Monday, April 1, 2013

Ohio, A Winner, and a Jeanne Oliver e-course Giveaway




You should know that the kids and I are in Ohio for the next several days, so be ready for an influx of nostalgia, salsa, and tractory photos.

Oh, and chocolate chip butterscotch cookies, because the kids + Grammy already made a double batch.

Here's my theme song for today: God bless the Grandmas.

My shorties are on her like white on rice. I overheard Calvin walk in to the kitchen and say to her, "Grandma, who is your favorite African American baseball player?"

Okay, you know how sporty I am, and that is roughly zero %. My mom is somehow less. Cracked me up.

So here we are, life is grand, the baked goods are flowing like wine, and I only packed knits.

To celebrate, I'm finally announcing the winner of A Homemade Year:

Kathy - You should know that you are one of my very favorite blogs, and I love your writing! And, you should know I would love a copy of this book :) Blessings!
Email me, Kit-kat! (That's what we always called my cousin, Kathy. Are you okay with that, Kathy? I mean, Kit-kat?)

To further celebrate, I'm super pumped to offer a new giveaway. The talented and endearing artist-extraordinaire Jeanne Oliver is offering one FPFG reader a slot in her new e-course, The Journey of Letting Go {Creating Beauty from Ashes}

Jeanne was one of my first blog buddies (5 years now, baby!) and it has been such a thrill to watch her journey.  She's inspiring and soulful, funny and encouraging. She really understands that each one of us carries the heart of an artist. One of you lucky dogs will see all of this for free. For everyone else, the 4-week course is only $58. The class begins April 8th. (Participants are free to watch the videos and create at their convenience. All content is available for one year. Brilliant, I tell you!)

To give you a taste of what Jeanne has in store for you, have a peek at this quick, 3 minute video:

 
The Journey of Letting Go Trailer from Revilo Designs on Vimeo.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment and tell me something about art. Tell me your favorite artist, your favorite medium, the way it makes you feel, the reason you're afraid of it. Tell me what your art is. (Because we're all artists.) Tell me any little thing about art. Lay it on me, Sisters.

46 comments:

  1. love, love, love art - museums, crafts, sculpture, decorating...just need inspiration to actually BEGIN something. This course may be just what I need.

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  2. I just started painting last month...I'm loving it!

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  3. My favorite art is photography (duh) :-) love it!

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  4. I LOVE using a pottery wheel. I have only done it one time (highschool, Art III. Good times with Ms. Bundizzle.), but ever since then I have wanted to set up or join a little pottery studio someday. I just need to get over my irrational fear of kilns... eek! I also love to paint.
    The art form I wish I possessed skillz for? Writing. Late one night I poured out my heart and tears in an uber melodramatic poem- i was quite sure I had just unleashed a prodegy. The next day I ripped it up in tiny pieces so no one would ever find it because I realized how pathetic it was. It was really bad.
    I guess what scares me most about art is the vulnerability I feel sharing it with others.

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  5. Art? I love it all... but mostly I love the artistic side of home decorating. I think this would be a fun course to explore.

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  6. Okay, so this is singing my song for sure! I grew up under my mothers wing watching her paint and teach others. I was accepted into Ringling School of Art and Design, but didn't go because my father said I needed a "real degree". I was once full of emotion about this, but now I am grateful. I didn't need a degree to have talent, and use my talents to bless others. I still struggle with my inner artist and how vounerable I feel at times. I enjoy pen And ink and watercolor. You can see my work under the art tab on my blog.

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  7. Photography.is.my.favorite.art. God is my favorite artist - I just love capturing and seeing others capture His art. Afraid. Hmmmm that I.am.not.talented.that I don't have it in me to be original . That I'm just too disorganized to give it the attention it needs. Whew - after all that I sure would ove to win :)

    xo ellie
    Ps knits only is making my spring break happy too!

