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Catch up

#1) Just a quick intro to this post:
This is a potpourri of all the mail art and postcrossing cards that I’ve sent and received but haven’t shared with you yet. I don’t feel like I can go on with new projects, new mail art and new postcrossing endeavours while there are still things sitting around my desk that I haven’t at least mentioned to you. It would somehow go against what I set out to do with this blog: Share.

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So now,#2) I share with you card 4 – 6 from the “Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2013“:

Card #4 from Michelle Ledesma
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Card #5 from Valeria zenmindphotography.blogspot.com
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and card #6 from the super-awesome Kat herself of course 🙂
06 LYA 2013_Kat Sloma (1) klD

The swap was a lot of fun this year too. Thanks everyone for your beautiful and inspiring cards!

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#3) I share with you four postcrossing cards:

DE-1990441 sent to Vicky in RUSSIA
Postcrossing (1)

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DE-2120755 sent to Goossina in THE NETHERLANDS
Postcrossing (2)

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DE-1990429 sent to Stephan in New York, USA
Postcrossing (4)

Stephan’s reply to my postcrossing card
Postcrossing (3)

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#4) I share with you wonderful mail art, big and small 🙂

Zodiac mailart from Julie aka Pucelilina (Belgium)

0037 Julie Kesteman BELGIUM

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Two cards from Pascal Coupechoux (France)

0034 Pascal Coupechoux FRANCE (1) 0035 Pascal Coupechoux FRANCE (1)

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Some really cool mail art from Susan McAllister (USA). She’s sent me this card as a surprise after I’d left a comment on one of her other works.
Thank you, Susan.

0033 Susan McAllister USA (1) 1

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Mail art from E (France) for my participation in his “Show me your Soul” – Mail Art Project. (To see my contribution click here)

-E- FRANCE

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“Blue Moon” from BrisChris (Australia)

0039 BrisChris AUSTRALIA (1)

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From Lestaret & Co. (England, UK). The tiniest piece of mail art I’ve received so far. The envelope is just a little bigger than a credit card.

Lestaret & Co ENGLAND UK

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#5) I will keep on sharing and spreading my love for art, especially postal art. And now that I’ve caught up, I can devot myself to new projects like this one:

My big Star Trek Into Darkness painting 😉
This is the first stage of it (I had to up the contrast in photoshop so you could see the pencil sketch on the canvas; in reality the lines are not as stark as they appear to be in this photo):
Star Trek Into Darkness painting - Stage 1_0002_edited

This is the refrence I’m using:
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Hope to see you around,
SARAH.

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Mailbox joy three times over

The first postcards from the “Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap” arrived. And I got the first three all at once! So, my mailbox was more than happy with the mailman today.
Well, here are the treasures:

#1 from Kelly Ishmael – mindingmynest.com
What a beautiful photograph! I also looked at the others on her site “Minding My Nest”, she takes such gorgeous photographs of flowers. Thank you so much for liberating your art, Kelly!
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#2 from Snap – twistylane.blogspot.com
“be happy” and I SO am (!) because I’m the lucky recipient of this great postcard 😉 Thanks, Snap, for sharing it in this years swap!
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#3 from Mandy Kopelke – mandykopelke.com
The colors! I can’t stop marvelling at these bright and vivid colors. Thank you Mandy for liberating it!
“Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.”
– Paul Gaugiun
03 Liberate Your Art 2013_Mandy Kopelke_96WEB

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Your eyes are huge!

Manga Fever desk

No, my eyes aren’t really huge but what I choose as image for my “Liberate Your Art” postcards this year has something to do with huge eyed cartoon figures. To be exact: Manga characters. Yes, I’ve been – or still am (?) – back to “that phase“. As I now have a roommate who is big into all things Japanese and a so-called “cosplayer“, I guess it was just a matter of time until the Manga-fever got me again. Here a small study of “Manga Fever” based on many subejcts. Not. Just one: Me.

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WARNING!: Manga Fever is not a real disease. Just in case 🙂

Well, and this is my little “Chibi Pilot” postcard that I’m liberating in Kat’s postcard swap this year:

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I hope the recipients will enjoy it 🙂

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RECEIVED CARD #25: Bits of Egypt in Russia

This postcard from Nastya shows the Egyptian Bridge across the the Fontanka river in St. Petersburg. The card traveled a distance of 899 miles (1446 km) in 25 days.

Nastya also sent me a this Russian saying:

I still haven’t quite understood the saying. Nastya admits that she only knows a little English… well, and I only know a little Russian. I really wish I were better at it and could read the saying in its original cyrillic script. If anyone can help me with this, I’d really appreciate it 🙂

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Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2012: Recap and Blog Hop

The “Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2012”: I’ve never participated in anything quite like it. It’s been an amazing experience and I’m definitely game for next year’s swap 🙂 So, before I go on I want to thank Kat Sloma for organizing all of it: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

In the form of five postcards I’ve liberated my art into the world…

…in return I received six postcards from other artists doing the same.

