Monday, September 16, 2013

Still-Life Painting Giveaway

It is my pleasure to host this special giveaway of an original still-life oil painting by my friend and artist, Elizabeth Floyd. This is such a treat as I greatly admire Liz personally and professionally. And, I am quite drawn to the quiet beauty of her work.

Liz and I first met last year after corresponding via our blogs. We immediately connected on many topics - from art to design to nature. Trained as an architect, she left that structured world to nurture her dreams of becoming an artist and, essentially, for a gentler pace. To read her complete bio, please visit here.

From an interview for the Lorton Patch, February 2013:

"The objects that populate our lives have the means to speak to others, and I hope I can encourage people to pause and find something to appreciate. I love art because it gives me an opportunity to show and express what I find so remarkable and beautiful in this world." 
  
~ Elizabeth Floyd
Artist Elizabeth Floyd with daughter Naomi.
After discovering her lovely paintings online, I wanted to visit Liz in her world. Here are my photos of her home and studio.
Two simple but evocative still-life vignettes being painted at the time.
Liz paints only in natural light. Her collections of props, bottles, dishes, and natural curiosities are fascinating!
A few of my favorite paintings. To see works currently available, please visit here.
The following paintings spoke to me, and I have paired them together as such.
Now for the giveaway. There are two paintings available (see below), and the winner of this drawing gets to select one. Here's how to enter, etc:

1) Visit Liz's portfolio and have a look at her paintings.
2) Come back and leave a comment on my blog stating which one of the two paintings (below) you would like. 
3) Please leave your name and a way for me to identify or contact you.
4) Only one entry per person.
5) All are welcome, whether you have a blog or not - including readers outside the U.S.
6) This drawing ends September 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM Eastern Time. One name (by comment number) will be drawn randomly via Random.org.
7) I'll announce the winner on September 25, 2013.
8) The painting will be shipped free of charge to the winner - no PO box address, please. 

Option #1: Still Life with Apple, Silver Cup and Bottle. I had it custom framed in a Victorian style silver frame. 
This little gem measures 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" and is propped in front of the art books in our library. It's meant to be picked up and admired. 
Option #2: Still Life with Fruit and Teacup. At 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" it is a perfect little square, and can be hung or propped. It was photographed in our shop on a Swedish Gustavian commode.
So those are the two paintings, and one will soon go to a new home. Many, many thanks to Liz for her generosity!! I hope you will visit her blog for inspiration, and perhaps, include her lovely painting(s) in your home. And, thank you for taking the time to enter this drawing! Cheers, Loi

251 comments:

  1. Option 2 is beautiful. James.jay@gmail.com

    James

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    1. Your blog a wonderful source of inspiration.. and the paintings a perfect fit.
      A perfect fit with your shop .. they are both wonderful

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  2. Fingers crossed for #1! A wonderful collection and fine inspiration for me:) thx b

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    1. Her paintings are Beautiful! I would Love to win the first option with the luscious green apple!!

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  3. Loi, Of the two paintings, I really like the green apple and silver cup. I almost hesitate to enter the give away, after winning your last painting give away. However, I am sure my luck will run out on this one.:) No matter, I wanted to stop by and say hello. You may enjoy my last number of posts on Scandinavia (GraciousInteriors.blogspot.com). As I write, I often think of you and your connection to this part of the world. Happy fall!

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  4. i love the still life with the apple and silver cup. all her pieces with silver things in them are amazing.

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  5. Thank you for introducing us to Liz. I just love her still life paintings. So beautiful! I am drawn to painting 1 with the silver cup, apple and bottle. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. Susan Hicks. sphicks@aol.com

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  6. Loi, Elizabeth's work is striking. I can see why you were so taken. I thoroughly appreciated seeing her props, cups, and bottles, along with the other items she uses.
    I think both choices are beautiful but I especially like #1. The green apple is so appealing!!! I loved the way you framed it.
    Thank you for offering this wonderful opportunity for someone to enjoy Elizabeth's work in their home.
    Patty Day
    pattyday25@gmail.com

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  7. Dear Loi,

    I enjoyed visiting Elizabeth's site and viewing her work, especially those works that have both nature and highly reflective surfaces. My pick would be No. 1, with the green apple.

    Mark D. Ruffner
    bahama205@gmail.com

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  8. Thank you for introducing such a talented artist to me! Love her cloudscapes series. I would have to pick option #1--what a great idea to encourage picking up the piece and really looking at it. Would definitely copy that idea and place it on my bookshelf.

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  9. Hi Loi, so lovely of you to feature Ms. Floyd. I look for miniature still lifes and landscapes frequently on Etsy and discovered her work quite a while ago. I am still regretting I didn't buy a persimmon painting she had. I regret it to this day. I favorited it and when I went back it was sold. Alas! I love both paintings but I think I'd choose the apple and silver cup.
    Thanks for dropping by the blog. I'd have love to have gone to fashion school too... :)

    xo Terri

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  10. What a great giveaway. I have followed Elizabeth's work for some time now and am always impressed. How lucky to see a glimpse of her studio.
    I love the apple still life and its great use of reflection.
    Thanks!
    Cali
    cmmeans@gmail.com

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  11. Thank you for introducing us to this talented artist and providing this generous give-away. Elizabeth's work is technically impressive but more than that, she somehow makes ordinary objects extraordinary.