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  8. Art is the soul on canvas, art is what happens when you close your eyes, art is a kip in a record, a bright colored lipstick, a friend's pat on your shoulder. Art is what I wish I could do every day. All day. My soul is searching.

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  9. I took my first art class when I was 50, and it was for a dual purpose: I'd always wanted to take an art class and never had the opportunity, and the class was in my new hometown in a new country overseas so it was a way for me to meet other ladies and work on the language. It was so much fun! It was just scratching the surface, of course, as there is so much to learn. My schedule since that first year hasn't allowed me to continue so it would be wonderful to be able to take a class when it works for me.

    I've been quilting for years, changing from a traditional quilter to an art quilter -- or a "textile artist" as some call it :) I'm especially interested in doing more mixed media techniques that incorporate fabric as well as other materials, including found pieces.

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  10. I admire so many artists. Watercolors, photography, pottery, quilting, are all mediums I love. The actual process of painting scares me, though.

    P.S. I have to tell Jeanne I've been stalking her blog for a while listening to her playlist. (I don't see it now! I hope it will be back.)

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  11. sometimes art is belting out song in a sanctuary. sometimes it's pitch-perfect voice in a novel. lilting poems. six ayem sun flooding a volcanic crater. this whole big life IS art, methinks: God's way of saying, Here I am.

    ps that jeanne oliver is something amazing, and so is her sister. love those two to pieces.

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  12. WHAT FUN!
    I am in love with the Impressionists- so brave to capture the light, over and over the same scene. In my dreams I still paint, but in reality- I parent small kids and scrapbook for everyone's benefit. Thanks for a chance to win a seat in class!

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  14. I'd love to win this for my daughter in Australia, she loves this kind of art project. Enjoy your week with the Mama. Sounds great to me. Hedy

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  15. It took me the longest time to find my "artist". I always felt like she was in there, but since I don't paint, sculpt or do "traditional" art, I was at a loss. Then I found crafting and fell in love and found an outlet for my "inner artist". :) My favorite are paper crafts, I love layering beautiful papers, adding a favorite quote or picture...add some glitter and I'm in heaven. :)

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  16. I'm a crafter...does that count as an artist? I'm really good at copying, not so great at coming up with my own beautiful ideas but...I still enjoy copy-cat...ing! Love your BLOG...wish I was brave like you!

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  17. That Calvin is a hoot! Actually, if he is interested in baseball he might want to follow Shin-Soo Choo, a South Korean baseball player. As I watched the Reds yesterday I thought of your boys. ;) Here is is player profile: http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=425783#gameType='R'&sectionType=career&statType=1&season=2013&level='ALL'

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  18. I love art! I live to paint with oils, decorate with acrylics and sm loving to let my one and three year old paint, draw and color!! I also LOVE dig anything! Like my kitchen island and future entryway lockers! They are not perfect, which is even more why I call them works of ART!

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  19. finally figured out how to make this comment thing work-it helps when you haven’t forgotten both your user name/e-mail and password.....anyway,

    the thought of this class both terrifies and intrigues me. Art as an Image-barer (bearer?) seems closely tied to ones very soul. Currently my favorite artist (only because I just discovered him via a random library book choice) would be Wilson Bentley (www.snowflakebentley.com) everyone thought he was crazy to photograph snow...in Vermont-his prints of snowflakes are amazing.

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  20. Elsie De Wolfe said, "I can't paint, I can't write, I can't sing. But I can decorate and run a house and light it and heat it and have it like a living thing..." I guess making a home pretty and welcoming must be my art too since I neither can paint, write or sing. What am I afraid of? That, even though scads of people have told me I do have a gift for interior design and I'm often asked for my opinions and assistance, if I was so presumptuous as to call myself such, I'd be a laughing stock to all the "real" designers out there (the ones with the degree hanging on the wall.) I do think that, after all this moving we've done in the last five years, the Lord is guiding me toward more of a path of helping people declutter, simplify and streamline rather than helping them buy more stuff just to fill up space. Loving that!

