4/14/2016

Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2016

For the past four years  I have participated in Kat Slomas Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap.  Artists are asked to photograph their art in any medium and turn them into Postcards. Kat's swap encourages artists to share their work with others around the world and to bring Happy Mail to all participants.

My participation has encouraged me to try new media, to look with a new eye at whatever I want to photograph and to gain confidence in putting my art work out there.

The past three months has been very difficult for myself and my family.  Our Mother has been very ill and finally came home to my house with Hospice care a week ago.  Many long hours were spent at the hospital and coming home to find such inspiring art in the mail was a perfect gift. Thank you each of you.


This photo of well used and loved paint brushes was sent from Deanie Houghtaling from Paris France.  Deanie this reminds me of my own brushes I look at every day I am in my studio.  I now want to see what they paint! The inspiring words on the back are:  "I dream of painting, then I paint my dreams." Vincent Van Gogh


This postcard hails from Therese Misner of Oregon.  Therese does modern contemporary original paintings.  I love the colors in these. Her inspiration is: Art is meant to be shared. Thank you Therese.


I fell in love with the simplicity of this black and white photo. The few highlights of blue just draw your eye in and make this sing.  Sue from Corvallis Oregon sent this with this quote: Inhale  Possibility, Exhale creativity by Laura Jaworski.


This photograph is mixed media collage done by artist Susan Brown.  This is from her "Birth of Humanism Cycle of Life Series."  She hails from sunny Florida.  I keep picking this card up and looking again and again to find something new.


This very intricate and original zentangle was drawn by artist Danielle DeRome who has studied art all over the world.  I have not tried this art form but find it very intriguing.  You can see more of Danielle's art at www.certifiablyzendoodly.com

This is from Kat Sloma  the creator of the swap and an original photographer from Eugene Oregon. Kat's photography always has this ethereal element that I find fascinating.


Theses last postcards are my original photography  taken in my back yard and house with the exception of the vintage truck full of flowers.  I took that at a nephew's wedding on Whidbey Island, Washington.








To view the rest of the post card art click here

I hope this art inspires you in some way to explore your art medium even more and build the confidence to put it out into the world for others to enjoy.






17 comments:

Lisa Comperry said...

I am so sorry about your mom..I lost my mom last year in March...
I like the beautiful bunch of postcards that you received...Your own work is so awesome!!! I love the truck with the flowers :-)))))))
If you are interested in doing a side swap with me and can send me the truck with flowers, let me know :-)

Laurie said...

I am sorry to hear about your mom, CatieAn. I hope her journey is pain free and peaceful. You'll be in my prayers.

Your post cards are pretty special! I love the one of the truck, especially.

Jeanie said...

What a wonderful collection of beautiful art and I'm so glad it arrived at a time when it could best feed your soul. I love, too, the ones you sent to others, especially that fabulous flower-filled truck!

Catie, I am grateful that your mother has a spot in your home that is filled with love and caring. Hospice is a wonderful organization and they will do all they can to make the transitions in your future easier for your family and your mom. Saying goodbye can be so very challenging -- I've done it twice, both parents, and it's tough. The grief journey can be a long one, but knowing you have done your best will help you as you go forward. Please take care. I will be thinking of you and you and your family will remain in my heart.

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twil123123 said...

Sorry to hear about your mom, will keep you in thoughts and prayers. Beautiful exchanges and created work! Happy LYA 2016!

hula-la said...

You have a great set of postcards there! Love how we can brighten each others day and mailbox! Peace to you and Mom! Aloha.

Sheila said...

Really enjoyed your post Catie, and snooping around your blog. Decorate indeed... enamelware!! what could be better :) Love your cards this year, really love the bees! So glad to see the cards you received, many I had not seen at all, they are so lovely! I hope we get to swap next year :)
So sorry to hear about your mom, but glad that so many were sending joy your way when it was needed most. Sending prayers your way...

Kat van Rooyen said...

Your postcards are beautiful! I'd love one if you are interested in a side swap. I am so sorry you are saying goodbye to your mother- I lost both parents when I was 20/23 and know that pain. Glad the swap brought happy mail to you!

Marrianna said...

Great job of posting so many postcards and your own photos. Love your use of color and you know I love flowers. This was my first LYA swap and I'll do it again.
Take care,
Marrianna

Art and Sand said...

I know you are going through a lot with mom and I hope you are taking care of yourself.

All the photos are fabulous.

Michele at Sweet Leaf Notebook said...

So sorry to hear about your mother. Know that Hospice will help the transition for her, but also you and your family. I'm a Hospice Volunteer, so I whole-heartedly know and believe they make a difference for people. End-of-life can be a difficult time, but they know how to navigate it, and keep people comfortable. Hugs to you on that front ... As for the LYA 2016 Postcard exchange, you gave and received some beautiful cards! Nice job photographing them where they landed, too. Thank you for sharing your art with the world!

Lynn Radford said...

Love and prayers to you and yours. Thanks for the lovely post. :)

Rosanna said...

Offering prayers for your mom. Your postcards are so lovely...I especially love the truckfull of flowers! The postcards you received were equally beautiful, indeed, little surprises from the mail. I'm glad they gave you comfort at time when you needed it most.

Rosie Grey said...

Such a beautiful collection of postcards! Isn't it good to have art and the connection here as a distraction from life's struggle? All the best for you and your family!

Natasha Papousek said...

What a lovely collection of art. And how uplifting, too!

I took care of my Mom for her last months in 2014, and it was no cakewalk. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sheila said...

Hi Catie!
Just received your wonderful Bee postcard. (the one on the bottom of your post)I love it, thanks so much for swapping with me. It really brightened my day :)
Have a super week. Blessings to you and your Mom, and family.

Sheila

chandralynn said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your received beautiful postcards, but your photography is stunning.