    While both paintings are lovely, I'm very drawn to #1 with the silver cup and apple. I love the reflective quality of the piece. The overall effect is beautiful.

    pennyhoule at yahoo dot com

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  12. Dear Loi,
    Thanks for introducting us to lovely Liz and her work and thanks for this beautiful give away!! She is so talented! Paintings are great, but I will say #1. Light and reflections are fantastic! Everything looks so alive and yet calm and gentle! Love it!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Blessings and hugs,
    Vesna - vesna.gavrilovic7@gmail.com

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  13. Dear Loi,
    Thanks for introducting us to lovely Liz and her work and thanks for this beautiful give away!! She is so talented! Paintings are great, but I will say #1. Light and reflections are fantastic! Everything looks so alive and yet calm and gentle! Love it!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Blessings and hugs,
    Vesna - vesna.gavrilovic7@gmail.com

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  14. Oh, you're making us choose! How difficult, but I think I would go with "fruit and teacup."

    I really liked her heirloom tomatoes series on her blog. Take care, Cindy

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  15. I went to your blog from Instagram, and was very pleased to see this giveaway! Both the paintings are lovely, but I really like #1 with the silver tones and bright green of the apple. Very nice. Thank you for the opportunity! Alison

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  16. Loi, what a great and generous giveaway you are offering! Elizabeth's work is lovely and sweet. I've done some oil painting and pastels and I know how difficult it is to capture such things on paper, especially glass and metal. I love her work of flowers in Ball jars. Thank you for a chance to win one of her paintings!
    Claudia

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  17. Hi Loi

    Thank you for sharing Elizabeth's lovely paintings with us. They are full of charm and her vignettes are beautiful. In particular I love the silver cup with violets (A favorite flower) and the blue and white Chinese bowl with peaches. Im going to check out her other work pronto.

    Michael

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  18. Of course I want the one with the coffee cup. Please!! And you know how to contact me.

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  19. Her work has such a lovely luminescent quality! I never win, but throwing my name in the hat anyway - I have such a fondness for silver mint julep cups!

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  20. After a visit to her site Loi, I find so many I love! I am drawn to the dandelions, daffodils, and forsythia.....I didn't realize my love for yellow! Such a generous giveaway....I love both, but the silver cup and apple would be my choice....enjoy your Sunday.

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  21. Loi, have followed your blog since discovering it several months ago. Beautifully photographed--every shot is so spot on. Elizabeth's portfolio will take time to really look through but her paintings draw viewer in. Tough to move on to the next. I'd take the silver cup and green apple. The light!
    nkbrown01@gmail.com

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  22. Dearest Loi,

    I am rather late, having been out last night at a poetry reading!

    I am all here my friend. I would love to enter this giveaway with my choice being the one with the SILVER CUP. I love what she has to say about her mission to cause people to PAUSE. How true that is for just about any art, including YOUR art to decorate the home with time-worn beauty that causes ME to stop and wonder and melt in the comfort of a gray, white and natural toned environment.

    BIG WISHES TO YOU FOR A SILENT and restful Sunday !!! Anita

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  23. Hi Loi,
    Throwing my hat in the pile here. I'm glad you introduced me to her work, she is so right that original art in the home is so enriching, it's almost alive. She has a painting of peonies over there that I love.

    Onto the giveaway, I love the apple and julep cup and that fact that its propped up instead of hung and meant to be picked up and studied. It again becomes an animate object, beautiful.

    Good luck to all. What a wonderfully generous giveaway.
    Much love
    Di
    xxxxxxx

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  24. Wow her work is stunning, please count me in! I love the petunia painting but al are beautiful....nothing like an original piece of art! My choice would be option 1, your pictures are so pretty!

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  25. Hi Loi, ELizabeth's work is lovely (as are your photos of her inpirations)and I like her philosophy - sharing the simple beauty in everyday life. There is nothing better.

    Hope you've had a great weekend!

    xoxo,
    Phyllis

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  26. Hi Loi,
    Beautiful work. I admire people who can paint and draw. Elizabeth is no exception. Thank you for introducing us to her creations. One of my favorite present day painters is James Aponovich and Elizabeth's paintings remind me slightly of his style with the vibrant colors and still life subjects.
    I love all of her paintings however for this giveaway I would love the fruit with teacup.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Fondly-Lisa

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  27. Oh my goodness, such beautiful paintings! I just love all the blossoms in the canning jars. If I was so lucky to be the winner of this give away I would choose the apple and silver cup--they both are just lovely...

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  28. Her work is exquisite and Im so happy to get to know this artist! Thank you for the opportunity to win one of her paintings. I love the silver cup and the apple. Love the texture and the capturing of the light in her work! Enjoy your weekend~ It is gorgeous outside!
    xo Nancy

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  29. Thank you for sharing Elizabeth's beautiful work and studio with us! My favorite from her current available portfolio would be Still Life with Tangerines and Crock but I love so many of them. The table tops of her studio are so perfect with the grouping of paint brushes and flowers in jars. Also love the paining you featured with the Mason jar and crabapples. Have a wonderful relaxing Sunday, Loi!

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  30. Hello Loi, Elizabeth Floyd's still lifes are all wonderful--she is expert at depicting lively surfaces. Yet I was also taken with her landscapes. Like most commenters here, I would select the apple and cup--her painting of the details and surface of the cup are a real tour de force, and she relates the apple and cup by emphasizing their shininess and peened quality that they have in common.
    --Road to Parnassus

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  31. Hi Loi! Her work is beautiful, I see why you are drawn to it!! I love how you have paired her work. I love #1 just stunning! xo leslie

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  32. I am a follower of your blog all the way from Cape Town, South Africa! Ordinarily I would pass by entering any giveaways but, since I will be in New York and Washington in December, I decided adding my name to the draw for this absolutely beautiful still life might just be worth doing. If I had space in my suitcase I would be coming home with many more.
    Wendy x

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  33. Hello, Loi. Thanks for your generosity with this art give-away. Liz's work is beautiful, and I commend her for following her life's passion. I started to comment on your last blog - loved! your "new leaf" topic as entry into fall, and I have tried to find some of those beautiful creamware/smearware leaf dishes but gave up.
    I am partial to the first of these 2 beautiful paintings. Thanks, my friend! Enjoy the cooler weather! xoxo to you, Tom and the pooches. Hope all are well.

