And the Winners are…

Drum-roll please!

I numbered each of your comments (1-16) in the order they were posted, then used a random number generator to pick the winner.

And the winner of Painting 1  is:

Winner 1

Painting 1

And the winner of Painting 2 is:

Winner 2

Painting 2

Thank you to everyone who entered! I really enjoyed reading about your wine preferences. Lot’s of good suggestions for next time I’m out picking up some bottles.

Carlos and Lynn, if you could both please e-mail me your mailing address at then I will get those paintings sent to you.

GIVEAWAY – Win one of my paintings!

I came across a post yesterday by fellow artist/blogger Jann Alexander who blogs over at Pairings: Art + What Goes With It and she wrote about the close relationship between wine and art. She mentioned how artists often paint wine, paint while drinking wine, and galleries will serve wine while people look at art (buzzed/drunk people buy more art!). I realized that I love having a glass of wine while I paint, and I’ve also painted wine several times in the past. I searched through my archives and came across these two gems.


I’m feeling generous this morning (too much wine? Just kidding) so I’ve decided to do a GIVEAWAY as a way of saying THANKS. Specifically, thanks for reading my blog, ‘liking’ my Facebook page, sending me comments, buying my paintings, or commissioning a painting. I’m so grateful for all of your support in all these ways and more.

The first one is an oil painting on canvas paper that I did probably 5 years ago. It measures 8.5×8.5″.

Painting 1
Painting 1

The second one is a conte drawing that I did probably 7 years ago. It measures 7×10″.

Painting 2
Painting 2

You can win one of these two works by simply leaving me a comment telling me what your favorite type of wine is and which painting you’d prefer [Painting 1 or Painting 2]. Or if you don’t like wine, tell me that! Contest is open to residents of Canada and USA only and closes at 9am EST on Friday, July 19th, 2013.

Get an additional entry by ‘Liking’ my Facebook page. Just click the ‘Like’ button on the right side panel, and leave a second comment telling me that you like me on Facebook. 

I’ll announce the winner on Friday July 19th, 2013 and I will mail you your painting. Good luck 🙂

Missing My Bike

I started this painting with no idea what I wanted the finished product to look like. I only knew that I wanted it to incorporate a bike in some way. I think this stems from missing riding my bike everywhere. Some jerk stole the front wheel off my commuter bike a few weeks ago, and I have yet to buy a new one for it.

I started with a 36×24″ canvas, and painted a background using a palette knife and acrylic paint.
I added the bicycle and some details to the buildings.
A table and chair for children maybe?

At this point, I didn’t know what else to add, but I knew it needed something. I decided to add a little outdoor cafe patio. Then I realized that the table and chairs are teeny tiny compared to the bike right beside it! Oops!

I actually took my road bike and placed it beside my kitchen table before I redid this part in order to have a frame of reference as not to make the same mistake again.

Okay, that’s more like it.

Lastly, I just kept adding small details in such as a lamp post, a lady walking along the street, some flowers, and some wine and cheese on the table. Before I knew it, my initial painting of a bike turned into one of a french cafe.

The finished product. 36×24″ Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Zoomed in view of the cafe
I’ve always wanted a bike with a basket in the front.
Zoomed in on the (french) bookstore.

My favorite part about this painting is the contrast between the calm and quiet life of going to a cafe and reading a book, versus the fast paced life that many of us tend to lead. The busy and loud road is meant to represent that fast paced life, while the bicycle, the cafe, and the book store represent the other extreme.

On that note, I think I’m going to go read a book and have a glass of wine before I hit the books tonight. My manufacturing assignment can wait…

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