Saturday, November 8, 2008

♥♥♥ GIVEAWAY! - DrenchedInWhite ♥♥♥



I have been promoting giveaways hosted on other blogs for a little while now. I figured it was time for me to jump right in and host one of my own. The big plus side of this is getting to meet fabulous new artists, and then sharing them with you.

I bumped into DrenchedInWhite in the Etsy forums back in October. I was immediately drawn to her beautiful, unique artwork and knew that she would be the perfect candidate for my first hosted giveaway. The artist, Robin Carlisle, is a relatively new face in the Etsy community. She began sharing her talent there in August of 2008.

One lucky winner will have a chance to win an 8”x8” print of one of her original paintings! Read on to find out more!

I interviewed Ms. Carlisle about her life as an artist, and I would like to share that with you now:


How long have you been painting?


Today? About 12 hours... That is only because I have a deadline to meet- I usually work in slightly more moderate stints.
In life, I can't quite remember when it all started. I first started showing my art in 1999.

What kind of space do you create in?

In my studio, an old brick laundry building, built in 1905 with cement floors, 20 foot ceilings, giant metal sliding doors with weights and pulleys, secret nooks and weird passages... My music and my art... Oh and string lights lots of those! It is pretty much the best place I have ever worked! Ever.

(note: I am extremely jealous as she has described my dream studio, especially with secret nooks!)

Where do you find inspiration for your art?

Life, people, hands, the changing of seasons, emotions, details, the way nature makes art out of every-fricken-thing! I am pretty easily inspired- I see beauty in nearly everything. From golden sunshine spotlighting newborn baby fawns in a dewy morning meadow, to the screaming of teenage lovers in a 2:am empty parking lot, all marked up with tear smeared mascara to the anthem of peeling out Camaro tires, in the pouring rain. REALLY I FIND IT EVERYWHERE!

Who are some of your favorite artists?

I really like Inez Storer (a painter whose work I stumbled upon at the San Jose museum of modern art), Sarah Cruse (she is my studio mate and truly IS my favorite artist... I also like her artwork.) To be quite honest and slightly embarrassed, I don't know many artists... Or rather I am not familiar with many artists’ works (living or dead). I am a self-taught artist... One of the drawbacks to having not gone to school for art is that I have not spent a lot of time viewing or learning about other artist's... I hope someday to have a better answer then a fancy, "I don't know".
What other venues have you used to sell your work?

Art shows: Galleries, cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques and such.
I have a website, it is called www.MotherMade.org. I made it because I am a mother and an artist and I wanted a place to feature my work as well as the work of other Mom artists... I love moms and art so it all just fit together there nicely.

I also have a blog... www.mothermade.typepad.com

Where do you promote your art? Do you use Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or other online social networking sites?

Oooo, promotion... This is something I am not to good at... I mostly just don't?... Do that. I love the making and the selling, but the promoting I am pretty much the worst at! I have a hard time even telling my friends I am having an art show with out felling like I am spamming them to death. I could use much help in this department... No really... Help me!
What do you find most difficult about starting a new shop on Etsy?

Promotion. And feeling like my shop is getting lost in the layers.

And finally: What is your guilty pleasure?

My real guilty pleasure??? Like the one that I am actually ashamed to tell people about? Like the real one???
That would be where I go through the Taco Bell drive through on my way home from the studio at 1:00 in the morning and order a Nacho Supreme (or even worse a Nacho-Bell Grande) then I park under the weird florescent blue/green light in their parking lot, and scarf it down while listen to NPR. Afterwards I drive home, get rid of the evidence (in the outside garbage can), go inside, brush my teeth and crawl into bed like nothing had ever happened.



I hope everyone has enjoyed meeting Robin as much as I did! If you would love to win YOUR CHOICE of 8x8 print from her original art, then just drop by her DrenchedInWhite Etsy shop and pick out your favorite piece. Come back here and leave a comment telling me the name of your favorite piece (please leave your email address, Etsy shop or Blogger account – you can’t win if I can’t contact you!).

For a second entry, follow my blog (link on upper left sidebar) OR link to this giveaway on your blog leave a SEPARATE comment telling me that you are a follower or the URL of your blog post.

All purchases from DrenchedInWhite between now and November 21 will get you another entry. Leave a comment letting me know what you purchased (and your etsy name).

Entries accepted until 11:59 pm EST on November 21st , 2008.

Draw will be held on November 22nd using a random number generator, and the winner will be notified by email/etsy/blog. Winner will have 3 days to reply. If the original winner does not respond within 3 days of notification, a new winner will be chosen.

♥♥♥Giveaway open to residents of US and Canada only♥♥♥.

