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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Thursday Giveaway!


My Dears, I'm very pleased to announce this week's giveaway. It's a beautiful mixed-media painting by the lovely Susan Najarian.

It measures 3 1/2" by 3 1/2" and 1/2" deep and features of solitary blackbird sitting on a wire and gazing at a beautiful blue sky.

It's a wonderful piece for that little spot that needs some art. Susan has other gorgeous things as well in her Etsy store.

She creates her art by digitally manipulating photos and images and then transferring them to a wood frame covered in encaustic wax. Layers of wax then suspend the photograph, altering the appearance to produce a "cloud like feeling." The images appear to float. So lovely!

To qualify to win, please leave a comment here anytime today and visit Susan's Etsy store.


UPDATE!! THE WINNER IS BEE! (Ms. Bee, please contact me! ha!)



PS: I'm still trying to reach "Disgruntled Customer," who won last week's drawing! If anyone knows Ms Disgruntled, please tell her to contact me.

85 Comments:

Blogger Annabelle said...

That's lovely, will be sure to check out her store! I love how she's done the sky in this painting!

May 7, 2009 at 12:12 AM  
Blogger Alisa said...

This is a beautiful piece! I have a thing for birds, as so many do. I love Susan's work, it has a dream-like quality!

May 7, 2009 at 12:13 AM  
Blogger Charly said...

That is a stunning picture. Heading to her Etsy store now!

May 7, 2009 at 1:44 AM  
Blogger kle said...

oh wow that is truly gorgeous!

May 7, 2009 at 3:04 AM  
Blogger STORY said...

Lovely piece of art. I will definately check out Susan's etsy store!

May 7, 2009 at 3:07 AM  
Blogger CheshireCatsGrin said...

Gorgeous color in the sky, and I love ravens!

May 7, 2009 at 3:34 AM  
Blogger SHOKOOFEH said...

I check her Etsy. her works are beautiful! thanks for lovely giveaways! :)

xo

May 7, 2009 at 3:45 AM  
Blogger Miss Absinthe said...

Wow, this is beautiful and... oddly enough, it combines my favorite shade of blue with my husband's favorite bird (they follow him!). Keeping my fingers crossed!

May 7, 2009 at 3:50 AM  
Blogger LauraCassidy said...

That blackbird looks so pensive...

May 7, 2009 at 4:02 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

What a beautiful piece.....the swirly blue and white of the sky reminds me of looking up at the clouds as a child!

May 7, 2009 at 4:11 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Oh I love it! Love, love love. I have the PERFECT spot for it :D

May 7, 2009 at 4:27 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Lovely painting & use of colour!

May 7, 2009 at 4:36 AM  
Blogger Dionne said...

Oh this is so pretty. I love it!

May 7, 2009 at 4:57 AM  
Blogger laydeedancer said...

I would love to win this! I too have an afinity for birds and love the contrast of the bird and sky.
-Jessica

May 7, 2009 at 5:20 AM  
Blogger Henri Loves... said...

Sweet little black bird sittin on a wire! Luv it...;)

May 7, 2009 at 5:38 AM  
Blogger orangesparrow said...

wow, amazing Etsy shop... took my breath away!

May 7, 2009 at 5:39 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

What a great painting, I would love to find a home for it on my wall!
Thank you, vancy31[at]gmail[dot]com

May 7, 2009 at 5:39 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

Oh, how interesting. I'm familiar with the digital things you could do with photography, but I am intrigued about the other process. I look forward to visiting the Etsy store.

May 7, 2009 at 5:46 AM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

intriguing pic, bird on a wire. could bring interesting stories...i am in.

May 7, 2009 at 5:50 AM  
Blogger Steve Gravano said...

It's a Leonard Cohen song isn't it?
I love it.

May 7, 2009 at 5:53 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

This painting is remarkably simple yet remarkably beautiful. Thank you for introducing me to Susan Najarian.
x

May 7, 2009 at 6:02 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I love Susan's work! I was at her etsy store the other day, and picked out a few paintings I would like to buy, how coincidental that you would be giving one away today, or is it?
Have a wonderful day!