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  34. Addendum to my prior post - the painting I meant to indicate as my favorite is the apple one. Thanks!!

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  35. Beautiful paintings (and photos)! Love your blog and hope to visit your store someday soon! Thank you for the introduction to this great artist. I like them both but I'm partial to a pop of orange so the still life with fruit and teacup would be a treasure for me! Stacey (rsbauer9592@hotmail.com)

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  36. Liz is such a gifted painter. Both paintings are beautiful, but my favorite is the Still Life with Apple and Silver Cup.

    Rschrimsh(at)aol(dot)com

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  37. Ok. Of course I now have a new artist to drool over!! Love, love the intro!! I signed up for everything on her site. I adore the apple. The frames are fabulous, by the way. They make the paintings true gems. Thank you, Loi!! Xoxo, K

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  38. Beautiful paintings!! My favorite is the apple.
    Lynnogburn@aol.com

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  39. Lve her painting. I would choose the still life with apple.

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  40. Loi, this is a wonderful give-away! Elizabeth Floyd is a talented artist! She has such variety in her work. I love the still life with the green apple! Thanks for the opportunity to enjoy Elizabeth's work!
    Jennifer
    jsmflake@comcast.net

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  41. Liz is very talented. I do love the green apple and silver cup. What a treasure!!!
    Lisa
    lwelde@nc.rr.com

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  42. Very nice giveaway. She has a lovely observational eye for what is around her. My favorite is option #2.

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  43. Hi Loi,

    Thank you so much for blogging about Elizabeth's work- she is such a talented artist! I checked out her fantastic site and signed up for her blog. I'm crazy about her cloud series too!

    I would consider myself very lucky to win Option #1 and will keep fingers crosses. My email is: sally@steponkus.com

    Hope to see you soon!
    Sally Steponkus

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  44. I visited her page and loved all her work, especially the tomatoes. But my favorite is #1 which I would love to win. kiberg8@comporium.net

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  45. I love Option #1 for its clarity and proportion. It is perfect in the frame you have chosen. What a darling! Thanks for sharing this artist in your blog. Patricia

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  46. What a choice! I guess Option #2..
    I've been a fan and follower and FB friend of Elizabeth's for quite a while and love her work, and the way she works. It is a talent to take the everyday and add such texture and feeling and life to it! I will continue to look for her new things almost every day...Here's hoping!

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  47. Loi,
    Thank you for this wonderful post I've never seen Liz' work before. I love her 'sliced watermelon' painting and the cloud ones were dreamy...

    As for the give-away I like number 1. The apple and with silver cup and bottle.
    Christine

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  48. Once more Tone on Tone( Loi) has gone above and beyond touching my heart and awakening memories/ emotions of yesterday by the amazing art work of Elizabeth Floyd. I loved Elizabeth's works and have subscribed to her blog. I have been working with watercolours and botanicals are my favourites. I love her style and interpretations/ explanations. I read through her Summers Bounty describing the(her) creative process which gave me so much inspiration to "go back at it" if not fully satisfied. For a real amatuer that is a scary thing...but now that Elizabeth has discussed this fully and demonstrated her process for finishing I will certainly pull them all out and have a go. How generous of you to offer this "prize". I really love the Green Apple and Silver Cup still life framed in the Victorian style frame(#1)although I would accept any one of Elizabeths paintings. If she was closer I would seek lessons and definitely visit to drool over the merchandise. I may even plan a trip to do just that. I loved the Cone flowers (I have some to plant in the butterfly garden) and the Decembers Bounty- Pomegranite, High Tea and of course the Autum Marigolds. What a great way to start my Sunday of painting walls and varnishing (not so creative).

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    1. Maggie,

      Thank you so much for your thoughts :) Loi has out done himself again, and I am honored to have my art on his blog.

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  49. Dear Loi, both of these are beautiful, I enjoyed perusing her collection of paintings for sale!

    I love both above, especially the Still Life with Silver Cup with Apple, Silver Cup and Bottle! The silvery frame is also so complementary!
    A most wonderful Artist and and I love her style!

    xoxo
    Karena

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  50. Lovely paintings - many of the still life paintings appear to be lit from within. I would be thrilled to win option #2 (I'm a tea drinker). wnkremer [at] gmail [dot] com.

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  51. What a nice giveaway! Almost impossible to choose a favorite as there are so many to love. I am partial to Heirloom Tomato #2 as we have a big organic garden and love to grown old tomato varieties. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  52. Hello Loi, I enjoy your lovely blog so much--it brings beauty into my life and we can never have too much of that...although both paintings are lovely (I love Liz's work:), my preference would be #1, the green apple and silver cup. Thank you,

    Meg

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  53. Thank you for sharing this talented artist. My favorite is the silver cup and apple . I could see it used in so many places- a bookcase, on an easel , or hung on a small wall. Kathy Purser

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  54. oh my, oh my loi, my first glimpse, left me thinking "what a lovely vintage piece" ........gasp!
    liz is the type of painter that speaks to my soul. and your photographs are additionally works of art. thank you for sharing this incredible woman. her portfolio is breathtaking. should i ever be so fortunate, i would adore option 1
    thank you my friend
    debra

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  55. Both paintings are beautiful, but my favorite is the apple and silver cup. Love it in the silver frame. I look forward to all your blog post.

