Finding beauty in the mailbox – One postcard at a time!

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Adding beauty to my workplace. A few of the cards found a home on my cork board.

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!

A gem from Maggie_Gem, "Always remember the simplicity of a child - Smile!"
A gem from Maggie_Gem, “Always remember the simplicity of a child – Smile!”

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.

California wine country landscapes by jasmine_ck. Follow her on Instagram.
California wine country landscapes by jasmine_ck. Follow her on Instagram.

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.

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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.

Sunset by Chelsea Rawson.
Sunset by Chelsea Rawson.

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.

Aquatic Beauty by Sheila Delgado.
Aquatic Beauty by Sheila Delgado.

From the curator of this wonderful event came the beauty below. The textures and hues make me feel warm all over – what about you?

Beautiful fall leaves by Kat Sloma.
Beautiful fall leaves by Kat Sloma.

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.

~Until we meet again

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Sweet Magnolia Blossom – liberating my art!

 

 

 

The 2015 Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap

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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.

Connecting through shared Art – 2014 Postcard Swap

 

2014 Postcard Swap
Be Amazing by Lyne Nagele

The beauty found in art is subjective making it difficult for many artists to release their work into our critical world. For the past four years Kat Sloma of the Kat Eye Studio has nudged artists and closet artists to release their creations into the world through her “Liberate Your Art” postcard swap.

The Swap was held in April and oh, the joy you experience when you open your mailbox and unique pieces of art flow freely into your world. My first piece of wonderful came from Lyne Nagele in the form of the tranquil countryside setting above.

More of Lyne’s work can be found here.

Enjoy!

Thank you Lyne for liberating your art!

Postcards & Portraits for 5 Fact Friday

5 Fact Friday

So it’s Friday and time for a few facts. Today we’re going to mix in a little Liberate Your Art and Portraits into the mix. This may turn into a long post, but I’m really going to try and keep the words to a limit.

1. Today is the first day of Fall (I know it’s not supposed to be capitalized) my favorite time of the year!

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The leaves are beginning to change colors – a true sign of fall.
Buttercup, butternut, carnival and delicata squash
Another true sign of fall is winter squash perfect for making soups to keep you cozy on chilly nights.

2. I’m disappointed that I missed the closing of the 2nd Annual Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap. While I received all of my cards I missed posting last weekend or the Annual Blog Hop. So, in honor of the blog hop here are my cards:

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A lovely field of flowers from Jen Erbe
Liberate Your Art by Tangerine Pam
beautiful bold art for bold souls by tangerinepam
Liberate Your Art
Deb C. liberated this piece of art urging us all to ’embrace amiguity’.
Abstract art
For the first attempt at abstract art I think Colleen was successful.
A gull
Mary Gordon’s gull was so serene – just love it.
Flowers on a path
This lovely bouquet comes from our host Kat Sloma

3. Today I had a portrait photography session – pretty cool to play around in a studio setting.

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Natalie takes on the persona of the movie star.
Librarian look
Natalie poses as a librarian.

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Charles was a very willing and photogenic model.

4. The interest in Help-Portrait Cleveland is growing, yippee!

5. The festival season is coming to a close, meaning I will hopefully have more free time! Yay, yay, yay!!!!

That’s it for today/night. I hope you all have a great weekend, and thank you to all who have stopped by and left messages or “liked” the posts!

Enjoy!

Liberate Your Art with birds and abstracts

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:

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This gull stands watch over land in Scotland and is the fourth piece of liberated art I have received.

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:

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Colleen’s first attempt at abstract! Don’t you think this is wonderful, I do.

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.

Enjoy!