#happymailmovement giveaway no. 1 | mini oil paintings

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Art, Artistic Endeavors, Oil Painting994 Comments

Today is my first #happymailmovement giveaway for my blog readers!  I have been working on these for a couple of weeks and I have over 20 to give away.  Some of them I’m sending to friends, people who have sent me happy mail, and a few members of my mentoring group, but I’m going to be giving away ten here today!

And, for those asking, I will be painting more to sell.  At first, I wanted to build a healthy stash to give away as happy mail.

I have absolutely loved painting these!  They are quick and give me a huge sense of accomplishment when I can paint 4-6 in one sitting.  I’m also learning a lot through the process.  It’s easy to experiment and not feel too uptight on a tiny piece of canvas.  I can just throw it away if it doesn’t work out.

You can tell that my favorite subject is blue skies filled with white, puffy clouds over farm fields.  I’m fortunate that is a pretty common view here in Minnesota!

Most are painting on 3 x 4 canvas.  The canvas is not mounted to a board or anything, so they can’t stand up on their own.  But, they are perfect to pin to a board, hang with clothespins, or mat and frame.  I painted them on canvas so they would be easy to pop in an envelope and it’s also what I had on hand.  I did order a pack of 180 mini boards of various sizes, so I’ll paint on those when they arrive.  I do like the texture from the canvas, though.

We painted minis in our Live Painting class on Friday, so I’ll be posting that video and details here this week if you’re interested in seeing how they are painted.

To enter the giveaway, you just need to be a subscriber of my blog.  Simply subscribe to my blog and leave a comment on this post letting me know you have (or you already do!)

The giveaway is opened to international readers and will close Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at midnight PST.

Good luck!

#happymailmovement giveaway no. 1 | mini oil paintings

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994 Comments on “#happymailmovement giveaway no. 1 | mini oil paintings”

  1. Marian, I am loving our Friday painting classes!! Thank you for sharing your talent, teaching skills, time and encouragement each week!! I am a long time reader and have subscribed.

  2. I wish that I had your painting and artistry”gene”! But, I can , at least, enjoy it! I would love to win one of your lovely cloud minis, and I did subscribe!
    Cynthia
    From the Deep South

  3. Hi Marian!
    I’ve been a subscriber to your blog for many years, and would love to get a “mini” in the mail! I’ll even make it an even trade…painting with you on Friday’s has been so fun! Robin

  4. Already a subscriber, can’t wait to get back to work so that I can buy the paints and supplies to follow along!

  5. I absolutely love your paintings. I watched one of your online tutorials and, although I have no artistic painting skills whatsoever, I left the tutorial feeling like I needed to try it!! Thank you!!

  6. Hello-
    I thought I had entered awhile back, but realized I didn’t include my name and email! Here it is below. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  7. Long time subscriber and follower. I love your style. Thank you for the Friday painting classes. I really appreciate and look forward to them. My Rosemary brushes are on the way. 🙂

  8. Already follow you! Thanks for the uplifting posts! I’ve already started sending “Heppy Mail” to family and friends! 😊

  9. I absolutely love this idea! I’ve been following you On Facebook for several years and am always inspired by your creativity! Best of luck to everyone!

  10. Marion, I’ve been following you on Instagram for a couple of years now and may I just say your positivity and ‘realness’ is so refreshing to witness. I look forward to seeing what you have created each day, particularly your beautiful paintings. You’ve inspired me to start anew with painting myself. I’ll send a pic when I’m feeling braver! Thank you.

  11. Beautiful thanks for the chance to have your painting 🖼 so tranquil!
    Love looking at all your posts and pictures for inspiration

  12. I already receive your daily email newsletter…love blue, white and a little splash of jade.

  13. Thank you for all you do! love spending Fridays with you painting. Your happy give aways are so kind! Thank you for spreading the Love!

  14. Subscribed! Love these gorgeous paintings! The flowers you added to the pictures, their petals remind me of some of the brush strokes in the clouds. So pretty!

  15. Already a subscriber; been a follower for y.e.a.r.s. Would be so honored to display your artwork. Thank you for doing this.

  16. Hi Marian…thanks for this giveaway! I’d love to win but whether or not I do I just wanted to say thank you for all you share. I’ve been following for years! With your tutorials, I have slipcovered my sofa, repainted my bedroom furniture with your paint, started an ironstone collection, crocheted dishclothes…and now I’m trying oil painting. It’s been so much fun. You’re a shining star! Thank you.

  17. These are just beautiful! You’re so inspiring, thank you for sharing your knowledge and gifts. I would so love one of your cloud paintings. I bought one of your very first pear paintings. It’s one of my treasures. 😃

  18. I’ve been following for a while. I subscribed tonight. Thanks for giving me fresh eyes for my old stuff.

  19. Just subscribed to your blog! I honestly can’t believe I wasn’t before. Thank you for doing this giveaway. I follow you on Instagram and look forward to seeing your art everyday. It definitely brings me happiness in this crazy time.
    Hope you and your family are all doing well!!!

  20. These are beautiful Marian! Though I’ve been following along for years I just now subscribed. Thank you for sharing your talents with us all.

  21. Many thanks and blessings to you for sharing your talents! Such an inspiration! So looking forward to Friday!

  22. Oooh! I would so love to win one of your mini canvases! I love your landscapes with all the blues and greens. I just subscribed to your blog 🙂

  23. Love ❤️ everything you do. Im following along via email and Facebook while living in France for a year and during this lockdown your paintings remind me of all the fields I’m missing. Your color palettes are dreamy and perfect in every way to just let your mind drift for awhile. Wish I had your talent. I would be more then grateful to receive any of your inspirations as happy mail. Thanks for all that you do to inspire the rest of us.

  24. they remind me of my mom’s best friend’s paintings and make me have those warm, cozy feelings. and i’m subscribed:)

  25. I am so inspired by your talent and your ability to share it. I am a stage IV cancer patient and am full of faith. I hope hope hope. Keep creating!

  26. I love these paintings, thank you for doing this great mother’s day giveaway. I have happily subscribed to your blog!

  27. Happy Mail – such a sweet and generous gift. Sending you lots of joy, and appreciation for the lovely classes. I look forward to your posts daily & learn so much! Thank you for all you do!!! ❤️

  28. I am a loyal follower and subscribe to your blog. The landscape paintings are such a delight and inspiring!

  29. Hi Marian I’ve been enjoying pretty much everything you do. Subscribed to your blog for years now. I even have the big cow picture like you do in my more formal living room. Now I’m taking up oil painting. I’ve used your milk paint and love it. I have a question. How do you make the bice oil paint on your own? I’d like to use that color too. Thanks!

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