some thumbnails of my illustrations

some thumbnails of my illustrations
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Thursday, 31 March 2011

Windsongs and Wordhoards is one year old... time for a Giveaway!

This week happens to complete the circle of my first year of blogging (29th of March to be precise!)! It seems there is a bit of a tradition of having a giveaway on such occasions and I really rather like the gesture of that, so... I have spent this week painting a little something to give away...
It's a little original watercolour of a 'Book of Kells' inspired bird, you can see my lovely big 1970's first edition on my desk giving inspration as I painted it...
I really enjoy painting celtica, I can see what the monks got out of it I think... I just get happily lost in the hours, brush and water, seeing empty pencil lines slowly come to life with colour.

I got a bit carried away and triple mounted it too! (It's a handy thing as an artist to also run a framing business!)
So if you would like a chance to win this bright little creature, please leave me a comment on this post and I'll put you all in the hat to draw a winner next week!
Whoever wins it, its a way for me to say a huge thankyou to all of you who drop by here for a visit, encouraging me with your kind comments and showing an interest in my creative endeavours.

I began this blog to motivate myself to keep nurturing my art in a life that's become so busy I was in danger of losing my connection to it altogether, and to keep alive my aspirations of becoming an illustrator one day.
But in this strange world of like minded strangers I found much more than I expected. Discovering and visiting all of you I am constantly inspired, reassured and feel although I haven't met any of you in person that I've made some real friends here. It is such a vibrant, creative community of minds, I feel I am not striving alone.
So thankyou, everyone and I hope you like my little bird!


  1. Beautiful! I'm in, I'm in! I also want to do a giveaway soon, March 9th was my year anniversary and it slipped by with other deadlines and travels to see my parents and oh so much. Thanks for the reminder... I must put that on the looooong list. Congratulations! I love coming here and seeing your work and I also love the books you show, and so much more.
    Blessings from the still snowy (and getting a LOT more tonight) forest!

  2. Your bird is just stunning, Carrie! Congratulations on your first year of blogging. Your blog has been a great source of inspiration and it's been fun - and will continue to be - following you on your artistic journey.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

  3. How beautiful. And so appropriate for Spring.

  4. Beautiful Carrie! I love The Book of Kells, I remember being awe struck by a reproduction (probably the same one you have!) that my mum got from the library when i was a teenager, and again when I saw the real thing at Trinity College in Dublin. It's been a pleasure visiting your blog over the last year. Count me in!

  5. What a lovely idea Carrie; your bird, along with all your other work is genuinely beautiful, how handy being able to frame it yourself! I too feel that sense of friendship and community you write about so here's to the next year, and the one after, and the one after that ad infinitum!

    Kate :-)

  6. Count me in! Love your beautiful artwork, hope there'll be many more years of your lovely blog to come! :)

  7. 'Here Here' to your last paragraph Carrie, Well over this last year I have enjoyed you wonderful art, creative writing which I feel needs some kind of a book thingy going on! And you local photos and ramblings which all add up to a very pleasurable read, Im so glad I stumbled upon your blog and look forward to your next year with the pen,pencil and camera! Your bird painting is fantastic and I would love it, I have just the spot waiting to hang it! A very generous gesture Carrie. Crossing my fingers!


  8. a year has gone by, so lovely to meet you and your art through your blog. I love seeing the art you breath life into. Happy anniversary.

    Your bird is wonderful. I love the way you have lifted it's one foot. Quite beautiful and the matting really does compliment in a wonderful way.

  9. I love this new Kell-inspired style. Very distinctive and colorful.
    Have a happy anniversary. What a great way to celebrate spring as well.

  10. I have only very recently discovered the serene and inspiring haven you have created here. Congratulations to you on this joyous occasion!

    Wow! I just adore your beautiful Celtic bird. She encapusulates the delicate intricacy of the Book of Kells so well. We were in Dublin just a few weeks ago during the St Patrick's Day festivities and thoroughly enjoyed our long-awaited visit to Trinity College to actually see it for ourselves. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win such a treasured piece.
    Hugs xxx

  11. Your beautiful bird is far too nice to give away! Please put my name in the hat. You might like to take part in my givewawy too?


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