During the weeks of the swap I could feel how my inspirational batteries were being recharged with each card I found in my mailbox. I got to look through other artists eyes – and through the viewfinder on Pam Bowers’, Kara Monroe’s and Kat Sloma’s camera.  Seeing other people’s works always shows me new ways of look at the world around me, leads me to disscover new paths of creativity and points out other ways of expressing oneself. For instance: If it hadn’t been for Cris’s card from Ohio I’d have never known what zentangles are and would’ve never tried it myself. I ordered a little booklet on it from amazon and am now tangling like crazy; it’s so much fun!

Well, I can’t thank everyone enough, especially Jan, Kate, Pam, Cris, Kara and Kat; for liberating their wonderful art into the world, for recindling my creative energies and for driving me to tackle new projects! Thank you all!!!

Now, get on hopping 😉 here is the link.

I hope everything works okay.

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Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2012: Last two through the finish line…

Hello everyone,

This week I received my last two postcards from Kat’s faboulous art postcard swap.

Original photo by Kara Monroe

A magnificent photograph by Kara Monroe from the US, who’s also *thumbs up* a postcrossing member and mail artist. For this particular swap she decided to stick with photography even though she likes to explore many other fields and forms of art too. Check out her fabolous blog at www.iwannabemewhenigrowup.blogspot.com  🙂

Original photo by Kat Sloma

And this is the sixth and final postcard from Kat Sloma herself. I think the photograph is simply mesmerizing. Here is the link to her site again: www.kateyestudio.com . Maybe you are even able to attend one of her photography courses or workshops. I think she also offers some online too.

The swap has been so much fun! I can’t wait for the upcoming blog-hop and of course next year’s swap 🙂

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RECEIVED CARD #6.1: More Mail from Down Under

This is one of the first postcrossing cards I received when I registered. It’s from Leanne who lives in Tamworth, Australia. Every January they are having a music festival in town which makes Tamworth “The County Music Capital” – at least in New South Wales 🙂

(#6.1) AU-156832 from Leanne (AUSTRALIA); traveled time:  21 days; distance traveled:  9968 miles (16042 km);

 

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A baby kangaroo in my mailbox :)

Just as much as I love the regular postcard exchange on postcrossing I also enjoy the occasional “direct swap”. If it weren’t for this wonderful option I would have never received this cute little baby kangaroo from Penny.

Penny and her family live in Australia and try to collect a postcard from every country in the world. Additionally they are also collecting postcards from every district, province and independent city. So in return for the cute kangaroo baby card, I sent them a postcard featuring different views of places and buildings in my hometown.

I hope this little card helped them get one step closer to the completion of their collection. It definitely is a huge task!

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RECEIVED CARD #22.3: More art from Asia

Just the other day I told you how I don’t know much about Asian styles and forms of art (besides the mainstream-designs). Looking at the beautiful painting on Wang’s postcard I remembered this card from Tammy in Japan. It also shows a nature-themed work of art: Mount Fuji on Fine Day is the title according to text printed on the card’s back; and the artist is Hokusai Katsushika. Unfortunately it doesn’t say if it’s a painting or some kind of print because I can’t really tell. For me it could go either way…

(#22.3) JP-228783 from Tammy (JAPAN); distance traveled: 5520 miles (8883 km); days traveled: 15 days;

Either way, I love to receive postcards with images of traditional art on them. It’s fascinating to see how different the uglies and pretties of life are perceived and preserved in works of art by people around the globe.

By the way, this is the postcard I sent to Tammy in return for the beautiful Mount Fuji:

“Gay Field Flowers” by Ivana Lovkovic-Matunci

She wrote that she’d love to receive a card from me and I hope she liked the floral art from Nuernberg I picked out for her. It’s an oil-painting on glass by artist Ivana Lovkovic-Matunci.

Have a great Wednesday!

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SENT CARD # 8 & # 12: The London Olympics and one proud German

Let the games begin… ehmm, sorry, continue…

Unless you live behind the moon or in the pampa without any communication whatsoever you should’ve noticed that the world’s top athletes have gathered for the Olympic Games in London. Since I started my apprenticeship/new job last wednesday I haven’t had too much time to really watch it but I’m following the action on my iPhone. I love the London 2012 Results app. It’s so easy to stay updated on all the sports I’m interested in.

Well, even though you might think I’m a sports fanatic here, I’m really not. On one hand it’s really sad and pathetic because it feels very halfhearted when I cheer for my nation’s athletes during the Olympics but could give – excuse my language – shit about what they are competing in in the four years inbetween the Games. And I want to go as far as to say that the majority of people are the same way.  On the other hand – does it really matter? The Olympics are a huge event and remind people of how important sports are for us all and how it can bring everyone closer together. Isn’t it great that the Olympics can interest people in sports that usually don’t pay much attention to it in their lives?

