Monday, September 9, 2013

crossing off goals and a giveaway

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you know that one of my big projects this summer has been designing and creating a calendar from my watercolor paintings. You may have also caught a glimpse of my calendar in my last couple blog posts. This calendar has been a long time in the making. In truth, I wanted to create it before I knew how to paint and once I started my artistic adventure "creating a calendar" has appeared on my list of goals each January. There may not have been a calendar in 2011 or 2012 or 2013, but 2014... yes!




I chose twelve of my paintings that were seasonally relevant and began the design process. I had no idea what I was doing. Matthias showed me a few things in Photoshop (something else on my creative goal list... learn Photoshop) and I began tinkering. And tinkering. And tinkering some more. I tried different kinds of paper to see which would print best. And then I started printing. There was a slight blip when I realized I had given a couple months too many days.




Yep. I even posted this one on Instagram and Facebook. Ooops!

But eventually I had the calendars printed (correctly) and trimmed and packaged, ready for debut at my show.






After the show I photographed it and added it to my Etsy shop, too.




Now, as a celebration of the fact that I've crossed off some of the goals on my creative goals list and as a thank you to all of you who have been so supportive and encouraging in my journey, I'm having a giveaway. Simply leave a comment on this post telling me which month's illustration is your favorite and then next week I'll choose a winner. Or maybe a couple of winners. At least one person will receive one of my calendars. This giveaway is open to all. Good luck! And, "Thank you" to each of you who show your encouragement through blog comments, Instagram likes, Facebook likes, emails, in-person encouragement, etc. It really means a lot to me.

13 comments:

  1. How to possibly choose a favorite? I love your roses and flowers - but I am also crazy for acorns so I guess November is my fave. Besides, you painted them so well!

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  2. How generous of you! Congratulations on crossing stuff off your goals list! Thank you for the opportunity to participate!
    What a hard decision as they are all lovely, and then I narrowed it down to July and October but since I must pick just one I have to go with October :) Fall is my fave season - especially because here in the tropics is non-existant :( so I try to surround myself with Fallish stuff - all year round!!! LOL!
    Have a super week and thank you again.
    Greetings from Mexico -

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  3. Wow, Anne, your calendar took my breath away when I saw it. My favorite is May, but I love July and December and, and and...! I would love to win, but, in any case, I wish you great success with this sweet calendar which, I think, perfectly reflects you and your artwork. Big hugs!

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  4. I was wondering about this after I saw a peak in previous posts! I even checked your Etsy shop to no avail :) Way to go, it's beautiful!! I like October the best but August is a close second….love those reds )

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  5. It's a tie between April and June. Congratulations on a beautiful product. It was fun to see peeks of its evolution along the way.

    I really do love the way all of your work holds together as one body. Your style shines through everything you do, Anne.
    :-)

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  6. That is a hard choice. It is a tie between December and July. Very excited for you. xo

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  7. It's satisfying to get to grips with a a multi faceted project isn't it and this looks great - love the curved corners. my fave if July's rose :)

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  8. Well done you for crossing off creative goals! I've been trying hard to do the same. I have managed to stick to my writing this past couple of weeks which I'm proud of.

    I think October is my favourite but also September is a close runner :-) To be honest they are all gorgeous so its a tough question.

    Hugs
    Kat Xx

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  9. Anne, your calendar looks so pretty and nice. Well done!!! great work

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  10. July is my favourite. So beautiful.

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  11. I am totaly in love with your work! I'm a floral designer and have always dreamed of seeing or doing art like yours, it's absolutely stunning!! Spreading your beauty far and wide in Australia! January is my favorite month for its simplicity.

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  12. I love, love, love this!! You are so talented and creative. I would LOVE to win your wonderful calendar.
    Debra from https://www.etsy.com/shop/jewelrybyDebra

    https://www.facebook.com/jewelrybyDebra

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  13. Oh, my ~ they are beautiful! It's hard to select a favorite, but I'll have to go with July - I love pink!

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