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Saturday, June 28, 2008

An Artist's Giveaway

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An Artist's Giveaway

Today's Etsy giveaway is so exciting to me. As soon as I saw Amber Maida's site, I instantly fell in love. Her paintings are so incredible. She has an amazing sense of color and contrast. All of her paintings flow so well, they keep your eyes moving around the whole painting, taking it all in (as a good painting should!). I can't even begin to describe her talent as a painter, that's why I'll let her work do all the talking.


She is amazing isn't she? So I suppose I should tell you what you can win. :) You get to choose any 8.5"x11" Giclee print on archival rag paper from Amber Maida's shop! Signed by the artist herself! ($18) (Image size will be a bit smaller than paper size to allow for signature) PLUS 50% off towards the purchase of any original painting in her shop! (good until 12/31/2008)

Note: For this giveaway shipping is free within the US, everywhere else pays calculated shipping fees only.

Rules To Enter:


1. Head on over to Amber Maida's shop---> http://ambermaida.etsy.com/
2. Pick your favorite item
3. Come on back here and comment on what you chose!

Comments that don't meet these requirements won't be entered

Extra Entries:
1 Extra Entry into this contest and every other one if you link to The Giveaway with the button in the right column (for as long as the button is up)
1 Extra Entry if you blog about this contest
1 Extra Entry if you purchase something from one of my sponsors
2 Extra Entries if you purchase something from this store during the contest
E-mail me at babylyons [at] live.com or comment to let me know you deserve an extra entry!


Please leave a way for me to contact you.

This contest will end on July 5th at 11:59 pm PST
A winner will be chosen from a Random Number Generator from mathgoodies.com
The winner will be announced on July 6th
If I cannot get a hold of the winner 3 days, a new winner will be chosen

Let's here some more about Amber Maida:

1. First things first, tell us a little more about yourself...

My name is Amber Maida and I am married to a wonderful man. No children, but our kitties keep us busy when we're home! We currently reside in a vintage colonial that my husband is rennovating in Naugatuck, CT but have been traveling so much these days that home is wherever my hubby, Pete and I are at that given moment. I feel most at home in Manhattan! Luckily NYC is so close by, i'm there a lot!

2. What is your regular job?

I am a full-time exhibiting international artist (30+ hours a week is my personal definition of full time), I am also an award-winning dance choreographer and modeling coach- currently serving as one of the company director's of Stratford Academy of Dance (My students keep me fueled with energy and fresh inspirations), I am a colorist/designer for Custom Building Services. I love the inspiration that comes from this fusion and mixed perspectives on the visual and performing arts!

3. Do you Haiku?

Hidden beneath paint

When she first appeared to me

left hidden... inspires

4. Picture of your workspace (as is, no cheating!)

My studio is completely off limits as it is undergoing rennovation- i'm not allowed in at all! So my current work space/studio is wherever the paint lands and the music plays:) I've included a photo of one such session, what i simply call my "Paint to the music" live performance.

5. What inspires you?

Life is magic! I love exploring, learning, listening and experimenting with materials,videas, colors and textures. Music, especially anything David Bowie is inspiring to me- I play his music while I paint! Dance and the fluidity of movement inspires me to create the Vogue series of paintings and the new Muse collection. When I feel the need to re-fuel, I read more- especially biographies of art masters and dancers... I talk with my lovely artist-friends and get back to experimenting with my art in the studio

6. What item in your shop is your favorite and why?

Muse III is my current favorite. She was not expected, I saw the piece developing as a cityscape for the fragmented urbanism series.... but then as I moved around the painting (I mainly work directly on the floor and dance/move around the canvas- forgetting where the top or bottom of the artwork, my father-in-law kids me that many of my paintings are upside down to him!) I saw her, as clear as can be! In fact, all i had to do was outline her with my pearlescent inks, nothing was added beyond that, she was just there. I cried when I found her, it was about 2am, it was magic.


Thank you Amber for you generosity! You are truly an amazing artist!

164 Entries:

rachel said...

I like the one titled Purple and Pink!! Really great art,I love lots of color!!! Thanks a bunch!

toasters lie said...

Her work reminds me of Klimt. I especially like MUSE III.

Chrystal Davis said...

LOVE the artwork! My favorite's the Fragmented Urbanism.

