Today we acknowledge Earth Day in an attempt to bring awareness to the many things that humans do to pollute and defame our land. I am a culprit, but I am working to be a better steward of our world. What are you doing?
The Urban Shepherds project is definitely working to do their part. To learn more about their work visit their website by clicking on the name. Even if they weren’t making the world a little better, they definitely bring joy to me! Each spring I anxiously look to my right each day as I come to work to see if the sheep have returned.
I don’t long to live on a farm or anything, I just really enjoy that little touch of country in the city and having the ability to watch them up close.
Have you ever looked around your world and wonder, “What happened to the beauty?” I know that I find myself asking that question more than I like to admit, so I try to seek out beauty. It can be found in a face, a building renovation, the sun, flowers, beautiful blue skies. You just have to stop and look for it.
Well every year for the past five years I have been fortunate enough to receive that beauty in my mailbox as part of the annual Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap. The Swap is organized by Kat Sloma, an accomplished artist, teacher and owner of The Kat Eye Studio.
Through her site and classes she has amassed a group of artists, wannabe artists (that would be me) and encouraged us to release our fears and inhibitions by sharing the beauty we create with the world! That’s true awesomeness!
The inaugural card this year suggested childhood whimsy and read, “Always remember the simplicity of a child – Smile!” This card is the work of Maggie_Gem as she is known on Flickr.com. Click on her name to see more! Thank you Maggie!
Breezing in from California wine country was this beautiful landscape card created by Jasmine. Transplanted from New York, Jasmine takes photos of landscapes to “help me appreciate my new home.” To follow her adventures on the left coast pop over to Instagram @jasmine_sk. Thanks for the beautiful photo Jasmine and enjoy your adventures in Cali.
I’m an avid reader so I was pleased to see that Kathryn V. White shared her book cover as her entry into the 2015 LYA Swap! To learn more about Kathryn and Rumble Tumble Joy, visit her site here. Thank you Kathryn, I look forward to reading your work.
When the sunsets on a perfect night the view is calming and vibrant depending on how you capture it. Many hues of red, orange and yellow are present with tinges of blue. Chelsea captured the beauty of this nightly treasure in the photo below, and I thank her for its beauty as well as her quote, “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” To see more of her work follow her on Instagram – @chelsasaurus or her website here.
An aquatic beauty greeted me as I received my final participant postcard from sheiladelgado.com. I loved her quote from Brenda Ueland, “Imagination needs moodlng – long, inefficient, happy, idling, dawdling and puttering.” I can really relate to that concept when attempting to create! Visit Sheila’s site for more wonderful art.
From the curator of this wonderful event came the beauty below. The textures and hues make me feel warm all over – what about you?
I hope you have enjoyed the art I received and I encourage you to visit these ladies and bask in even more awesomeness and beauty. Thanks for stopping by.
Today is the final day of the 2015 Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap and Blog Hop. I’m late posting and didn’t want the day to get away without at least acknowledging this small piece of awesomeness in the world.
Kat Sloma of The Kat Eye Studio is the curator of this project that brings a little bit of sunshine into mailboxes across the globe each year. If this is your first introduction to the Swap I encourage you to check out the details here.
Thanks to the Swap and Kat I now look at my photography as art, and albeit a slow process I am becoming more comfortable in that skin. Art is truly subjective and as creators of such we must become the first subject to appreciate the work we do.
The photo above is of my 2015 Postcard, and I can say that I truly love this print! Congratulations to Kat and more than 200 artists who participated this year!
Be sure to visit the link above to take in the beauty and creativity associated with this year’s Swap, and stop back to see some of the art found in my mailbox this year.