Wednesday, 26 April 2017

LYA2017# Kat Sloma Liberate Your Art postcard swap BONANZA

As promised I finally made my way to my post box today. I'm so busy catching up after holidays that I had forgotten there would be a sackful of colourful cards waiting for me. It was quite a surprise! I was going to photograph them as a group, but that felt a bit disrespectful, so here they are on location so to speak.

Four of my five main swap postcards have arrived.

1. Deanie Houghtailing sent the "Souvenir shot glasses, Paris, France" postcard with the Ernest Hemingway quote "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut". Deannie can be found at Instagram @deanie213 and @@focus on Phoenix. It was easy to stage the postcard resting on the handle of my studio door where my art smock hangs next to a giant Eiffel Tower sticker.

2. Kelly Warren, Shelter photographer/artist from Tallahassee Florida, USA. - Kelly's passion is hoping shelter pets get adopted and asks "what is yours?" My passion changes often Kelly, but currently I love British drama on PBSTV and like to encourage people who watch regularly to support clean, non violent TV by becoming a member. The pleasure this inspires is well worth a few dollars wisely invested in educating future leaders. I displayed her postcard on my favorite atomic clock to show that time is ticking away for every shelter pet that isn't adopted today.

3. Sarah Robison sent the postcard is a snake on Cologne Cathedral fence. Her quote is "Snakes eventually expose themselves" unknown.
I chose to photograph this card with another card on my outdoor sofa. I covered this in a rush two years ago and every day I want to tighten the covers a bit so I don't' have to smooth them all the time. I love the sofa and the fabric and I spend a lot of time on it when the weather allows.

4. My cup runneth over with surprises from Sheila Delgado this year. Sheila introduced me to the swap and this year I received her card in the regular swap, plus I also received a sneaky unsolicited side swap. Both the cards almost match one of my favorite things, a hand woven and vegetable died carpet from such a troubled place these days. With all the strife and diaspora carpet weaving is a vanishing art and this carpet becomes more precious every day. I love Sheila's work and last month I almost purchased some pillows for my couch from Sheila's Society 6 store, I'm just not quite sure the colors are right.
Sheila's main swap card says "Happy day to you, wishing you the gifts of LOVE, PEACE and JOY.

Three more side swaps arrived. I knew I would be away this year so decided against side swaps, but my generous LYA friends sent some anyway.

The first is "FULL MOON, sea of Cortez, Mexico from Christine Brooks in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. "Stop and watch the beauties around you. Peace.". Christine received my regular swap postcard and generously sent one back to me. Thanks Christine. Photographed with postcard #3 on my favorite couch.

Next a card from Patricia L Mark of Portland, Oregon, USA. We side swapped last year. "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see" Edgar Degas - I've just redone my kitchen and chose these tea cloths which look great with the irises, my new stove top covers and organic bananas. I used to have digestive problems with bananas until a fruiterer told me that organic ones don't give you gas. Apparently they use a product on the non-organic fruit when it comes across the border and that was my problem. Quite common I'm told.

Lastly, Patsy J Lawrence of Murfreesboro, Tenness, USA, sent me a very creative postcard. This is a page from an altered photography book which she has painted with acrylica and pastels, then photographed. Wow! I was hoping I'd get one of these. Patsy sent out a huge amount of hand written cards to previous swappers, and I was one of the lucky ones. She didn't ask for a card in return. So generous. Thanks Patsy. Photographed balanced on my latest creations, barn wood doors on my kitchen cabinets.

I still have a couple more cards to arrive, which I will post when I get them. Thanks all, I look forward to seeing your creations next year.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Toucan by Night - Toucan at Night

40 cm x 60 cm (16" x 24")
oil on slim wrap canvas
Available on commission

You may remember that a week or so ago I showed a watercolor painting of a Toucan. Although an interesting painting in it's own right, it was conceived as a sketch for a larger painting. I was working through some ideas for an oil painting, which has now been completed (above).

Toucan at Night,
6" x 4" watercolor
140 lb cold pressed watercolor paper

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Do you have blue blood?

I found this charming photo on Pinterest. Princess Elizabeth with her sister Margaret and her beloved father, King George VI. I know this is a posed photo, probably a reject because the princesses were momentarily distracted, however, it has a relaxed feel to it, and I love the setting, probably somewhere on the Balmoral or Sandringham Estate.

"With at least 40 'natural' children born to the British royal family between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE magazine says that there are over four million descendants of Edward III alive today, going on to state that some experts believe that "practically everyone" with British ancestry could be descended from royalty. If you're one of the estimated 13% of Americans and 21% of Canadians with British ancestry, your chances of finding a royal connection are actually better than you might think."

There have always been family stories that I have blue blood on my German side, but now it appears that I may be royal through and through. No wonder I'm a bit of a closet Royalist. My father was called Arthur, possibly after the Camelot king, and the latest heir to the throne is even named after my mother, Charlotte. Now, about those castles .....