Anonymous said...

OPTIMISM 8.5 x 11 Giclee PRINT by Amber Maida

Nora
neneelynn@yahoo.com

masonsgranny59 said...

PINK DRESS 8.5 X 11 Giclee Print ty 4 the contest!:)

mar said...

The Unveiling is my favorite item. thank you for the contest

Jennifer O. said...

I really like "Delicate." The pinks and greys look great together.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11917720

Anonymous said...

The Teal Moon print is gorgeous! Thanks for the opportunity of free art. :)

arobins@uno.edu

Megan B. said...

I love OPTIMISM, theres a lot of great work there! Thanks so much!

lovelyluckymegs@yahoo.com

Janet said...

JEWEL is my favorite - it lends quite a mysterious and spooky ambiance but also has a lot of soothing light turquoise color too.

Christine said...

So many I love, but in a pinch would select SHHH as my favorite. Love the mixed medium.

Skiffywife said...

I absolutely love Wisdom. What a beautiful piece.

Skiffywife
davedana@aye.net

smileysmg said...

I love WHIMSY and PURPLE AND PINK SPILLZ

gkstratos said...

I really enjoy this artist's work. Very modern and I love how she works with various mediums. You can see NYC in all of her work. I love Fragmented Urbanism.
gkstratos@yahoo.com

robynl said...

Delicate is an awesome one(my choice).

yourstrulee at sasktel dot net

triciacus said...

I like the purple and pink spills!

kitty said...

I like Jewel.

juedy said...

"Mystic Woman" does it for me.

juedy said...

"Mystic Woman" does it for me.

I forgot to leave my contact information on my first post.

jeddy7553@sbcglobal.net

Annie said...

I love "Obsessive Dream"; it reminds me of me!

I'm in Canada and if I won am more than willing to pay shipping.

nancyrobster@gmail.com

kygirl said...

PURPLE AND PINK SPILLZ Original Painting

yvonne said...

I love the WHIMSEY the best -- but they are all very cool!

happyathomehandmade said...

She is such a talented artist & I love all of her paintings!! My favorite is WISDOM! Very beautiful! Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway!! :)

happyathomehandmade.etsy.com

Michelle said...

toasters lie--great catch about the Klimt influence. Now that you've said it, I totally see it. Nice!

My favorite--though not by much--is "Wisdom."

Delilah said...

I love this artwork! Whimsy is my favorite,I love the textured look and the colors.

Stephanie said...

PRIMARY FLOWERZ -- fantastic work!!
tvollowitz at aol dot com

drala said...

I really like Jewel. The colors are so pretty together.

idahomom said...

I like the Teal Moon print.

janehixon said...

Softly..........

Rosana Ruiz said...

Hi, here from other space to tell you again not only your magnificient works are amazing. What is also interesting to me is how you prepare the place, the music, the background to create.
Ro

Harry Barbee said...

Heart
Butchbarbee66@aol.com

Datura Rose said...

I like the one called Wisdom.

resenn (at) gmail (dot) com

Princess Golden Hair said...

I think my favorite is Optimizime 8 1/2 x 11 Giclee print. it blew me away

misty said...

PURPLE AND PINK 8.5x11 Giclee PRINT is my fave. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

planetmisty @ gmail dot com

subu said...

i love the fragmented urbanism print. :-) though all her stuff is lovely.

suburose@gmail.com

Bern said...

I like Softly.

Tonya said...

Rustic is my favorite. It is restful and would look perfect in my recently redone bedroom.

Jennifer said...

My favorite is "Softly." They are all so cool though.

rjskinner@msn.com

Bunny B said...

I've your cute button on my sidebar HERE! Thanks!

bunnybox9 at gmail . com

Bunny B said...

My fave painting of hers would be the WHIMSY! Thanks!

bunnybox9 at gmail . com

chromiumman said...

love Muse III

Courtney said...

I like the Whimsy art.

daisraeli78 said...

i loved "FRAGMENTED URBANISM"
amazing work !!!
its very resembling of an urban society

dolls123 said...

I like the PINK DRESS 8.5 X 11 Giclee Print

luckydolls123[at]verizon[dot]net

Tabby said...

I love Whimsy. The colors are just beautiful.

windycindy said...

