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Liberated Again!

2013 Postcard Swap

This is the third year I’ve participated in the fun of the Liberate Your Art postcard swap created by Kat Sloma of Kat Eye Studio. Participants send five postcards of their own work to Kat, along with postage and self-addressed labels. She uses her mad engineering skills to sort all the cards so that everyone gets five different ones back, sticks on labels and stamps, and sends them out into the world.

This is the card I created for this year’s swap:

Dawn Song Faith is the bird that feels the light  when the dawn is still dark.  ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Dawn Song
“Faith is the bird that feels the light
when the dawn is still dark.”
~ Rabindranath Tagore

And here are the cards I received:

Laguna Beach Lifeguard by Debra Medina debmedina.blogspot.com

Laguna Beach Lifeguard Tower from Debra Medina in California

Though we don’t live all that far apart, lucky Deb lives by the BEACH! Her blog is called Love the Little Things in Life.

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of a tleast one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in." ~ Rachel Carson by Lynne Raspet facebook.com/twopoppies

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” ~ Rachel Carson
from Lynne Raspet in Georgia

Lynne’s photographs are magical. You can see more of them on her Two Poppies Facebook page. Though my childhood environment was nothing like this, this image still brings back so many memories of summer days spent exploring the world around me in blissful solitude.

By Marl1een at chaoticperfectionist.wordpress.com She commented, "Every girl deserves a LBD and some fine, white lace." I agree!

Lovely lace from Marl1een in Antwerp, Belgium

This image doesn’t do justice to the delicate detail of the lace and the card itself. I agree with Marl1een’s comment on the back of the card that “Every girl deserves a LBD and some fine, white lace.” There’s more of her beautiful photographic artwork on her blog, Chaotic Perfectionist.

"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds me in its net of wonder forever."  ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau By Robin Scanlon of Eye of the Islands Photography, Inc. - www.eyeoftheislands.com

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds me in its net of wonder forever.”  ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
from Robin Scanlon in Hawaii

I’m a girl with the soul of a mermaid and I live in the desert. Is it any wonder that this card and quotation made my heart sing? Robin’s website is Eye of the Islands Photography.

"Keep the Change" a somewhat dark concept shoot about our daily struggle with money. By Eva Creel www.facebook.com/evacreelphotography

Keep the Change, a somewhat dark concept shoot about our daily struggle with money.”
from Eva Creel in Grovetown, Georgia

Another water picture! Eva’s photography runs the gamut from sharp social commentary to just plain beautiful. (I couldn’t help noticing that she is as stunning in front of the camera as behind it.) She’s on Facebook at Eva Creel Photography.

"Adorned and Alone" by Kat Sloma

“Adorned and Alone” by Kat Sloma

Last but not least, this lone tree in beautiful blues, from our own Kat, who does the amazing work it takes to pull this all together.

Of course, the real fun of the swap is hurrying to the mailbox to see what treasure will show up next. Receiving real mail — pieces of art and inspirational words from around the world — is so much nicer than the usual bills and advertising flyers.

All the cards I received this year were signed, so I was able to contact each artist via email, blog, or Facebook. Many thanks again to each of my artists for their beautiful postcards, and to Kat for making this happen. I haven’t yet heard where any of my cards ended up, so I’m hoping to spot some of them on our blog hop. Come on along — there’s some good stuff out there!