As in years past, I did a little side-swapping after the Liberate Your Art blog hop. April and May are pretty crazy-busy around here, so I don’t check my post office box as frequently as I should. When I finally checked, there was a mailbox full of postcards waiting and I jumped for joy when I saw the collection of art.
Here’s a quick look at nine of the ten postcards.
The first postcard came from my faithful postcard pal, Christine B. I met Christine via LYA 2016, but our friendship has grown via Love Notes, which she introduced to me last spring.
“Thistles,” photo by Christine B.
Christine captured this photo in England. She writes that the thistles remind her of “spires” and provides the etymology of the word: Spires–Derived from Old English, spir, meaning a sprout, shoot or a stalk of grass.
Lisa C. sent a great big “howdy” from Texas with her “Dream” photo:
She shot this image as a storm was coming in and later “photoshopped” the tree into the photograph. I love cloud formations and the unique shapes they make.
You can find more of Lisa’s nature photography on her blog, Chasing the Sun.
I’ve swapped with Sherry H. for the past few rounds of LYA. She sent her mixed media “mountain bird” with greetings from Amook Island (Alaska):
Mixed media art by Sherry H., Amook Island Creations
She printed a simple but inspiring message on back:
Conceive. Believe. Achieve.
Sheila D., with whom I’ve also swapped almost every year I participated in LYA, sent a beautiful watercolor of blues, greens, and purples–a field of purple wildflowers (yay!):
“Wildflowers,” Watercolor by Sheila D.
Sheila encourages, “Keep sharing your art with the world!” You can see more of Sheila’s watercolors on her blog: Sheila’s Corner Studio.
Suzette R. sent a textured yellow rose:
“In the Thicket of Things,” Photo by Suzette R.
She shared a quote:
Surely a star danced in Heaven on the day you were born. –Flavia
An interaction with Suzette a few months ago led to the creation of Karle’s Wings. [Thanks, Suzette!]. You can find out more about Suzette and take a look at more of her beautiful photos on her blog, Notes from the Road.
Pat M. of Serendipity shared a gorgeous mixed media magnolia on canvas.
“Magnolia,” mixed media by Pat M.
This piece began as a photo to which Pat added paper for texture and then oil painted. This is definitely a technique I will try this summer. She also shares a quote:
To be an artist is to believe in life. –Henry Moore
My “neighbor,” Patsy (PJ) from Tennessee, shared an interesting painting:
“Painting in a Book,” by Pasty L. (PJ)
The painting was completed in an altered photography book using acrylic paint and oil pastels. The colors come from the original photos on the page.
Janice D. creates beautiful and inspiring mixed media pieces, some of which have a prominent place on one of my inspiration walls. She shared her “Dreamer.”
“Dreamer” by Janice D.
Never let it be said that to DREAM is a waste of one’s time, for DREAMS are our realities waiting. In DREAMS we plant the seeds of our future.
Finally, Christine sent a second card–a sweet reproduction of one of her fabric cards. I shared an original fabric card in an earlier post.
“Fabric Hearts,” reproduction of a handmade fabric card made by Christine B.
Christine sent the card with a wish that it will “fill [me] with love.” This card is one of my favorites–I have a thing for hearts, like I have a thing for purple and sunflowers–so it’s headed for an inspiration wall.
I have one more postcard to share, but I’m saving that one for another day–maybe, tomorrow.
For now…thanks ladies, for the beautiful artwork that brightens my journals, my walls, and my days.
If you missed the postcards I received through the regular swap, you can find them here: Experiment, Create, Play, and Liberate.