Tuesday, May 19, 2009

art giveaway


It's belated, but I want to give away a piece of art from my Little Worlds show.

This is one of my pear paintings in chalk pastel and acrylic on wooden board. Measures... maybe... 3.5" x 7", with a little hanger on the back. Here you can see 'er frolicking with all her curvy sisters at the show.


These pears need love. Out of all the pears in the world, the voluptuous Bartlett and Modigliani-esque Bosc found each other and bonded over their striking resemblance to the gravid female form. They were chosen by an artist to be painted, over and over, and they basked in their good fortune.

Then they were cut into pieces and eaten by a small child.

Life is cruel.

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All you have to do to enter is leave a comment answering this question:

What's your favorite piece of artwork?

It can be something in your home, something you saw in a museum, something from Art History 101, or your kid's hand turkey from preschool. We ain't picky.

Here are the rules:

1. Continental US only. Because I have to pay to ship you a piece of wood.
2. Contest ends Monday, May 25 at 10am EST.
3. To enter, leave a comment.
4. For another entry, blog about the giveaway, and leave a link to your blog post in the comments.
5. For another entry, Follow me, if you do not already.
6. For another entry, force... or... coerce... or... recommend that a friend come here and Follow me, and then have them comment that you sent 'em.
7. For 3 entries, mail me a cupcake. No chocolate. Not joking.
8. Winner will be chosen by Random Number Generator and posted at 10am Monday.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you win! I love knowing my art has a good and loving home.

43 comments:

Fantastic Muppet said...

Van Gogh's Blossoming Almond Tree Branches.

At the Van Gogh museum, walking into one of the galleries, I stopped short when I saw it. I had seen it before, never in person of course, and had always liked it. But it was absolutely striking in person.

The most beautiful blue I'd ever seen...and the composition of the branches is breathtaking. I just think it's so beautiful.

Missy/ViolaVanWilde

Heather said...

I don't know if I have one favorite. My tastes vary so much. But if I have to pick one, there's a painting we bought by a street artist when we were in Nice on Novemeber 1st (or was it the second? The first Sunday in November) this last year. It's got gorgeous blues in it and is a scene of Provence with the Mediterranean coast in the background... so this is a souvenir, and it was a chance to support a local artist, and an excuse for me to practice my French, and it's got my favorite shades of blues in it...

And I actually have a dear dear friend in Atlanta (Woodstock, actually) who could be coerced, I think, to bring you cupcakes... and even enough so that your child could have one and leave you to yours in peace. (I have two dear friends in Atlanta, but the other has far more limits on his transportation)... so I'm more than half tempted to have her go get you some. You tell me where your faves come from and where to have them delivered to (they don't even have to be your house) and I can likely make that happen. :P

That's not creepy & stalkerish, is it?

Susie said...

My favorite is one I bought in a local bagel store that was showing a local artists work, and it is kidnof abstract of not at all detailed man jumping off a diving board into this big huge amount of nothingness, there is also a light bulb at the top. Its huge and painted on an old window, so its on glass and still has the window frame. Its very heavy and is currently hanging in my livign room on an asparagus green wall.

And I am trying to figure out the best way to ship cupcakes... i have this favorite key lime frosting recipe that you might like :)

charissimo said...

Me, please!

Totally cliche, but anything by Gustav Klimt. Or my cousin Elissa.

Cassie said...

Picasso's "Blue Nude"

For my first Mother's day (1995) my husband bought a framed print of this painting for me. When I first saw it, I wasn't sure what to make of it. My first take was feelings of sadness. I was sure the woman, naked and sitting in fetal position with her head on her knees, was grieving the loss of her child. I don't know why I thought that, it's just what came to me. But at the same time, she looked strong and feminine to me...completely surrendering herself to her emotions. Such a simple looking painting, but very complex emotions. This print always hung by our front door. The night we went to the hospital with Robbie, it is one of the last things I looked at. When we came home from the hospital without him, it was the first thing I saw. When I look at the picture now, I do feel sadness, but I also feel a sisterhood with all the other grieving mothers, past and present. The frame is broken, so I had to take it down. I need to get a new frame.

The other thing I love about it, is the woman's shape --Pear shaped! Very voluptuous and feminine, just like your pear paintings!

Well, that is my story... a little morbid, I know. But, it is my favorite piece, nonetheless.

Chocolate cupcakes? Well, I think I will keep them for myself. ;)

Geminita said...

