paintings, gratitude and a giveaway!

So, it's finally happened. I've decided to take the plunge and sell my paintings on Etsy. I've wanted to do this ever since I started painting. Actually, I dreamed of this before I ever began painting. And now I finally feel ready. Yes, I'm a bit nervous, but I'm not going to dwell on that. Instead I'm looking at these paintings that I've gathered and thinking about how much I like them. How much Joy they bring me. Each alone fills me with Joy. This mosaic of them together* fills me with Joy. The act of painting them brought me Joy, too. Yes, I  sometimes get frustrated with painting and I have doubts and failures, but I keep painting. Because I want to. Because I love it. Because I am a painter. There. I've said it.

I want to thank all of you who have been so supportive and encouraging during my painting education. Each kind comment has meant so much. Every bit of encouragement has helped me to keep going. I know that continuing to paint despite frustrations and fears and failures would have been so much harder without this amazing cheering section.

I was going to gush about particular cheerleaders and sources of inspiration, but I've decided that I'm going to keep this general and keep this short. Those of you who have been particularly supportive know who you are. I appreciate it so much!

To celebrate and as a thank you to everyone who participates in this wonderful blogosphere, I'm having a giveaway! One lucky winner will receive this painting:

Seven acorns. Of my two acorn paintings from this fall, this one is my favorite. Each of these little acorns seems to have such personality. I enjoyed collecting them and I enjoyed painting them. I will enjoy choosing someone to receive the painting. And I hope the winner will enjoy hanging it somewhere in their home.

It's painted on Lanauqarelle hot press, 140 lb, 100% cotton, acid free watercolor paper. The painting measures about 4" x 6" (the package says 4" x 6" but the actual measurements are 4 1/8" x 5 7/8").

Just leave a comment on this post and I'll enter your name into the drawing to win this painting (because one of the awesome things about the blogosphere is the fact that I have "met" people from all over the world through it, I'm willing to send this painting anywhere in the world, so don't hesitate to enter even if you live far away!). Giveaway is open until December 7th. The giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone for their kind comments.

Take a look at my Etsy shop, too, if you get a chance. Each of the 15 paintings featured in the mosaic at the top is now listed there.

*Note: the mosaic does not show the paintings to scale and is a bit deceiving for a couple of them. The listings on Etsy give each paintings dimensions.


  1. A wonderful montage of paintings Anne! I wish you well with selling them in your etsy shop.

  2. Well done on opening your shop and declaring to the world you are a painter. I know it's not an easy thing to do, there's so much self doubt and angst with putting your paintings out there. Your acorns would feel right at home at my place if I'm the lucky one! S:)

  3. How exciting. I can understand you feeling a little nervous but you have no reason to, your paintings are beautiful. Watercolours are my preferred medium and I hope to learn to paint one day....maybe when another hobby let's me.
    What a wonderful giveaway. I would love a chance to win. x
    Thank you for your kind words on my blog. x

  4. Fantastic. Very glad for you that you opened your Etsy shop. May you sell lots of stuff.

  5. Congratulations and best wishes on the new shop! What a lovely way to display the painting in between the pots, they match it wonderfully. :)

  6. YAY Anne, I'm so happy you're taking the plunge!! Good for you, I've really enjoyed seeing your talent progress over these last couple years. You're an inspiration for me, not only in your talent but your attitude towards the artistic process.

  7. so clever, I love how you notice all the intricate beauty of life.

  8. Okay, I am done. Go ahead and stick a fork in–because I am certainly done! I want to say about time lady(but I already said that last week ;)!), those painings are lookin good!!! So siked, glad too see you have it on your shop! LOVE

  9. Congratulations Anne! So excited for you! They are beautiful and your joy in painting them is reflected in the work! I hope your shop gets sold out! xoxo

  10. you have such a courageous and persistant spirit, anne. it has been a joy to watch you blossom here at my giant strawberry! you are an inspiration.


    p.s. thank you for this generous chance at your giveaway.

  11. Oh well done Anne!!! It's great that you've listed your paintings! I'm in love with your purple bell clematis. It's amazing! I've yet to list a single item in my shop :( But you and other creatives in the blog world are just so inspiring and motivating. Thank you!

  12. I really enjoyed reading your words, "I am a painter"! Also the fact that you have had so much joy in painting! So refreshing!
    I would love to be included in your giveaway, Anne. Your acorns are fantastic!
    Have a great week!

  13. So pretty! I would love to hang this in my home :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  14. congratulations anne! way to go on your wonderful journey in art and especially painting:) You have came far. Love to win your acorn painting. Keep it up!

  15. Thank you to everyone who commented. The giveaway is now closed.


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