I am giving this painting to one lucky winner. Will it be you? It just might be! Back in January my blogging goals for 2013 were reduced to one sentence: Spread more joy. I wanted to make as many people smile as possible by doing nice things or by being funny. Mostly, I just wanted to be like blogging sunshine. Anyway, I’ve only got a little over two months left before this year ends and I really want to go out with a bang. I am imagining a fourth of July firecracker finale. Rainbows, laughter, and booming joy is what I am aiming for. Maybe I’ll even have a twitter party where people can only say funny, witty, smart, nice things about other people. We’ll see. I’m still in the finale planning stage and I love to procrastinate. Plus, I am terrible at throwing parties so I may need to drag some other joy makers into the mix with me. Last February one of the first things I did to spread some joy was paint a pet portrait for the person that commented on my blog the most in 2012. I painted Trixie, one of the most adorable dogs in the whole wide world, for my blogging buddy A Faded Ginger. You can see that post here if you are interested: Sometimes You Have To Break The Rules. Later in the year A Faded Ginger sent Tiny-Small some mermaid dolls. She made that kids day! See how putting good out into the world just brings good back in? I am learning slowly how to be a better human being because of this blog. I am also having my life touched by amazing people. I am totally hoping to do another painting for the blog reader that commented the most in 2013 in January! Maybe that person is you! Kind of exciting isn’t it? So far, I have to admit, this year has been pretty amazing. I sent secret art mail out to unsuspecting readers, friends, and family. I made art with Tiny-Small. I read and commented on lots and lots of blogs. I even started some new blogging awards for people to give out just because it’s nice to say “I appreciate what you are doing” once in a while. With two months to go I am making plans to share more free downloadable art for my newsletter subscribers (and sending them some original pieces too). I have to say I am pretty excited! I think I have done really well spreading joy this year, but I still have more I want to do in the last few months. So, to put some joy on your wall, I am giving this painting away to one of you. This painting is an original. It was created with alcohol inks on yupo paper. It is signed by me! The size is 11×14. It does not come framed or matted, but it is full of happy, energetic yellow so what more could you ask for? One of the inks I used is actually called “Sunshine” and I don’t think any other name could be more fitting. This sweepstakes starts right now, Monday, October 28th 2013 at 9:00am MST. It ends at 9:00 am MST on Monday, November 11th, 2013. That gives you two whole weeks to enter the sweepstakes! Please share it with your friends. I am hoping to grow the readership of this blog. I believe joy is contagious and I know that each time we make someone laugh, smile, or feel appreciated that those feeling sort of ripple out the way pond water does when we toss rocks into it. Can you see how the ripples can multiply and connect people if we all just started throwing more rocks? Wait, maybe that isn’t quite the best way to explain this phenomenon, but you get the gist right? The rocks are smiles people…smiles! Do not throw real rocks! Make art and share it. Art is universal. Art is human, well, I guess it’s also for elephants and a few penguins now too, but you know what I am saying? Be kind, share the sweepstakes so your friend has a chance to win your favorite painting and hang it on her wall where she can mock you for losing the sweepstakes for eternity. That’s what friends are for, right? 🙂 Maybe that’s just MY friends I am talking about. They know how to give a good ribbing. This sweepstakes is only open to people 18 and over living in the United States (Sorry to all of my favorite people living in other countries, but I just can’t figure out all of the laws and rules for these types of things. I wish I was a lawyer so I could find a way to include you). In order to enter the sweepstakes you must use the Giveaway tool below: Commenting on this post is mandatory. All other entries in the Giveaway tool are optional. The winner will be randomly chosen by Giveaway tools and notified no later than 5 days after the sweepstakes closes. When signing into the Giveaway tool please use an email address that you check frequently because that is how I will contact you when you win this painting! Please read the official rules for sweepstakes and giveaways especially if you have any questions. To enter the sweepstakes you must first leave a comment in the comment section of this blog and then fill out the giveaway tool in the box below:
Thank you for entering! I hope you win! Also, try to do a surprise nice thing for someone today and notice how it makes you feel. Be happy! Spread joy!