It’s always a bit of a challenge when Liberate Your Art ends, but side swaps help participants extend the camaraderie a little longer. I was so insanely busy when the postcards for side swaps started coming in that I just placed them in an envelope to enjoy after grades, reports, and meetings.
That time has come!
I received 13 cards via the extra swaps, plus a bonus package I’ll share tomorrow. Would you like to review them with me? Here goes…
Sherry H. of Amook Island Creations sent a reproduction of a mixed media piece accented with a Matisse quote:
There are always flowers for those who want to see them. –Henri Matisse
She encourages us to “look to nature for inspiration.”
From Terry O, an “in-progress” project:
This is a “slow-stitch” project. All of it is done by hand. Terry “attached a worn, paper thin vintage handkerchief to a sturdier fabric–a pink linen tablecloth, thereby creating a new piece.” Isn’t it pretty? I’m impressed that it was stitched by hand.
My penfriend Lisa C sent a “city shot” as she describes it.
I almost didn’t notice the buildings because I was “lost in the clouds.” Interestingly, the postcard Lisa sent last year also featured clouds. She shot this from the parking lot of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Christine B, my faithful friend, sent two. Here’s the first one, a macro shot of a dragonfly.
My hubby added this one to his collection. [He says, “Thanks, Christine!”]
Kathy and I agreed to swap before I received her card as part of the main swap, so I was surprised (and elated) when she sent another mixed media piece.
Like the first one (see LYA 2018 post), this one also started as a magazine page. She altered the page with oil, pastels, acrylics, citra solv, and monoprint. You can find more of Kathy’s work via Sol Sister Studio, her Facebook page.
As expected, Janice D sent a gorgeous mixed media piece–an angel, this time.
Her note, appropriate:
We’re all winging it. That’s what angels do.
From my blogging friend Louise of Drops of Everything:
Until I read Louise’s caption (“Dancing Clothes”), I was prepared to entitle this one “Linen and Things.” 😉 She added a quote to the back:
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. –Mother Teresa
I remember hanging up clothes to dry outdoors during the summer when I was younger. I was not yet into “seeing” or photography, so it didn’t strike me as “artistic,” but I had lots of fun running and playing through the drying clothes. Louise’s image makes me wish I could recapture those moments from my childhood.
Check out Louise’s blog for more of her photography and art.
My neighbor, PJ, moved away, but she remembered to reach out for a side swap (She used to live in Tennessee, not too far from me, but moved to Kentucky earlier this year). She sent mountains:
The painting is part of a triptych PJ created during a Paint Fearless Mexico retreat last November in Oaxaca. She was inspired by the mountains she flew over to get there. I’m loving the color combination and would love to see the other parts.
My blog friend, Sheila D, sent a lovely bouquet of flowers.
In keeping with the floral theme, Natasha P. sent a peony party:
This appears to be a mixed media piece. Natasha added a quote on back:
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. –Mary Lou Cook
After visiting Natasha’s blog, I realize that I’d received one of her postcards–a peacock–the first year I participated in LYA. In fact, she was featured in my first “real” blog post. How nice to reconnect! Natasha has a thriving henna business in San Diego.
Peonies seem to be the thing this year. I’m seeing photos and art of peonies everywhere I turn. I even “discovered” some peonies I shot some time ago. I’m not sure they’re worth sharing though. Maybe, I’ll play around with them…
Val vdP of Mellowood Studio sent a beautiful winter-themed watercolor:
Isn’t it just perfect? Val works with various forms–watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, monochromatic, oil. She even does lessons and paint parties. Find lots more of Val’s work on her website: Mellowood Art Gallery. Check out her blog too!
While we’re on the subject of watercolors, Christine sent a pair of sandpipers:
Confession–I had to “google” sandpipers to make sure I had the right bird. This watercolor is spot on! 5 green stars, Christine! I think we should talk Christine into starting a WordPress blog, so she can share her art and photography with a wider audience.
And lastly a “butterfly on deck” from Teresa H.
I coveted this postcard when Christine posted it in the LYA 2018 group on Facebook. Fortunately, Teresa had one left and she kindly sent it to me! The quote is perfect.
But on paper things can live forever. On paper a butterfly never dies. –Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming
Teresa wrote that the butterfly is “about the size of your palm and glides slowly and majestically from blossom to blossom, so it’s easy to get good photos.”
Though it was my first time swapping with Terry, Natasha, Val, and Teresa, I’ve “side-swapped” with the other artists before, and some have become blog friends and regular penfriends whom I’ve come to cherish over the years. I’m looking forward to building more friendships as we move along this artists’ road.
Tune in tomorrow to see the contents of my surprise LYA package!