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  56. Hi Loi, Thank you for this amazing opportunity! Elizabeth's work is beautiful and she is so generous to make this offer. I was naturally drawn to her figurative work when I visited her website and portfolio. My favorite of the two available paintings is Option 2 - the perfect little square composition speaks to me!
    Many thanks,

    Holly
    hollyirwin@comcast.net

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  57. Wow. What beautiful paintings. I would be honored to have either, but my favorite is #1. Thank you for offering such a generous giveaway.
    Christy
    Barisone@sbcglobal.net

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  58. Such beautiful paintings. I would choose, "Still Life with Apple, Silver Cup and Bottle," if I won.

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  59. Well thank you for the introduction to Liz's work! I'm totally enjoying her work and her blog. The silver julep cup with the green apple is beautiful although I feel guilty saying it's my favorite both are lovely. I'm going to fill up my coffee cup and spend some more time on her site, perfect for a Sunday read.

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  60. Her works are amazing! They are like a breath of fresh air, touched my soul! I`d like to have the picture number 2. This orange so expressive!

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  61. These are both beautiful paintings and I love the still life with apple painting because I have a mint julep cup like that. :)

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  62. Hi Loi, I love Elizabeth's work. In fact, I have one of her still life's beside my bed and it reminds me of life's blessing daily. So I won't be greedy--
    Sending love,
    Mary

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  63. Hey Loi,

    Love your blog and store. Both paintings are beautiful, but I prefer the first. Will be spending some time on Elizabeth's site. Thanks for posting about her work.
    Marshall
    mwleenola@aol.com

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  64. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at Elizabeth's portfolio! Beautiful work.

    Painting #1, with the green apple and silver julep cup, is my favorite.

    Thanks for introducing us to a new artist!

    Holly

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  65. Absolutely gorgeous work! I love the still life with green apple and silver cup! I will be spending much more time on her site!!

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  66. Love Liz's work. I have been following her on the DPW website for some time now and would love to be the proud owner of her option #1!
    Jane
    hewitsondj@aol.com

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  67. love her work. number two is my favorite!, Gal;e

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  68. What a talent! Both are lovely, but if I must choose, it's #1 for me. Thank you for the chance, Loi.

    mbt429 at yahoo dot com

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  69. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! My favorite is #1.

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  70. Oh so generous to offer these paintings. As I perused her offerings, I realized her work is so fine that choices would be difficult! I have however, chosen #1-love the green and the reflection on the cup. Thank you Loi for sharing this give away. I must visit your shop the next time I am in that area visiting my daughter.
    Have a beautiful Sunday afternoon and evening! Bonnie G.

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  71. So peaceful and pretty! I think I would choose #1. Thank you for the opportunity to have such a pretty piece.
    mary.run@verizon.net

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  72. How lovely! I would choose option 1, love those reflections on the green apple and silver cup! The paintings on Liz's website are gorgeous and I love her props. Thanks for sharing her work with us.

    mcf at cottagely dot com

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  73. I love Elizabeth's painting style, gorgeous. I would definitely pick the green apple and silver julep cup (No. 1). Jo @ Let's Face the Music jamesonvaughn(at) Verizon (dot) net

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  74. Both paintings are beautiful, but I'd love to win the one with the green apple and silver julep cup - I love it!

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  75. Wow Loi, Elizabeth is such a talented artist. Her Cloudscapes are amazing! I would like the Green apple with the Silver cup and bottle still life. Good thing you take the time to meet and know these artists and blogger. Have a great week. Pamela

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  76. All of Elizabeth's work is lovely, what a talent. I'm glad you narrowed the field to two choices, and if I were lucky enough to be the chosen winner I would have to chose Still Life with Apple, Silver Cup and Bottle. My family is from Kentucky so to pass up on a julep cup would be sacrilege. Thank you for the opportunity and happy Sunday!

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  77. Loi, such a beautiful and generous giveaway from you and Elizabeth. I just visited her website, such amazing talent. Please add me to your giveaway. Patty/BC

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  78. I fell completely in love with all of the paintings! The one with echinacea really spoke to me. Looks like I'll be saving up!
    As for the giveaway, option #1 would look beautiful propped up on MY bookcase!
    Thanks for the opportunity! Cyndia

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  79. I love the first, the apple reflection is beautiful, thanks for the wonderful giveaway and featuring such a talented artist!

    jayne@daiseyjayne.com

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  80. Option #1 Still Life with Apple is my favorite. Love all her paintings of fruit.

    winpooh46@gmail.com

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  81. Hello Loi!

    Thank you so much for your recent kind comments.....especially on my blog anniversary! Elizabeth's work is wonderful.....I especially love her landscapes and amongst the still life paintings, the Heritage Tomato is wonderful! (one of my kitchen garden obsessions!)
    If I were lucky enough to win one of the two gorgeous paintings (hard to choose!), it would have to be number one with the apple, silver cup and bottle!

    Have a lovely week,

    Sophia x

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  82. Her paintings are really beautiful and magical. I love both of these but for myself I would pick option #1.

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  83. I adore all of her paintings!
    I would choose the apple, silver cup and bottle!

    By any chance is that marble sheep for sale???

