Thursday, July 15, 2010

Surprise

After several days of oppressive humidity and heat, today a thunderstorm finally crashed into our desert day.  Pono the dog is terrified of thunder, and has remained shivering and unhappy in the laundry room all day.  I had to go outside, feel the coolness of the wet air, and watch the lightening rip across the sky.  Thrilling!

Here is the first painting of the new series.  "Surprise."  Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches.
It's all about the ears, really.

I have some exciting news - some of my figurative work has been included in a book written by my friend (and amazing artist), Carla Sonheim!  The book is called Drawing Lab for the Mixed Media Artist, and it is available here.  Now for the surprise part - I am giving away a copy of this book right here on my blog!!!  You are most certainly wondering "how do I get a chance to win this book?"  It's easy!  Just leave a comment, explaining why you would like to own a copy of this book, and next Thursday, July 22nd, I will pick a winner from the comments.  So you have one week to leave a comment!  Good luck, and be sure to hop on over to Carla's blog for more book-related info, and to tell her Congratulations!

26 comments:

lee said...

I stop by often and look over your blog, dont want to lose touch, I am loving the hare, I have Carla's book so I am now going to look for what you did....

ArtPropelled said...

Yes, yes please put me into the draw. I love the look of the simple drawings on the cover and if your work is included in the book that would be the cherry on the top for me.

I have fallen in love with your hare (that wide eyed expression and I swear i can see it's nose twitch!)and am looking forward to more paintings in the "Surprise" series. What fun!

Patricia said...

Just got back from Carla's site. What a great book, and how absolutely good of you to promote it. And of course she included your work, she's a smart cookie, and your work is wonderful!

Abby Creek Art said...

Love the bunny...sorta looks like Maisie!

Yes'm...Put me in the book drawing!...I have a little friend, Ruby who is 4 and loves to draw. I could use it to help teach her.

Marilyn said...

I would love to be included in draw for this wonderful book.
I would dearly love to be able to draw but I seem to be held back by lack of confidence - a book like this would help me to give things a go I think - this book would give me a place to start.

Angie Platten said...

I got to skim through the pages of this book and the exercises look awesome! I'd love a chance to wint this book!

Melissa said...

I would love to have this book! I would use it to jump start art lesson plans that I will need in a bit over a month when school starts back.

thanks for the chance to win,
missmelissaf at yahoo dot com

Paola said...

I would love to win this book! Everything looks so amazing and inspiring, starting from the cover: so simple and yet so beautiful.
And the fact that it portrays the work and insights from several talented artists is just such a gift!

I love art, I love been drawned into someone's painting, drawing or art work and just let myself enjoy it and get inspired by it and by the passion in it.

emilie said...

It would be great for me and my child, Julia (4), who loves to paint. We would then compare how she and I differ in the ways we see and paint/draw things.

Emmy Jay said...

After years of focusing on textile arts, my drawing skills need to be refreshed -- please enter me in the drawing!

Rachael said...

love the drawing, the book looks amazing put m into the draw please.
From Rachael

Dale Anne Potter said...

Found your blog via Carla's blog, will be bookmarking for sure.
THANKS for this chance to win her book.

Denny1600 said...

I love your rabbit painting! It's wonderful. I just saw his relative here in the Arizona desert.

I'd love to win Carla's book! It sounds great.

thanks for doing this.

just a scrap of paper said...

Please put me in the drawing. I love to draw but not very confident about it. The book looks like it has some wonderful ideas.
The hare catches just the way thunder makes me feel. LOL

Rachael said...

what a great drawing. i would love to be entered to win the book. Thanks Rachael

CC said...

I found this drawing from a pal's sister. We would love to win this book for her! I recently moved from Kaua'i to NM & haven't made friends here yet. I miss her so & would love to win this book for her! I know she'd love it & is missing doing crafty/art things with me...and me with her! So please put me in the pot!
Warmest aloha,
CC

Marylinn Kelly said...

Carla's blog and her featuring of your portraits brought me here. Yes, I am inspired by all the work I've seen, enchanted with the illustrations and would love to win the book for the help it will offer in moving my drawings/colorings forward.

joyfulploys said...

I have been wanting this book...it would be wonderful to win it...I took Carla's online class and it was wonderful. First time to your blog...found it via Kelly Kilmer...your art is amazing.
Mary

Kimber said...

I'm teaching myself how to draw this summer. Having this book would be a great help! Would love to win.
I just found your blog and am enamored of your art.
Gotta go look some more!
Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Julie said...

Oh! the inspiration! it definitely IS all about the ears. And Carla's book is amazing. It would provide further inspiration for my drawing practice.

CJD said...

Hi, I would love to own this book. I would like to strengthen my drawing skills and this looks like so much fun. I checked it out on Amazon and all of the reviews were five stars! thanks

Cmmargaret said...

Thanks for the opportunity! I have recently discovered the world of mixed media. I am trying to get over a drawing phobia and think this book may do it! Margaret

Carole said...

Fun! Love your blog and art. The book looks great. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Luanne said...

Oh...to win this book would be a fantastical happening in my life. I've put aside my art for a couple of years, and am ready to dive into it again. Abstract mixed media on canvas is my media of choice and to draw...oh - the intimidation of it all!!! Always been envious of other artists who have the skill. I just purchased the Collage Lab book last week, and LOVE the format and the jumpstarts for inspiration. Just discovered your blog and will put with my Google reader for updates. Thank you for the chance to win this awesome book. I think my time to draw is in the near future...!

isabel f. said...

wow!! I love paint!! the book looks great, your art is fabulous!!!
and love Carla's art too....soo this books is for sure ...... AWESOME!!!!!
thank for the chance :))

rebecca said...

inspiration from all sources...i buy so many books just to peruse through and find new ways of drawing or seeing things. thanks!