    I'd love to take this class!

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  21. Letting go of the heavy...just what I need :) I like to draw but, I haven't really done it since I was younger. I'm rediscovering the artist in me and this class would be perfect timing. Whoever wins is a lucky gal!

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  22. I agree that we are all artist and I love that! However I have always wanted to be a "real" artist as in learn to paint :) It's not the right time and season for me to learn that right now (I am in the very young toddler and pregnant with babies season right now) so for now my art is my home. I absolutely love the way it makes me feel and the beauty I can create with my children in our space.

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  23. Oh I would love to take this class! I love photography, mixed media, water color, mosaic, sewing There are entirely too many talented artists out there for me to have a favorite.

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  24. Thank you so much for this opportunity. I am an empty nester just starting my adventures in art and would love to be a part of this class!
    Dana Burton

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  25. I love combining words and imagery in mixed media to tell a powerful story. I love your blog and have been reading for year. I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've commented though. Hi!

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  26. I've always felt that art was my natural talent. When I graduated from high school I was told I could be a nurse, secretary or teacher. So I went to college to become a teacher. I loved my job, but still craved the artistic side of life. Several years ago I decided to start an interior design business. I have enjoyed the journey but sometimes the business side of owning your own business drowns out the artistic side. Now that my kids are in college and I have a little more freedom to explore and enjoy just being creative, I feel like I should take every opportunity to do just that. I am excited to see where that takes me! Any and all type of art interests me. I get misty eyed looking at a beautiful painting. Of course I get that way when I look at the watercolor my son made for me in the 8th grade. At one point in my life, I had a potter's wheel. I loved that thing. More and more I am interested in photography and how a well composed picture is so powerful. From my interior design background, I've come to love fabric - specifically how texture and scale can impact the outcome of a project. What scares me about art? Absolutely nothing! ;) What is beautiful to me, might not be beautiful to someone else. It took me a long time to figure that out. It's very freeing. I'll stop now...I would LOVE to win this give away. It sounds amazing!

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  27. Wouldn't we all love to be a part of this wonderful class!! Thank you for the opportunity to get artsy with Jeanne! I love art in any form..watercolors, oil, pastels, pen and ink, pencil, photography, writing...i myself like to dabble in watercolors and pen and ink and photography! An artist by trade, I am not, but a lover of the arts and the relaxation it brings when participating!

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  28. Others consider me an artist...I figure I'm a student and take tentative steps forward only to fall back to the beginning again. ( this mostly stems from self doubt) I love colour and texture, I paint in acrylics and watercolour. My subjects are all things country, lots of cows, flowers, ram shackle old barns and homes and such. Favourite artist? Many contemporaries, but I sort of have a thing for Van Gogh. :)

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  29. I love photography and crafts :). My little girls love all kinds of art and my oldest daughter would be my favorite artist!

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  30. Art... this past year I learned that it is an amazing tool for processing grief. My sweet dad won his courageous battle with FrontoTemporal Dementia when he finally made it Home last year. After his death, I signed up for a Creative Arts Support Group through our local Hospice. My artsiness mostly comes out in music, but I dabble in sketching and photography. Finding the courage to show up for creative arts grief support with a group of folks I'd never met was one of the best leaps I've ever taken! We painted with wax & watercolors, weaved strips of tattered cloth & memories together, dug deep and found the beauty that had been hidden beneath the ashes.

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  31. I, too, have found that being creative has helped me work through my grief. My precious daughter went to be with the LORD last year. I had always enjoyed doing paper crafts, like making cards and tags and small books. I also love to cook and could combine the two by baking something and then creating a tag or card to go with it. I so enjoyed this time of being able to create something and then give it away. I believe this creative "therapy" was part of my healing as I prayed constantly for the LORD to heal me in His way.