My favorite painting of all time is Georgia O'Keefe's Hawaiian Fishhook #1. I saw it when I was 14 at the Dallas Museum of Art and it changed my life.

I blogged about your contest and I'm following you on Twitter now. :)

http://glueblob.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/GeminitaArt

J said...

I have two favorite pieces - both hang on my wall. One is a woodcut by Jack Beal and the other is a still life by his wife Sondra Freckleton. Both were actually done to remember my friend Chris after he died in a fire.

I follow you. I will post on my blog. And I will see about the cupcake.

Tammy Howard said...

My favorite - CURRENT favorite, that is to say - is a piece I bought from a local artist. I love everything about it. Come to think of it, IT is rather reminiscent of pears, as well... And I love everything about your pears. So they may be my NEW favorite piece.

I do follow you - so that's 2 entries for me, right?

eblack said...

Anything by Andy Goldworthy. I am a fan of natural artwork and love things BIG! I especially like his installations on the roof of the MET in 2004-
http://www.metmuseum.org/special/Goldsworthy/1.L.htm

Nice Pears!

Michelle Pellegri said...

My fave piece of artwork is a print of cakes on cake stands hanging in my kitchen. I bought it at the Smithsonian gift shop years ago and finally put it in a frame. It makes me happy!

MindfulMama said...

My fave piece of artwork is a painting I did of my hubby reading a book on the couch.

Follow me back and I will blog about you ;-)

delilah said...

MindfulMama, you silly woman. I would have "followed" you long ago if your page had that little "follow me" icon. If it ain't there, I don't know how to follow, for I am a simple woman. You're on my blogroll, though!

Lynn said...

I'm a Canadian living in the northern backwaters at the end of the earth so I can't enter, but just wanted to say I like your pears. I like the effect of the pastel and acrylics together like that, and the colours are awesome.

RDHe said...

I have a little doodle my mom did about a year before she died. It's a smiling face, looking down at a smaller smiling face.

It's enough.

Kristi said...

I'm going with a painting I bought in a thrift store, right before it went out of business. It used to be a couple of doors down from Value Village, next to the Southern Skillet.

This is a very large painting of a redhaired woman. She has the most beautiful pale oval face, a Mona Lisa smile, and a deep blue dress. She's sitting and holding a flower in her long tapered fingers. She just looks peaceful and gorgeous.

She cost me something like $15? I can't remember exactly, but I know she was on sale for 20% off. The cashier was really spooked that I was buying it. He asked if I knew this lady, and when I said no, he shook his head and said he would never buy a painting of someone he didn't know, because "what if it was haunted?"

That's a good point, but as far as I can tell she isn't haunting me. She hangs right by the dining room table like an invited guest, and she obviously likes it here. When the blinds are open you can see her from the street, and she welcomes me home.

Kimberly B. said...

Mine is a collage I got off Etsy. It is entitled "It seems so big, I am so small," and shows a picture of small seated girl with drawn on wings staring up at a big, bare tree. The canvas is painted a gorgeous blue, and the color moves me, while the title reminds me that everybody feels overwhelmed from time to time.

Crystal Thomas said...

I've always been partial to Starry Night. I like this painting because it reminds me of the very fine line between genius and madness and how we are just a hair's breadth away from madness ourselves most of the time.

Nonnie said...

Kristi deserves a second entry, because she led me to your blog long before you changed the name to Unruly Helpmeet. I read you every day because I remember those years of chaos and fun. I'm Kristi's mom, and can testify that she's a great mother, a talented home decorator, and has good taste in art.

~Jamie said...

My fave piece of art is actually something I did myself. I needed something special to hang behind my couches, so I painted three canvases in shiny metallics and then I made my husband stand on one, I stood on another and my daughter stood on the last one. Now, I have the perfect art! It's adorable!

Rocksee said...

here I am! beautiful!!

Maggi said...

I love the Vargas pin-up girls! You are very talented, I found you through SITS! I'm following now, have a great day!

P.S.-Ninjas are better than Pirates :P

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

God's perfect red rose....

maidenshade said...

Hello - Happy Sunday! Favorite art... my mom's Japanese ladies I think. She's a self-taught watercolor/acrylic artist who at 76 is having her first show/sale in Pensacola. Way to go mom!

xJ
MaidenShade.wordpress.com

Joy said...

My favorite piece of artwork would be my daughter's graphite drawing called "Trapped."

autumnsensation@yahoo.com

Mrs. Fish: aka Two Fish said...

Found you via SITS. Don;t enter me but I have to say I am a huge lover of abstract and bold colors. I have Van Gogh, Picasso and Kadinsky all over my house. I love the pears, they would be gorgeous in someones home.

meandtheblueskies said...

My favorite piece of artwork, and I truly believe it is artwork, is the aids quilt. I had the chance to see it once and it truly is an amazing. (I love your pears. They are very sexy.)

carma said...

I like Wheat Field with Cypress by Van Gogh

Debbie said...

Hi, stopping by from SITS! Love the giveaway. My favorite piece of art is a print I bought in Peru. I had to frame it and put it right by my bed so I could enjoy it every morning and night.

Debbie said...

I'm a follower now!

T. said...

I definitely want to enter this but, leaving my favorite piece would be impossible...I am an Art Historian, so I loathe when people ask me to pick one from over 30,000 years worth of human achievement. If you still insist I leave one I will simply put one of the pieces from my masters thesis I guess: Petrus Christus, Last Judgement, it is currently in Berlin. You can reach me at either of my blogs:
http://mypersonalmuseum.blogspot.com/
http://mypersonalcafe.blogspot.com/
SITSta,
T.

http://www.papermoonies.blogspot.com said...

My favorite piece of artwork often changes. It toggles between something new I have created to another artists creations that has captured my inspiration. This is why it will change. If it is another persons creation I will often use it as wallpaper on my pc until another one strikes me!!
Brittany

http://www.papermoonies.blogspot.com said...

I do follow you now!
http://www.papermoonies.blogspot.com

http://www.papermoonies.blogspot.com said...

I posted your giveaway on my blog
http://www.papermoonies.blogspot.com

http://www.papermoonies.blogspot.com said...

coming over from sits
And
I now follow you.
sorry I cant send you a cupcake though..

Anonymous said...

What a super fun giveaway. Boy oh boy I love all art and styles and mediums. My very favorite work of art is a drawing my son did when he was 5 years old. It was at Christmas time and he drew a picture of Santa and his list on his letter to Santa. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

Gina

daretadream (at) q (dot) com

Leslie said...

I like your pears and all the other small ones. Nice work.

Leslie said...

I will follow you, you, you...

Lo said...

Pieta michaelangelo
a lovely photo on this link
http://panathinaeos.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/michelangelos_pieta_5450_cropncleaned.jpg

And my wedding pictures =)
I'm now a follower

Liz said...

My favorite is a ship my Dad painted for me for a wedding present.

Juliet Grossman said...

Thank you for a great giveaway. Exciting! My favorite piece of art is currently in a closet waiting to be framed (not sure what I'm waiting for - the "perfect" time?) I did it myself. It's a woodcut of a cow standing in a field. I was going through a very tough time personally and professionally and was trying to remember something I enjoyed doing, and couldn't come up with a single thing. Finally I was like, This is ridiculous, I must like to do SOMEthing. And I remembered when I was younger and did a unit on traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking in elementary school (someone's aunt did this type of art and came in on a volunteer basis to work with us.)

So I bought a small kit with what I needed and it was amazing. The smell of the diffferent oils and equipment used brought back so many memories and my little cow standing in a field just makes me happy now. I will definitely have to put it in a frame and hang it up somewhere where I can see it daily.

sootfoot5 said...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


I behold some purdy stuff here!

Creager Studios said...

My favorite piece of art work is a 'sign' that my Father painted for me ...for my 40th Birthday. It may seem a bit silly but to me it is a master piece.... as my father was anything but a painter...and I know it must have taken him a long time to do. It is a big 4 0 painting in pastel peach with a sky blue background on a 14" long by 12" high piece of stiff carboard.... there was a party cake, food and lots for family and friends...and there was this 'sign' hanging off to the side rather high on the wall...I was immediantely drawn to it...somehow it had real passion and purpose...not knowing who painted it...I asked around... when I heard my Dad...I started to cry...that 'one gift' meant more that anything else I received that day...for it was his love and time that he gave to me. I still have this sign...and proudly display in a special spot....sadly I no longer have my father... but when I look at the sign I know his love for me in expressed still in each and every brush stroke...

Jodi / Creager Studios

delilah, the unruly helpmeet said...

Heather, that's not stalkerish at all, unless the cupcakes are in a cupcake-cake shape of my secret mole or something. I'm right off 92. =) Should have read through the comments earlier, eh?