I have an exciting idea to share with you. But first I want to ask you…

As a photographer, are you discovering that the miracle of the digital camera has come with a dark side?

Are you sacrificing the joy of the print for the short term instant gratification of the digital image, an image that can vanish in a keystroke, lost forever?

I think that I am.

I’ve noticed that amongst photographers, there is a movement to elevate the print back up to it’s rightful position… the natural end result of the favourite photograph … to feel it in your hands as a creation that is real and has value and permanence.

For the last year or two, I’ve had an intention to print more pictures, even if they are not wall-worthy, just to have some for my shoebox (for the kids to sort through when they clear out my house, after I’m gone). But it remains just that – an intention.

I just never get around to printing. As simple as it is to fire up the printer a couple of times a month, it does not happen.

I’m not even sure why.

Possibly because it seems overwhelming to sort through the thousand pictures I took last month and choose a couple that I really like. Or because it doesn’t seem very important…. after all …. my photos are everywhere if anyone wants to see them – on my website, on Instagram, on Flickr, on my hard drive, on my two external back up drives…anywhere you look!

But they are not held here in my hands.

They can’t get all bent up and crinkled on the corners, with smudge marks from little fingers playing with them, or slightly faded on the edges from being passed around too often. I can’t write a memory or a date on the back and I can’t exchange them fondly with friends and family.

And I definitely can’t hang them on the wall and feel that nice warm glow when everyone says how much they like them and how beautiful they are…

So with all that in mind, I’ve declared this to be the Year of the Print in my house!

Every month I’m ordering 2 prints. At the end of the year, as David duChemin suggests
http://davidduchemin.com/2012/03/why-i-print/ I will have 12 to keep and 12 to give away.

While looking for other ideas to motivate printing, I found this fantastic project and I would love to share it with you.

It’s called ‘Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap’ and is organized and created by artist, Kat Sloma, of Kat Eye Studio

The idea is to print and share your art with other artists by mailing 5 postcards (with your art printed on one side) to Kat before March 18, 2017. She then ‘swaps’ all the postcards around and sends them off all over the world so they can arrive in the mailboxes of all the artists who participated.

Here’s the link with all the details:


How fun is that?

Seriously… so many benefits! You’ll be motivated to print your art, have the thrill of getting something exciting in the mail and you may discover a beautiful way to connect with like minded artist folks from anywhere in the world!

It’s truly a wonderful idea and I am so grateful to Kat for creating it, organizing it and doing all the work to make it happen (and it must be one exhausting day on Swap Day!).

This is my first year and, as you may have noticed, I’m super excited. I’ve ordered my postcards to be printed and I’m pretty sure I can feel them on their way back to me already. I ordered through MOO and their minimum order is 20 cards, 10 different photos, so here are a few of the pictures I ordered… a mixture of my paintings and my photographs.

I hope you’ll join the swap and Liberate Your Art. I know it wants to be set free in the world! Perhaps our postcards will cross paths in the mail and arrive on each other’s doorsteps.

Bruno, our snow dog

Our beautiful snow dog…. still missing you….

prairie grass

Painting our Prairie grass in fall.

child & pigeons

Painted from a photo taken in Trafalgar Square, London.

rose bouquet

Painted from a photo of a healing bouquet from my children

forest path

Memories of Hecla Island

Thanks for joining me,
xo Janet

6 Comments on “Free your Art!

  1. Pingback: Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2017 | Art's Photoblog

  2. I’ve participate in Kat’s swap for several years. It’s so much fun! So many artists/photographers, so many different “views” of life. Wonderful post and welcome to the group! (The side swaps are fun, too.) I may join in the printing of photos each month. I’ve often thought I’d like to see some of MY photos on the wall! Ha!

    • Thanks so much…. wonderful to hear from you! My highest hope from The Swap is to meet folks like you …. and join the community… 🙂 I’m so excited to see how it all unfolds.

  3. What a great idea to swap post cards, thanks for all this great info, even though I’m an amateur with photography, I’m definitely checking this out. Thanks

    • It’s such a fun idea, I think you would love it Masha! I’m an amateur as well… and I think that’s the key, it’s not about how ‘good’ we think we are (or not) it’s about creativity and sharing – and that is what art is really all about! Let me know if you decide to join in.. and I will let you know what books I read from your list. I’ve already checked them out and they are now all on my wish list.. 🙂

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