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  84. Elizabeth's paintings are exquisite. Thank you for introducing us to her beautiful work. I enjoyed visiting her site and would love to be entered in your generous giveaway. I especially like option 1. My contact info is bwrawling at gmail.com.
    Blessings,
    Beth

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  85. I adore both of these special paintings~ would be over the moon excited to win either one, but if we must choose than I would pick the second choice...loving the apricot and blue colors together!~ dianemichelledesigns@gmail.com~

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  86. Elizabeth's paintings are exquisite. Thank you for introducing us to her beautiful work. I enjoyed visiting her site and would love to be entered in your generous giveaway. I especially like option 1. My contact info is bwrawling at gmail.com.
    Blessings,
    Beth

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  87. Hi Loi, Elizabeth's work is lovely, thank you for the introduction. Her still lifes are amazing! I love her art wall in her studio.....I want that :)! Your pairings were lovely by the way and I enjoyed perusing her website, blog and etsy shop. I would love to see the ball jar paintings when they are finished-I must drop her a note about those. Great giveaway and I would also choose #1.
    Hugs,
    Sarah

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  88. What a wonderful and generous giveaway! The silver cup, with its reflections and light and echoed green apple speaks to me. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  89. I would love the fruit and tea cup very warm and very Fall! Thank you for chance:) hef117(at)gmail(dot)com

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  90. Thank you for introducing me to Liz Floyd's work. She is truly talented. I especially love the green apple , silver cup painting (option #1). It would be beautiful on the open shelving in my kitchen where I've displayed some of my vintage silver and ironstone. The green would pick up the distresssed finish on my kitchen island....oh pick me! Thanks for such a special giveaway, Carolyn cbish@cbish1970@gmail.com

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  91. Loi, I love being able to see how an artist works. Her studio looks so inspirational. Your photographs of it alone are gorgeous, especially the one you took of the blue jar next to the eggs in the nest. That one looks like a painting itself! I went to her website and really like Spring Harmony. Of the two available for the giveaway I like the green apple and silver cup. Thanks so much for a chance to own it!
    Khammany ♥

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  92. Thank you Loi for this wonderful opportunity to own one of Liz Floyd's original works of art. I especially like the first painting. Liz has an incredible talent and all of her paintings are stunning.

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  93. Loi, what a lovely giveaway from such a talented artist. Still Live Apple would be my choice. How did I know your bookcases would look like that. So well curated.

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  94. Such a wonderful giveaway Loi and I adore her work.. the blue and white with the peaches in spectacular. The apple with the silver cup is my favorite of the two. They are both gorgeous and the photos you took of her home are lovely. xxL

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  95. What a generous offer! Not only are her paintings beautiful but she manages to find time to blog about them as well. The apple with the silver cup is my favorite — perhaps because I have a similar cup. And thanks for giving us a glimpse of her studio.

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  96. Lovely paintings - I just adore option one - the silver cup is my favourite.
    Thank you Cheers, Victoria

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  97. Loi, what a treat to even have a chance to win such beautiful work. I would love #1 for the giveaway. I visited her site and rural Virginia, lemons and lavender, three lemons were just a few of my favorites. Her artwork is so beautifully done. I so enjoyed my visit to her site.
    Kathysue

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  98. What lovely little paintings! Because she does silver so well, option 1 is my first choice. Speaking of silver, you do it pretty well yourself - Nice frame! Thank you for your continued inspiration.

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  99. Oh my!!! I am totally smitten with Liz's paintings. What beautiful little gems. I would love to win the silver mint julep cup and apple. Perfection!
    Mary Reeves. Dvtiques@cox.net

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  100. Loi, This has been such a wonderful weekend! Thank you for this beautiful and thoughtful blog post about my work :)

    I loved seeing the photos you took of my studio. Most of the time I see the jumble of all my collections and how they pile up, and seeing your photos gave me a new perspective of how they look to others.

    Thank you again, Liz

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  101. LOVE LOVE LOVE the silver cup & the forsythia! Thank you for letting Canadians enter!
    here is my email: royal_bay@hotmail.com

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  102. I love the silver cup and apple! So charming. Here's my email: annacave@gmail.com.

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  103. Lovely lovely paintings! I would be ecstatic to win and would choose the apple with the silver cup. Thanks for this great giveaway Loi!

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  104. I collect old silver and think the apple and silver cup would be a beautiful addition to our "collection." I would love to win something so beautiful.
    jtpaterson (at) aol (dot)com

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  105. Loi,
    Elizabeth Floyd's work is wonderful. I like so many of the paintings on her site and especially the one's that reflect the season. I'm especially fond of the little green apple with silver cup painting, although it certainly looks lovely in your bookcase.
    Thank you for introducing me to this new site. I scrolled through some of her posts and have added her to my must read list.
    I hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend.
    xo,
    Karen

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  106. Elizabeth is a remarkable artist. The apple and silver cup painting is lovely.
    suejohnpeter@gmail.com

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  107. Such a FABULOUS giveaway! Liz's paintings are very appealing! Especially love the small painting with the green apple, silver vase and bottle! Would copy your display of it and lean it against some books on our etagere or bookcase! (pligko@hotmail.com)

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  108. Thank you Loi for introducing us to Elizabeth and her fabulous talent. I
    would prefer the Still Life with apple, silver cup and bottle if I am selected.
    The paintings on her site are amazing. I will certainly follow from here on.

    Linda , ltell@sbcglobal.net.


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  109. they are both lovely, but i would love to own the still life with apply, silver cup and bottle.

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  110. Elizabeth is a great artist, love both paintings, but I would love the apple and silver cup,
    thanks for this lovely giveaway.

