Friday, September 12, 2014

shop news and a giveaway

Happy Friday! I hope you've had a good week. It's been a full week here. Lots of savoring of September's loveliness. The temperatures have plummeted these last couple days and it now truly feels like fall. Last night at the fair I was wearing my winter coat and hat and gloves. I have to say that although I have made my peace with September, I am not quite ready for that.

It's been a full week in my studio, too. Exciting things have been happening in my art shop.

I introduced some miniature paintings. The first two I painted are acorns.






I hope to do some more minis (and not just acorns) soon.

I also painted some black-eyed Susan flowers. I was surprised by how much I liked them blooming in my new garden and was happy to bring them up to my studio to paint.




My  2015 calendar is now finished and listed in my shop.




I liked last year's calendar, but I like this one even more. The design (and size -- each page is 1/4" longer) are slightly different from last year's. The biggest and most exciting difference, though, is that I've sized each month's image so it will fit (once trimmed) in a 4" x 6" mat or frame. The prints are wonderful quality (I love seeing the saturated colors as they come out of the printer) made with archival paper and ink. Each calendar is, in essence, a set of twelve 4" x 6" art prints.




And speaking of art prints... I am super excited to announce that prints of my paintings will now be available in my shop. I've gone back and forth about this for a while, whether to try printing my own and/or whether to reopen my Society6 shop. I finally decided to try printing some myself, just to see if I liked them. I researched papers and then fought with my printer and finally got everything working right. And, oh my. The test prints look great. The thick art paper has a lovely texture (only slightly less "toothy" than the cold-pressed watercolor paper I usually paint on) and the paintings are reproduced beautifully. Here is the first set:




They are sized so the image will fit in an 8" x 10" mat or frame (if trimmed) and the paper is 8 1/2" x 11".  I'm so happy with how they turned out. Look for them to be arriving in my shop in the coming week.

And now, on to the giveaway! To celebrate my new prints I'm giving one away. To be entered all you have to do is leave a comment here telling me which of my paintings you would most like as a print. You're not limited to the prints in this photo. If you have a favorite painting in my shop, I'll make a print of it for you if you're the winner. I'll also be announcing the giveaway on Facebook and Instagram, so if you're following me either (or both) place(s) and you leave a comment there you'll get an extra chance (or two) to win. I'll be drawing the winner next Friday, September 19. The giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Thank you, to each of you who have been so supportive and kind throughout my creative journey. I appreciate the encouragement more than you can ever know.

13 comments:

  1. So much beauty in this post! Congratulations on your second calender and the wonderful art prints. It is difficult to pick a favourite but I think the nasturtium is my favourite as I like the fluidity and delicacy of thr painting. You really are so talented Anne and an inspiration to me.

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  2. Wow! your calendar is fabulous!
    I've looked around your shop (so hard to choose just one!!) and I think I would choose the maple seeds print !

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  3. Great work Anne - it takes ages to bring these things to fruition doesn't it? I'd have a hard job picking a fave...

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  4. As you know from IG, I love your art! Therefore a comment here as well and I still loves your 'Leaf Geranium in a Clay Pot' the most ��

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  5. Hi Anne! Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog...I love the synchronicity of our giveaways.
    I've also been working on some acorns (stitching rather than painting...but proof again our minds are great and think alike ;) Your watercolours look beautiful, the calendars are so lovely, as are the prints. Its the roses print for me...love those gentle pinky hues. xx

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  6. Beautiful creations. Maybe one day we could swap our paintings... but today with a chance to win :) my favourite are pink english rose and maple seeds study. Big, big hugs to you!

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  7. I would be thrilled to have one of your prints - I love the nasturtiums but the acorns are darling too.

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  8. How I missed this post is beyond me since I now get them in my email (I don't know why it took me that long to sign up, it's such an easy way to remember to check on what you're up to, haha). I am loving your new prints Anne! Your calendar is just the sweetest, too. I'm going to have to privately pick your brain on your testing paper results and your printer. But for now, I'd love to have those nasturtiums!

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  9. Phew! I made it. It was a hard choice but I would say the Coral Striped Amaryllis. Thanks for the chance Anne. Your prints and calendar look great!

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  10. I love all of them :) But the one with rose is my favorite one :)

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  11. Hi Anne!!

    I love the pictures of the fair in your town!! ..and your paintings are fantastic!!!
    I like every single paint you make!! The Nasturtium would give a nice touch to my bedroom!!
    ..good luck with your shop!!

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  12. I 'm with Dana! The coral striped amaryllis is a beauty.
    Thanks so much for this generous giveaway chance, Anne!

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  13. https://www.etsy.com/listing/185406875/sale-yellow-and-orange-butterfly?ref=shop_home_feat_2

    Is it too late? This is my fave. :)
    sarahbhyde@gmail.com

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