Sunday, June 15, 2008

Pretty Things Big Give: Lauren Alexander

Update: PINK EARED DOG is the winner of the Lauren Alexander give-a-way and wins the cutest lil' owl ACEO there ever was...Yay! Be sure to enter this week's give-a-way too!

Lauren Alexander is an artist and you can definitely tell that painting is a passion of hers. Her shoppe is full of cute and colourful little creatures- birdies, cats, whales, owls, bears...and there's even Dorothy and Toto from the land of Oz {my favourite!} What else would we expect from this super talent from Kansas? The happy colours and sweet characters in Lauren's water colour paintings are set to inspire and make you happy at every glance.

What inspires you?
My inspiration comes from everything from music and movies to books and even other artists
. I enjoy being around creative people and working collectively. Sometimes great ideas are spontaneous and sometimes they come from long periods of practice and trial and error. Whenever I sit down to create I try to focus and work hard like I know the artists I admire do.

What has been your most memorable moment selling your art?
Last year I made a series of paintings of little characters called Love Bugs. A customer bought one for her daughter. Weeks later the customer contacted me and told me
that her daughter loved the painting very much and had painted a character of her own inspired by mine. Seeing the little girl's painting made my heart so happy and has been a huge motivator to keep working.

Any advice for fellow artists...
My advice for other artists is to stick together! I think we need each other and through support and camaraderie we can continue to make amazing works of art. Whether you are just starting to get out
there or if you are already established I think getting involved with a community of creative people will only make you stronger.

Shoppe: http://LaurenAlexander.Etsy.com


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This Give-a-way has ended...


Aren't YOU the lucky one??
Lauren is graciously giving away the cutest little original ACEO ever! This ACEO depicting two very colourful owls is just full of sunshine and will make you smile everytime you look at it. AND, it has never been listed in her shoppe.

How to enter: Look at the cute little paintings and prints in Lauren's shoppe and then comment here on your most favourite! ...and, if you tell us WHY you'd love to have your favourite, you'll be entered twice to win this little ACEO give-a-way! How sweet!

44 comments:

DiceGRRL said...

oh i love THE PRINCESS
too adorable for words!

studiojcards.etsy.com

A life of Assorted Nuts said...

I love The awakening. I love the softness of the colors. I love it so much I bought the print :P

windycindy said...

Fantastic art work! I love ACEOS!
One is cuter than the other. All of her artwork has its' own personality. I am choosing "I'll Fly Away!" I love the gospel song. There was a television show named after the song which I really enjoyed watching. Please enter me in this giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

californiacraftersofetsy said...

The Day of Wonder is my favorite! But this is a new shop to shop for me!

Bunny B said...

Ooo... Lauren has so many adorable stuff!! I love the owls, the birds and the blue bunny.
My fave would be The Day of Poetic Song cos the birdie is super cute and I love the pink colors used. It's just soooo sweet!
Thanks for the chance!!

bunnybox9 at gmail . com

Mystique Island Photography said...

I love limeade, too adorable and colorful...

mystiqueisland.etsy.com

lola and ruby said...

We just discovered Lauren on Etsy the other day! Love her work!

And thanks for the mention of us "mentioning" you in your links to the right! :)

XO,
Lola and Ruby

Karen Faulkner said...

I love A Graceful Garden. The colors are calming and the flowers are lovely!

Two Peas In a Pod said...

My fav. is coming up Roses...so cute.

jeridiehard.etsy.com said...

I love the little birds..it's really hard to say which is my very favorite...I loke them all, but especially the two birds on the tip right !!

Katie said...

Ummmmmm...... I can't pick!!! I already have 10 of them and love them all!!

So I am just coming in to comment that Lauren is my FAV!!!!

ThisOldHenHouse said...

what a cute shop! I love The Sweet Life - I have a serious thing for birdhouse art!

Petra said...

I have to agree. The Somewhere Over the Rainbow print is so sweet. It takes me right back to my childhood.

Petra
quietstorm4951@yahoo.com

BabyLyons said...

Lol, I went to add her to my favs and she already was one! I'm a nerd :P Anyways, I absolutely love her Infinate painting, I would want it because it's absolutely gorgeous! I love the colors, (they are very well placed too), it reminds me of a few drawings that I've done. Thanks!
babylyons.etsy.com

pinkeareddog said...

I love this shop. The colors and subject matter are so sweet and cheerful and dreamy. I think Limeade may be my favorite, but I really can't be sure. My indecision means that I like best the collections, like the pendants, or especially the magnets.

pinkeareddog@gmail.com

jkziel said...

Owls? Oh my I totally need to win this, I have a thing for owls--very nice work.

Paula said...

Oh I like the SWEET TREE, it's lovely.

Paula

desnomiep@inac.gc.ca

Nicole R.J. said...
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Nicole R.J. said...

I adore Lauren Alexander's artwork - so sweet and vibrant! I'm all about vibrant.... there's nothing like a punch of colour on your walls to brighten your day!
My favorite work of hers is Mr. Wonderful... I love the colours, it's SO cute AND it reminds me of my Mr. Wonderful - can't go wrong with that!

portablegreen said...

