The Liberate Your Art 2017 (LYA) swap has begun! I received my first postcard a couple of days ago and I can hardly contain my excitement as I wait for the remaining cards to arrive.
Some people begin posting their cards on social media and “side-swapping” right away, but I usually wait till the LYA blog hop to post and begin sending extra cards. I look forward to “the surprises” and want to see the postcards for the first time when they land in my mailbox.
It doesn’t hurt to share a postcard that didn’t make the cut. Right?
As usual, I had a hard time deciding which cards to choose for the swap, so I had a lot of different cards printed. The design below was an early pick, but after seeing it printed as a postcard, I changed my mind.
There’s nothing spectacular about the original photo, but I liked it when I shot it last August. I was a bit fatigued after being in meetings all day and stepped outside to escape for a moment. The flowers provided aesthetic relief after being trapped indoors. They were showing signs of decay, but there was something in their beauty that caught my eye that rainy afternoon.
I edited the photo a half dozen ways using the iColorama app. This was a favorite:
Wabi-sabi: a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay. [Definition from WordStuck].
The Japanese principle of wabi-sabi provided the perfect expression for what I was hoping to capture in the photo–beauty in imperfection. After adding “wabi-sabi” to the photo, I sent the photo for a photo inspiration swap hosted for the “A Thousand Words” group on swap-bot.
The final edit (first photo) was colorful and cheerful, and I appreciate that it did not mask the imperfections.
Considering the message of the design, it is a bit ironic that this one was not chosen for the swap. No worries though. It has made its way into at least two mailboxes and I have a few more in my stash to share. 😉
Have a fabulous week!