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Spring Thaw, watercolor painting by Heather M. Roberts

The cold weather has me dreaming of spring today… which translated into a floral watercolor painting.  Watercolors are still really new to me, but I like how this turned out and (with a few touch-ups) am thinking it would make a fun notecard design.

And… congrats to the painting giveaway winner, @graphixgrrl!  Thanks to all who entered. :)

Happy Monday! 

Up next, a delicious bread recipe.

Bright North, 8x10 oil painting by Heather M. Roberts

It’s crazy cold here in Minnesota, which makes it easy to forget all of winter’s beauty.  Frigid weather seems like as good a time as any to celebrate, so I’m giving away the 8×10 original oil painting shown above (titled Bright North).  It’s on a burlap panel, ready to frame or set on a shelf.

To Enter (you’ll get one entry per method):

Option 1 (Instagram):

1.  Head over to Instagram and follow me @hmrart

2.  Find the giveaway photo in my feed and comment by tagging a friend or two.

Option 2 (Facebook):

1. Use the Facebook share button on this post, and share to your timeline.

2. Make sure to include the hashtag #celebratecold and set your post privacy setting to public (if we’re not already friends) so that I’ll be able to see it.

Option 3 (Etsy/Pinterest):

1. Head to my Etsy site: naturesque.etsy.com and pin your favorite piece of artwork.  Make sure to include the hashtag #celebratecold in the pin text.

That’s it!

(The fine print: Free shipping to US residents only; if you live elsewhere and are interested in contributing to the shipping cost, feel free to enter.  Enter through Sunday February 22nd, 2015.)

Good luck! :)

heather:

Just might be my favorite from my ’30 paintings in 30 days’ ! Head over to heathermroberts.com to see the others. :)

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Alive, 8×10 acrylic painting

I had a great time painting this lovely jade plant today!

Happy Sunday :)

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Minted Art Challenge!

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I promise to take a break from the art bombardment after January is over!  Today though, I want to tell you about an Art Challenge I recently entered on minted.com (a really cool site, check it out if you haven’t!).  Here’s where you come in – anyone can vote in the challenges – and winners will have their work available to purchase on the site.

So, if you are a fan of any or all of my submissions, I’d be super grateful if you’d take a moment to rate my designs (you’ll need to set-up a free account, if you don’t already have one).  I’ve posted photos of my entries below (a click on each photo will take you to the voting page), but have a look around and vote on others while you’re there – tons of great entries.  Voting ends on January 21st.

 

Smoke and Lace, photograph by Heather M. Roberts

Midsummer Majesty - acrylic painting by Heather M. Roberts

'On the brink', acrylic painting by Heather M. Roberts

 

Thanks and Happy Tuesday! 

-Heather

'Slow Growth', 6x6 acrylic botanical painting by Heather M. Roberts

For some reason, WordPress is not letting me re-blog this entry from my art site (heathermroberts.com).  I won’t be posting each painting on this blog (aside from a few favorites), so please visit the other page if you’d like to see them each day.

Where’d painting number 3 go?  Hmmm, let’s not talk about that. :)  It may make a reappearance at a later date if I can salvage it.

Today’s painting is botanical and a bit more abstract than the others… a colorful take on a hosta bud.  It’s a reminder: take time to enjoy the simple things – beauty can be found everywhere if you look closely.

'Slow Growth', 6x6 acrylic botanical painting by Heather M. Roberts

Slow Growth, 6×6 acrylic painting – available for purchase on Etsy

Happy Thursday!

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'Sunset Pause', acrylic painting by Heather M. Roberts

Today’s painting is based on a photo I took while working in Yellowstone National Park way back in 1999.  I tend to avoid using bright colors and extreme contrast – so today I wanted to challenge myself to paint something that encouraged both.  Sometimes exiting your comfort zone can be good, and I am in love with this painting!  So much so that you may see something similar again tomorrow. :)

'Sunset Pause', acrylic painting by Heather M. Roberts

Sunset Pause, 5×7 Acrylic Painting

The story behind the picture:  One of my first evenings working in Yellowstone, I grabbed my camera and drove around aimlessly.  I took a back road and stopped at this spot, where there were probably fifty photographers with tripods and the longest zoom lenses I’ve ever seen – waiting patiently for the perfect photo.  I hopped out, took one shot and drove off.  It felt like someone had hit a pause button just…

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heather:

Check out my new art blog at heathermroberts.com and read about January’s painting adventure!

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'North Country', 6x6 acrylic painting by Heather M. Roberts

I am so excited to kickstart my new art blog by announcing that I’ll be participating in a 30 Paintings in 30 DaysChallenge!  (Ok, so more like 25 paintings, since I’ve joined in a few days late, but still…) I expect to be painting lots of clouds, landscapes, and flowers.  Most will be shelf art (think small gallery-wrapped), painted in acrylics, and all will be for sale.  I hope you’ll follow me on this journey – I’d love to receive any feedback you might like to share!  :)

#1: North Country, 6×6 acrylic on canvas.  $75.

You’re in northern Minnesota, all is quiet as you stand near the shore of a remote lake while the sun sets, birch trees framing your view and lit up by the final remnants of daylight – sky washed with color. This painting is based on a spot near Ely, MN…

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