Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap – The Blog Hop

1020 pieces of art
170 participants
37 US states
13 countries
2 homes
1 swap
I am struggling to find the words to describe how wonderful the Liberate Your Art postcard swap turned out to be. I set a crazy-big goal, to make myself reach farther and higher than ever before. You all came and answered the call, joining in to liberate some beautiful art and brighten someone else’s day. I knew it would be fun. I never anticipated what you all would give to me. At a time when life could have been sad, with my move from Italy to Oregon, your mail filled up my post box with love and encouragement. Color, beauty, passion, peace… your art helped me through a difficult transition. The image above is the art that many of you gave to me, unexpectedly, unasked, along with the swap. I am honored to have them. I am honored to have met so many of you through this swap. I look forward to hopping around this weekend, visiting your blogs and seeing your swap experiences. Seeing what liberating your art and making connections brought into your life.
Thank you.

Share Your View: Night Photography (2nd edition)

Barn Dance 3
Barn Dance 3 by tim mcmurdo

The nighttime views of the world are quite varied! I hope you are having fun exploring Night Photography right now. You can tell the folks in the Flickr pool are! I had a hard time choosing a couple to share today. 
We have another week of exploring the night, so you can still get out late in the evening or early in the morning and show us what the night looks like in your area. You can link in below or share your images in the Exploring with a Camera Flickr pool until the end of the day Tuesday, August 30. 
Are you enjoying your Night Photography Camera Companion? Has it helped? Don’t worry if you missed it! I’m sending a “catch up” newsletter just to new subscribers in order to get the Night Photography Camera Companion in your hands! If you haven’t subscribed yet, do it now and you’ll get the Camera Companion via email on Sunday. (If you don’t know what a Camera Companion is, you can visit this post or sign up for the newsletter here – you’ll get the Basic Composition Camera Companion as a gift for signing up.)

Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year by Sharon Furner Fine Art

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A New Day, A New Outlook

A new day has dawned, and my outlook has changed from fearful to ready to take on the world. Thank you all for the support and encouragement provided on yesterday’s post! It’s good to know that I am not alone, when those attacks of fear come along. So much wisdom and encouragement was shared yesterday, and I know it was meant for more than just me. The comments were filled with messages that we can all take to heart.

Here are just a few:

Diana said… I agree that fearlessness has to keep being relearned. (for me, too) Taking small steps takes energy and letting fear take over halts any progress forward.

Cheryl said… Fear does paralyze and then we begin to fade. Fortunately, we can reverse the fading and renew ourselves. New chapters in life mean new challenges and that is a wonderful process.

Gina said… Yep, you hit a chord here….being fearful is something we all have to fight. It does get easier as you age because you realize you want to make the most of the time left. Better to take the risk than live with regret. 

Gilly said… I think we all feel fear a lot of the time and about a lot of things, and we have this idea that there are all these successful, competent people out there who never feel that way. It isn’t true, of course, but often the scariest thing is simply to allow ourselves to be who we really are.

There are so many more too! You can read all of the comments hereI am so lucky to have such wonderful friends online!

Today though, a break from crab pots! Even I, with my current love for them, can’t do three days in a row. I also found inspiration in this view of a fishing boat in Newport, capturing the reflected light, color and lines of the nautical world. While the paint was fresh and clean, the boat couldn’t hide the evidence of the effects of the sea. Textures abound. That’s my eye!

Do you know your eye? Find Your Eye registration is now open for the September-October series, if you want to find out. I think opening registration today has influenced my outlook for the better as well – I’m so excited to do this again! I am having so much fun with the current series going on right now.

Learning for today: Excitement and fun are great ways to overcome fear too.