Sunday, April 8, 2018

Liberate Your Art 2018

This is my 8th year of LYA postcard swap.  It is always exciting to receive pieces of art in the mailbox this time of year, thanks to everyone who participated and especially to Kat for hosting this amazing event.  Above are my three designs I sent out this year, these angels were part of an online class I took called wings of hope and were made with National Geographic magazine papers dissolved with CitraSolve cleaner and degreaser.
Below are the five postcards from the main swap.

Postcard #1 is fom Johna Elliott from almost famous studios in Helena Montana.  It found a perfect home... I love flowers!

Postcard #2 is a beautiful sea/water inspired zen doodle from Peggy Catherine Cheate.  She writes keep doing what is in front of you with all your heart and with love and what is meant for you will find you.    Beautiful right?

Postcard #3 "King for a Day", is a stunning piece of art by Jennifer Lommers from Corvallis Oregon. Jennifer writes, "may each Raven you encounter bring you great luck and fortune!",  I will be keeping this little bird close by for luck!  Thank you Jennifer, your art is amazing.

 Postcard #4, Blue Rabbit: Wild and Free by Lisa Murphy Art.  Another stunning piece of artwork.  I have admired her work since I first saw it a few years ago on a LYA swap and am thrilled to finally get one of her cards.  Thanks for sharing Lisa.     

And finally Postcard #5.  This beauty comes from Nick Hodgson in England.  Nick says he enjoys traveling and making new friends all around the world but especially loves to come home to this beautiful part of England.  I would love to visit one day, thanks Nick for sharing your beautiful country with me!

Now I am looking forward to Kat's postcard, it should be here soon!  And also looking forward to all the side swaps.  Thanks again Kat for another awesome year.

From Anne Stuer.
 From Kathy McIntire.
 From Michele Matucheski.
 From Dave Wolanski.
 From Kate Lehman.
 From Nick Hodgson.
   Thanks to all of you for these awesome postcards.                         

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!