Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Very Special Giveaway!


I have a fabulous surprise.  This week I am thrilled to be hosting a giveaway of this beautiful painting of plums by Elizabeth Floyd.  

One of the the things I love most about blogging is the opportunity it gives me to meet talented and inspiring people.  Liz stumbled upon my blog a few months back.  She left a comment, and as so magically happens in this blog world of ours, this in turn led me to her blog and her website, where I fell immediately in love with her still-life paintings and landscapes.  I also came to realize that, while she is a visual artist and I am a writer, we share many of the same inspirations and ideas about the creative life.       


I think we both realize how much work and discipline it takes to even begin to master one's craft, but in the midst of all that work lies the discovery of profound beauty and joy.  Like me, Liz works at her art daily, and her dedication is obvious.  Her paintings have been shown in numerous exhibitions across the country and are in collections all over the world.  

And one of them could be yours!  Liz is offering this gorgeous framed painting of plums ($200 retail value) to one lucky reader of The Magpie's Fancy.  Simply leave a comment between now and next Wednesday, November 21st at noon EST to enter the giveaway.  The winner will be announced later that same day.

Plus, if you would like an extra chance to win, simply subscribe to Liz's mailing list here.



And as a special bonus, we will draw one more winner, who will receive a set of 5 fine art notecards printed with with a detail of Liz's floral still-life painting on the front, Still Life with Azaleas and Bowl.



To see more of Liz's paintings and notecards available for purchase, visit her Etsy shop here.


It's an honor and a joy to get to share Liz's work with you.  I have one of her paintings (pink zinnias in a chartreuse vase) resting on my mantle at home, and Mr. Magpie and I both love it.  Liz's work is even more beautiful--and more luminous--in person than digital photos can capture.  Trust me when I say that this is one giveaway you don't want to miss! 

I hope you are having an inspiring and creative November, my friends.  xo Gigi


47 comments:

  1. Hi Gigi, I just found your blog through Elizabeth's site and so glad that I did! Many thanks, I will be back!

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    1. So nice to meet you, Laura! Glad you came over.

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  2. Gigi!
    Thank you for introducing us to Elizabeth! I visited her Etsy shop. Her work is lovely. How perfect to offer a still life at Thanksgiving time.
    ~Lynne
    w/L.

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  3. Just one more chance for me, please. I have subscribed and am now following Elizabeth's blog!
    I love your Autumn blog banner, Gigi!

    ~Lynne
    w/L.

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  4. Yes please....put my name in the hat to win this lovely painting. I am so in awe of people like yourself and Liz who have honed your talents and then freely share them with the rest of us. Thank you.

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    1. It's a pleasure to see you here, Colleen. Thanks for entering.

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  5. Hi Gigi,

    I'm just back from subscribing to Liz's mailing list and looking at her beautiful work on Etsy. The plum painting is wonderful; I can almost feel the juiciness of the fruit. What a generous prize!

    I hope all is well & that you're enjoying your new home!

    Keri

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    1. Wonderful, Keri! So glad you entered twice! xo

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  6. Count me in! What a wonderful gift and beautiful work!

    Beautiful day here- hope it there as well. I'd be taking a nap in that glorious sunrookm of yours...

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    1. Yay, Cate! I'd love to take a nap out there today. Wish I could, but it's nice to know that Scout and Dill can enjoy it!

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  7. Beautiful paintings! I'd love to join, what a great idea! Flora

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  8. Hi,

    I'm already a subscriber to Elizabeths mailing list. I've been enjoying her paintings for a while now. Of course I would just love to win this painting.

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  9. What an amazing giveaway, so generous of you both. Thank you

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  10. Oh, Gigi, thank you for posting her work and sharing links to her Etsy and blog! Beautiful!
    Hope you're having a lovely day, my dear.

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    1. Isn't her work gorgeous, Marlowe? Hope you're well. xo

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  11. I signed up for her list. What fun to find you both! Thanks for all your inspiring posts. This one is especially lovely because art should be collaborative and supportive in all its forms. Kudos, Gigi and Elizabeth!

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    1. I so agree with you about the collaborative aspect of art, Sharyn. Thanks for stopping by, and for entering twice!

