#happymailmovement giveaway no. 1 | mini oil paintings

by | May 2, 2020 | a slice of life, Art, Artistic Endeavors, Oil Painting | 994 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!


  1. Ana Williams

    Would love some happy mail!!!! Already a subscriber and love your blog!

  2. Henri

    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.

  3. Brenda

    I absolutely love everything you do…long time follower, first time subscriber. 🙂

  4. Cynthia

    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!
    From the Deep South

  5. Erica

    Long time reader and subscriber. Your paintings are so magical, I would love to own one.

  6. Becky Campbell

    I love your paintings!

  7. Tricia

    I love the way you make everything flow so easily. Long time reader

  8. Robin

    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

  9. Robin Bentley

    I have! Love your paintings. You have inspired so many. I’m so thankful.

  10. jennifer dankworth

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

  11. Kim

    I subscribed! Beautiful, beautiful!

  12. Kim Juttner

    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!!

  13. Suzanne Niedrich

    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.

  14. Theresa

    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. 🙂

  15. Mary Jensen

    Already have been enjoying! Be safe all!

  16. Sarah

    I’m now subscribed and so excited to follow you. I love your paintings.

  17. Tracy

    Hi Marian ,
    Just subscribed . Love this idea !

  18. Carla

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

  19. Lisa

    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!

  20. Claudette

    Absolutely adore these mini treasures.

  21. Donna Morgan

    I learn so much from you.

  22. Kara

    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.

  23. Tammy

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

  24. Whitney Ruff

    I absolutely LOVE your minis!!keeping my fingers crossed🤗

  25. Danielle Welcher

    Already subscribed and dying for the happiest mail ever!

  26. Marta

    Your paintings are so beautiful! I am now subscribed and would love the chance to win one!

  27. Teresa sanborn

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

  28. Marie

    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!

  29. Kimberly

    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!

  30. sandi

    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.

  31. Jo Ann Wells

    Hello already a subscriber! Love you blog, your artwork!

  32. Maureen B.

    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.

  33. Margaret

    You have been blessed with so much talent and kindness. Happy Mothers Day!

  34. Louise

    I just subscribed! I love your work 💕

  35. Jerri

    I love following along. You have so many talents it’s crazy! 💙

  36. Camille

    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. 😃

  37. Lee

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

  38. Lana

    I’m a subscriber and love your work and generous soul.

  39. Christi Dame

    I received my paintings, and they are so gorgeous!!

  40. Monique

    I am already a subscriber.Thank you for the opportunity💙

  41. Jessie

    First time subscriber but long time follower. Love seeing your talent!

  42. Mary Frances

    I am jealous of your many talents!

  43. Kristin

    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!!!

  44. Judy

    Absolutely love your paintings & knowledge. It’s so inspiring!
    I’ve subscribed!

  45. Pamela

    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.

  46. Lindsay

    Just subscribed!

  47. Sarah

    Subscribed. The paintings are very peaceful. Especially like the green shades.

  48. Karen

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

  49. Robyn

    I just subscribed! Thank you! I would dearly love to win one of your paintings.

  50. Kandie

    Just subscribed! Love your work!

  51. Rachel

    I am subscribed now! 🙂

  52. Lori

    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 🙂

  53. Kristi Lindholm

    I would love to win a mini painting! You are so talented! And I’m a subscriber.

  54. Gina Berk

    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.

  55. Della

    I love happy mail! And I subscribed. 😁

  56. Betsy

    Would be so fun to have!

  57. Marcia

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

  58. Lea Ann

    It’s been so fun to follow along in your painting journey!

  59. Beth

    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!

  60. France

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

  61. Lexi

    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!!! ❤️

  62. Cathie P Helgeland

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

  63. Ariann

    😍😍😍 yes please 🤞🏻🤞🏻

  64. Leslie Burch Sternstein

    I would be honored to receive one of your pieces of art! It is so happy and inspiring! You make it look so easy. I hope you will send one to me in NC! Thanking you in advance! Keep making the world a beautiful place.


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