Tuesday, 4 August 2015

And the winner is....

 
Thanks to all of you who kindly left comments on my last post and went into the draw for a copy of my shiny new book!
 
All the names went into a hat, and the lucky winner is..........Debbie Nolan (View from Harmony Hills). Yay, Debbie! please email me your address and I will send you a copy ASAP.

I am also excited to announce that my book is now available online at Amazon, and other outlets such as The Book Depository will be soon to follow. ***Update*** now also available on The Book Depository - and they do free delivery.

 
The idea for the book came about when I embarked upon a ten day painting challenge in 2012. After years of procrastination, I was thrilled at how potent and motivating the challenge format proved to be.
 
Below is the painting I did on the very first day of the ten day challenge, and the following is the same subject matter painted in a more stylised manner about six months later. There aren't any photos in my book but a lot of the paintings mentioned can be seen in the older posts on this blog.
 
 
 
The photo below is a clear example of the progress I made through regular painting sessions.
Using the same props, the still life on the left was done about a year after the one on the right.          



                                      Acrylic on board and canvas board respectively (2012)

And to other matters - there is a lot of prettiness in the garden at the moment but only when it comes to my pot plants. The garden in general has gone to rack and ruin. I hope to get out into the bushland soon to take photos of the emerging wildflowers.





                                                             
I hope you are all having a great week!

37 comments:

  1. I too took up the challenge and like you the results have been very rewarding. I am now off to Amazon to check out your book, good luck with it

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  2. Congratulations to Debbie - I too am about to check out Grabbing the Muse by the Throat on Amazon - well done

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  3. It is so satisfying to feel an improvement in a skill, and these are lovely paintings. As for the garden - well, just put the pots in your line of sight ! :D

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    1. Thanks for visiting Jenny and for your kind comments!

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  4. Good luck with your book and congratulations to Debbie.

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  5. Oh Gosh! I missed the contest!!!! My bad! Congratulations on the book Wendy! Will it be available in"e book format?" Love the progress in your art! Also love your flower photos!!! Wow! Artist! Author! Gardner! Bravo Mate!

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    1. Thanks so much Michael! I'm hoping to make it available in Kindle but am not sure exactly when at this stage.

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  6. Hooray for the success with publishing the book! I'm going to go check it out! It's very inspirational to hear about your progress with the daily painting sessions. I admire your dedication to your arts.

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    1. You are very kind Katherine, thank you!

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  7. so sad I missed the contest, but so happy for you Wendy!! What a fabulous thing to have your book published! I will be ordering it on Amazon. Congratulations to you! xo

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    1. Thanks so much Sally, you are very kind! I feel a bit nerve-wracked now that it is out there!!

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  8. Brilliant Wendy!! I will hop over to Amazon and order a copy.
    I must admit that regular painting does make a huge difference, it is such a great way to improve. I think I will carry it on for some time yet.

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    1. Thanks so much Karen! I appreciate your support!

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  9. Hi Wendy, love your paintings of the succulents and Johnny Jump Ups...favorites of mine too. I can identify with a garden needing attention as well!

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  10. Hi Sherry, thanks for visiting and for your kind comments!

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  11. I am always thrilled when someone nice gets the prize. Debbie fits the bill!.
    The paintings are great. I know your book is going to do amazingly well.
    Off to Amazon!

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    1. Thanks so much Julie, you are such a wonderfully supportive person!

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  12. Lucky Debbie!! I do agree we need to paint regularly in order to see progress.
    I enjoy seeing your potted plants, you have a green thumb as well!
    All the best wishes for your book, it will be a huge success!

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    1. Thanks so much Celia! You are very kind! I really appreciate your encouragement!

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  13. Congratulations on the book, and I can't wait to buy it. How exciting.

    I love the images you've posted too.

    XOXOXOXOXO Barbara

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    1. Thanks so much Barbara, I hope you enjoy it and would love to hear what you think of it.

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  14. Congratulations on publishing of the book. You look so talented and wish your art continue to be improved. The pot flowers are so beautiful. Thank you for your visit and a lovely comment.

    Yoko

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    1. Thanks for visiting Yoko and for your very kind comments. I was so thrilled to discover your lovely blog!

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  15. I am ordering your book! You are so lovely for sharing it all!

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    1. You are very kind Kaethe! I hope you enjoy it - I so loved the paintings you did for your niece's children's book!

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  16. Hi Wendy, thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog.
    Congratulation on the publishing of your book, I've notated the title so that next time I order books from The book depository I'll include yours.
    Love your painting too. I'm a bit of an artist too, but also a procrastinator so I haven't painted for a while...

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    1. Hi Sami, it was so nice to discover a fellow blogger in Perth! Thanks so much for your enthusiasm! Hopefully my book will inspire you to get back into painting!

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  17. Wendy I am so looking forward to receiving your book. It sounds wonderful. Your painting s certainly shoe your discipline and dedication. You are so talented friend. I don't know how you accomplish so much and do it so well. I am so blessed to know you through blogging. What a great way for one to make friends. Hugs!

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    1. Hi Debbie, You are very kind to say such lovely things! I sent the book over a week ago now so hopefully it will arrive VERY soon!!
      I hope you enjoy it. Yes, blogging has been a great way to make friends from all around the world and I feel very lucky to know you too!xx

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  18. Wendy, Congratulations on your book, I'll add it to my cart in Amazon - what an inspiration read it will be!

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    1. You are so kind Lisa! I hope you enjoy it!

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  19. Bonjour chère amie,

    Toutes mes félicitations pour cet ouvrage ! Je me réjouis pour vous...

    Gros bisous ♡

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  20. Thanks so much Martine! I really appreciate your support!

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