Sunday, September 23, 2012


watercolors and gouache in stillman and birn 'delta', 5  1/2" x 8 1/2"

thinking back, i remember that i started painting these creatures when i was pondering 'wild ponies' -  human wild ponies, that is.   we're the ones whose motto could be "don't fence me in", and we give a silent cheer when we see the bumper sticker "question authority", hee!   but  i also know another kind of wild pony...   they don't exhibit outward signs of rebelliousness, but they have twinkle in their eye and they seem to have a bottomless well of kindness within.  i admire that kind of wild pony tremendously...


i'd like to give away one of stillman and birn's newest sketchbooks/journals.    it's a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"  hardbound 'beta', which means that it has extra heavy (180#)  white paper in it.    the painting at the top of the post was done on the same kind of paper in ivory.  i *adore* this paper and these books.  you can paint with watercolors (or acrylics or ink or whatever) on both sides of the page and there's no buckling, no showing through on the other side of the page.  


from the side - it's about a half an inch thick.

if you'd like a chance to win all you need to do is say so in your comment, but i must have your e-mail address for your name to be entered.   most of you have an e-mail addy associated with your google account, but if you don't you need to e-mail it to me.   i'll draw a name next sunday and post the winner's name in the evening.  international readers, please feel free to join in!


i really have been drawing a lot of 'wild ponies'...  they're not easy to photograph because they're lightly painted;  i've painted a lot more than this but they didn't want to be photographed, lol.


these are in my 'daily book'.  i used mostly albrecht durer watercolor pencils to paint them.


at the top of the page is a  pogo print of a topo map of this area.   i take a pic of the map, make a pogo print of it, then mark where i walked that day on the pogo print.  i love doing this...  : )

edited to add:

if you don't receive an e-mail response to your comment i don't have your e-mail addy...   so send it to me, lol!

XO

51 comments:

  1. I love your drawings/paintings - all of them whether on paper, wood or beautiful rusty tin. Your work is wonderful. I would be thrilled to enter my name for your draw, how kind of you. and i love my pogo printer too!

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  2. Oh Lynne please put my name in the draw...I'm still finishing my moleskin, but would love to try one of these journals next. The pages sound wonderful for all the different mediums we work in.
    LOOOOVE your wild ponies...they make my heart sing. I dont know, there's something about ponies and donkeys I just love!

    Jacky xox

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  3. How exciting! I'd love the chance to win. I'm nearing the end of my current journal and was not wowed by the paper. I want to try something of better quality. Thanks!

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  4. Hi Lynne, I'm new to keeping a journal and maybe a Stillman and Birn's sketchbook/journal is just the little push I need!
    Your art is beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win your very generous give away!
    Coral

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  5. Yes please enter my name in the draw Lynne!It's a beautiful sketchbook and the extra heavy weight paper appeals to me.

    The wild pony in my sidebar brought me over for a closer look. Your mythical/mystical drawings have a calming effect on me. I imagine the wild ponies materialize out of the early morning mist and then quickly disappear again, leaving one to wonder whether one really did see them. A rare but very precious siting!

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  6. Love these little creatures, they're so unusual :) I find the colour pallete which you use very appealing :)

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  7. I love these ponies Lynne! They look magical

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  8. I too would like to be entered in your draw - and am an overseas visitor :0) I have searched to see if I can buy those sketchbooks here in Sweden - but no luck there :(

    I love your work and follow your blog. I thought the account of the time spent with your sister was super - such a real special time.

    My sister is about to move in with us ........I hope we can also share some precious moments.

    Sara

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  9. A sketchbook that won't wrinkle after watercolored on would be a miracle...but your sketches look very smooth. Love the little people ponies.

    Lana

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  10. thank you for the chance to win this journal, lynne....... have been curious about them for awhle but never ordered one ....... ;-)

    bjanie@wildblue.net

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  11. Yes, please enter me in the giveaway, you have my email.
    I love your wild ponies and I LOVE the one in the boat :-).
    xoxo

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  12. P.S. I love the pogo print of the map where you walked too! xoxo

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  13. your wild ponies are wonderfully magical and they encompass the totem so beautifully... a hidden power... I am in on the giveaway...
    and btw, can you make transfers with your pogo prints? just wonderin...xox

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  14. Love at first sight.
    I wouldn't mind winning this journal, either ;)
    xoxo

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  15. Your work is beautiful and quite "ethereal", thank you for showing it to us.
    I would love to win one of your sketchbooks, as I dont think we have them in the UK.
    Not sure if my email will show up....so here is another:
    ellen_rivett@hotmail.com

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  16. Wild people ponies! How wonderful! I love them, and that little "free" tag hanging from the first one's neck! Free and wild - yes!

    What a great idea to document where you've walked in your beautiful wilderness, Lynne. Those pogo maps a great idea, and they always look so *right* with your art.

    I'm really intrigued by the idea of 180# paper! That must be amazing to work on with watercolors. Sure! I'd love to be entered in your drawing. You've got my e-mail. (I've been having so many problems with it lately, though, which is why I haven't been e-mailing as much as I'd like.)
    xoxoxo

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  17. What a generous offer! I'd like the chance to win it. If I don't at least now I'll know what to purchase as I had been wanting one and didn't know what to get or the water colors. This is all new to me.
    The map idea is fab too!

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  18. Oh lovely, lovely, lovely, I am on a neverending quest for the perfect sketchbook, one that will stand up to all i throw at it (literally sometimes) and still look smart enough to submit to my degree assessors, maybe this is the one :)

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  19. Sometimes when I go for walks over by the ranch, I feel like a wild pony and would like to gallop off for the day; does this count as a memeber of the W.P. tribe?
    xx
    julie

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  20. oh, Lynne, these wild ponies are exquisite!! magical! xo

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  21. Lynne, i oove your wild ponies series!
    I have been lusting after these journals for some time! It's very generous of you to do another giveaway and I'd love to be included.

