I got a mail from an artist friend, Elva (we became friends through our postings in the 100 painting challenge) asking if I would like to participate in ATCs. I quote from her here as she described what ATCs are:
A Swiss artist, M. V. Stinnemann came up with the idea in 1997. .... little pieces of artwork (2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches) artists to trade ... free ... not for sale. He invisioned that trading be done in person and even organized trading sessions which still go on in different places. The idea caught on and some like to trade through trading forums where you mail in the artwork and it is traded to someone you have never met.
Elva and I are not keen to paint for total strangers, but we agreed it would be fun to trade with people we know, or even friends of friends! I got my first 3 from Elva yesterday, all the way from the US and I am posting them here to share! Its such a great feeling, especially since she has taken the effort to send me 2 night time pictures, as she knows I find painting night time scenes really tough! I am now painting my 3 for her and hope to have them ready to send on Monday!