Hi, What a wonderful contest! Her artwork is fascinating and made me think when I read the titles. I really like "shhhhh...Original Framed Mixed Media Painting" and "Softly!"
They both made me feel peaceful and serene. Please enter me in your drawing. I appreciate it.....Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

jepnet said...

Wisdom is just lovely! The colors and composition are perfect. It is so serene.

Anonymous said...

Nice paintings! I really like the PURPLE AND PINK 8.5x11 Giclee PRINT.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Molly C. said...

I think I like Wisdom best.

toughturtles said...

WHIMSY Original Painting

sweetsue said...

Her art is incredible! My favorite print is Teal Moon-the colors are fantastic.

Janice Golden said...

Mystic woman is my choice
Jaleigh78@aol.com

VickeC said...

I love the one titled Purle an Pink,what a great artist,please count me in too,thanks





vlbelk@hotmail.com

Katy Lin :) said...

i love "whimsy" it's gorgeous!

i also have your button on my blog :)

katylinvw (at) yahoo (dot) com

http://honestandlasting.blogspot.com

Lilith Silvermane said...

I love the Wisdom! She is truely amazing, my best friend would LOVE this for the holiday season. I'd love to get it for him, this is such a calming painting.

pancak said...

Complexity is an intriguing piece and is probably my favorite.

wigget said...

big red

tatertot374 said...

I like the whimsy. Very fun! Thank you!

ashley said...

I really like the WISDOM 8.5x11 Giclee Print. It fits me perfectly.

kamewh said...

I love Obsessive Dream :) Thank you for the giveaway!

Art for Hair said...

'Heart' is my favorite, but it was a really hard choice - wonderful artist!

I added your link/button to my blog at http://artforhair.blogspot.com

sales [at] artforhair.com

jodibee said...

I really love Whimsy! It's gorgeous! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

kdkdkd said...

I love Mystic Women, that would be my pick

Kathy said...

I love her work! I think Whimsy is my favorite, but it's hard to say. I keep changing my mind.

Kathy
carey_shawn@hotmail.com

Kelly H said...

WHIMSY and TEAL MOON

jennem said...

WISDOM. It is very peaceful.

littlelatina said...

Whimsy is my favorite. I also really like Rustic and Obsessive Dream

bfox74 said...

I like Whimsy.

Jess said...

OPTIMISM is bright and energizing.

Suzique said...

I love "Jewel." The longer I look at it, the more things I see in it. Gorgeous use of color.

Meredith said...

I think there's a kitty lurking in pink dress. I like it. These make you imagine you see things and like looking at clouds its very relaxing!

Ken said...

FRAGMENTED URBANISM I expresses the ugly order of modern cities. Please accept my entry.

tu madre said...

i really enjoy the rustic print. i love how the more solemn grey is punctuated by the vibrant blue. its almost like an alternate universe of monet's poppies.

kmricci@gmail.com

sassu said...

I love Teal Moon. When I look at the painting it instantly makes my heart smile. The colors flow together so well and make the painting complete. I feel as though I am looking at myself into a bright promising future.

cpullum said...

i also like the Teal Moon print!

Meaghan F. said...

The Wisdom one is amazing!

GCann said...

Teal Moon. Reminded me of desertlandscape SW USA, monsoon season, taking shelter, pause in the journey. Keep it up Amber!

Dwendel242@aol.com said...

Amber's work is amazing! How do you pick a favorite, when every piece is so beautiful, unique, and expressive? Viewing her paintings creates such thought and emotion...the color and layout of Teal Moon transforms you to a fantasy land, the grace and dimension of Whimsey leaves you with a smile, but my current favorite would have to be Shhhh. I love the way Amber has incorporated different items into the painting (string, pages of an old poetry book, vintage fabric), it gives the painting such personality and feeling. It bridges the gap between past and present, it is an amazing piece.

CurlyfrySC's Collage said...

I love WHIMSY...because, well, I love flowers!
The colors are so beautiful in that painting!

kristen cook said...

I really like whimsy and softly, can't pick!! k_cook30@yahoo.com

Sarah said...

I really love whimsy 8.5 x 11, thanks for the chance to win free art and thanks for the great giveaway.
swubbolding@gmail.com

tinyartbyjmullin said...