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  32. I am a long-time scrapbooker, dabbled with LifeBook 2012, and signed up for 21 secrets this year to try some art-journaling. Since we are unemployed (after 3 years of working with at-risk Navajo kids) I would LOVE to win a place in this art-course!

    (to the grieving ones--next week is 5 years since one of our sons died unexpectedly and we are starting to feel like we can breathe again...it DOES get easier eventually and, yes, art helps ALOT!)

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  33. Wow. Ex a c t l y what I needed this morning; letting go of the heavy and creating with faith. THANKS for the chance to win and introduction to Jeanne! Even if I don't win I may well treat myself to the course. I have no real artsy talent. I love gardening, photography and layering pretty papers w/words. My kids are my favorite artisits!
    xoxo

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  34. One of my favorite artists is Charley Harper.

    I'd love to take the class!

    Amber

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  35. I have never considered myself much of an artist - i think my struggle with perfectionism always made me self critique the work before it happened. But I love photography because a little light and some clicking of the camera (or a lot of clicking) and something beautiful more often or not is created or at least an opening to a new perspective. -Kim

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  36. I have never considered myself much of an artist - i think my struggle with perfectionism always made me self critique the work before it happened. But I love photography because a little light and some clicking of the camera (or a lot of clicking) and something beautiful more often or not is created or at least an opening to a new perspective. -Kim

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  37. My favorite artist of the moment is my 9 year old niece. In this past year she has been through more than most of us will go through in a lifetime ~ and yet she still creates. She loves to express herself through art and I believe it is healing for her. I have a drawing she made of her and I in my office and a duct tape wallet she made me for Christmas in my handbag. I keep a single dollar bill in it - for emergencies :) Art is an expression, an extension of who we are and what we are becoming.

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  38. i've always wanted to take a course by jeanne, but have never had the funds. would love, love to win this giveaway! :) Hmmm...i dabble in lots of arts...photography, interior design, crafting, scrapbooking, sewing....etc. love, love, love it! :)

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  39. Wow! Just watched Jeanne's video - how inspiring! And what a wonderful way to kick-start myself after a huge home move a few months ago! I love Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent. I also love Tasha Tudor. Every day life, people, animals and mother/children pictures all tug at my heart. That being said, I also love houses, flowers, birds and general nature!

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  40. About 2 months ago when I stumbled onto a youtube video of Melody Ross creating one of her mixed media courses and I was hooked. I started watching any video I could find about mixed media, created an entire pin board and then really got to work. I've been creating almost every day and I finally feel like I'm making the art that has been in my soul all along, it was just buried. I'm ready to let go...hope I win!

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  41. After years of bumping around from job to job and pushing away the desire to have a job in a creative field, I finally made the plunge. I'm finishing up my first year of college, where I'm taking Graphic Design! It's my dream come true - I'll be able to be creative and make ART every. single. day. and help to provide for our home financially.

    What is art? Art is freedom. Look at the world that our God created with his own hands! It's in us to create: our very Creator is the ultimate DIYer :) Amazing!

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  42. Love that you chose to name your winner, kit kat! I snorted!

    I can't name any sports peeps of any color! I'm not ashamed- holla!

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  43. I have always loved art and have dabbled in a little bit of everything. I have tried my hand at pottery, painting and my complete failure (knitting...although I am sure I will try again soon...I am too stubborn to give up!)! With all of the noise distracting from our hearts, I find peace and comfort in creating with my hands. My son made the most beautiful ceramic bird in my most favorite colors for me last year, I was so proud and grateful that we get to share art as a family! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  44. I do not consider myself an artist, but I think that painting is such fun! I wish I could do more of it, but I just don't seem to have the time or maybe the motivation. I am a hairstylist, so I suppose that is considered my form of "art". :-)

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  45. I'm self-taught, so I struggle with thinking what I do is "art"... but I love to create... it's in my heart and soul. I'd love a chance to win! Thank you! :)

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