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  111. I love Liz's work and would be thrilled to have either painting in my collection. I would choose option 1 if I were to win:)

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  112. I love her paintings and love to own the apple with bottle and silver cup. Debra chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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  113. Thanks for introducing us to a wonderfully talented artist. Her portfolio is terrific. I love her daily paintings. I must say I'm partial to the silver julep cup.
    (Marika, marikas@comcast.net)

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  114. I would choose option 1. Love the pop of color the apple brings!!! And who doesn't love a mint julep cup!! Holly Lucymindox@gmail.com

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  115. I've been an admirer of Elizabeth's work for a while now and she truly inspires me. I love her fig paintings, as it is also one of my favorite subject matters. As far as the two paintings are concerned, I LOVE #1 with its delicious greens and brilliant reflections-absolutely beautiful!

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  116. Loi,

    I read this post at 4:00 this afternoon and then spent two hours reading Elizabeth's blog and taking in all of her paintings! I am in love with so many of them, but my two favorites are Autumn Reflections and High Tea.

    I would love to win the Still life with apple and julip cup, it is stunning!

    It looks like you spent a wonderful afternoon looking at Elizabeths' props, studio and more and your photographs capture it.

    Thank you Loi for the introduction to the very talented Elizabeth. I cannot wait to see more.

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  117. Both are absolutely lovely, as are all of the works. Thanks for the great chance to win! Both are gorgeous but since I have to select, option 1. Thank you! Cynthia.

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  118. Love, love the one with the green apple, looks wonderful on your shelf and your right it is made to be picked up and admired!

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  119. Lovely work and enjoyed her blog as well as your site.
    I like #1 still life with apple, silver cup and bottle.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  120. Love Liz's work too! Of course, dear twin! lol I want that green apple! Maybe I should ask more nicely, though. Dear Contest god... please grant me the honor of winning the green apple. It will look amazing in my yellow-green kitchen amongst my collection of mercury glass. thank you! and thank you Loi for sharing! xo

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  121. her paintings are amazing- what a talent! i would love to win the apple, but i visited her site and am in awe of her echinacea in canning jar!

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  122. So very lovely, and either piece of art would be amazing! If I'm selected I would really enjoy the green apple with julep cup. Thank you for the opportunity! Julie Jenkins jj1960 @ sssnet dot com

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  123. Loi, Elizabeth's work is wonderful! If selected, I love the green apple piece. :)
    -Revi

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  124. Love Elizabeth's art. I would be so happy to have option #1 in my home.

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  125. Elizabeth's art is lovely. My favorite is the still life with apple.
    mwillmondesign@comcast.net

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  126. I love her paintings! Thank you for introducing her to us. For the giveaway, Option #1 is my favorite.

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  127. I admire Elizabeth Floyd's work, and that she walked away from a career in architecture to follow her passion. Her still life paintings that have blue and white in them are my favorites, so my preference is Still Life with Fruit and Tea Cup - although both are beautiful. Thanks for the studio tour, Loi. I love to see where artists work!

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  128. Beautiful! Thank you for the posting. I adore Option #1. rosenthalws@gmail.com

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  129. Thank you for introducing us to Elizabeth's talent. I love the colors she uses. I like option 1. Tamny G.

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  130. I am enchanted by option #1.The color of the apple is my favorite color. Thank you for introducing me to this artist. redbrick44@aol.com

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  131. Love and admire the work of Elizabeth Floyd from a log time ago. We are also friend in fb. She is an inspiration for me. I like both options in the same way. So I say option#1 eviepatra@gmail.com.

    My blog L'atelier de petit bateau has paintings in Soft Pastels.

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  132. Dear Loi - I can understand your love of Elizabeth Floyd's work - she has the ability to combine elements within a still life that are rich and generate gorgeous reflections. Both paintings are wonderful but for me number one slightly has the edge - the silver and green compliment each other so beautifully. I have really enjoyed looking at Elizabeth's site.

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  133. Dear Loi,
    Thank you for giving us the chance to win one of Elizabeth Floyd's wonderful paintings. Her still life's are just lovely. I especially love some of the heirloom tomato paintings on her website. I would love to have option #1 still life with apple,silver cup and bottle should I be chosen, although both paintings are beautiful.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win one of these delightful paintings and for introducing me to Elizabeth's work

    Lisa- nestlbs@gmail.com

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  134. I wasn't familiar with Elizabeth Floyd, but have just spent some time enjoying her portfolio. What beautiful work- I especially like the feeling of serenity many of her paintings have. Of the two you showcased, I would choose option #1 the Still life with apple, silver cup and bottle- it just calls to me. Thank you for the opportunity, and I will definitely be keeping an eye on her work.

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  135. Such beautiful work! Thank you for sharing! Both paintings are so beautiful, but I do love option #2 Still Life with Fruit and Teacup. Thank you for the opportunity!
    kristen@pursuingvintage.com

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  136. Love Liz's work, and she is such a wonderful human too! I like both paintings and would not turn either away. But if I have to choose, I pick the one with the apple! Deb Keirce, 571-236-0047, debrakeirceart@yahoo.com, debkart . Com

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  137. Such beautiful work, and tremendous talent. I'm so happy that you brought Liz to my attention! I love them both, but if I have to choose, #1 would be my pick. Thank you! bluemoongirl@verizon.net

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  138. Hi, Loi. Elizabeth's work is beautiful. I collect small format still life paintings of fruit so I am totally taken with her work. Both paintings are lovely but image #1 of the apple and silver cup really speaks to me. (Love the framing too.) I love that she works in oil. There is nothing like it, in my opinion, for depth of color and texture. She has a daily painting of figs on her website that is just luscious. Thank you for letting us know about her.
    XO, Victoria

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  139. I prefer option 1 with the green apple, but they are both lovely. It is nice to know that some of her can be purchased on Etsy.

