Liberate Your Art 2013: Making Connections, Creating Sparks

This was my second LYA and it was just as amazing as my first.

The first thing I gained from LYA was a push — I pushed myself out of my comfort zone (drawing on people and focusing on what designs THEY want) to drawing on paper and drawing what I want…. knowing what I wanted to draw was the first and most difficult step.  The whole process of creating this piece widened boundaries and made me a better artist.

My hamsa as a peace dove... taking a traditional idea and stretching it...

My hamsa as a peace dove… taking a traditional idea and stretching it…

Then, I got to receive really cool art postcards!


My first postcard was from from Linda Ursin of, who lives in Norway. I thought her little chickadee might like a California meadow…


Next came  this lovely card from Mel ( who lives somewhere in England. Her greeting is: Put your he{ART} into all you do!  I took her card to the Harborfront for some San Diego context.


My 3rd card came from Kathryn van Rooyan and exhorted: “I hope you are not just thinking about ART, but doing it!” I let her road lead me to Ray St in San Diego aka Arts and Culture Street for its many galleries and monthly festivals…. (You can also find Kat on Instagram)


And then I got this moose from William Charlebois… who says: Aim for the concept not the reality… I took this card to the Lemon Grove giant lemon for some cognitive dissonance…


“Winter is an etching, Spring a watercolor, Summer an oil painting, and Autumn a mosaic of them all.” –Stanley Horowitz
This lovely card came from Allison Bents in Minnesota so I took it out for some margaritas in Old Town…

And last but not least, here is the card from Kat Sloma — whose brainchild LYA is:

Kat Sloma's tree among the jacaranda blossoms...

Kat Sloma’s “Adorned and Alone” among the jacaranda blossoms…

What a wonderful collection of art I received and it’s awe-inspiring to be part of this major project: 216 artists, 11 countries… I made lasting friends from the swap last year and made new ones this year… I can’t wait to see what next year brings!

Click HERE to see the video Kat made of all the cards received… note that there are some breaks in the music but the cards continue; do not stop watching too soon!


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29 Responses to Liberate Your Art 2013: Making Connections, Creating Sparks

  1. seabluelee says:

    Your own card is beautiful. I love the way you took each of the ones you received to a different location to photograph it. I’ll bet that’s the first time a moose has been seen in Lemon Grove!

  2. m says:

    Hi there!
    I absolutely love your hamsa as a peace dove. It was the main postcard that caught my eye in the video. I was in Tunisia, North Africa in the peace corps, and would see “the hands of Fatma” everywhere. (for warding off the evil eye) The fact that yours is a peace dove makes it feel even more personal. And I love your hennaed hands. I had my feet done on Rhiad holiday while i was in Tunisia, and i couldn’t believe how long it lasted! (like 3 months or so!)
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful art with the world! And for taking each little postcard on a trip somewhere to photograph it. That really added a whimsical touch that I enjoyed!

    • admin says:

      How fortunate that you were able to spend time in Tunisia and even get henna! I saw a version of the hamsa as a peace dove in Israel last December and the image has haunted me ever since…I had to add in both Moroccan and Arabic hennadoodles…

  3. Candace says:

    Great cards and nicely photographed. I got one of your peacocks last year!

  4. Snap says:

    Love the card you sent. I’m enjoying the hop — seeing what was in everyones mail! I’m looking forward to the 2014 swap!

  5. Mel says:

    What a thrill to see my card again here! As I said on Facebook, I love how you photographed them as they arrived 🙂 (I did say that on Facebook, didn’t I?! I meant to!!) x

    • admin says:

      Thanks. I think I read somewhere that the cards should be shown in context, and it became a fun game to figure out the best context for each card received! I had as much fun photographing the cards as I did receiving them!

  6. Chandra says:

    Great cards. Love your peace dove. Very interesting!

  7. Suzette says:

    Hello! I loved seeing your collection on the Facebook page…even better here. I really admire the postcard you liberated into the world. This was my first year so I learned a lot of things that I’ll do differently next time…I’m going to create images specifically for the swap. Take care and see you next time!

    • admin says:

      This swap was really a challenge for me — and it pushed me to be a better artist. So much learned and so much more to learn! That’s part of the fun! I hope I get one of yours next year!

  8. Carlyn Clark says:

    I’ve been admiring your Hamsa card as I’ve been hopping. And was happy to see that Lemon photo – my granny lived in Lemon Grove when I was little, I remember it well – what a small world!

    • admin says:

      Sweet! Did you ever have something from the Lemon Grove Bakery? They’re still going strong! It definitely IS a small world!

  9. Diane says:

    wasn’t this fun! I still love how you showed each card in a different venue. I may participate again next year. The card I received from you is definitely one of my favourites if not THE fave.

  10. Linda says:

    Nice post. The swap was such fun and now seeing and reading how and where the the art was received is a treat. Love how you photographed the cards you received.

  11. Kat says:

    I loved this post, and how you displayed each postcard, including mine! (Let your creativity lead you to places you’ve never been before). I saw your card on FB, and practically drooled over my keyboard! I love every single thing about it – i wish I’d been a recipient! Maybe i was one… I missed getting one 🙂 Anyway, thank you for your great post!

    BTW I don’t know how you got the Etsy address, as I’ve not posted anything there for a long time but do plan to do so soon. I have a blog that you and others can go to at or can see photos at instagram at

  12. Love the postcards you sent and the ones you received 🙂

  13. Thanks for sharing these. That moose looks right at home in front of The Lemon Grove. Nice job photographing the post cards in their new contexts. I think these PC lead lives of their own after we unleash them into the world!

  14. Sherry Smyth says:

    You received some great cards, but I am really impressed with what you created and sent out!

  15. Such beauty, sent and received! This was such fun, until next year!!

  16. Andrea says:

    Looks like you have such wonderful cards. I like the way you took them around where you live.

  17. Kat Sloma says:

    I’m glad that the swap challenged you in a good way, and led to so many great connections. Exactly the reason I started it! It’s been great to get to know you over the last couple of years as I’ve seen your art in the swap. Thank you so much for participating!

  18. Prairie Jill says:

    I love the card you created, and you received a beautiful collection, too. Love the way you photographed them!

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