May 7, 2009 at 6:14 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

how lovely! it would make a wonderful mothers day gift!

May 7, 2009 at 6:18 AM  
Blogger miss_liddy said...

This is really beautiful. You always find such fabulous things, and I just follow along...

May 7, 2009 at 6:19 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

This is lovely, thanks for posting Tina. I am fascinated by her process. I'd love to give it a try. Her Etsy shop is full of great stuff, thanks for the tip!

May 7, 2009 at 6:20 AM  
Blogger Viewtiful_Justin said...

Oh, I want this one SO bad! I love the "bird on a wire" motif. I have taken so many photos of lonely birds on lonelier wires.

I certainly hope I win this beautiful piece!

May 7, 2009 at 6:22 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

I am glad to have the opportunity to have seen Susan's Susan Najarian. This mixed-media painting is simple and beautiful. It truly does give the sense of actually being in the clouds. Very nice.

May 7, 2009 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger Kirti said...

Oh my God! I love it! I hope I win...I love birds (ever heard the song by Nelly Furtado "I'm Like a Bird"? It speaks to me...) and blue is my favorite color!
Her work is beautiful...

May 7, 2009 at 6:37 AM  
Blogger Lori Andrews said...

I would love to add this to my loo gallery!

May 7, 2009 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger Bee said...

Oooh this is gorgeous!!

I am crossing my fingers!!!

May 7, 2009 at 7:26 AM  
Blogger Sydney said...

So pretty! I also really love Country Music, Original Encaustic Mixed Media Painting in her shop

May 7, 2009 at 7:26 AM  
Blogger Averill said...

Lovely! Always on the look out for new art...

May 7, 2009 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Krissy said...

This is really, really lovely. I think I have a new Etsy shop to add to my favourites! Haha.

May 7, 2009 at 7:33 AM  
Anonymous May Rose said...

So lovely. It would sit very prettily in my little treehouse. Thank you for sending it our way, wherever it lands.

May 7, 2009 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

beautiful work,, gonna check her etsy now.

May 7, 2009 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger emily said...

what a great piece, there are so many places where it would look just right!

May 7, 2009 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger Hilary Leister said...

That's a beautiful painting. I'm moving to a new apartment in July and that would definitely be put on my wall :)

May 7, 2009 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger tamjo said...

OH I love this piece! I need to go ck out her store!

May 7, 2009 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Micaela said...

I SOOO NEED this in mi casa!!! it reminds me of the sweet movie, "How to make an American Quilt." The story of how her mother found her soul mate by following a crow.

i loved it... because crows are not generally thought of as love. This is a beauty! thanks for the chance xo

May 7, 2009 at 7:48 AM  
Anonymous jennifer wagner said...

I have always admired the beauty of a raven-Susan's other work is just as lovely!! :)

May 7, 2009 at 7:56 AM  
Blogger for the love of pictures said...

That is a great painting. Is it wrong that I already know the perfect place for it in my office? :)

May 7, 2009 at 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Morgen said...

Quoth the Raven, "Lovely painting!"

May 7, 2009 at 8:01 AM  
Anonymous Gina Piccalo said...

What a lovely piece, very still but bright.

May 7, 2009 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger tony.castro said...

Doesn't this already belong to Tippi Hedren?

May 7, 2009 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Ramblings on - A blog by Nikki said...

I could stare at that photo all day and come up with a million things to write haiku about!

May 7, 2009 at 8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bird on a wire, that's how i often feel,
flitting from signal to signal, a reminder to
rest my wings

May 7, 2009 at 8:23 AM  
Anonymous The Glamorous Life said...

This is combining 3 of my favorite things; clouds, birdie silouettes and um, GIVE AWAY.

I love this.

May 7, 2009 at 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful piece of work.It would look great anywhere - home or office!

May 7, 2009 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Rebecca Snavely said...

Beautiful -- I find I'm drawn to birds, interested in finding out more about the symbolism. And I love Etsy!

