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And the winner is……

Thank you to all those fabulous people who took the time to make a comment on my blog. The winner was Karen Ellis. Congratulations!

Unfortunately, not everyone could win. 😦 Fortunately you have a chance to buy them at my Etsy shop. 🙂

But I think I am the biggest winner out of this giveaway. The feedback I received not only gave me warm fuzzies but also gave me a sense of what people were responding to. Most of you preferred the simplicity of the leaf and shadow, with no background. I take your point that the background could make them too cluttered.

But Carol thought the dappled background added a softness and movement behind the leaves, and connected to the colours in the leaves.

Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So while I may play around with some more backgrounds, I will concentrate on the leaf and shadow combo.

The other plus for me was meeting up with some new bloggers. It is always a delight reading others’ blogs. I hope that we can meet up for a virtual cup of tea and a chat another time!

Big smiles,

Anne

(Karen, can you send me your posting details? Either reply to the email I sent yesterday, or send me a fresh one at annebags@optusnet.com.au.)

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One year and 101 posts…..and a leaf painting giveaway

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).

The leaf painting you could win
The leaf painting you could win

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.

Don’t forget your chance to win my leaf drawing.

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Leaf painting giveaway!

Read on to find out how to win this leaf painting.......
Read on to find out how to win this leaf painting…….

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.

Marvellous!

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.

Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013

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.

Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some have no shadow or background, but lots of rich, vibrant colour.

Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013
Art work and photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2013

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.]

Go for it!