Contest!

December 29, 2009


Tomorrow I leave for my annual trek to a little farm cottage in the wilds of a beautiful, unglaciated region of Wisconsin to kick off the New Year with some close friends and a healthy dose of nature. I can't wait! 2 years ago, I started engaging in the birder's tradition of the first bird spotted on New Year's day, becomes the theme bird for the next year. Last year the first bird I spotted and thus became my theme bird for 2009 was a White-breasted Nuthatch.

This year, the tradition will be the basis for a little painting giveaway:

I will be making an 8 x 10 inch watercolor of the first bird that I spot on New Year's day while in Wisconsin. By submitting your name either by posting to the comments section here (if you don't have a distinct username, please include your first name and initial of last name), or by emailing me directly (see profile for contact info) you can have a chance to win that very painting. I will collect names through January 3rd. The name that I draw from a box later that week, will be the winner and recipient of the 2010 New Year's Bird Watercolor. It's my way of saying thanks for supporting my work for the last year. It doesn't matter if you have just checked in to this blog for the first time last week or 2 years ago, everybody is welcome!


No, it won't be a Palm Cockatoo or a Bird of Paradise, but something common to the winter woods of Wisconsin such as a nuthatch, chickadee or some type of woodpecker. Who knows what I will see; maybe Sasquatch.

Ok good luck and Happy New Year!

*I will not be using the names for anything other than the contest, meaning not adding you to any mailing lists.

64 comments:

  1. Great Contest! Hope you have a wonderful New Years.

    Doug

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  2. Count me in! I am watching cedar waxwings eat the berries off the bush outside my office as I type. Enjoy your trip! Happy New Year!

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  3. Have a Safe and Happy New Year.

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  4. Fun! We may be doing a bird count on Jan 1. I'm excited to see the first birds of the year.

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  5. Thanks for the contest, Diana. Interested to see what you spot!

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  6. Count me in too; even if I don't win, I'm looking forward to seeing what bird you end up with.

    BTW, my mom loved the Darwin's rhea print I got her for Christmas.

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  7. Wow, I hope I win. I never win anything, but this would make up for all of those non-wins. I dusted off the new Peterson Field Guide this morning, have a new feeder full of black-oiled sunflower seed to lure cardinals with, and am hoping to start a bits-from-the-Peterson-Guide bird Twitter feed this year. How's that for birdy?

    Happy New Year!

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  8. Enjoy your trip! Just got my fill of snow up in KS for the holidays.

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  9. Wow, awesome! What a wonderful idea. Have a happy new year full of birds!

    Ileana W.

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  10. Fun contest Diana! My prediction is that 2010 will the year of the Chickadee or perhaps is cousin the Titmouse.
    Enjoy your getaway!
    Ben

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  11. What a fun giveaway! I absolutely adore your work, and love hearing about your time at the Field Museum. (P.S. My sweetheart bought me your Darwin Rhea print for the holidays and it's so lovely! I can't wait to hang it.)

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  12. have fun, I saw a nuthatch at my parents' house the other day!

    Andy D.

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  13. Hurray! I hope I win! :)
    Happy 2010 Diana, thank you for the inspiration.

    Geninne Z.

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  14. Hope you have a wonderful time in Wisconsin with all the critters!

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  15. Ooh! I'd love to be included in the contest. Love your work and your blog! :)

    Michelle

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  16. I've always wished for a painting of yours - thanks for the contest!

    Leslie H.

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  17. I've been secretly enjoying your blog for a while now, and I love your artwork. Thanks for all your beautiful posts!

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  18. Something common to the winter woods of Wisconsin is my mom's wish! Tail Wags for 2010.
    ~Moose

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  19. Wow, good idea for a prize! Count me in. Have a happy new year. NeilD

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  20. What a lovely giveaway! Count me in!

    Camila Faria

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  21. Geoffry Smalley says: "What a lovely sentiment! Count me in as well, please."

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  22. What a wonderful tradition! Please add me to the list and have a great new year!

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  23. Please add me too .. there's not nearly enough Sudyka bird paintings in Australia.
    Angela C

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  24. What a great idea. Happy New Year!

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  25. Oh, what a fun contest! Enter me, please! - Amy E. :)

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  26. I love your work, I love birds and I'm from Wisconsin, so why not pipe in?

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  27. Hey Diana! Count me in!
    thanks!
    Harley R

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  28. Thanks for your work. Have fun in WI. Happy New Year!

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  29. Enjoy your new years up north! Happy bird watching!

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  30. Oh my lordy! Excellent idear. Have fun out there, kids. X

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  31. delightful idea! enjoy the wilds of WI and happy twitching! all the best in the new year to you and JR
    :D cherieb

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  32. Have a fantastic New Year & Happy Birding! Love to you & Jay. Peace -- Dina P.S. Kiss the donkey's nose for me.

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  33. wonderful idea! ♥ i'd be so thrilled if it were a little shock of red or color in the winter, but a black-capped chickadee or nuthatch would be lovely too . . . happy 'hunting.'

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  34. Have a great Hogmanay - your site has and is a great inspiration - Wil

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  35. What fun! Do you get Bohemian waxwings in WI this time of year? They're so beautiful.

    Enjoy your time up there and watch out for those sneaky corvids ;)

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  36. Yay! I'd love to win your painting! Thanks for sharing your lovely artwork. It's an inspiration for me.

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  37. awesome work! my first time to your blog but i will be back! i love birds!

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  38. Happy New Year! Looking forward to seeing your first bird of 2010. Hope this will be a great bird year for all.

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  39. Such a cool idea! I love your work, so thanks for the chance to win!
    Sarah B.

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  40. your work is beautiful and inspires me to become an illustrator :)

    Phoebe

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  41. Awesome contest. I love your work!

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  42. What a wonderful tradition! I look forward to seeing the painting.

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  43. cool idea! Cant wait to find out what you see first!

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  44. Count me in! I love your work and I also love nuthatches, beautiful, busy and happy little birds.

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  45. I was just flitting by and found this site by accident, although I know there are no accidents! Please count me in for the contest, I love this site! I am inspired to get a birding book and start identifying some of the birds in my Coastal Northwest Oregon area, we have so many varieties all year round, including sea birds. Happy New Year from your new follower, Mrs. Slug from Adventures of Mr. Slug and Friends!

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  46. Wonderful idea. Count me in, and hope you have a great new year!

    -Sarah A.

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  48. Happy New Year Diana! I love reading your posts, thanks for the sweet contest!

    Jess

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  49. How lovely and sweet! I just found your blog tonight :o)
    ~Renee S.

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  50. I can't wait to find out what the first bird of the year will be. Since moving to New York, all I see are pigeons. So, I am guessing that a pigeon will be my first bird of 2010.

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  51. Wonderful, love all these paintings you have been doing
    all the best for the new year

    Christophe C

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  52. I'd be over the moon to have one of your illustrations!

    I stumbled across your work on Etsy last year and really love the way you incorporate the natural world into your art. It's definitely caused me to look more closely (and appreciatively) at the world outside my window.

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  53. Thanks for the contest Diana! I hope you and Jay had fabulous holidays.

    Greg Colflesh

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  54. Great contest...thx and happy new Years


    Jonathan C...

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  55. Have a happy new year!
    This is a wonderful idea!

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  56. Oo! Happy new year, thank you for this contest =)

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  57. What a generous giveaway, I can't wait to see your painting :)

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  58. Happy New Year! Love your work.
    Eli P.

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