I just love "Whimsy"! Please enter me in the giveaway.

Etsy shop - tinyartbyjmullin.etsy.com

Beadiful Things said...

Primary Flowers is my fave -- LOVE it!

Ghost said...

Wisdom...

great contest.

Kari said...

Teal moon is my favorite too. Im always drawn to things lunar..i have a moon tattoo on my shoulder and my cat's name is Luna :) All of them are truly stunning though.

Smooshy said...

i like whimsy, nice colors

Carly & Garrett said...

I like "Whimsy". The colors are fabulous! What a gifted artist. I would love to own a piece of the collection. Thanks for the giveaway.

carlyharrell(at)yahoo(dot)com

TBC said...

I love that amber works are so large, they're amazing. Enjoyable browsing her shop! The one that jumped out at me is Love Soaked. I just get kinda dreamy & lost staring at it. So pretty!

Tina12312 said...

I love her work, they are all super-cool! My favorite is TEAL MOON. Thank you so much!

monica said...

teal moon is my fav, but she has a lot of nice stuff

kaylee8 said...

Options is gorgeous!

Ginny said...

I like the PURPLE AND PINK SPILLZ Original Painting by ambermaida

bboyle said...

I like the colors of Primary Flowerz.
I love her work.

kagey10 said...

I am in love with WHIMSY! gorgeous, I am in love with the work.

karissagatgmaildotcom

Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy

said...

I really like: "Connected"!

Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy

said...

We blogged:

http://kristiniac.blogspot.com/2008/07/tuesdays-cool-contests.html

Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy

said...

We also have your button on our sidebar!

Elizabeth said...

What a phenominal artist! I love OPTIMISM. It would look great in my house!

Thanks!

scorpeoh(at)gmail(dot)com

Kathy (at) cats4me@frontiernet.net said...

She is a truly talented artist. I really enjoyed studying her website, and fell in love with "Teal Moon".

SeahorseLady said...

Yes, she really is amazing. I really like "Wisdom". Thank you for the very nice giveaway.

Christian Kay said...

I ADORE whimsy! What an awesome print.

ckbruce@sbcglobal.net

Bethany said...

I am an artist and freshman in art college ~ your work is AMAZING! I love it so much. It was SO hard to chose but I'd have to say my favorite is Delicate. It's fantastic! The black/pink/white/gray. I love it! :D
BethanyTate1@gmail.com

Sandy M said...

I cannot decide between two. I love Whimsy and also Teal Moon. Great shop!

Mariana said...

I like the "Fragmented Urbanism" - but everything is so beautiful!

blackestmoss at gmail dot com

Wendy said...

I like WHIMSY Original Painting by ambermaida most of all! In fact it's this painting that really got my attention. Wish I could afford it! Worth every penny.

Ok, I have your button in my sidebar (left side) and will blog about this giveaway here: http://adventuresofasuburbanwahm.blogspot.com/

Thanks for the opportunity!

jodene said...

I just love "Whimsy"! Thank you for the giveaway!

joannaonthelake said...

Amber is to talented and she has quite a background! I always enjoy your artist interviews and get so much perspective about them and how their personalities truly mirror their creations! My favorite piece of work by Amber is the WISDOM Giclee. There is a peaceful and content feel to the design, and the tree looks like it has been through a lot of harsh storms and weathered them all and is still thriving! That sort of sums up what happens in life! You go through the ups and down but always survive the worst storms! Thank you for offering this terrific giveaway from Amber!

Trish said...

love the whimsy!

- Marybeth I. said...

Rustic is one of my favorite - love the color against the neutral tones

Kara said...

fUnKy cool work! my favorite is teal moon.
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cent_saving_mom said...

My favorite would be Whimsy though I really enjoyed looking through all of Amer's work. Beautiful work, all of it!

Cent_Saving_Mom

cent_saving_mom AT morethancents.info

Cherry Lane Jane said...

MYSTIC WOMEN 8.5x11 Giclee Print is my favorite!!! she does beautiful paintings! I really love the WHIMSY Original Painting by ambermaida also.

Eileen said...

CONNECTED 8.5x11 Giclee PRINT
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12174797

Eileen
eatien@yahoo.com

S said...

I love Teal Moon

Anonymous said...