40 comments:

Celebrate Life said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What wonderful art! It was hard picking a fav, but I do really like this one :)

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14293210

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AlwaysInspired said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love boardwalk birds!!! All of the colors in your art are wonderful. So peaceful.

AlwaysInspired said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm following your blog!!! ;)

Jenna said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I really like the boardwalk birds. It would look great on my wall. Everything is beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway!

pumpkinlady430 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Sweet Was the Song....not only do I love the print of the trio of birds, but I think that describes my life journey...very blessed. I am delighted to have found this for many reasons...I treasure the image of the art studio also.

Lori Goree said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ohhhh, they are all so beautiful. I am going to have to go with Paris in Pink, since I love pink so much! Close second is everything ugly is beautiful.

lori@thescrappyshack.com

I am also having a giveaway
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The Milkshake said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This one is awesome! :o)
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14410614
-Tessa

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5186576

laura aranda said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Paris in Pink was my favorite by far! It caught my eye and captured my and my nine year old's heart! I am so glad I stumbled up you guys! Thanks!
Cheers,laura

you can find me on myspace.com/lauraaranda
writerscafe.org under my name
facebook me as Laura Aranda
or email me at
craigandlauraaranda@yahoo.com

Easy easy to find me! haha

Cheers!

Renee (nayski) said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow, what a tough choice to pick a favorite but I think "sweet was the song" would have to be it for me. I love them all. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway. rstien@charter.net

jessecreations said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love "All you need is love."

I'd love to win it!

jessicacook17@hotmail.com
jessecreations.etsy.com

'cakes said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I absolutely adore her work! I'm think I'm going to buy a print of all you need is love for my christmas present :) but I love, love, love boardwalk birds. Thanks so much for introducing me to a great artist!
jjmcbee at gmail dot com.

crystal said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

How beautiful! I love the Nighttime Sky! It looks so peaceful!
Thanks!
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Annie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

There was one that grabbed my heart, but I had to look through all of them! They are all beautiful, but my favourite is "all you need is love"

Thanks

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Annie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm also a follower of yours!

Thanks

nancyrobster@gmail.com

Jamie Lovely said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I really love Pink Leaves.

pootieposh said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Snowy Hilltop is my favorite, love it!

Marigold said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

These are all gorgeous! Wow. My favorite is "city birds" but they're all so lovely that it was really, really close.

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Stacey Moore said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

love the snowy hilltop!
thanks!
moore.g@insideconnect.net

Stacey Moore said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

blogged you at prizeton:
http://www.prizeatron.com/2008/11/contest-for-nov-9th.html

thanks!
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Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great work. I love the "All you need is love" - just beautiful.

RhondaP
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Melinda said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I like the Birdy Blue Print

CherryPal: Computer Friend or Foe? said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My favorite would have to be boardwalk birds!

Honestly, I am so sick of taping posters all over my room and these paintings are so much more beautiful and pleasant. They have true character!

Lana said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hello,

sorry about this but please delete my previous comment. I forgot to mention that my favorite painting is night sky! I love your blog btw.


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Chelsey said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love "Sweet was the Song"!
Thanks for the giveaway!
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elaine said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am drawn to the print of All You Need Is Love- just beautiful!

Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

makeetis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I liked the nighttime sky..brewerchikey78@yahoo.com

demmi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love the colors in this one the ugly to me is pretty

muchlove said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

gorgeous artwork!
It's SO hard to pick a favourite, but I'm going to go with "sweet was the song". The colours are divine!

muchlove.etsy.com

Elise said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

So many cute ones, but I love Paris in Pink. Contact: elise.ford@nebo.edu

The Popes said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love Glowy Windows or How Sweet The Song. These would be AMAZING in my daughter's room!

niftyknits said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love birdy blue http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14446697
I know it isn't a print (but I'm sure it could be!) but it just calls out to me. The smug expression on the little bird's face as it pirouettes in the air, full of the joy of life - gorgeous!
www.niftyknits.etsy.com

Charlotte said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I absolutely love Boardwalk Birds!

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Elissa said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I like "sweet was the song". She is a talented artist!

Carolyn said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh, gosh, I loved the Red Birds.

thanks for sharing

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Carolyn said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am now a follower. Lead on.

ceashark at aol dot com

thanks so much

Danyelle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

"The Ugly To Me Is Pretty" is my favorite. I'd love to have it!

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~ Cee ~ said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love the yellow bird (print)! Thank you for the giveaway! This would go perfectly in our newly remodeled kitchen! Cee

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Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My choice: Paris is pink

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Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I follow you on blogger

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Whimsical Creations said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Yellow bird print is my favorite!

=) melanie
http://melanieadey@hotmail.com
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