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  12. I'm in Gigi...........her work is gorgeous! Look forward to browsing her Etsy shop and meeting another talent. xx

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  13. I would like to be in too Gigi. Just beautiful - Thank you.....B:)

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  14. Nice to meet you Gigi and thank-you for a very special give-away. Liz is so lovely and painted for me a lovely painting. Her work and packaging are perfection.
    best-
    pve

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    1. I agree with you 100% about both her work and her packaging, pve. Wonderful to meet you!

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  15. Liz's blog led me to you, and I admit immediate captivation by your eye and "voice." And now you lead me back to Liz, who's talent continues to bloom and bloom largely-- like the elusive combination of a grandiflora and floribunda rose! For me, the plums, so rich and vibrant, evoke a sense of abundance and wholeness.

    From one writer to another, I can't wait to hear what you've been writing. I've bookmarked the blog for frequent views!
    traceyPQ

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    1. Thank you, Tracy! It's great to have you here.

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  16. The painting is gorgeous! Oh how I would love to win this. What a very special give away. Even the cards would be a thrill. Now I am off to visit Liz's blog and etsy shop.

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  17. Hi Gigi -

    Thanks for introducing us the Liz's work. I LOVE IT! I signed up on her blog and have fingers and toes crossed that I might be the lucky name drawn. I am anxiously awaiting photos from your new home - what I have seen so far is just lovely :)

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    1. I'm so glad you love her work! I'll begin posting photos very soon. It's been such a crazy fall, but the house is finally coming together, and it will be fun to post photos with the holiday decorations up as well!

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  18. I'm new here and this is only my second visit -- what a surprise that I can enter for an amazing giveaway. I hope I have a chance at those notecards ... I'm always sending out cards or letters (yes, I'm one who actually still writes :~) ) These are beautiful. I'll go check out Etsy now.

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  19. Came here from Liz's email. Your blog is lovely. I'll be back!

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  20. "Ripe plums are falling, now there only three..." The plum painting is poetry and the artist's generosity is priceless.
    Count me in, I like this one best of all!

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  21. I love that poem! My other favorite plum poem is the WC Williams classic:


    I have eaten
    the plums
    that were in
    the icebox

    and which
    you were probably
    saving
    for breakfast

    Forgive me
    they were delicious
    so sweet
    and so cold

    I completely agree with you about Liz's generosity. So glad you entered!

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  22. What a great idea! I love the painting, and your photography, Gigi! Makes the web feel like a generous and beautiful place. Thanks for your inspiring work.

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  23. Such beautiful work. Please throw my name in the hat!

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  24. Hi Gigi,

    Count me in...Liz's paintings capture the essence of what is before us. Her paintings are the "one true sentence" as Hemingway says, that we as artists and writers must begin with...the rest will follow.

    xo Bess

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  25. Please enter me into the giveaway. The painting is beautiful, especially the way in which light shines on the plums; it makes them look so rich.

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  26. Hi! Just found you thru a link at Bowerbird! Liz's painting would look terrific in my new pantry - and I could blog about it! yay!

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  27. Woah this blog is excellent i really like reading your articles. Stay up the great paintings! You recognize, a lot of persons are searching around for this information, you can help them greatly.

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  28. Oh, I do hope my luck is going strong just now. I would love to win some of Liz's work. I have subscribed to her newsletter and am so glad you gave us this wonderful discovery. I was tickled at the chance to win a painting of plums because I have a funny connection with them. Years ago I was in Egypt. We were at a dinner and this very kind Egyptian gentleman was slicing up these delicious fruits for me. They were SO GOOD! I asked him what they were called and he said they were peaches. Please don't think I'm a total ding dong when I tell you that I spent years looking all over America for purple peaches. Then, one day, Jeffrey my love, brought me home a fresh plum and sliced it up. Eureka! My purple peaches had been plums all along.

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  29. Beautiful work, thanks for the introduction

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  30. Gigi! I almost missed it! I "liked" her fb page days ago and thought I'd come bk later to leave a comment! Nearly forgot!
    I just subscribed to her website/blog and took a look around at her gorgeous paintings...thank you for introducing us to another 'creative' :)
    Happy Thanksgiving my friend~
    Robin

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