"Fragmented Urbanism"

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Geri said...

I'm torn between Jewel and Wisdom, but, really, they're all amazing!

gr11781[at]gmail.com

monyart said...

I love her style- I would gladly take any of her art! "Whimsy" is the one that I love the most! I like the colors & shapes!
:)Nancy
judahslion@comcast.net

Tiffany said...

COMPLEXITY is the best!!

NesieBird said...

I love HEART!

Amy said...

I love the Whimsy painting! I also really like Options. Thanks for introducing me to yet another great Etsy artist!

arvard said...

My favorite is HEART. I love the colors.

quitecontrary1977 said...

rustc just called to me but it was hard to choose!

quitecontrary1977@hotmail.com

Dorothy R. said...

Purple and Pink, They are my favorite colord to begin with!!!

Alice said...

WISDOM

Sara said...

Whimsy is my fave! Love it!

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Sarah Z said...

Hard to choose just one! Love Wisdom!

believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

Judy Cuddihee said...

Amber,
What a gorgeous array. I looked long and hard, changing my "favorite" over and over. Finally went with "Big Red". I can imagine a whole conversation in this picture.
Keep on creatin'. - Judy Cuddihee

LiLi said...

I like Primary Flowerz a lot. thanks for the contest!

Dawn said...

I like the TEAL MOON 8.5x11 Giclee PRINT.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Sue Farrell said...

Teal Moon would look great in my office.

farrell@crosslake.net

Jaime said...

I love the TEAL MOON 8.5x11 Giclee PRINT!

llinda29 said...

My favorite would be Whimsy. It suits my style

Stephanie said...

I love the Whimsy original. Look perfect in my bedroom.

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silverbele said...

The Fragmented Urbanism is great

matternu said...

I really like her art and the Giclee for everyone to enjoy her art. I love the WHIMSY 8.5 x 11 Giclee,. Count me in to win

girlof80s said...

COMPLEXITY is my favorite print because I am a complex person and I like the color lay out of it. This is a great giveaway and I really hope I win. Thanks.

Marc said...

I like Teal Moon because of the blue girl figure and the vibrant colors.

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agsweeps said...

My favorite is TEAL MOON. Thanks for the giveaway!!

Kasey Kollman said...

Whimsy is very cute.
kcknc2 at aol dot com

Henry said...

Wisdom is my favorite. Thanks!

Heather said...

I love Whimsy. It reminds me of a field of wildflowers. Pretty.

Cindy said...

RUSTIC 8.5 X 11 Giclee PRINT by Ambermaida is very profound. Sat staring at it for about 20 minutes and found so much symbolism in it. Thanks for a great giveaway!

purango said...

TEAL MOON is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

melonkelli said...

I like Wisdom.

Anonymous said...

Lets hear it for the Teal Moon for the Muse III second. many thanks SW Happy 4th weekend to all

Reeva said...

I love Options.

Her work is awesome! a true talent!

fangirl said...

Her artwork is gorgeous. I particularly like "Wisdom".

klp1965 said...

i love the PRIMARY FLOWERZ 8.5x11 Giclee PRINT :)

dani said...

My favorite is wisdom. My very close second was mystic women.

yadgirl said...

I like Big Red.

jryamada said...

WHIMSY is my favorite

tina metz said...

just love the purple and pink
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Christine said...

Whimsy is definitely my favorite! Her work is so unique. Very nice!

Roxy said...

I like Yellow and Grey Spillz

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Anonymous said...

i love love love the LOVE SOAKED it would look great in my living room! ahdrad2932@msn.com

memetu said...

WISDOM is something everybody needs.

Diana said...

Teal Moon is my favorite but I really like Whimsy as well.
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Becca Ann said...

Whimsy would look great in my bedroom!

vboackle said...

i like optimism because we should be.

Starshine3 said...

Amber's art is stunning; I really enjoyed browsing her Etsy shop :) One of my favorite prints is WISDOM.

rangrace said...

Im going to say Teal Moon, very very nice work indeed

3boyzmom said...

whimsey is definitely my favorite!!! I also really liked teal moon and pink dress! What unique and beautiful art!!

Helen said...

PURPLE AND PINK is my favorite.

donna444444 said...

I like the Shhhhh... Original.