Yesterday, I shared the postcards I received via Liberate Your Art 2016, so today, I’m talking about the postcards I sent for the swap. If memory serves me well, I sent four postcards out. Some older and some newer.
I captured this photo of a boat sitting in the water at the approach to Goree Island in Senegal. I shot the original photo on my first “real” digital camera, an Olympus Camedia. I’ve always liked the colors in the picture, and I have other photos of this boat and others like it. The boat’s colors drew me in. I altered the photo in the Superphoto app for iPad.
I read the “Broken crayons still color” quote somewhere and decided to make this postcard in honor of women in my life who feel “broken” by life and circumstance. I wanted each woman to remember to embrace the parts of herself that are broken and realize that there are ways to be broken and still be whole, healthy, and beautiful.
I shot the photo while playing around with the macro settings on my first Canon Digital DSLR (the Rebel). I added text to the photo using the Rhonna app. It is stunning when printed on Red River Paper’s polar pearl metallic stock–every photo looks better on that paper, really! I was tempted to forgo professional printing and print the photos myself!
The fallen cherry blossoms are almost as pretty as the blossoms on the tree. They form such a beautiful carpet of soft pink petals on the areas surrounding the trees. I captured these last spring while walking through campus on the way to lunch with a friend. I altered the original photo in Superphoto.
Sadly, I completely missed the cherry blossoms and pear blossoms this year. I almost missed the dogwoods.
And lastly, I sent “Grace.”
This is a photo you may have seen before. I posted it last July with the title Everything Changes. Then, it was paired with a Frida Kahlo quote. I can almost guess my state of mind when I added that quote, but as I contemplated the photo and how it was “achieved,” I felt that it would be more appropriately titled “Grace.”
The moment this photo was taken was “grace.” My camera and I have been on “vacation” from each other, but every now and then (like the afternoon this photo was shot), I experience a moment of reprieve and of artistic “blessing” in which the colors and the environment cooperate and allow me to exhale at a crucial moment. I’m not sure I’m particularly fond of the photo itself, but I love the combination of pink and green with a touch of yellow. For me the quote makes this photo. Though I have altered versions of this photo that I actually like better, I decided to send the original for the swap.
So that’s it for now. See something you like? Let me know, and I’ll send it your way.
Stay tuned for a final LYA 2016 soon. I have a few side swaps in transit, so I’ll blog the “after party” when those come in. Until then…