It seems like only last month that Underpaintings surpassed 400 followers (okay, it WAS last month), and already we've gone beyond 500! I am, as always, so pleased by everyone's reaction, and grateful for the encouragement and kind words all of you have given me. Thank you for joining me during my personal exploration of art, and I hope that you receive as much joy and inspiration from sharing in the journey as do I.
For exceeding 500 followers, I wanted to offer something very special to the winner of the next contest (outlined below). I was at a bit of a loss, and considered putting together a gift-basket of art items, but I was caught so unawares by the sudden influx of followers, that I wasn't able to get much together in time. The only item I had in my hands was a copy of The Pleasures of Painting Outdoors with John Stobart, which is still one of the items the contest winner will receive.
At the time Underpaintings passed 500, I had been communicating back and forth with artist Michael Klein about several new projects of his (look for an upcoming post). I asked Klein if he would be willing to donate a copy of Flower Painting: The Guide to the cause, and without hesitation, he said, "Yes." The booklet, which was intended as a supplement to Klein's DVD, Flower Painting, goes beyond what is represented in the video demonstration, and offers deeper insight into his methods and the thoughts behind his processes. Klein believes in unselfishly sharing art knowledge, and he has really come through with this gift.
Wanting to add even more to the ante, I decided to contact Vasari Paints, and ask them if they too might be willing to make a donation to the prize package. I had hoped I might be lucky enough to receive a single tube of their excellent product, in whatever color they might choose, but when Gail Spiegel of Vasari got back to me and said that the company was happy to make an offering, she suggested it would be better if the winner were able to choose their own color. Then to my amazement, Gail went on to say that Vasari would be donating a $100 gift certificate to the contest so that the winner could not only get the color they wanted, but possibly several tubes! I am honored that Vasari has made such a generous donation to this contest: my many thanks to Gail Spiegel and to Steve Salek of Vasari for all of the support they give to the arts.
To win the prizes for the current contest- The Pleasures of Painting Outdoors with John Stobart, Michael Klein's Flower Painting: The Guide, and a $100 gift certificate to Vasari Paints- contestants must be able to identify all 21 artist's studios pictured below. Send your answers to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Best of luck to all of you!