Wednesday, February 17, 2016

2016 Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap

It's that time again!  Kat Sloma is hosting her 6th annual Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap and I am so excited to be participating again for the 6th year.
In 2011 I received 6 postcards, I'm not sure if there was any "post/side" swapping going on that year.  Each year after that the amount of postcards swapped grew and I have made some amazing Facebook friendships through this event.  I am blown away every year at the talented ARTISTS in this group and that have inspired me with their work.   After the 2014 swap I decided to enroll in a few online art courses and instantly fell in love!  Thanks to the LYA postcard swap I have the love of ART in my daily life.

So, here are my postcards...............

Looking forward to March... Happy Swapping!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Liberate Your Art 2015 Postcard Swap

Quirky Owl

Paris in Springtime


Courage Brave Heart

Love, Peace, Joy

Daffodils on the window sill

Above are my 6 postcards that I swapped this year.  I still have a few of each if anyone wants to swap?

This is my Fifth year participating in Kat Sloma's Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap and as always,  I never want it to end.  The connections made through the swap are priceless!   So last year, one of my LYA friends Tammy Wilson and I challenged each other to make a mixed media, art type postcard instead of our usual photographs for this years swap.  I signed up for a few mixed media classes at the start of the new year and I am hooked!  It is so fun to get your hands dirty and be creative.  It is my goal for this year to get better as an artist.

This year was a little bit different.  In the past we have always waited until the swap was over to "side" swap, but this year it started right away... so I joined in!  Below are my "pre" swaps.
The Tangled leaf from Kat van Rooyen in Virginia

King Fisher from Amy Irwen in Minnesota

Central City Cemetery from Sarah Calhoun in Atlanta, Georgia

An ipad and app creation from a crow photograph from Marsha Leith in Winnipeg, Canada

a moody piece from Lisa Schwinghammer in Madison, Wisconsin

Lasting Impressions by Tammy Wilson in Griffin, Georgia

Strawberry from Jane Peeks in Holland Michigan

Pear from Anne Doyle in Australia

bleeding hearts from Michele Matucheski in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Walnut orchard from Shirina Manes in Yuba City, California

My Grandmothers Brushes from Shirina Manes in Yuba City, California

birds perched on a branch from Tammy Wilson... Yea Tammy!

Loose the map from Teena Lurlene in Richmond Virginia

Sunset at Waikiki from Vicki Ducham in Pine Bush, New York

Fathers Yashica Camera and decorated envelope from Juana Almaguer in Langley Washington

lavender soap card from Terry Owenby in Portland, Oregon 

Then our official swap postcards started to arrive.
#1 is Flowers in Gouache by Yellow Sun Lisa, I love the colors in this piece and of course I am a sucker for a pretty flower.

#2 is from Dorothy Louis from Corvallis Oregon... Peace, Beauty, Truth, Love.  Beautiful colors, so calming, thank you Dorothy.

A few more side swaps...

Wonder from  Sherry Harmes from Larsen Bay, Alaska

Carousel from Deanie Houghtaling in Phoenix, Arizona

rainbow trout from Lenna Andrews in Bradenton, Florida

Currawong in ink from  Diane McWhirter in australia

heart and star zentangle from Libby van Rooyen in Brighton, UK

 vintage sewing machine and dress form from Janette Smith in England, UK

Bull from Kathy Onarheim in Pewaukee, Wisconsin

Hoya Plant from Lui Bacaltos in Laguna, Philippines

 Official Postcard #3 "Just Be" comes from Fran Podlesney in Virginia.  Such a beautiful piece Fran!  She writes, "always create" and I plan on doing just that!

Official Postcard #4, Tranquility, comes from Patty Szymkowicz from Virginia.  Gorgeous collage, the colors are so soothing.

Official Postcard #5 is from Dona Hyll in Dayton Ohio.  She likes to be creative making crocheted beaded jewelry with a small group of artists.  I don't think I would have the patience for this... beautiful work Dona.

 and the last postcard of the official swap comes from Kat.  Thank you so much for your time and hard work on putting this event together, each year gets better and better!

