11/23/2012

November Giveaway!

No sun, no moon!

No morn, no noon
No dawn, no dusk, no proper time of day.

No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,

No comfortable feel in any member
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,

 No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds
November!
Thomas Hood.
This month began much like the poem by Thomas Hood, dreary mist and rain, gloomy news from home about the state of our ash trees, and a distinct lack of birds, which was very worrying. Everyone has remarked on the shortage of starlings this year, even the house sparrows were thin on the ground. We watched the news and worried for the safety of friends across the ocean after the devastation of hurricane Sandy. Added to that we had our own drama here in the shape of a car crash which demolished the telegraph pole across the road, so added an extra line to the poem- No internet- November! Fortunately nobody was hurt and the fault was fixed but it took ten days, which made work very difficult.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom however; we had lots of trips and caught up with family and friends. We went to the NEC in Birmingham and handed over the original painting of “Hare’s Hideaway” to Mike and Hilary Emeny of “Art of the Imagination”. It is always a wrench to part with an original painting, knowing that if all goes well I may never see it again! I was comforted by the fact that printing technology is so far advanced as to allow an accurate copy to be made.
We also visited an exhibition called “The First Cut” in ManchesterThe exhibition showcased the work of 31 international artist who specialize in cutting and manipulating paper. I was particularly drawn to the work of Su Blackwell who’s work is book inspired (see paper house- Wuthering Heights). Many of the works were incredibly complex and fragile and made us wonder about the logistics of setting up such an exhibition. Later in the month we visited London but I will save that for next time.
And now, ladies and gentlemen, I have a give away for you. I have a copy of my “Nature” calendar for 2013 up for grabs. This slimline calendar has twelve different nature based images including many taken from my children’s books. You will find an owl, foxes, a puffin, rabbit and hare, hedgehog and many more. The calendar has been published by Judges and is available in the shops here in the UK only. My giveaway is open to everyone, no matter where you live but please note the holidays are UK bank holidays etc that may not be relevant to you. To be included in the draw all you have to do is indicate you wish to take part by leaving a comment below. I will pick a winner at random on Friday 30th of November.
You may also be interested to learn that you can help a worthwhile charity and buy my new Birthday calendar here- and my Gardener's Scrapbook Calendar 2013 here-

29 comments:

  1. I'm in awe of your productivity - can you perhaps do a blog on the secret of how to do that? ;)

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  2. Would love this to brighten up my kitchen with the perfect designs x

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  3. How can I not enter?! Blimey, hat a November you've had, hope December is hassle free (the exhibition looked fab though:)

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  4. I agree with you that November has definitely provided some tough times as the sunless hours grew longer.

    Let's hope that December will bring us some fresh joys! Your kind offer of a beautiful giveaway is already lightening up the final week of November.

    I am thinking also about that lucky purchaser who will be able to enjoy a daily view of your beautiful painting.

    Best wishes. xo

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  5. Seems like winter is the same as here...rain, rain, rain and more rain! But the dark gloomy days have kept me busy with needle felting and experimenting with wet felting as well.
    Of course I would love your calender...good luck to me!
    Nice to have you back safe and sound.

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  6. Your work is fantastic! I would love to win.

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  7. It has been a tough month but this giveaway is a little bright beacon, thanks for the offer. If must be such a wrench to see one of your original paintings leave...
    Jane x

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  8. Your calender would be such a lovely monthly reminder of your beautiful work,I would love to own one, thank you for the opportunity to try and own one.

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  9. Ooh yes please, count me in. I have a couple of your books from ages ago, I would love this calendar. I shall have to look it up if I'm not lucky enough to win! I have to agree about November being dull weather wise, but it's been exciting on my blog!! Su Blakwells work is amazing, I'm going to check it out again now. Thanks.

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  10. Also, sorry I'm back, I'm not cheating and entering twice, honest! :) But have you seen the work of Elly Mackey too, her paper theatres remind me a little of Su Blackwells work, all very clever stuff.

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  11. Love your paintings, especially the fox. Whatever did we do before the internet, I am totally addicted.

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  12. Your calender is so amazing and beautiful. I would love to own one :D

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  13. What a beautiful calendar! Thank you, too for the link to The First Cut - I feel a trip to Manchester beckoning.

    Barbara x

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  14. What a beautiful calendar! Thank you, too for the link to The First Cut - I feel a trip to Manchester beckoning.

    Barbara x

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  15. I love that poem, and I've not read it for ages. Thanks for the reminder.

    I loved the paper exhibition in Manchester too. My favourite was the skeleton contemplating his 'shadow'.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/historyanorak/8135928421/in/photostream/

    I'd love a copy of your calendar!

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  16. Have you ever posted your hare picture on here Valerie. I am totally fascinated by hares and collect them - statues, cards,anything which has anything to do with the hare.
    You sound to have had a super time in Manchester - wish I lived nearer to these places as I do miss such outings, but then, our wonderful countryside makes up for it.

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  17. I would like to take part in your calendar draw please.
    * * *
    I'm gradually letting people know I've moved my blog 'Message in a Milk Bottle' to a new URL -

    http://messageinamilkbottle2.blogspot.co.uk/

    - where it is now known as M2.
    If you would like to - please do re-follow there!
    Lucy

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  18. Your work has such eye engaging intricate detail, and yet there's a lively freshness to it. When i remember that each mark and brushstroke is handcrafted, it blows me away. You are the creator of a softly natural world, and I'd love to go in the draw, pardon the pun, for a reminder in the form of a calendar...

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  19. Thank you for the chance to win your gloriously beautiful calendar. I love your art!

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  20. A gorgeous calendar - include me in please!

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  21. A gorgeous calendar - include me in please!

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  22. The calendar looks adorable. You continue to amaze and inspire me Valerie!
    xo,
    Heather

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  23. I would love the opportunity to win this calendar. I love your work and last year had a friend, who went to London for work, track down a calendar for me. thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us.

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  24. Hi! I'd love to be included in your drawing. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

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  25. Winter is just starting in our fair state.. so far, so good, no ice. Sign me up!

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  26. Beautiful work....love the puffin !
    Thanks for sharing.....

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  27. Beautiful work....love the puffin !
    Thanks for sharing.....

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  28. Fabulous! Count me in please!

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  29. Just saw your work through a link on an ilustrator's forum; absolutely stunning; I love the watercolour; you make it look super rich; plus the thoughtfulness of the design elements. Wonderful. Thanks for a beautiful eye feast :-D

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