Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Flamingos, Blog-anniversary and a GIVE-AWAY!!

Wow, its hard to believe that I have had my blog almost 1 year. It had some mighty humble beginnings as I initially began my blog to keep writing everyday, because ...well ...I had something to say and I wanted to become a writer.

As it turned out, I wasn't writing everyday, not even every month ... not even close.  I liked what I was writing, when I did write, but I had NO followers. No one cared about my lonely little blog. I didn't even care that much about it. 

I must have been at a cross-roads and reached out into the universe to get something back into my life that had been missing. I thought it was writing, I tried playing my clarinet more, but that wasn't it either. In fact I had to travel to GA to find the missing link. ART ... I was missing Art!

I was always creating as a child. I could draw really well and I would use water colors and finger paints and make paper crafts and color like crazy. I would fill up those coloring books like no one else! 

As I got older and graduated from High School, the art stopped. I had to get serious, college, career and the  like. 
It would take 14 years for me to find that I really do love art! I should have listened to my 4 year old self when I declared that I was going to be an Artist when I grew-up!  

After a 14 year drawing/painting hiatus I did this: 

That was in June 2011

I was surprised how easily I was able to do it and how FUN and relaxing it was. My world was for a moment in HD ... colors were more vibrant and had depth, they spoke to me ... this flamingo was just waiting for me to rescue her from oblivion and get her to a sunny location and I did.  She rescued me too! 

The point is while I love writing, I really didn't have anything to write about. I had toyed with the idea of writing about my favorite paintings and artists that I would see at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Then I thought, who would read about art? Who would care?   LOTS of People, that's who!

Once I found that there is a community of Artists who were so willing to blog hop and enjoy everyone's creations I realized, that I not only could write about Art, but MY ART!

I am so appreciative of  all my followers and all the encouraging words. Its like I have a virtual family and we are ALL so darn talented!

Well so here is the scoop. On March 12th my blog will turn ONE and I currently have 43 followers (you are wonderful) ... if I can reach 50 followers by the 12th I will do a give away.  I will paint one of my colorful faces on wood and send it to the lucky winner!

 But I have to reach 50  OR MORE, then I will set up the giveaway details and such. 

Here is a sample of what I will create for the give away

The 43 of you that are here now, BIG HUGS and BIG THANKS!
To those who are wanting to join and follow me on my artistic journey, then come on board and Welcome!!

 Happy Creating!


  1. I am your number 45 stalker ! I love your "dream" girl !!!!! Glad to have stubled on to you on FB :)

  2. stumbled...I have a problem with my keyboard/typing .... sorry

  3. Yay, welcome! No worries about spelling, I'm a terrible speller and until you corrected it, I didn't even realize it was misspelled. ;)

  4. ooooh I love your DREAM girl!! Pick me, pick me :)Congrats on your anniversary :) Fi

  5. Yay...happy near first Birthday... :)

  6. Happy Anniversary for your 1st year! Me too with my blog in April! You're is lovely:) Cheers!!

  7. Lol I have you in my blog reader (bloglovin.com) but I'll followee you in blogger too so you have an accurate count ;)

  8. I'm so happy that you are so inspired to paint! Isn't it wonderful! Much love to you!

  9. Here's to you Julie!! You'll make it to 50 and many more.

    Hugs XX

  10. Oh all of you are so wonderful, I have completely made my goal! I am so excited to have a giveaway ... details to come :)

  11. Awesome, love the flamingo and sweet girl. I'm also going to be taking Juliette's How to paint an Owl. Can't wait to play with you in Mindy's class.

  12. I too, took Juliette's owl class last fall ... LOVED IT!


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