And a few more post swaps...
endurance Emu from Linda Ursin in Norway

Sublime Moments and Summer Memories from Jane Ross in Reston, Virginia

Free Bird from Sheila Delgado in Wildomar, California

 I have enjoyed each and every one... snail mail is the best!  Thank you all for swapping your beautiful works of art with me.  I look forward to next year and reconnecting with you all.  It was an awesome year of Liberating Your Art.  Thanks again Kat!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

day one... beginnings

So, I have followed Kim Klassen for many years now.  Signed up for most of her classes, but never participated fully.  My goal is to participate more in her new class, be still 52, a year of finding stillness.  Day one, Kim challenges us to take one minute of stillness a day and breathe... 6-10 slow deep breaths from our diaphragm while looking at something that we find beautiful or inspirational.  Then shoot.
I admit to practicing these deep breathing techniques when I am stressed and they do work, I will be doing these daily now and hope to see a change in a feeling of peace and hopefully to improve my photography.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Liberate Your Art postcard swap 2014

This is my fourth year participating in Kat's LIBERATE YOUR ART, POSTCARD SWAP.  Each year gets better than the last.  There are so many talented artists sharing pieces of themselves with others from around the world.
It really is exciting waiting and wondering what piece of art will be in your mail box and who and where it came from.
This is the postcard I sent out this year... I call it Catching Sunshine... hope you catch some.

 Below are the 5 cards I received from the swap...
This card comes from Carrie in Northern Ireland.  "There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." ~Oscar Wilde  Carrie has an interesting story, check out her blog at,   Thanks Carrie.

Card #2 came from Eva Creel Photography... I grew my wings but they were made of sticks and hard things... Thanks for passing on the complete story to go with this, I love it, Thanks Eva.

Life is uncertain, eat dessert first!  Enjoy... Thanks Helen for the delicious postcard.

Card #4 is from Eileen in St. Paul MN.  "The inner fire is the most important thing (wo)mankind possesses." ~Edith Sodergran  Keep the fires burning.  Eileen, I always do!  Thank you for the colorful card.

This card comes from Las Vegas, NV.  "We need not think alike to love alike." ~Francis David   This is so true!  Thank you Ariel for sharing information of the Unitarian Universalism Religion and this beautiful card.

CARD #6 IS FROM KAT HERSELF TO ALL PARTICIPANTS.  I love it Kat.  I always love the art you create with your iphone!
the colors in this piece are beautiful!

So, I never want the swap to end, and have post swapped for the last 3 years.   Here are a few I received this year...

This beautiful card is from an online friend I met through Big Picture classes while participating in Tracey Clark's picture series, and for those of us that didn't want the fun to end, Terri and a few other ladies started a flickr group called prompt addicts and they also have a collaborative blog called focusing on life... check it out!   Love your work Terri, thanks for post swapping!

Sheila Delgado is another online friend I met through Liberate Your Art.  I'm glad we had a chance to swap this year, I love your painted cards, this one is lovely, makes me want to drive to the beach right now.  Thank you Sheila.

The next 6 cards are from ladies I have swapped with in the past and am so happy to continue to connect with them, a tradition I hope we can carry on for many years!

This postcard is from Teresa Harrington Hazelbaker titled: Glass and Snow.  "Hold fast to dreams for when dreams go life is a barren field frozen with snow." ~Langston Hughes  Beautiful card Teresa, thanks for swapping.

This postcard comes from Sherry Harmes in Larsen Bay, Alaska.  "Exuberance is beauty" ~William Blake.  Sherry says Alaska is certainly exuberant, it seems like one day it is gray, cloudy and black and brown, then BOOM!  Everything is green, sunny and happy... Thanks Sherry for swapping again!

This postcard is from Shelly Gross in Ohio.  "Creativity is contagious"  ~Albert Einstein.   This is a photo of her cousin who runs a dance studio and happily posed so Shelly could practice her photography skills... beautiful shot Shelly, I love the reflection in the mirror.  I would love the opportunity to photograph a ballerina!  Thanks for swapping again!

Explore... yes, this picture fits perfectly.  Siobhan, it's been my pleasure sharing this journey with you again... hope to explore more art with you again next year!  Thank you for the beautiful postcard!

"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment.  I want to give that world to someone else."  ~Georgia O'keefe.  This beautiful postcard comes from Deanie Houghtaling in Arizona.  This beautiful dahlia is from the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.  I'm so jealous, I would love to see Paris!  Thank you Deanie for swapping again this year.  by the way, this came ripped in the mail... :(     Still beautiful anyway!

And, lastly, this beautiful postcard of Staer's Mill from Tammy Wilson in Georgia.  Tammy your awesome, I'm glad we connected through liberate your art and continued our friendship through facebook.
I'm really excited, and nervous too,  that we decided to CHALLENGE ourselves for next years swap... can't wait to see what you come up with!  
I love photography but have been encouraged by all the wonderful "Artists" out there to spread my wings a bit and try my hand at a painting/mixed media postcard for next year, and of course, swapping again with Tammy and all the other ladies I have come to be friends with through this event.

Thank you Kat and all who participated, it was a pleasure to peruse the group of beautiful work.  Looking forward to next year.