Okay, so no matter how you think about it all, I’m proud of all the athletes and as a passionate equestrian especially happy about the medals the German riders and their brave horses have won for my home country so far. I wish I could be in London right now to see it all in real life and feel the Olympic spirit. As William Dunbar once said: “London, thou art the flower of cities all!”. I once combined this quote with one of my many photographs of The Clock Tower, now Elizabeth Tower, to create a postcard for postcrossing-member and London fan Ksyusha from the Ukraine:

SENT CARD #12: DE-1074648 to Ksyusha (UKRAINE); Distance traveled: 902 miles (1452 km); Days traveled: 32 days;

Here are a couple more of my London photographs. Besides the fact that all larger cities have their muddy and dark alleys, London is very beautiful and definitely a real “queen” 🙂

But as this postcard to Nastya from Russia proves: My hometown Soltau is a great place to be as well but Home Sweet Home is – generally speaking – always a wonderful place to be 🙂 right?!

SENT CARD #8: DE-1053111 to Nastya (RUSSIA); Distance traveled: 914 miles (1471 km) ;Days traveled: 34 days;

Now, I don’t want to hold you up any longer and let you get back to cheering for your athletes! Have fun following the excitement wether in front of your TV, using the app on your smartphone, reading about it in your newspaper or online, or maybe even live in London… Have fun!

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Liberate Your Art 2012

Hi, hi, hi! There’s something I need to tell you…

I’ll be participating in Kat Sloma’s “Liberate Your Art” postcard swap this year. I’m so excited! There’re over 300 artist from all over the world taking part in it this year. I just received my postcards from moo.com (the swap is only for art-prints not originals). Ahh, I never had my art printed before *excitement bounce*! Taking full advatage of moo’s Printfinity option I got a different image on each one of my 20 ordered cards. The quality of the paper and print is amazing… some didn’t turn out that well though because I overphotoshopped the images and made a big mess of the colours – 😦 I’ll know better next time around.

Well, these are the five cards I chose for the swap:

On the back I wrote this little inspirational message:

Tomorrow I’m going to get everything in the mail to Kat. I hope my cards will make it in time. Of course I’ll keep you all posted on what’s happening during this little swap-adventure. I’m looking forward to find the first card from it in my mailbox in August.

Stay creative!

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US Mail – Part 1

After over four fabulous months in the Land of Opportunity, a wonderful time spent with my „American family“ I have to leave again on Thursday to be back home in time for work. So by the first of August regular daily life should have me back 🙂

So, yesterday I posted my last outgoing mail from the US: A postcrossing-card to Afra from the Netherlands. I chose to send her this pretty card with a view of the Vermont countryside around Sleepy Hollow Farm near the Pomfret-Woodstock town line.

Vermont is such a beautiful and literally “green” state! I wish I could stay longer.

Post office in East Dorset, VT

As you know though, this is not the only state I’ve been to during my time in the US. I’ve spent more than a day in Florida, Georgia, Virginia and Texas, passed through Alabama, Louisiana, South and North Carolina, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York and had lunch in Mississippi. It would have been great to get postcards in all of those states but the time just didn’t allow for it. I did get postcards in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and – of course – Vermont though. It wasn’t always easy to find stores that still sell postcards – just a very sad reminder of how fast the tradition of sending postcards home to your dear ones is more and more becoming a relict of the past. Fortunately there are many projects like Postcrossing out there that keep on fighting for the good ol’ snail mail.

Here is the selection of postcards I chose to send home to family and friends…

…and – as promised – the list of stores I bought them from:

TEXAS:
Walmart
3820 State Highway 64 W
Tyler, TX 75704, USA

VERMONT:
Northshire Bookstore
4869 Main ST
Manchester Center, VT 05255, USA

The Potter Hill Barn
3864 NY 7
Hoosick Falls, NY 12090, USA

Shaw’s Supermarket
64 Equinox Terrace
Manchester, VT 05255, USA

FLORIDA:
Different stores along
St. Georges Street (near the Fort)
St. Augustine, FL 32084, USA

LOUISIANA:
The Boudin Shop & Country Store
AKA “Chicken on the Bayou”
I-10 Exit 115 (Cecilia – Henderson)
2942-F Grand Point Hwy
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517, USA

MISSISSIPPI:
Pure Country gas station
10166 Lorraine Road
Gulfport, MS 39503, USA

GEORGIA:
A country store near
(big red barn-like building)
Merrit Pecan Co.
Georgia 520
Weston, GA 31832, USA

So country stores, gas stations and some Walmarts are your best bets when looking for postcards.
Have you ever had trouble finding the right postcard?

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More mail art for me :)

I received mail art from the awesome Kerri Pullo two days in a row!!! First I got the purple one with it’s cool slightly metallic sheen and the next day I discovered the “musical” yellow one in my mailbox. In my opinion they’re just wonderful in their simplicity; I love looking at them! Thank you so much Kerri – keep up the good work 😀 And the stamps are so pretty too.

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RECEIVED CARD #20

Another card from the Netherlands. This one was sent to me by Hetty from Kampen, which is 167 miles (268 miles) away from where I live. So it only took five days until it got dropped in my mailbox 🙂

I also sent a card back to Hetty, featuring a picture of the old townhall in my hometown. It’s one of my favourite buildings in the city.

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