I adore "sweet tree", it reminds me of the innocence of youth and the sweetness of life.

Thank you for your work, it is wonderful!

Portable Green

Jessica Doyle said...

I've had your shop favorited (I'm a secret admirer) for a while now. Your art is so whimsical and detailed I love it. :)

My favorite item from your shop would be "The Willful One" ACEO. He reminds me of me... a little headstrong at times but still still nice and cute.

Here is the link to him:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11463666

Bunny B said...

The Day of Electrifying Romance is too cute! I love it!

bunnybox9 at gmail . com

fated follies studio said...

i love love love the owls in the The Wisdom Collection - greeting cards. this would be my favorite because i love the how cute the owls are and i am not really an owl person but these are awesome.

kisses4jaya at yahoo

misty said...

I love The Princess.
Because it's gorgeous, and I'd love to have it for my daughter.
Thanks so much for the opportunity.

planetmisty at gmail dot com

Michele said...

Oh my goodness...how to choose just one favorite??!!! They are all so cute!! Everytime I picked a favorite I'd go to the next page and have another favorite!!

Okay, I couldn't bring myself to just pick one!! It was too hard!! LOL!! I loved all the owl ones because the colors are fabulous, and the expressions on their faces are just adorable.

Other than the owls, my three favorites were The Sweet Life, A Day Of Simple Pleasures, and The Day of Comfort.

The reason I picked these three had to do with the colors, the titles, and the sentiments that went along with it. They weren't just cute, but they had meaning that touched me also.

Wonderful artist! Thank you for introducing me to her!!

Michele
luvkittysmeowmail@gmail.com

Apple said...

Cute and very whimsical art. I heart ACEOS now. :) I like The Joyful Personality. Just looking at it makes me feel so heart-warming. Please enter me in this giveaway. Thank you.

applez_55@yahoo.com

carolyn said...

I like the Day of Fine Appearances. It just makes me feel happy to look upon it.

judybrittle said...

mr. wonderful what a darling little mouse. and the ice cream bear and the owls and the oh wait just one.

kaylee8 said...

I love the Sweet Life because it makes me feel peaceful and happy!

The Pink Potpourri said...

my favorites are The Day of Proud, Powerful and Intense. I know that is three, but they seem to all go as a set in my eyes :)

I chose it because i love the birds on there, and i love the colors. i think friends are very important in life, and it looks like these two birds are the best of friends.

great pieces! i hope i win!

for weekly giveaways, be sure to visit The Pink Potpourri at http://allieparkersthoughts.blogspot.com

blueviolet said...

I don't think I've ever spent more time in an Etsy Shop than I did in Lauren Alexander's. These are whimsical and fanciful delights and I can't tell you how much I adore them! It was nearly impossible for me to choose just one to call my favorite but I'm picking The Protector and Her Little Wild One because it makes me think of myself and my daughter. She tries so hard to be independent but she relies on me and keeps coming back to me time and time again to reassure herself she's on the right path. I absolutely love your work and that's my favorite etsy store ever!
Elizabeth
doot65[at]comcast[dot]net

matternu said...

So creative and beautiful. This is the first time I saw these paintings and I am glad I did. The bunny blues is a favorite and I love the Epeolatry aceo collection set of 5,so many great colors.
Count me in to win

Karrie said...

my fav is the Awakening

3boyzmom said...

My favorite print is "The patient Partner". I would love to have this print because to me, the elephant and mouse together happily represents tolerance, and people who are "supposed" to not get along CAN get along and enjoy each other's companionship! I would put it on my classroom wall to promote tolerance.

Jean F said...

I also love The Patient Partner with the mouse and the elephant. If only we could all get along like that!

Diana said...

By the Light is my absolute favorite...I would love to see this watercolor hanging on my wall. The piece is so alive and vibrant; a masterpiece of color!

rkdsign88 said...

I love all her works. But for sure I love The Resolver and the Limit Pusher, just bought it & can't wait to hold it & admire more.
www.rkdsign88.etsy.com

Dee said...

Hoo! wants to win? ME!

klp1965 said...

i love the mr wonderful what a cutie :)

yyeres said...

my favorite one is the Mee-Ow-za
Miss Bea Haven b/c we are a cat-obsessed family. thanks for the contest

girlof80s said...

I love so many of the things at Lauren Alexander's shop. I love the Ice Cream Bear, The World's Stage, Ups and Downs-Art Pendants, The Day of Ups and Downs, the Sweet Tree, and ON SALE The Day of Utopia. This is a great giveaway and I really hope I win. Thanks.

karen said...

I love the pic of the little mouse with the big ears! I used to have a pet mouse, named Friskies, that died a few years back, so that's why it struck me.

catss99 at yahoo.com

windycindy said...

I am really liking her Art Pendants. The Earthly Pleasures Art Pendant from "The Day Of Earthly Pleasures" is a favorite of mine. Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Raven said...

WINNER UPDATE:

PINK EARED DOG is the winner of the Lauren Alexander give-a-way and wins the cutest lil' owl ACEO there ever was...Yay!

xxx
Raven