New Ideas & Giveaway Winners

Just two weeks stand between me and a very much anticipated winter break...I have so many irons in the fire right now: teaching, sculpting, journaling, illustrating, present-making, ornament-making...a joyous and exhausting mix of must-dos and want-to-dos. And then, in the middle of everything, a fresh project idea surfaced, something incredibly exciting that has set my heart on fire. It is something that I've been building toward for a couple of years now but it also seemed to emerge unexpectedly from a sudden burst of inspiration & insight. I probably won't post about it in depth until after the first of the year (such a tease, I know) but I need to see if this is a project that will burn brightly for the long term; a little time will tell if I've hit upon something really profound or if it is another grand scheme that fizzles out. I've had a few of those so I'm a little wary now when I feel so impassioned about a new idea. In the meantime though, here's a little peek at my studio table when I first began exploring the edges of this new project, testing the waters and trying to tease out the direction this idea wants/needs to go.

Today, I also wanted to post the giveaway winners from my first ever Reader Appreciation Week. It makes me sad that I couldn't give something to everyone who stopped in to visit; tis the nature of giveaways, I'm afraid. However, I'm considering doing some surprise gifting next year...just picking a commenter at random and sending out a little bit of art if that person replies to my email request for an address. I definitely do want to do more giveaways in 2016; helping my work out into the world is an essential part of my artistic process. Anyhoo...without further ado, here's our winners:

Set of Art Cards: 
[domestic] Mary Jo 
[international] Jennifer Shelby

Strange Fowl painting:

Owl Pendant necklace:
Diane H

Hope collage:


Emie58 said…
I LOVE seeing artists work spaces... Thanks for sharing yours.
brenda lee said…
Congrats to the winners! Such lovely pieces!!

Good luck with your idea, dear. I've had a few fizzle and go sour on me too but I hope this one will be wonderful for you.

Love your space!
Carin Winkelman said…
Lucky winners!
And you do give something to the rest of us: the joy of looking at your art and your blog. Everybody wins! :-)
Loulou in Texas said…
Good luck with your new project idea! I hope it passes the test and we can hear about it in a few weeks.

Congratulations to all the other winners of your giveaway prizes. I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of your Hope collage. Thank you again!
JShelby said…
**squeals with delight** thanks again! Congratulations to the winners!
Anonymous said…
Congrats to ALL!! I'm envious but also happy for you all! Such great & beautiful prizes!
Grandma Nancy in central IL
Dorlene Durham said…
congrats to all the winners!
Aimeslee Winans said…
Oh my, I hardly ever win anything, but this fits. Whatever I've won in the past has all been awesome, so my luck continues! Thanks so much! And I echo appreciation for the gift of your blog postings and sharing of ideas. I find your tease very interesting (said with an accent whilst twirling my imaginary Laugh-In mustache ha!). When I looked at that photo I wanted to enter it and sit right down at your desk. May your next 2 weeks be fruitful and healthy for you - take care and don't shortcut your health! xoxo, Aimes
Congratulations to the winners :)