It’s time once again for the annual Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap organized by Kat Sloma! The deadline is March 15th. Ordinarily, I’d wait until March to start this project and just print the cards from my home computer, but since we are in Hawaii and we don’t have a printer here, I looked at the shipping times and realized I needed to have my project at the printer’s by yesterday if I wanted it back in time to get to Kat in time for the deadline.
The idea for the piece came — as they always do — as a flash picture. The whole. A phoenix on a beach, dipping her toes in the water. The first visions are never what the final product will be, but they do get me started.
So I started to sketch out phoenixes.
I like the idea of a Phoenix — the symbolism of a bird transformed in Western culture and of an Empress in Eastern cultures. And at 50, I am feeling in the midst of a transitional phase so I identify with this old bird.
She wasn’t in a pose suitable for being on a beach, but I had a flash that perhaps she could be in a rainforest setting. We are currently living in a rainforest in Manoa, Honolulu and as much as I love the beach, I prefer the mountains…
I love the Hawaiian print fabric and played around with the placement, but in the end decided it was too busy and detracted from the Phoenix. I also really liked the gift bag background, but wanted to change up the placement of the flowers. In the end, I chose the plain background and started embellishing the Phoenix (which was cut out of watercolor paper with scissors! My exacto knife is at home in San Diego…)
In the end, I decided to add in some cut-out tiare flowers from the gift bag and also do some embellishment with white acrylic paint.
Then began the crazy process of sizing and creating a border for the printer. The first version got rejected by the printer because the edges were uneven… yes, it’s a fabric collage; the edges ARE uneven. But since I had a deadline and wanted to get it done, I just evened things up and sent it in.
And now we wait. The prints are supposed to arrive on Monday… but this is Hawaii, so I don’t expect them until next Wednesday. And then I get to bundle them up and send them to Kat Sloma to label, stamp and distribute.
It’s always so much fun to be part of this project. I meet new people, see great art and get to push myself a bit further each time.