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  140. I love Option 1 the Still Life with Apple, Silver Cup and Bottle. I love paintings of all kinds.

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  141. Her paintings are so beautiful that I like them all but the apple and silver cup is perfect for my house!
    dbethay@cox.net

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  142. Hello, Thank you for offering the opportunity of owning one of these beautiful paintings.
    Difficult to choose, but I am drawn to option #1, there's just something about the shine on that silver cup, that I am drawn to. Lovely, simply lovely. Many thanks again, Judith ~ darryl.peacock@sympatico.ca

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  143. Loi - thank you so much for your beautiful blog and for introducing us to Elizabeth's stunning paintings. They have so much depth to them. She is so very talented and it's such a pleasure looking through her work and web site. #1 is my favourite.

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  144. Hello Loi,
    Love the beautiful images on your blog. Thank you for the introduction to Elizabeth's paintings. My choice is the green apple and its reflection in the silver cup!

    Jamie
    jamiechristophersen@gmail.com

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  145. Loi,

    Greetings, I am so excited to participate in your contest, and what great choices! No one could possibly be disappointed to own either piece. Visually, I am drawn to the green apple and silver bucket, that you referred to as a gem. I usually work in a large scale and I am quite taken with the size and aptly agree with your description. The cool colors command your attention, yet hints of reflection and warm highlights invite your eye to linger and find the balance of softness and depth, while its petite size lends to the feeling of owning a little gem. I really enjoy looking at this piece.

    Thank you for the opportunity to own the work,
    Valerie

    valerie@valeriedowdy.com
    (or through my blog)

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  146. She is so talented! Beautiful paintings! I love the apple and mint julep painting:)

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  147. I lover her world and her work! Thanks for sharing and ps..the silver cup is wonderful!

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  148. What an absolute talent Elizabeth is! Loi, you are so generous for offering this extra-special giveaway. The "Still Life with Apple, Silver Cup and Bottle" is my personal favorite!

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  149. Oh Loi, As a lover and collector of still lives, I would love to with the Option #1 of the apple and silver cup. It just speaks to me! Her work is wonderful!
    ~Delores

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  150. Hello Loi,
    You aren't kidding that Liz is a talented artist. I was so inspired by her still-life work on her blog. The bottles and silver jars look so real and the colors and subject matter is so beautiful. I really love her work! Thank you for introducing us to another fine artist.

    I would be thrilled to win the Still Life with Apple, Silver Cup and Bottle, but it is a treat to simply have a new art blog to visit.

    Thanks for your kindness and this wonderful give away,
    Susan
    xxooxx

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  151. love her use of light. her blog is wonderful. #1 please. thanks + congratulations to the winner. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  152. This is so great! her still life's are so enchanting and so is her house.

    Best wishes!

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  153. Love all her work! If I have to choose it would be the green apple with the silver cup.
    probinson4141@yahoo.com

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  154. Love the apples. Beautiful work. tmurphy1@nd.edu

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  155. what a fabulous giveaway! I LOVE the first one - the still life with apple. Good luck to me!

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  156. Loi,
    You do not need to include me in this wonderful give-away as I am already the proud owner of one of Liz's paintings. She is just a beautiful person, mother and friend. Although we have not met - artisans develop relationships found on line and she has been incredibly supportive, kind and inspiring to me.
    As you are also another inspiring person to me and to many.
    Thank-you Loi.
    best-
    pve

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  157. I am so impressed by good still life! I took a class in still life, it was not easy!! I love her use of light and reflection and her subject matter is very cool!
    I am totally enamored with the Green apple and silver julep cup! I know just the shelf I would place it on if I was a lucky winner! Wonderful post and beautiful giveaway! SHe is one talented artist!!
    On her site I am involve with the still life with tea towel and tangerines, and HIgh Tea. I must say all are lovely!
    Best,
    Karolyn

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  158. What a talented artist! Thank you for sharing a peak into her beautiful studio, her gift and a chance to win one of her amazing paintings. I am in love with #1 the Still life with apple and silver cup. My fingers are crossed. :)

    I found many of her paintings to resonate with me when perusing her site. All gorgeous, especially love her cloudscapes as well.

    Warm Regards,
    Laura Jens Sisino

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  159. Hello,
    lindas pinturas de sua amiga. Amei, tudo de uma delicadeza encantadora. Adoro flores nestes vidros dá um charme nostálgico nas casa.
    Bjos e tenha um ótimo início de semana.

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  160. Such a talented artist, her paintings are amazing!! Everything is so beautiful...I do love the green apple painting!

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  161. Hi Loi,

    Firstly, thank you so very much for introducing us to Elizabeth's beautiful works. I have just come from her website and blog and am enchanted with her still life paintings of flowers in that glimmer of natural light. Also, her more recent work with clouds was interesting to view, with the colours being more subdued due to the subject matter. Both paintings you have presented here are lovely, but I will choose Option #2, Still Life with Fruit and Teacup since I have the perfect place for it in my sunroom/autumn room!

    Thanks again and enjoyed this most inspiring post!

    Poppy

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  162. Dear Loi,

    I have returned!!

    I really like this artist's work, so I thank you for introducing me to her. I like her winter scenes and there is one painting of roses and blackberries that

    I find myself lusting after.

    I would like to enter my name in the draw and if successful I like No. 1 - the green apples.

    Bye for now

    Kirk

    http://williamofvalence.blogspot.de

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  163. Dear Loi,
    Your blog is such a treat. I find it so soothing and it calms me just to look at it. Thanks for keeping up the fantastic work.

