In this new life I have created since I retired form education, I have gotten involved in many artsy adventures. I take many classes at Art More Place here in town. I also participate in Lifebook and The Documented Life Project. I have done many art card swaps through Facebook.
One of my most recent adventures was participating in the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap. To participate you create postcards of your art and then swap with people around the world. First I had to think-what is “my art”? Well…the host of the swap assured us it could be a photograph we took or a photograph of something we created. You could also create postcards by painting them.
I decided to use some photographs of favorite pieces I had created and use photographs I loved. I figured while I was ordering postcards I’d order a few extra.
I created a pinterest board to make it easy to remember this swap.
This was very exciting for me-postcards, with my stuff on them! I’d been saying lately how I would like to get back to sending real mail instead of all this internet stuff-now I could!
Choosing my postcards and mailing them to the organizer was exciting enough. It gets more exciting when you start getting postcards from all over the world. Then I had several people on the Liberate Your Art site do side swaps with me as well. Not only did I get beautiful postcards, learn to liberate my art, but I got to share stamps with a young stamp collector-I got her one from the United Kingdom and one from Australia.
Sadly, it appears this swap is only once a year. This little adventure has changed how I see my art and has given me ideas! I have beautiful shots of the beach and my grandson and other nature shots-now I can do something within them instead of them sitting on my computer. I am about to order more postcards of my work and maybe I will start my own swap or see if others would like to continue. I must say of all the things I have done, this was one of the least intensive yet greatly rewarding. Can’t wait to do it again! The painting at the beginning of this post is a new one I made at Art More Place and will be included in my next swap!
Thank you Kat for helping me liberate my art!
Your turn! Think of something you have created (could be a photo)-it could be a cake, something you grew, something you created. Post a picture of it in comments (copy/paste should work). Also, entertain the thought of making postcards of pictures/things you love!