Sunday, 4 January 2009

New Year Giveaway!



Happy New Year!

I've been remiss in my blogging while the children have been off school for the last couple of weeks, but as I haven't been painting, I thought there were only a limited amount of frosty walk photos people would want to see! Instead I have been enjoying time with my family - my husband has had some rare time off work - and precious things , such as riding our ponies, and reading books, and the joy of browsing new seed catalogues and planning how this year we really are going to have a shot at self sufficiency. ( I say this every year, but then struggle to put enough time in)

I also made the decision to close my Ebay store. Fees are so high, and Etsy is just a so much nicer place to be. I will still list originals on Ebay as I have some wonderful customers there, but will keep the whole print inventory on Etsy.

So, for the last couple of days I have been making new ACEO prints ( namely the rabbits above), and have several to list. I make them in limited editions of 9, and back them with stiff coloured cardstock, and then trim to exact size ( 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches) before popping into a snug acid free sleeve. They are titled, numbered and signed on the back. It is pretty time consuming , but I love the way that backing them with coloured card makes them look so much more substantial - little treasures in their own right.

And finally, that brings me to the giveaway!
I am going to give away a set of 10 ACEO's - perfect for someone just starting their collection, or ideal to give as little gifts to friends. There will be a choice of three 'themes'. The winner can choose either a 'CROW' collection, a 'FANTASY ' collection (fairies and unicorns/pegasus) or a 'HORSE' collection ( non- fantasy horses).
It will be a draw, open to anyone , whichever country you live in, with just one condition of entry: You need to check out the ACEOs in my Etsy store, and choose 1 favourite which fits in one of the three collections. Leave a comment after this post, including the title of your chosen ACEO. If you win, I will send you the ACEO of your choice, and 9 others to fit the theme. Hope that makes sense! If you don't have a blogger account, you can leave an anonymous comment, with your name - just remember to check back and see if you have won!
I will draw a random name from the hat on Sunday 11th January, 9 o'clockish UK time!

Happy New Year!

25 comments:

Leanne said...

My favourite is 'Raven home to roost', and i would be so thrilled to receive a themed set of these if I am the lucky winner, Ravens, crows, magpies are some of my totem animals, and figure daily in my life

happy new year to you

blessings

leanne x

FeralBirdGirl said...

My favorite is A LIFETIMES COLLECTING in the crow section. I absolutely love your corvids! Clever birds...

afiori said...

What a fabulous giveaway!!
I love every single one of your paintings but maybe this one is my very favourite: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17904889

Btw my birthday is tomorrow and I've wished for a unicorn :D

♥ visit me at www.afiori.com

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I adore your etsy shoppe!! Put me down for the crow painting...The Herbalist!! It reminds me of myself when I'm cooking!!

Happy New Year to you!

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

YAY! Pick me, pick me!! :)
I love the Topsy paint horse in your non-fantasy horse themed ACEOs. We have a paint quarter horse, but she is a palomino paint. Little blondie with blue eyes! And she lives up to her name ---Sassy.

artbyakiko said...

Happy New Year Danielle! I'm so lucky to find your giveaway event! My favorite is your crow ACEO titled "The Herbalist." I just adore your crow series!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Danielle, you know I love your crows! Found one I have overlooked and love~ACEO limited edition print CRAZY CROW raven crown king miniature art

Have Brush Will Travel said...

I like Topsy! Reminds me of my paint! Great idea to promote your Etsy shop. Love all of your work, your watercolors are great!!
Carol

DEB said...

What a fun contest! I like the Herbalist too. Happy New Year!!

Kathleen Coy said...

What a fun giveaway! Oh gosh, so hard to choose...but right now my favorite is Raven Brings the Night. It really speaks to me. I almost ordered it last week but something told me to wait, lol!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Danielle, you are so generous and so talented!!! ... I love your work... and especially your Ravens... in particular the "Crow on Sheep Skull".. as I am enthralled with skulls too.. what a perfect combination... although to choose between any of your pieces was very difficult...

My kids use to have pet rabbits and one was called Linty.. as every time we picked him up he would nibble lint balls off our sweaters...

Also loved the pictures from your walk especially where the trees appeared as an arched passageway...
Happy New Year!! from Gwen In New Brunswick, Canada

alison said...

so hard to chose one favorite... I think my favorite of the ACEO cards is the "home to roost" one, the imagery,painting and drawing all work together so well.

(My favorite of your prints is the "crow contemplates the moon")

Belinda said...

Both are masterpieces so I can't decide between The Apple Bough and The Scribe from your Crow series. You are immensely talented!

I've got a great picture framer, who would do a wonderful job mounting and framing the ACEOs from the one theme together.

Happy New Year and many thanks for the giveaway.

Julia Guthrie said...

Gah...Danielle, how can you make me choose just one! :)

I think it's a toss up between 'The Scribe' & 'The Astronomer' from the Crow series!

All fantastic, & whoever wins is extremely lucky to recieve a set!!
xxx

MJ said...

My favorite is THE CARTOGRAPHER. I love crows. We had a pet 1 when I was a child. Now my sisters and Mom laugh that my dad has been reincarnated as a crow. Last March, when my 19 year old was having major surgery, a crow cam and sat on the windowsill of the 2nd floor waiting room where I was.He sat their the whole time and did not budge!! I'm sure it was Dad!!!

Jessie Lilac said...

My favourites are the birds but it's so difficult to choose just one! Ok then, I think it'll be 'The Cartographer' :)x

Karen said...

I love the Herbalist! in the crow/ rook section.
Happy New year to you!
x

gtyyup said...

Oh my...they are all so wonderful!!

I got it down to two...Spirit Horse and The Ancient Cross...I'll have to pick The Ancient Cross as my favorite.

Thank you for dropping by my blog and following too!! Look forward to seeing lots more of you work~~

Leola said...

Oh my gosh! I was almost too late. What a generous offer!!! I love the "botanist". Actually I love all the cards in your Etsy store :)
Happy New Year! Southshoreartist

blackfeatherfarm said...

Geez, I can only pick one ?!!! Too hard ! I'll go with Topsy, but know, that was tied with many ohters. Your work is simply enchanting. The crows are SOOO cute !

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Hmmm. How fun. You've got some beautiful art in your Etsy. What talent you have.
Thank you for visiting my blog and following it, too. I've done the same for you and look forward to visiting again soon.

If I had to choose from all of them, which is really quite difficult, I'd choose "Summer Meadow gypsy vanner" because the horse reminds me of my mare.

Thank you :)
~Lisa
New Mexico, USA

Carolee said...

Sooooooooo difficult to choose just one favorite - they're all just wonderful! If I must choose though, I'll say "the Herbalist". Having an affinity for crows and herb gardening, this one jumped out at me. :)

Your work is absolutely breathtaking!

~ Carolee

Jonna said...

CROW STEALS THE MOON is my favorite. It was very hard to make a decision, I love horses but birds have a special meaning to me also.

Anonymous said...

Shallow Stream is my favorite, I have a special place in my heart for spotted horses. I love the pics of your Dartmoor ponies--I have a Welsh Arab pony and an Icelandic...and he is a beautiful silver dapple, dark chocolate with golden white mane and tail.

Anyway, I love your art, I always check out the horse art when I'm on Etsy. I saw your spotted horse there...My etsy store is spirithorsegallery.

Lavender Dreamer said...

I am looking at your art on your blog and I LOVE these rabbits! I'm enjoying spending time in your part of the world! You are very talented!

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