One of the primary reasons I started this blog a year ago was to connect with others who shared my interest in art/photography. It seems appropriate that I would be posting about such connections here in my blogoversary month.
I was pleased to participate in Kat Sloma's Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap, which enabled me to share and connect beyond the blogosphere. Her annual event drew artists from eleven countries around the world.
The event's grand finale is a blog hop for the participants to share their experience, which is the reason behind today's post. I've already posted about the cards I received here, here and here. The last card I received was this wonderfully composed architectural image with an abstract feel from Juli Lyons in Toronto Canada.
The experience far exceeded my expectations and I was surprised at just how happy getting a little surprise in my mailbox each day during the swap made me. For sure, it was better than the bills and scary letters from radiologists.
As I mentioned in those other posts, there was an element of serendipity evident in each of the cards I received - each in a different, but equally meaningful way.
Today I have a final little story to share about how I was personally influenced to liberate my art as a result of participating in this event. On the day I mailed my cards to Kat, I also was also scheduled to take down my art from the first gallery showing of my art ever at a local Italian restaurant.
After I took my art down, I decided to stay and have dinner. They had a little live music going, which is something I always enjoy and I was killing some time before heading over to Italian Movie night at the local "secret" Italian society I recently discovered.
The waitress asked me several questions about my pieces and she said she was particularly drawn to the image below (click to see the blog post), which was the very first piece of "photo art" that I printed on canvas.
Several times she said how much she loved the colors and the feel of the piece and wished she had the money to buy it.
Well, you know what happens next right? I've never heard Kat's voice for real, but inside my head she whispered, "liberate your art...you know it will feel soooo good."
So, after I paid my bill I wrote her a little note on the back of one of my business cards and left the piece behind for her as a "tip."
It did feel good! :) What felt even better was to experience first hand someone reacting to my artwork. She sent me a really nice email a few days later thanking me.
My image at the top of this post has nothing to do with the swap, but it does evoke feelings of freedom for me. I took the shot on my recent business trip to Florida and used texture from another generous blogger/artist, Jerry from Shadowhouse Creations, who liberates his art every day providing the most incredible textures, overlays, tips, and tutorials - absolutely free.
So, this concludes LYA 2012. Looking forward to 2013, Kat. Thanks so much for hostessing.
Kat posted a sweet video highlighting one card from each participant. Be sure to check it out :)
Mine shows up about 5:33 into it.