I’m giving away this original pear painting on Friday, December 21 at 7pm est. to one of my insider newsletter subscribers, possibly to YOU!
This will be the first of MANY original art giveaways that I’ll be hosting from December 21 through early Spring 2019 exclusively for my newsletter insiders.
WHY am I giving away my original artwork?
Great question, and one I’ve contemplated for many months as I planned my way back to selling art. Since quitting my day gig almost 12 months ago, I put my art biz on hold while I figured out WHAT I really wanted to create with this precious new gift of freedom.
So for most of 2018, I experimented to my heart’s content, playing with every medium and subject that seemed to be calling my name, begging me to dip my toe in its artistic pool.
Starting with collage, where my journey with art began over 20 years ago (more of that story here), I played with adding acrylics, oils, encaustics, pastels, pencils and crayons to my work. Then I experimented with painting flowers, portraits and abstracts, and even creating 3D sculptures from plaster-of-paris and old books.
In this soul-expanding and sometimes doubt-filled process, I learned a ton of new artistic skills and accumulated a huge collection of what I call “experimental” art.
Best of all, I had…
SO. MUCH. FUN!
And as I played, I closely listened for what type of art made my heart skip a beat as I created it, and what felt like drudgery. As a result, with each passing day, I got a little clearer about the type of artist I wanted to be, and the kind of art I wanted to put out into the world.
What did I discover from 12 months of experimenting?
In the end, I came full circle. I realized that I still LOVE the medium of collage, and creating work that profoundly inspires those that my art is destined to touch, including me. However, now I also LOVE to add both acrylic and oil paint to my collages, what I call “collage painting”, making them more abstract and free-flowing, rather than realistic, which had been my collage style for over 20 years.
Which brings me back to why I’m giving away my art.
A small part of me wants to hang onto all the art I created this year as a souvenir of this soul expanding journey, and my first year without a day gig. Yet most of me wants to give it away in order to make room for the type of art that I most LOVE to create.
Could I sell these instead? Sure, but I don’t want to since much of this experimental collection does not align with what I want to create from this moment on, and the type of artist I envision myself becoming.
So I’m giving away a lot of pears and abstracts to you, my loyal art loving friends, in gratitude for supporting me as I went through the process of finding my way back to and expanding what I most love to create.
A few details about how the giveaway works:
If you are already signed up for my newsletter, you don’t have to do a thing but wait for me to pick your name out of the hat. If you aren’t signed up, simply send me your email through the Contact button above, or click on this link to sign up in less than 30 seconds!
If you want to increase your chances to win this original painting, tag your friends in my Instagram post that matches the picture above. You will get one extra entry for every person tagged, in addition to the entry you already have for being a newsletter insider.
Note: Shipping is free if you live in the USA, but the giveaway is open to all of my subscribers worldwide.