I was so blessed this year to have so many extra swaps in the Liberate Your Art postcard swap. These are the last, from three talented Southern women. Such a treat! Thank you all for sharing your art with me!
Teresa lives in Georgia. She surprised me by including several cool decorative papers for me to have fun with. Yay! Don’t you jut love when the leaves start to change color? On the back of her card was this quote by Albert Camus.
Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower.
Sweet gum leaves. Teresa Harrington Hazelbaker.
Chandra added color to her card with Washi tape and an owl sticker. I love old worn out, and rusty things. Knowing that they have a history, and wondering what that is, makes them so appealing. Her site is full of great stuff! She has taken part in many art swaps, and shares the work of others on her blog.
Whippoorwill Village, NC. by Chandra.
Cosmos. Kat Van Rooyen
Kat and I exchanged cards in 2013 and we have kept in touch ever since. Chatting sometimes very late at night, when we should both be in bed. You can see more of Kat’s fabulous nature photos on flickr. She had this quote on her card,
No one sees the world with your eyes, so express what you see! No one has your voice, so let us hear you through your art. Create!
So let’s go… get busy!
Create something today. Anything… even if it becomes a glorious mess.
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
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
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!
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. I just love her work!
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 – your blessings brightened my days!
Liberated art 2014
Deanie, Shelly, Janice, Sherry and Siobhan – so grateful!
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 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!