Wednesday, April 14, 2010

the karma weekly giveaway #9 and Sea Garden

"Sea Garden"
layered resin & mixed media on wood
36" x 36"
available on Etsy

I've had a lot of people who question why I'm having these giveaways. When they learn there is no catch (i.e. you don't have to buy anything, or retweet), they just don't understand why I'm giving things away...especially every week.

It's simply because it stirs up a lot of positive energy.

Then they look at me like I'm nuts. Surprisingly, a lot of those people are artists, also. But, they are artists who complain every day, are afraid to share their techniques with other artists, guarded and wonder why their life is so unhappy....and why their work is stale.

it's very sad....

Many artists worry about their work being copied, or ideas stolen. But, in worrying so much about it...they are stifling their work. Besides, it's all been done before! What would happen if they just let go of the worry? What if we didn't worry about whether a painting or work would sell before we've even painted it? What if we didn't worry about whether or not, someone would like it...and painted only for the pure pleasure of making ourselves happy? What if we shared all our artistic knowledge openly?

wouldn't things be different...

just think of all the positive energy you would be stirring up.... for yourself, for others, for your art....

I try to do this everyday. But, sometimes it's not easy... we are all human. I will tell you one thing I've's only has hard as you think it is.

So, this is one of the reasons that I started the weekly giveaway. It makes me happy. It makes you happy, and all of that happiness swirls around....

and great things happen.

This is my recent painting, "Sea Garden". It's a huge 36" x 36" wood canvas. It barely fit in my new little cramped studio. I've painted this large before, but never with the new layered resin technique. I was a little scared....

but everyday I wake up to wonderful comments left here. Each one is a gift...even more precious to me than the gift that I give away each week. They lift me up and make me smile. That happiness erases all doubts that I have. And just like Alice in Wonderland...I'm able to find my muchness.

So thank you.

This week, I'm giving away a giclee of the new painting. It is embellished with rhinestones. Just like the original.

So here's what you need to do to win:

Leave a comment on this post and your name will be entered. Only one comment per person, please. I'll use the random number generator to pick a winner the following Tuesday evening at 11pm EST. I'll announce the winner of the previous week's giveaway, and we will start the next giveaway. Just enter a comment below...and send lots of positive thoughts and prayers my way. That's all you have to do. And if you want to know more about the giveaway and how it came here. But need to leave a comment on this post to be entered in the current week's contest. :)

The "live" webcam will be up this week. I gave it a test ride on Monday, and there's still some bugs to work out. When I'm working live, I'll be sending out a Facebook and Twitter notice to everyone. Also, it will be posted here on the site.

Here's a new video for you. I hope you enjoy it.

Love and much gratitude,


PS. Karma always has a way of working. Look at this GORGEOUS locket that I won from another giveaway ! This lovely locket necklace and giveaway was created by Val in Australia. I hope you'll take the time to check out her fabulous jewelry and art...Not only is she an incredible artist...she is also a great person with a big heart.

and don't forget to give a little (or a lot) in your art...and your life this week.

You make the world a better place.
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