May 7, 2009 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Señorita Andalucíana said...

That is so pretty! I love it! I know the perfect spot for it in my house!

May 7, 2009 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I love the painting and have just the perfect spot for it. I like how simple but vibrant it is. I'm heading over to her Etsy shop now.

May 7, 2009 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger ks said...

i want those clouds to get in my way

May 7, 2009 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Char said...

beautiful piece!

May 7, 2009 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Basht said...

the blues in that painting are fantastic. I want to see a sky like that...

May 7, 2009 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger akka b. said...

conjuring ~~~

May 7, 2009 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Rita said...

Fantastic piece of art.

May 7, 2009 at 9:55 AM  
Anonymous DORA said...

LOVE THIs PIECE. i collect art of crows and ravens, so really love this. Thanks for sharing it. Now off to the store!

May 7, 2009 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh count me in please! this is so beautiful! I'll be checking her store right now!

May 7, 2009 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Kacy said...

ooo I love!! I am looking at her store right now. How beautiful ;)

May 7, 2009 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger JGregg said...

Oi! I ain't neeva won nuffin'! But, it sure is lovely...

;)

May 7, 2009 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

Gorgeous! I need to have it!

May 7, 2009 at 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Tina Tarnoff said...

I LOVE this painting! And I have a real nice place for it. Can you please randomly choose me!! :D
xox

May 7, 2009 at 10:30 AM  
Anonymous RR said...

Cool artwork.

May 7, 2009 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger lili said...

This could inspire Sir Paul to write another song about a blackbird.

May 7, 2009 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger ladyfoxandhound said...

stunning, stirring image

May 7, 2009 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger BloomingPink said...

Love the painting!

Thanks, Tina, for the lovely giveaway!

...and I'm already a follower ;)

May 7, 2009 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger meg said...

i love this, it would look perfect on my inspiration wall. thanks for creating such a beautiful and fun blog.

May 7, 2009 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger Alina said...

Thank you Tina - love the painting :)

May 7, 2009 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger avant garde said...

oh i so need a boost of spring in my home and this would do the trick! :) i'm off to check out her site as well...

May 7, 2009 at 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Jean H. Paldan jean.paldan@silkka.com said...

Beautiful piece of art, and a lovely website I am glad I stumbled upon. :)

May 7, 2009 at 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Carrie said...

I love Etsy!!!!! And I love your blog.

May 7, 2009 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Oh, thank you!

May 7, 2009 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Fuzzy Brush said...

That is one beautiful little gem! I guess I will see about following her work too!

May 7, 2009 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger holly said...

This reminds me of summertime and snow cones. They just seem to go hand-in-hand with lovely fluffy clouds.
I'm heading to etsy right now to see what other treasures she has!

May 7, 2009 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger La Boutique Francais said...

Oh, just lovely, checking out Etsy now.....

May 7, 2009 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

Such a beautiful and happy photo. I love the colors. If I win it I will donate it to the nursing home at our hospital.

May 7, 2009 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger A Friend's Garden said...

Love the picture, I have the purrfect spot for it. :) Next to my kitty print..

May 7, 2009 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Oh English Muse,you have an amazing eye for color & composition.

You are my muse, taking me into a depth of color that reflects back into my day. Thank you!

May 7, 2009 at 4:39 PM  
Anonymous parlezvouskiwi said...

Oooooh, thats pretty.

May 7, 2009 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Carrie Miller said...

I love Etsy and good luck to Ms. Najarian on her store! Lovely painting by the way.

May 7, 2009 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Oooh, such an intriguing piece of art! Thanks for introducing us to this and the many other lovelies that you post each day!

May 7, 2009 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

How wonderful! And even more amazing work on her etsy page! Thanks for introducing us to such an amazing artist!

May 7, 2009 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger victoria thorne said...

It really is heavenly.

May 7, 2009 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger The Shady Greys said...

gorgeous!!

May 7, 2009 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger unyielded said...

This is gorgeous! I want to learn how to do this!

August 18, 2009 at 5:33 AM  

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