Sirena Blue Drummer
For the past 5 years (or so), I've participated in Kat Sloma's Liberate Your Art Post Card Swap. The project encourages Creatives to PRINT and reproduce our artwork (bringing it into the world) and to share it with other Creatives. Every year, I am amazed at where my post cards wind up -- as if they are my own children with lives of their own. They see things and go places I've never been, yet they are a part of me making their own way in the world ...
The card above is the one I sent out this year. It's a photo from the Ren Faire, of a performer in Sirena, worked up in PhotoShop and Topaz Impression. One of my favorite images from last year. It was really neat to see it professionally printed. I had a WOW moment there when the cards came back. Unfortunately (or not), I had ordered the wrong size to participate in the LYA Exchange, so I'm saving these for side swaps. I wound up printing the right size cards on my own home printer--not quite the same effect.
This year, I decided to send out 5 copies of the same card, as I thought that would make them easier to track out in the world. Kat asks that we photograph each postcard in it's new environment, to give an idea of where it landed. So far I've heard from the following people who let me know where my cards went :
1) Jacksonville, FL
2) Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (She got the 1 Dancer Card)
3) New Jersey
Here are the cards I received in the official swap :
A beautiful watercolor - summer view of the San Francisco Peaks from Flagstaff, AZ.
From Christine G. Brooks.
From Beth Laverty. She says she takes her camera everywhere. This was the view on her windshield one day, before she put on the wipers. Kind of like the veil is parting, and you can see into another dimension for a moment.
From Fran Podlesney in Little River, SC.
Gelli print on book paper with stamping.
From Dorothy Louis in Corvallis, OR.
"The aim of life is living creatures.
The aim of art is living creations." --Steve Albers
Every year, I've had the good fortune to do some additional post card exchanges in side swap. Some of these people I met the first year of the exchange (like Snap Lane in Houston). Others I met through the FaceBook Group, or the blog hop. Some have stayed on the side swap list every year since. Some are new this year ... It's easy to set up a side swap, especially if you like that artist's work.
These are the cards I sent out for Side Swaps this year.
Here are the Side Swaps (so far) :
Watercolor from Sheila del Gado.
Lasso the moon from Kate Lehman.
Spring Fling from Snap Lane in Houston, TX.
Want to see more? Kat created a video showcasing the artwork in this year's exchange :
There's also a FaceBook Event Group for Liberate Your Art.
Or use the social media tag #lya2017
Check out my LYA blog posts from years past.
Thanks for stopping by my corner of the web!
Have a wonderfully creative year!
The Blog Hop is happening April 14-16, 2017.
See where your art landed ... It's kind of like tossing your cards up in the air, and seeing where they landed around the world. Join us ...