    I love both options--and all of her work- but my favorite is No 1.
    Thanks
    beth.gregory@verizon.net

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    1. Still Life with Apple, Silver Cup and Bottle would find a happy home perfectly placed against a stack of books on my newly installed bookcase! Many thanks for sharing Elizabeth's work and for this wonderfully generous opportunity. Linda lid24@pitt.edu

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  164. Both paintings are beautiful! But I like No 1! Thanks for such a great contest!


    ashtonmcfarland@gmail.com

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  165. I would choose the Tea Cup with fruit, I am blown away by her talent and generosity. I will be checking her website more frequently, I would love to own a piece of her art. Thanks to you both.

    Deidre Carter-Poppen

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  166. Beautiful work! I like option #2! Thanks! franki fmparde@gmail.com

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  167. Lovely work, #1 would be my choice, thanks,
    Anne.gorton@gmail.com

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  168. Ooh, I like both, but I guess I'd choose #2 if forced :)
    amy at stacystudio dot com

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  169. Her work is fantastic...I would take anyone of them....

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  170. Dear Loi,
    Thank you for sharing such an inspirational artist! If I were lucky enough to win, I'd choose the 1st painting, the apple and silver cup.
    Fingers crossed,
    Kristin kohb831@msn.com

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  171. Love her work, either one would find a place in my home.

    Joanne
    jtm159@comcast.net

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  172. I love the mix of the ordinary and the extraordinary - an everyday object, a humble apple - and a special occasion treasured silver cup. The painting is a beautiful example of how we all can incorporate loveliness into our everyday lives. I would love #1 !!! Thank you!
    Bernadette
    ngales@aol.com

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  173. Oh I am keeping my fingers crossed (les doigts croisés!) to win! Haaaa but look at all the entrants!

    Oh Loi my friend, how I rejoice when I see you have come to visit me! Thank you for your kind spirit and my schedule is something new to learn, plus the desire I have to write poetry on the side. It requires so much attention, I hope I can swing it. I'm already tired!

    But coming here is always a soothing experience. Peace my friend, and enjoy this great cool weather! Anita

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  174. I love the shiny apple and the silver cup...both objects look like they are sparkling. What a beautiful talented artist!

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  175. Her work is beautiful, as is everything you post about. I would choose Apple with silver cup and bottle.

    Jeffrey V. Morell

    jventuramorell@gmail.com

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  176. Wonderful artist and give away. The apple with silver cup. Thanks!
    gary06074@aol.com

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  177. Her work is beautiful. I think I would choose the apple with silver cup. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Amy Davis rwdhad@comcast.net

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  178. Absolutely gorgeous! I prefer the apple with silver cup. Looking forward to being the winner ;) sajobx@gmail.com

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  179. They are both so beautiful! For sentimental reasons I would choose the apple and silver cup. A Kentucky friend gave each of my daughters "derby cups" when they were born for that future mint julep, so that painting really speaks to me! janet.elman@verizon.net

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  180. How beautiful, Loi. Just love the apple and julep cup!!

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  181. All of her work is so beautiful. I would choose the apple and silver cup. Thanks for the opportunity! Deb Nathan, mywomanfromtokayo@gmail.com

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  182. its a hard decision but the green apple and mint julep cup would make my day! thanks, Loi! jennyjohnston@comcast.net

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  183. I love #1, the apple with the silver cup. I also love the way you displayed it leaning against the books. Beautiful.

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  184. Hello Loi !
    Thank you for sharing this talented artist ! Elizabeth's studio is so chic ! Her still life paintings are wonderful and I love also the cloudscapes...
    I prefer the green apple with the silver cup.
    Have a nice day !
    chollet.celine@gmail.com

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  185. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    I love the apple, silver cup and bottle painting.

    Ccorbett916@gmail.com

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  187. Liz is quite talented. I was very impressed with her figuratives. Showing plump, older women is very realistic. For myself on the giveaway I would love Option 1, still life with the apple, silver cup and bottle. Thanks for sharing! mrsjudiryba@gmail.com

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  188. Hi Loi,
    I have followed Liz and her work on her blog. What a wonderful opportunity for someone to own one of her works--maybe even me! I like the apple and silver cup. It is so lovely!
    Amy damineau(at)msn(dot)com

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  189. I have signed up to receive Liz's weekly emails. Her work is lovely--especially the way she captures light. I like option #1. Thank you very much. gala(dot)vaneaton(at)gmail(dot)com

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  190. What lovely, lovely work. I LOVE the Still Life with Apple, Silver Cup and Bottle. Swoon.

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  191. What lovely, lovely work. I LOVE the Still Life with Apple, Silver Cup and Bottle. Swoon. My email is weinzierlb@hotmail.com.

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  192. Apple still life is very nice! Other works too, esp. with flowers. My fb: https://www.facebook.com/andy.goldred

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  193. Hello Loi! I stopped by with my daughter in early August when we were visiting her in DC on our way back to NJ. Your store was on my list of places to get to in the DC area--so glad I did! I took pictures of some things I liked to remind me of your store and to maybe spoil my self with!
    I love the still life of the granny smith apple and the mint julep cup--love how she has captured the warmth of the silver.
    this is Cindy @ vetranotccp@verizon.net

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  194. Simply beautiful. Both the paintings in the giveaway are lovely, but if I win, I will select #1. Thanks, Diane dmacinness@aol.com

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  195. If I MUST choose... Still Life with Apple, Silver Cup and Bottle. They are both really beautiful.

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