You really are rather beautiful. As I was walking through the woods today I was thinking how lucky I am to have so much of you right on my doorstep.
When I was a child, I loved and savoured you so much. Nature walks, watercolours, notes, pressed flower projects, rose petal perfume, my Enid Blyton yearbook which is still one of my most cherished possessions. And then gradually other interests took your place all that passion fell away. A few short years ago I know I wouldn't have had the time or the energy or the interest to notice the tiny little details that make this world so magical. I am so grateful that I listened to the wake up call, bought my camera and began this little creative journey of mine. I had missed so much.
But not any more. I am here and I am drinking it in and sharing it with my daughter, in whom I see the same childhood passion for you.
Sometimes we get distracted. But you are so amazing we will always come back to you.
I've finally realised that it's a bit nuts to be a photographer and live in a house with mostly bare walls. I'm not sure why it took me so long to come to that earth shattering realisation but it did. So I have FINALLY gotten around to doing some printing.
Instagram prints from Origrami (love them....printed in Australia but shipping is free).
And framed prints of my two favourite instagram images, printed by printstagram:
As well as postcards (from Moo). I also have a selection of images currently at the printers which I am waiting for excitedly. I was thrilled with the sample prints I did and I think they'll look amazing.
I LOVE having my very own artwork hanging in my home - it even makes me feel 'legit' calling myself an artist. :)
And I couldn't go without saying thank you to Kat Sloma who has been a big influence on my finally getting round to printing. She is a big advocate of living with your own art and has lots of helpful advice on printing and a resources list too.
Words are not coming very easily at the minute. I can feel a shift. Not massive, but definitely there and change of any kind, however gentle seems to create a block.....
So, I was kind of delighted to come across this Creative Joy Workbook being offered as a free pdf (via Tracey Clark). Lots of fabulous inspiration and insight from some amazing creative souls when you need a little pick-me-up. It also kicks off Creative Joy month (all the details are in the workbook). If I win the lottery, I'm going on that retreat I tell ya!
Wow, can I just say how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE liberate your art. 2012 was my first year of participation and the first time I had printed my artwork out and shared it in this way (or any way really!). It was amazing. And this year has been too.
So firstly, thank you to Kat Sloma who dreamt up this event and who coordinates the swap. Huge, grateful thanks for what I know must be a boatload of work. There were 216 artists participating this year (high fives all round!). That's a lot of postcards to collect and send out. And not only that, Kat photographs them and puts them together into this amazing video. Injuries have been sustained, people. Thank you again Kat, and hope your shoulder gets better soon.
Secondly, huge thanks to the fabulous artists who shared their work and specifically those artists whose postcards came to me. Please know that they have found a good home and I adore and cherish your beautiful work. They are: