Above is a little something that I was noodling around with last night.. still a work in progress..
I am excited to tell you that Tara was so touched by your comments and general loveliness that she decided to award 5 spots to her workshop instead of one! She herself picked the winners, and they are:
I'll be forwarding your information to Tara, so expect to hear from her very soon, congratulations!! And thank you to everyone who left a comment. Tara is offering 10% off on her workshop, today only; if you are interested, please email her directly at email@example.com.
I have received the most wonderful new Year's gift from Tara Sophia Mohr: a copy of her beautiful ebook: The Real Life. Tara is a poet, coach, and inspiration, and her ebook is a melding of gorgeous poems and imagery. I am a proud contributer to her book, and pleased as punch that my work appears on the cover! There is also work by Super Artist Jessica Swift, and several brilliant photographers who are now among my favorites.
The Real Life is available for free download. Enjoy it, and send it along to anyone in your life who could use some wise, comforting words for the year ahead.
And wait.. there's more.. Tara is offering a free spot in her upcoming online workshop: Living Your Brilliance: Quieting Your Inner Critic & Reclaiming the Driver's Seat in Your Work and Your Life. I know that my Inner Critic could use some hushing, how about you? Just leave a comment on this post by 12 Midnight, Sunday January 9th, and I will choose a winner Monday morning.
Talk about a Happy New Year!
I realize this is very last minute, but the lovely Erin of Bluebirdbaby is hosting a giveaway of two sets of my bookplates! Pop over here to leave a comment before 10AM tomorrow for a chance to win. There's also a little interview with me, and a coupon code for 10% off my art shop. Yay!
Erin's photography is astoundingly fresh, vibrant, and beautiful, and I love her blog. She has the cutest little family, and all of her posts about baking, sewing, and making jam make me want to bake, sew, and make jam... all of which I have no idea how to do.
And if you are still in need of holiday cards, check these out. Beautiful.
I just learned about The Bright Side Project a few weeks ago when the lovely Miss B. and Miss K. introduced themselves via email. How did I not know about this wonderful site?:
"The Bright Side Project is here to bring you sunshine every day with themed, daily giveaways, We hope to inspire you to stop for a second and remember life is (still) beautiful and there is goodness in the world."
This December is Handmade Holiday month over at TBSP... they are giving away anything and everything handmade, to support independent artists and designers everywhere. Today's featured giveaway is from my shop, Oiseaux! To win a personalized set of bookplates or a print, all you need to do is answer the question, "What children's book helped shape you as a child, and why?" on this post, here. You have until Saturday, Dec. 19th to enter. And while you're there, look at all the other things they're giving away!
I have been so busy! That's not a complaint, I've just been bloody busy. Last week I finished two big commissioned pieces of art (I will post pictures later, I promise) and since then I have been working like a dervish on bookplate orders from the shop. And as I work, I think about Christmas.. and things I want to make.. and buy, and give.
In my wee waking hours before I get down to business, I sit at my computer, coffee in hand, and I visit my favorite blogs. What I've noticed in the past few days is a lot of GIVING. Here's what I've found:
Kristi's Twelve Days of Christmas started yesterday. She is giving something fabulous away every day for the next twelve days! Today's giveaway is a silver necklace from Amy Cornwell Designs, and yesterday's giveaway is a set of my personalized bookplates or a personalized print from my shop! Visit here for the details.
Sycamore Street Press is giving away a free limited edition letterpress print by RoxyMarj.
The deliriously talented and generous Yasmine from A Print A Day is offering a free downloadable Matryoshka Calendar as well as downloadable holiday patterns to use as you wish.
Trudy Callan (above, isn't she cute?) is giving away free art supplies. Yes, you read correctly: free art supplies. And she is offering to ship them anywhere in the world.
How About Orange is giving away Two (2) $50 gift certificates to Sears! I can think of ten things right now that I need from Sears.
Shona Cole, a very talented lady (and mommy to a brand new baby) is giving away this handmade tote and matching journal. Lovely.
And Gina from Joyful Purpose is giving away these adorable hand-crocheted dish cloths. Love.
I've been thinking about different ways to give this year. I always give a little bit here and a little bit there (to the Santas outside the store, to the Salvation Army folks ringing the bells), and this year I've decided to give a little bit more of myself: yesterday I signed up to become a registered bone marrow donor. The cheek-swabbing kit is coming in the mail. I'm excited, and I'll be honest, I'm a touch nervous.. I think about the day that might come in the future when I am a match for someone very sick, and I have the awesome responsibility of making a difference.
Also, I'm going to give a holiday donation to Kiva. If you're not familiar with Kiva: for $25 you can help an entrepreneur in another country start up or grow his or her business, thus changing a life. After time the business owner repays the loan, and you can reinvest your money in another Kiva entrepreneur, or accept your money back. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, I find this incredibly exciting!
These two women are Isadora De Los Angel Sanchez from Nicaragua (left) and Gun Keshari Maharjan from Nepal, two entrepreneurs who I've helped through Kiva. Isadora owns a traveling sales business, and Gun owns a grocery store. I'm looking forward to sitting down with my family and choosing someone new to help.
I would love to hear how any of you are deciding to give this season. And if anyone out there has a giveaway you'd like me to add, please let me know!
It's been the summer of giveaways here at Oiseaux, and now that we're heading into back-to-school time, I thought one more giveaway might be in order.
Christina Oppold is the editor of a wonderful literary blog, Stacked, and she's hosting said giveaway: a set of Oiseaux personalized bookplates! All you need to do is leave a comment on this post before Friday September 4th to be in the running. And while you're there, poke around a bit. Stack's goal is "to inspire you to read, to find the joy in books... to use books as an inspiration to creating a rich and full life".
My little beauty is four years old today. Happy Birthday, Beau!
We had a big *princess* bash for her yesterday with the family, everyone was in full princess regalia: crowns, pink and sequins, grandfathers included. I wish I had photos to share, it was pretty fantastic.
And on another note: a belated congratulations to Daniela, she is the winner of my print giveaway! (Daniela, please shoot me an email with your address.) Thank you to everyone who left a comment on the last post. I attended the LAAA orientation last saturday and left very inspired and excited... now I just need to create some new work. This summer has been so lazy.
I'm very excited to announce that I've been accepted into the Los Angeles Art Association!
Deborah Baca, an artist who's work I very much admire, encouraged me to apply a few months ago, saying that it would be a great way to get my work seen. In order to apply I had to submit several pieces of original work, a few prints, artist statement, etc. and I felt pretty blasé about the whole deal until I actually walked into the gallery and saw all the amazing art and the very professional staff eying the hopefuls (me) walking in the door. Eeek!
But I made it in.. happily.. and now I get to submit my work for shows year 'round at Gallery 825.
And here is where my giveaway comes in: I have the three prints that I submitted to the LAAA, and nowhere to put them. I have art coming out of my ears, so won't you take them off my hands? The prints are 8 1/2 x 11 and printed on fine Epson paper, ready for framing. They are: The Bug Catcher, Things That Pull on Us, and New In Town. Just leave a comment before saturday midnight and I'll pick a winner.
Courage is an interesting thing, isn't it? When I first hear the word, I think: "fortitude in the face of danger". But to me courage is a quiet, inside spark.
I made this piece for Vicki Sheehan, winner of my custom collage giveaway through Sofia Barão's Creative Ones series. Vicki had asked that her collage theme be "courage" because she's trying to find courage in her own creative journey. I can completely identify with that: just two years ago I was stuck in a creative hole that I'd been in forever. If anyone had asked me for a quality I wished for, it would have been courage!
So I guess this collage is for me, too.
This piece measures 7 x 10 inches, and the yellow string extends off the top a few inches so Vicki can frame it with or without the extra string. (I am such a fan of strings hanging off of things, I couldn't cut it off.) One of my favorite parts of this collage is the tiny plane taking off on the yellow runway at the bottom. It's the last thing you notice, but it gives the collage a happy, "go for it" feeling.
Vicki, I hope you like it! And all the *creative courage* in the world to you.