I am thrilled to offer a giveaway of the 24 paintings displayed on this page. Most of them were painted in 2019, many of which were featured in "My Year of Monet" blogs, although some are a little older. The offer ends on December 9, 2019.
To request a painting:
If you'd like to request any of these paintings, please use the Contact Us form or send me an email any day until December 9, 2019. If you don't receive an acknowledgment to your request within a few days, write again!
Provide the following information:
• The name of each painting you are requesting. Due to demand, it is a good idea to offer a few alternative selections in the order of your preference.
• Additional comments, such as, "I'd like this picture because…," "It will go on such-and-such wall and be regularly seen by...," "I'll be able to come to Carlsbad, CA and pick it up...," etc.
Criteria for Getting a Picture
If more than one person wants the same canvas (which usually happens), I'll give preference to people who requested a painting in the past but did not get one. Otherwise, I'll make somewhat arbitrary decisions—sometimes based on the comments you make in your request.
Last year, there were more requests than paintings. I apologize in advance if you ask for one but don't get it. You will be given priority next year!
Although paintings are given away for free, shipping and handling rates will be requested (unless the picture is picked up in person). Leigh will provide a shipping quote. Shipping costs depend on the weight and size of the package and destination. Typical rates are: $20-35 (small), $25-50 (medium), and $50-90 (large).
These paintings look better in frames. Read Leigh's blog article, "My Paintings Look Better Framed." None of these paintings currently have frames, but please frame yours if you get one!
What happens next?
During the week of December 9th, Leigh will notify individuals about their requests. You may choose to decline the offer of a painting if you are not satisfied with the alternative option selected for you or you don't want to pay the quoted shipping charge. Paintings will be shipped within a few days after receipt of payment (if applicable).
These paintings are only being made available until December 9, 2019!
Click on any picture to enlarge it.
Since this was "My Year of Monet" (MYOM), I lead off the available paintings with water lilies.The first is the only large canvas being offered this time. I wrote about this painting in the MYOM#4 blog.
You can see how the colors peek through the numerous layers and countless brushstrokes in the details below (click on any pictures to enlarge):
The next four are smaller canvases and are all based on photos I took at San Diego's Balboa Park in the Springtime. I enjoyed using different color palettes for each picture. The reflection of the California Tower is in the upper left of #3. That's the building I painted for the 2016 Balboa Park Explorer Pass.
I'm hesitant about offering the next painting because it's a bit offbeat for me, and as I wrote in MYOM#3, "I was on the verge of destroying it throughout most of the process. Totally exasperated, I amended the background with spare bits of colors from other pictures and let myself go with the lily pads. Ultimately, I think I captured a bit of Monet’s free flowing brush strokes in a more modernist style, which seemed fitting given that his late-career, decorative paintings influenced the evolution of Abstract Expressionism."
Morro Rock Series
Steeped in my Monet studies, I decided to do five quick paintings of Morro Rock when we visited Morro Bay for two weeks this Fall. Like Monet, I stuck to the same view but in different lighting and atmospheres; and like his, they are on different-sized canvases.
I'm offering three of them this time. Click to see the others and 15 years of Morro Rock paintings (not being offered at this time).
The Super Bloom
If you read MYOM#1, you'll remember that my friend, George, drove me to Anza-Borrego Desert during last Spring's "super bloom" of wildflowers. Here are the three paintings from that excursion:
Washington State Hikes
The top two pictures were from photos I took on Whidbey Island when visiting my son, Charlie, in Seattle. The bottom two are based on photos he took while hiking in the Cascade Range.
Several of Charlie's friends have become fans of my paintings, and last year one of them from San Diego—whom I had never met—received a nine-foot-wide triptych from me.
Two More from the "Paint Like Monet" Study
These are two of the garden paintings from my "Paint Like Monet" exercise, which I wrote about in MYOM#3. The Mexican Sage Brush were from a photo I took at Palisades Park in Santa Monica. It is the only painting from the exercise that has a visible horizon line. The second canvas is from a photo I took while visiting Monet's Giverny home in 2012.
Click on the details below to see closeup brushstrokes and accents of color. [Sorry, this painting is no longer available.]
Four Pacific Ocean Landscapes
One of my favorite Carlsbad beaches to paint, this entry, "Surf's Up at Terramar #2" is on thick stretcher bars and does not requite a frame (though it wouldn't hurt!). Last year I gave a Terramar picture to a high school friend of Charlie's, and when our local pharmacist admired it but couldn't have it, I gave him another one I had held on to for awhile.
I painted three more views this year: I gave #1 to my friend at Balboa Park for his home and am offering #2 here; for now I'm holding on to #3.
The whole step-by-step painting process of the two Santa Barbara pictures (below) is described at MYOM#2: They are based on photos taken from the same spot, one looking out toward the ocean and the other facing inland. This was a favorite beach to take our sons to when they were little and we lived in Santa Barbara.
I wrote about the emotions that went into this effort in my blog article, "Painting Pain." It's actually a very peaceful and meditative small painting:
Two Past Years' Panoramas
I like painting with panoramic dimensions. Both of these have been available previously. I took a new photo of the fence, because the earlier one didn't represent it as well. Below that is a pastoral scene from a photo I took on a train when visiting my son, Neil, in The Netherlands a couple of years ago.