Just a quick reminder about my giveaway. If you leave a comment on the original post, which you can access here, you can be in the running to win a feather drawing of mine. This is what you could win.
A very big thank you to those of you who have commented. So many positives. I have loved reading them all, and am delighted to know that those of you who already have an art work of mine would like another!
It’s definitely time for a giveaway! Let me explain why….
There are things happening in my art world that has spurred me on to change the name of my Etsy shop. I am not ready yet to tell you what is happening, but I am excited. But I can tell you about the name change, and then let you know how you can have a chance to win my feather drawing.
When I left teaching I thought I would spend my time making art embellished handbags. So I set up my Etsy shop to sell the bags, and called myself anne4bags. I really wanted just plain annebags but there was a shop called that. While I was creating with material and beads and embroidery I was still going to botanic art classes, following my interest there. As time passed the shop morphed into my art work rather than bags, but the name stayed the same.
I have been pondering the change for a while, thinking about sold art works that were linked to the old name. I realised that it had to happen, that there are more reasons to change than to not. The biggest reason is that the name anne4bags does not reflect anything about the work that I currently do.
So, after doing a small amount research I decided to go simple. Let me introduce you to
[Etsy won’t let me put in spaces between the words and Facebook demands the spaces! Strange old world.]
It’s time to give the shop a little makeover, working on the photos, tweaking some older descriptions and checking out the tags. Other than that there is the same high quality, original art work available at very reasonable prices. Click here if you would like to have a look.
To celebrate the name change I have decided to have a feather drawing giveaway. This is the feather you will win
These feathers, created in ink, are very popular, and I enjoy drawing them. The rhythm of the parallel lines is quite soothing. This one is on Arches watercolour paper. This is a good quality, acid free paper. It is an A5 size, 15 x 21 cm or 5.8 x 8.2 inches and the drawing sits horizontally.
To have a chance of winning is very simple……leave a commentbelow, about anything you like. Just make sure that you leave it on this post by Sunday 15th November. I will write the names of the commenters on slips of paper and ask the Fella to draw one out. I am quite happy to send it anywhere in the world, so don’t be shy. 🙂
WordPress has just sent me a reminder that I began blogging one year ago. It coincides with over 100 posts. And just the other day I was awarded my first award by Meeks. More of that very soon.
So a big thank you to all who have followed me, liked things I wrote and made comments. Each time one of those things happen I get a little buzz and a smile!
The anniversary also coincides with a giveaway I organised — one of my leaf paintings. While it is to announce new paintings in my Etsy shop, it is also a nice way for me to say “Thank you” to you for being with me. All you have to do is leave a comment on the post. If you would like a chance to win it, head over to the post by clicking here. You have until midnight Thursday 30th (Australian EST).
This blogging is a funny caper. A lot like life, really. When I began I had Grand Ideas, I had a Plan, a List of Regular Posts. Maybe that list is still around somewhere. You may well think that I have stopped reading and gardening, because it is a while since I wrote about either. I had the best intentions of them being monthly posts. Instead, I seem to be writing about things that come my way. Travels, art work, exhibitions, other odds and ends.
And I have loved it. Blogging has become an important part of my life.
As have the people I have met through my blog. Our notion of ‘community’ is changing. It must. I know that I am part of a community in the blogosphere and I value many of the relationships I have made in that community. It doesn’t take much time here to see the connections and support between us. So thanks for dropping into my space every so often, and for letting me get to know you.
I have been busy painting a new subject — leaves. More specifically, gum leaves, or maybe you call them eucalyptus leaves. When alive on the tree they are a fairly uniform green colour. But as they drop off, they dry to wonderful reds, oranges and vivid greens. And they curl and twist.
So I have been playing with watercolour paint to capture their rich colours and shadows. I love how the shadows make them seem 3D, as though you could lift them off the page.
Want to know how to win the leaf painting? Read on…….
I have also been playing with adding backgrounds. My intention is to make the background look like the dappled light under the trees. Does it work? I would love to know what you think.
Some have no shadow or background, but lots of rich, vibrant colour.
They are all small — A5 watercolour paper. All, except the first, are available for $30.00 in my Etsy shop. To look at them more closely, read a full description, check out shipping costs and so on, just click on one of the pictures. It will take you there.
So, how do you win the first leaf painting? Simply leave a comment on this post by Thursday 31st October (Australian EST). Pretty simple! I will happily ship anywhere in the world. While you don’t have to comment on the paintings, I would love to know what you think of them. Do you have a favourite? Does the background work? With shadow or without?
[I tried to do a Rafflecopter giveaway, but it defeated me. 😦 I promise honesty with my own system. I am going to get the Fella to choose a number from the number of comments, and that lucky person will win. For instance, if there are 15 comments, he will pick a number between 1 and 15. If your comment is that number on the list, you’re the winner!! If there are lots of comments I will add a second painting.]