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I was out and about last Thursday doing some contract work and running errands, and when I got home I didn't go outside again until Monday. What a surprise awaited me when I walked out the door. It had turned into autumn practically overnight! Honestly, the trees were still green on Thursday, but on Monday they were gold and orange, copper and bronze, russet and rust, scarlet and vermilion. I was particularly thrilled to see this, since we did not have an autumn last year. Well, at least not autumn colors. The leaves - dry but still green - stayed on the trees until November when they froze and fell off into the snow. That was depressing.
I am so thrilled by the outpouring of color I've seen the past few days that I'm inspired to hold a contest and giveaway! I'm a little nervous, since I haven't held one in a long time. Since I stopped commenting on other blogs, I have few commenters so I don't even know if I have readers anymore (except that my "Followers" widget shows I have 171 followers, so someone must be reading my blog, if only occasionally).
Anyway, I want to know the story behind this painting, which I have titled Black Friday. I don't know why, but that's how I saved it on my computer. Regretfully, it was not attributed. However, it has intrigued me since I found it about three years ago. I said I wanted to know the story behind the painting but actually, I want to know the lady's story. Who is she? What's her name? Why is she so sad? Why is she dressed up? Has she just come in or is she ready to go out? What is the meaning or symbolism of the objects in the room - the irises, the perfume bottle, the umbrella, the mirror, the ladder, the dried flower or weed stems, etc. Obviously, some objects are symbolic of Halloween, but do they have other meanings as well (especially the cats or the crows)? What about the time period or the opulence of the room?
To enter, write a VERY short story about the painting. What do you see when you look at it? Does it fire your imagination? Can you give us a brief background, a scenario or just the thoughts going through her head? Now don't groan, I just want a few paragraphs, not a book!!
You'll have until two weeks from tonight, at midnight on Friday, October 15, to enter. The best two entries will receive supplies to make a small Halloween book. Each package will include:
Either the 5x7 inch spiral book above, with bats, a crow and fence on the brown cardboard cover and blank white pages, OR the 7x7 inch board book below. In this one, some pages, like the cover, have cutouts for photos or other images, and some of the pages are plain brown cardboard.
AND either these two sets of Halloween images from the great supplier Artchix Studios, above and below (the left side of the page below was cut off in my scanner, sorry!).
OR these two sets of Halloween images from Artchix, above and below.
AND two sets of Halloween papers (including squares of black). PLUS an assortment of Halloween stamps, a mini stamp pad, lettering, and some stickers. If you prefer to make ATCs (artist trading cards), I'm including a set of five blank ATC cards.
PLUS, since I am in a very happy, generous mood, I am going to hold a drawing as well, adding the names of EVERYONE who leaves a comment on this post. That winner will get the book Mary Engelbreit's Autumn and a few little treasures.
I hope everyone enters. The contest is open to residents of other countries as well. Let me know who is reading this blog. It will make a difference in whether I keep writing it or not!
Remember, the deadline is October 15 so I can mail your prize in plenty of time for Halloween.