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  • The Ultimate Blog Challenge Also a Contest Winner!

    Blogging Each Day for a Month

    I am once again taking part in the Ultimate Blog Challenge, which means that for the month of April I will be blogging each day.  However, not all my blog posts will be on this blog.  I have a few different blogs, and I will alternate between them. So you can expect a post on this particular blog every three days.

    Here are the three blogs I will be posting on during this challenge.

    My Art Blog

    My art blog can be found at ArdentReflections.com

     

    My Health and Personal Blog

    I have one blog that is primarily about my efforts to lose weight and get healthier, but I also post personal, daily life things there from time to time.  My Health and Personal blog can be found thriceblessed-lessofme.blogspot.com/

     

    My Devotional Blog

    I also post devotions and thoughts on Bible readings on my devotional blog, which can be found at thriceblessed-moments.blogspot.com/

     

    We Have a Winner!

    In other news, during the last ultimate blog challenge, I ran a contest giving away a print of Starry Night Over Seattle, there was a winner to that contest! The blogger who goes by the name of  vidyatiru won this contest, but needs to give me information on where to ship the print.
    Congratulations  vidyatiru!

     


  • Friday Feature – Free Starry Night Over Seattle

    Its time for a Friday Feature on this blog, those are the posts where I Feature something of my choice on my blog. Sometimes the feature might be one of paintings I want to draw attention to, other times it might be a fellow artist that I want to give a shout out to, a guest blogger, or a great YouTube video I find.  Basically, whatever I want to put in the spotlight on that particular Friday.  This Friday, I am featuring a giveaway.

    Win a Free Print of Starry Night Over Seattle

    One of the most popular painting is Starry Night Over Seattle.  Originally, I was painting this for myself, but I posted some work in progress photos on social media and right away I got offers.  I sold that one before it was even finished, and someone asked me to paint another.  I wanted to change it up a little, so I made some minor changes and additions, and did a second version.  I still didn’t have one for myself, and I still don’t, but I do have prints.  The prints of this painting have sold better than any of my others have.

    For the month of February you have a chance to win a print of this painting.  To enter the drawing all you have to do is subscribe to this blog and then comment on this post telling me to enter you into the contest. That’s all there is to it.  I will put all of the entries in a hat, draw one out, and that reader wins an 8×10 print of this painting, you can choose whether you want the print to be signed or unsigned, or alternately, if you don’t want the 8×10 print, you can request a blank-inside greeting card with this image on it.

    Enter to win a free print of Starry Night Over Seattle Click To Tweet

    I’ll repeat those steps here, there’s just two steps.

    1. Subscribe to posts from this blog.
    2. Leave a comment on this post saying, “Enter me in the drawing.”
    You could win a print of this painting! To enter the contest, just subscribe to this blog, and leave a comment on this post saying, “Enter me in the drawing”.

  • Nurturing Motivation as an Artist

    Staying Motivated as an artist

     

    The Ultimate Blog Challenge is almost over, just today and tomorrow left.   Today’s suggestion was to talk about how we stayed determined and motivated. For me, as far as the challenge goes, knowing that I haven’t missed a day keeps me motivated to keep that record.  However, there are other areas that I have to stay motivated for as well.  Such as to continue putting my art out there, hoping that someone will like it enough to purchase it.

    Its easy to get discouraged.

    It is easy to get discouraged as an artist, especially when you offer to give your work away and no one takes you up on it, such as happened with my give away drawing this past month. Its pretty tempting to be discouraged, kind of like Marlin was in Disney’s Finding Nemo, becoming a “Mr. Grumpy Gills”.

    Clown Fish.
    Don’t let setbacks turn you into a pessimist like Disney’s Marlin.

    Truth is, even though no one wanted that print, I know that people have wanted it in the past and have even paid full price plus shipping for it.  So rather than get discouraged about not being able to give my art away this month, I’m looking ahead now, and I’ll try to think of a good February give away that people might be more responsive to.  I have to…

    Just keep swimming

    Blue tang fish, Even when you don't feel it, Just Keep Swimming, the feelings will catch up.
    Even when you don’t feel it, Just Keep Swimming, the feelings will catch up.

    Sometimes I feel very motivated to continue putting my art out there.  Other times I don’t feel it all.  The key though to staying motivated for me is to just keep moving forward no matter how I feel.  Like my favorite little Disney fish Dory, sometimes you have to just keep swimming even when you don’t feel like it, and eventually the feeling with return.

    That’s all I really have for today.  What do you do to stay motivated?

     


  • Contest Time! Win a Piece of Art!

    Win A Signed Print of Cerebral Cessation

    So, one of the days of the Ultimate Blog challenge we were told to hold a contest on our blogs, at the time, I just couldn’t think of what contest I wanted to run. Finally it dawned on me, why not give away a piece of my art?

    I’ll be giving away a signed, archival quality print of my painting “Cerebral Cessation”.

     

    Cerebral Art, Framed Original, space,stab, penetrate, painting abstract, modern painting, framed abstract art, modern wall art, Item #CCO1 Colorful framed art, art framed original, acrylic artwork, colorful art framed
    This painting can be purchased by clicking RIGHT HERE.

    Win a signed, archival, fine art print! No purchase necessary. Click To Tweet

    To Enter, Just Subscribe and Comment

    I wanted to make entering easy, so all you have to do is subscribe to my blog.  You can do that by entering your email in the sidebar or at the bottom of the page. Also, comment on this post saying, “Enter Me in the Drawing”.

    Existing Subscribers can Enter too!

    For those who have already subscribed to my blog posts, don’t worry, you can enter too!  For those who already subscribe, just leave a comment saying “Enter Me in the Drawing”.

    Winner will be announced February 28th, 2017.

    So, just subscribe and comment on this blog post before February 28th, 2017 and your name will be entered to win.  Once I announce the winner, I’ll also send an email requesting needed information to ship you the print, and that’s it!  You could win an archival signed print, normally sold for $25, plus tax and shipping, and you can get it for free.

    Only one winner will be chosen, and sorry, I am restricting this contest to the United States.