Art by Erin Leigh: Guest Post and Giveaway!

I am beyond excited to introduce you to a special new friend of mine today!
Her name is Erin Leigh, and she blogs here.  What’s more, she’s an artist.  An amazing one.
Inspirational Art, Promise Me Youll Always Remember Birds in pink, A.A. Milne, 8 x 10 Fine Art Print
She’s self-taught, and she makes the most gorgeous, inspiring mixed media collages you’ve ever seen.
She contacted me a few weeks ago because she was interested in offering a giveaway here on One Artsy Mama.  I’d never seen her work before, so I hopped over to her Etsy shop, and when I did, I just sat there staring at one beautiful print after another wondering how I could ever pick a favorite.
Inspirational Art, Dreams (Somewhere Over the Rainbow), 8x10 Fine Art Print
Today, she’s here to offer one lucky winner…are you ready for this
a $50 credit to the Art by Erin Leigh Etsy Shop!
Scripture Art, I can do all things (Philippians 4:13), 8 x 10 Fine Art Print
Many of her 8×10 fine art prints are just $18, so you can get more than one!! 
Scripture Art, Rejoice in the Lord Always (Phil 4.1), 8x10 Fine Art PrintInspirational Art, I Love You Just the Way You Are (Billy Joel), 8x10 Fine Art PrintInspirational Art, Your Mountain is Waiting (Dr.Suess), 8 x 10 Fine Art Print, Mixed Media CollageScripture Art, ABIDE IN ME (John 15), 8x10 print
Even so, I don’t know how you’ll choose!
But before we get to the giveaway, here’s what Erin has to say about the process of creating and of using the gifts you’ve been given…
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Using Your Gifts Extravagantly
I recently read an article to artists that said
“Write about your art and never stop.”
I wish I could remember where it came from
Because I love this advice.
I love it because I have a running dialogue/blog post in my head as I’m creating.
And I sit down to write what I just thought
And it sounds like one great big giant
 
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Cheeseball.
Seriously.
It’s kind of like trying to write about my faith.
It’s too precious.
Too profound.
Too close to my heart.
And too much a part of me.
A vulnerable part.
That any words I try to put to it
Just sound like a cliché. lame.
They don’t even begin to compare to the experience.
But I like the challenge of writing about the process of creating.
Beauty out of scraps of randomness.
Something out of nothing.
Sound familiar?
And I believe that there is something deeply spiritual about creating.
I believe that each of were created for the purpose of creating.
I’m not talking mixed media collage for everyone.
I’m talking about your gift.
Whatever you do that makes you feel in your gut
I was made for this.
That’s what I’m talking about.
And if you don’t know, then you have a job.
No, you have a responsibility:
 to figure out what makes you come alive.
That’s your job.
As a living, breathing human on this planet.
I promise that you have one.
Cleaning
Writing real, handwritten letters
Scrapbooking
Baking
Organizing stuff
Bike Riding
Crocheting
Listening
Building a community
Writing
Being heatlhy
Hiking
Encouraging
Adopting
You have a gift.
It doesn’t matter what it is.
What matters is that you use it.
Spend it.
Extravangantly.
Give it away.
Use it up.
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Wow.  This is so in line with what I feel like God has been saying to me lately.
In fact, I’m over at Erin’s blog today posting about a unique opportunity He’s opened up for me to use my gifts to bless others.  I’d love for you to hop on over and check it out.
Inspirational Scripture Art, Sometimes God Has Bigger Plans for Us, 8x10 Fine Art Print
In the meantime, are you ready to enter this awesome giveaway?!
Rafflecopter will walk you through it.  Good luck!

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18 comments on Art by Erin Leigh: Guest Post and Giveaway!

  1. Lauren
    January 11, 2012 at 5:14 AM (3 years ago)

    I love her artwork! I agree, It’s too hard to choose a favorite… :)

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  2. Terry
    January 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM (3 years ago)

    What a fabulous giveaway and I’m so happy to now be introduced to Erin’s work. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Kadie
    January 11, 2012 at 2:23 PM (3 years ago)

    It is all so beautiful!! I really love the Dreams (over the rainbow) print. It would be so cute in my girls room. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

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  4. Amy
    January 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM (3 years ago)

    Her artwork is beautiful! I love the pink bird prints and the rainbow, but I think my very favorite is Abide In Me. :)

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  5. Carmella
    January 11, 2012 at 9:30 PM (3 years ago)

    love, love, love the picture of the blue birds with the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote! beautiful!

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  6. Jen
    January 11, 2012 at 10:20 PM (3 years ago)

    Ohh I love the Spread Love Everywhere print!

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  7. Sarah
    January 11, 2012 at 11:58 PM (3 years ago)

    I really love the “god has bigger plans…” print. :)

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  8. I am LOVD
    January 12, 2012 at 4:25 AM (3 years ago)

    Love this artwork. It’s a bit edgier than most touting the same message. I like it!

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  9. I am LOVD
    January 12, 2012 at 4:26 AM (3 years ago)

    Of course, I also follow you. Not sure if my entries worked through the system?

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  10. Trisha @ clarionwren.com
    January 12, 2012 at 9:17 PM (3 years ago)

    Amy, Erin’s art is amazing! Thanks for sharing it with us. I also love what you’re doing with your necklaces – so inspiring!

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  11. Carrie
    January 12, 2012 at 10:38 PM (3 years ago)

    What beautiful artwork!! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  12. west_starlight
    January 13, 2012 at 3:57 AM (3 years ago)

    Those sre incredible. I love the 1st one on this page. A.A.Milne, one of my faves

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  13. Melanie
    January 15, 2012 at 4:04 AM (3 years ago)

    I like the Sometimes God Has bigger plans inspirational artwork.

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  14. andie jaye
    January 15, 2012 at 7:52 AM (3 years ago)

    I love the God works for the Good print (part of a set). Romans is my favorite book!

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  15. Sarah B.
    January 15, 2012 at 1:37 PM (3 years ago)

    So hard to choose a favorite! But I would go with the “somewhere over the rainbow” print :)

    sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

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