often will add yellow or blue, but having started with Sap, I can’t really say that is mixing my greens.
(Having shrimp salad tonight. Lively mixed greens are nice there too! Run Forrest, Run!)
I wasn’t thinking of aerial perspective, or light direction with these. I Focused just on creating mixes. As you can see, I need A LOT more practice. (YAY)
Hope you had a Happy Monday!
I have been busy doing design work for a friend’s wedding. Nothing that I can show you. Having fun though! I did do this quick watercolor on Yupo late one night. My brushes were calling.
I used a photo from paintmyphoto.ning.com, by David B. Richman. The intense cobalt blue made me stop and take a closer look. Because the object was so minimal, I wanted to add a lot of interest to the background. To do this, I first laid down a base, and while it was wet I splattered a complimentary earth tone. I continued by splattering clean water, and alternately more of the secondary color.