This is week two of the Annual Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap started by Kat Sloma of the Kat Eye Studio. This is the third year, and it is an eye opening and inspiring experience for artists. That’s funny, I just called myself an artist! Wow, talk about coming a long way – thanks Kat!
My love and interest in photography dates back so many years that it is scary to say it out loud, but it’s been more than 30 years since I first picked up a camera and became intrigued by the art. It’s been a hobby I left and came back to and one I shied away from when I wanted to get serious about it because I didn’t think of myself as an artist.
So three years ago I jumped off the bridge and joined the Swap and proclaimed myself an artist. Now don’t think I believe I have arrived because I’m far from there, but I’m enjoying it and I’m seeing the world in a different way today.
Back to the swap! I have received two beautiful cards that are definitely works of art and an inspiration to a novice like me. The first is of a beautiful scene from Ireland. It is a dolmen, an ancient burial mound of standing stones. I love this project because not only do you receive such beauty in the mail, but you also learn a thing or two. After the events of Monday, this photo adds peace to my heart as I send prayers to the victims and survivors of the horrific attack in Boston.
Week two brought memories of Junior High. This lovely photo which urges us to “let love grow” and has love birds as the center of attention reminds me of an art project I created in the 7th grade. The theme was Scandinavian or Dutch art and this really reminds me of some of the samples we were shown in preparation for our own creations. Thank you Katy for the memories.
Unfortunately neither artist left a website or other location to visit.
The 2nd Annual Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap is officially coming to a close. Over the last several days I received my last three cards, and as with the previous cards they helped to lift my spirits at the end of a long day!
The first was compliments of Mary Gordon who blogs here. The wonderfully liberated art is of a gull from Scotland. This gull is sitting at attention and appears to be watching over the land with a beautiful blue sky as a background. Adding texture to the shot is the apparatus it is perched upon, and no I don’t know what it is but it is a bit worn and adds great contrast and texture to the photo. Take a peek for yourself:
My fifth postcard comes from Colleen and features her first attempt at Abstract! Now I’m still coming to terms with calling myself an artist so let me say I’m not an expert, but I believe that Colleen has hit her mark! It is a beautiful work and features some of my favorite hues. I just love the earth tones…browns, golden, red, cream and a hint of yellow. I am slightly envious of Colleen’s courage, I mean how many of us are strong enough to release the first of something we have created into the world for total strangers to gaze at? But that’s the point behind Kat’s Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap and all I can say is THANK YOU KAT! So what do you think, here’s Collen’s abstract:
I also received the bonus postcard featuring the art of our tour guide Kat, and as always it was a beauty. A bounty of flowers along a brick pathway! The colors and textures are just what a photographer hopes to capture in her lens.
Well that’s it for liberating your art, well until I believe next week when Kat will host a blog hop. I hope you’ll continue to stop by so that you can see some of the magnificent art that has traveled around the world to brighten the mailboxes of the recipients.
On Friday I received my third blessing of art in the mail. The work comes from Deb C and contains a wonderful message! Take a peek and to see more of her wonderful art stop by her site, which can be found by clicking here.
Coming home after a long day and finding a beautiful piece of art in the mailbox is so exhilarating! Today wasn’t a crazy busy day at work so the level of exhilaration was lower than Friday, but indeed the treat was just as exciting!
Thanks to Meg of tangerinemeg.com for bringing a burst of beautiful color into my day. Her artwork is just so vibrant and energizing. The piece I received is just beautiful with layers of primary colors just perfect for this “back to school” time of year. It made me think of the beginning of the school year particularly for the young students just learning all about primary colors.
There is a great deal of detail within the piece, but not to the point of taking away from the warm and simple appeal. I could see this as a lovely quilt handcrafted with love.
Thanks Meg and to all of you out there please take a peek at Meg’s site.
I couldn’t let the day go by without sharing a photo of my first Liberate Your Art postcard! It’s a beautiful image with great depth of field from Jen Erbe. To learn more about Jen, check out her site here.
Wow, it has been a over a month since I shared any news with you and I apologize for the lapse in time. Today I’m stopping by to share with you the news that the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap is back for 2012!
I am beyond excited about this and can’t wait to begin sorting through the many shots I have taken this year to choose the art I will set free and share with the many participants.
For those unfamiliar, theLiberate Your Art Postcard Swap comes from the creative treasure trove of photographer, blogger and instructor Kat Sloma. Kat is such an inspiration to photogs around the globe, with her inspiring courses and her true belief that what each of us creates is a form of art, and that we must embrace it and share it with the universe.
I’m feeling pretty good about some of the shots I will be able to share this year because I can definitely see growth in my work.
To learn more about the Swap, click here and join the fun – It is Liberating!