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  22. Of course I gotta throw my hat into the fray. Yes, yes please. As always your drawings whisper to me, reminding me that life is often stitched haphazardly together and it is in those simple pleasures where life's bounty truly resides; that and dear,incredible friends.
    xxoo

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  23. wild wonderful pony you!

    a beautiful opening paragraph here.

    true "authority" always brings freedom with it--the rest is just humans playing power games and elevating themselves over others for ego. ache.

    Happy b day month and count me in.

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  24. your wild ponies are a joy to see, each one. I love your topo idea, how fun. i love maps, they are full of endless possibilities.

    please include me in your gift away, i have wanted to experience one of these journals ever since you began talking about them. xo

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  25. You are an inspiration, Lynne. Thank you for sharing.

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  26. Love your wild ponies- I would love to meet one in real life! I also love that you photo the topo map and map your course! Such originality here. So happy to see your work. They brighten my day!!!!! So do YOU! xxoo
    Sandy

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  27. I love your work and your blog posts. I would love to get the sketchbook as I am paying alimony to my ex and cannot afford to buy one yet. I am still thankful for this because it took the breakup of my marriage to release me into art. Blessings to you.

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  28. Oh, your wild ponies are so sweet. You can see that innate kindness in their eyes. How awesome to have captured them in your pages...

    I would love the sketchbook ! Maybe I will fill it with wild beings of my own if I win it !

    Much love, Sweet Walking Artist.

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  29. count me in for sketchbook giveaway... your work continues to inspire me for playfulness & whimsy!

    best wishes,
    Christina "Tina" Ng
    hamsterwheelartchick@gmail.com

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  30. oh i love the wild pony in the boat that one is the adventurous one, for sure and isnt that what wild ponies are meant to be lol she says with a twinkle in her eye as she spots that wonderful journal u are so kind to have a giveaway so soon , had my eye on the last one...

    hugz bev

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  31. Being a horse lover I am tickled with your Wild Ponies. I have been drawing imaginary birds as of late.

    I would so love to get one of the Stillman and Birn's journals as I have not found a source around here anywhere and they sound awesome.

    jazzgoil@shaw.ca

    hugs Patti

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  32. Being a horse lover I am tickled with your Wild Ponies. I have been drawing imaginary birds as of late.

    I would so love to get one of the Stillman and Birn's journals as I have not found a source around here anywhere and they sound awesome.

    jazzgoil@shaw.ca

    hugs Patti

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  33. What a sweet giveaway--I would love a heavyweight sketchbook! I'm very taken with your wild ponies too :)

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  34. Love your wild ponies and I, too, especially like any animal with a twinkle in itts eye and kindness in its hart. I would love to try my hand at a wild pony in your give away journal!

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  35. Oh yes, include me in your drawing for a new sketch book.
    If I can fill mine half as well as you do I would consider myself lucky!

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  36. You are so sweet to always give away these journals. I am all set in the journal dept, so give my chance to someone who needs some painting space. Lord knows these 16x20's are ALL the space I need right now. Sign.

    I love your wild ponies. I think that you are that kind sort of wild pony you speak of.

    Happy painting, walking and pogo printing. xoxo

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  37. Hi Lynne, I always look forward to your blog posts. I absolutely want a chance to win the divine sketchbook. I have one more page in my Moleskine to complete and it is full. I adore how you paint on natural items when you are out walking. Thank you for the chance to win.
    darlenekcampbell@hotmail.com

    http://darlene-freeniebelle.blogspot.com

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  38. All your whimsical creatures are interesting but I especially like the ponies. Thanks for the chance at the journal. I make most of mine, so a really nice store-bought one would be a treat.

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  39. Oh Lynne, I especially love the pony in the boat. Imagine! A Pony In a Boat!!! wow! My kind of dream. Reminds me of the 6 of Swords tarot card, where one is taking a journey across the waters to a new destination, a new way of looking at things, a new way of doing things. A new way of being a BEing.
    And please add me to your list of peeps wanting a beautiful journal.

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  40. Hi Lynne, just love your wild ponies, and my favourite kind of ponies are those who shine from within. A little bit of kindness is worth its weight in gold. And ofcourse you can put my name in the hat. ox

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  41. always looking forward to your posts, so beautiful and inspiring! that journal sounds like what i need right now :)

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  42. I saw one of your paintings on pinterest and fell in love! It was an obscure person holding a fairy..or lighted winged creature...I don't suppose you repeat yourself...I love these ponies, too. Don't throw me in the hat for the give-a-way...I don't journal and it would be a lovely waste on me...

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  43. lynn, i want to win!

    i changed my email address. i sent you my new one a few days back.

    um, also? i love the quiet wild ponies.
    those are the ones that get their hooks in me.

    xxa

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  44. Dear Lynnie, oh, I think you are the most beautiful, adventurous wild pony of them all!!
    roxanne

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  45. what sweet art. feels so gentle and sweet. great idea for using the pogo too. i keep forgetting to use mine most of the time. thank you for the chance to win the sketchbook

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  46. Lynne! How are you doing?
    This is really imaginative. I love horses, and in fact, horses were one of the very first things I ever taught myself to sketch. The second thing I taught myself to sketch was human faces. But had I ever thought to make a hybrid?! No!

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  47. Love the faces and now ponies. The book would be well used in my new watercolor class, plus adding mixed media. Terry tbartog@yahoo.com

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  48. I love your work.

    I want to win one of these.

    Pick me, please!

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  49. I adore your work and faithfully watch your blog. I'd love to try the paper you love. THat is the size I work with:)

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