Tuesday, January 6, 2009

For the Love of Art

When an artist genuinely adores her craft, the art she produces will testify to that love. No one proves this maxim more convincingly than Betsy Thompson, a Portland, Maine-based collage artist who cycles through nature, literature, home life, and other favorite themes with a warmth and vigor that suggest a deeper motivation than simply the need to sell a few prints. Drawing upon a palette of rich, yet tempered colors and working with mixed media that lend superb depth and movement to her compositions, Thompson invites us to enter her world through visually unforgettable pieces like Gone to Sea, based on the Edward Lear story of the Owl and the Pussycat, then seemingly leads us home amid the towering woods of Little Red in Spring.

Her avian subjects, standing alertly in the foreground of works such as Winter Wait and Peace in the Garden, delight us nearly as fully as the subtle layers of story text or sheet music that color her backgrounds. Her more ironic work, typified in Oh Alice, appeals to the lit-loving soul in us all. Her juxtapositions of color with black and white elements, as in Monocular Nest, beguile us; her simple renderings of swaddling infants such as the one in Safe-Keeping melt our defenses and remind us that art is nothing if not a direct connection to the human heart.

To tempt you further, Betsy is graciously offering her art print Winter Wait as a gift to one lucky reader. To qualify, visit Betsy Thompson Studio, then come back here to tell us about your favorite print. Tell us in a second post if you subscribe to Wishing Willow, since our subscribers receive an extra entry in the contest. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” Be sure to also leave your email address. The winner will be chosen randomly. Contest ends 1/14/09.
We have a winner! Mary said, "Tea with Lemon and Peace in the Garden. Lovely art !!!"

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Jingle said...

I love the winter berries print! Just gorgeous!

Jingle said...

I'm a subscriber!

Karen Faulkner said...

glorious work, love so many of them but especially Winter Wait.

Linda and Greg said...

I love the Four Fruits print! Thanks for a great giveaway!
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Karen Faulkner said...

I'm a Wishing Willow subscriber!

Linda and Greg said...

I also subscribe!!

Digital Misfit said...

Gorgeous art! Twosome is a favorite of mine - the colors and textures are so beautiful (and I ♥ bird art).

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Digital Misfit said...

I subscribe :)

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Shannon said...

I like the winter wait.

valerie2350 said...

I like peace in the garden!

valerie2350 said...

email subscriber

valerie2350 said...

email subscriber

Barbara said...

I liked the "Safe-keepers" print.


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Jen said...

I love the Gone to Sea Archival Print. So cute.

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Jen said...

I am a subscriber.

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Annie said...

I love the The Garden of Paradise archival print!

Gorgeous!

Thanks

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Annie said...

I'm an email subscriber!


Thanks so much!




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Shelley said...

My fave is the Winter Wait Archival Print

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17470859

Thanks for a great review and giveaway.

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Shelley said...

Subscriber :)

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Salleefur said...

My favorites are "Peace in the Garden" and "Winterberries Archival Print." So many lovely designs.

Salleefur said...

I am a Wishing Willow email subscriber.

nape said...

I LOVE Winter Wait! We're birdbrains here (five parakeets), and also feed the outdoors birds and other animals. If I have to choose a second artwork, I'd choose "Winterberries archival print," representing our five birds.

Great giveaway. Thanks!

nape said...

I'm an email subscriber (which is how I learned about this giveaway).

Thanks!

rrshep said...

I'm a subscriber.

rrshep said...

I really like the Peace in the Garden print!

Christopher Dale Sharp said...

summer abundance,i love to plant my garden in the spring,carrots are one of my favorites,not only because you can eat them(there really good right out of the garden)But there mother natures art.Sadly no one does it better.

Miss Anne said...

What a fabulous artist!!!

I am in love with Peace In the Garden and No More Goodbyes... it's a close tie!

:) Wonderful giveaway!

Happiest New Year!

mannequin said...

Hi!
Winter Wait is a very pretty print but my heart belongs to Alice falling down the hole...

Very quaint.

mannequin said...

I'm a subscriber!

KelseyM said...

Love all of your work, but Oh, Alice. is my #1 favorite!
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Jenna said...

My favorite one is Peace in the Garden archival print. I love all of the colors. Thanks!

carogonza said...

I like the FOur Fruit archival print

carogonza said...

I am a subscriber

two hippos said...

I've loved Betsy Thompson's work for a while now. My favorites alternate between the seeds archival and the winterberries archival. But everything is lovely.

Loopy said...

I really like the Summer Abundance archival print? I just love the colors! And is I wierd Carrots make me happy?

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Loopy said...

And I subcribe! Yippie!

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Allison said...

I really love the Four Fruits print.
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Allison said...

I'm also a subscriber :)

Xenia said...

The Peace in the Garden archival print is my favorite, it's so colorful!

Thanks!
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Xenia said...

I'm a subscriber!

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ryanne said...

I love Peace in a Garden. But the Winter Wait print speaks to me because I have fondness for cardinals.

ryanne said...

I am a subscriber!

Lisa C said...

Peace in the Garden is quite lovely!

Lisa C said...

Im a subscriber.

Kim said...

I love the Take Root print. So neat.

Kim said...

and I subscribe

reb said...

I love the four fruits.

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maggie said...

I like No More Good-byes and Winter Wait and all of the others. If I win I would give it to my daughter who has just moved to her own apt. I think she would love it.

Gina said...

I'm a subscriber!

maggie said...

And I'm a subscriber.

reb said...

I am a subscriber.

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Gina said...

My favorite is definitely Winter Wait. They are all so great!

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Andi said...

My fave is Little Red in Spring.

Andi said...

I subscribe!

Angie L said...

I love peace in the garden.

Angie L said...

I subscribe

Michelle said...

Oh.. how do you pick just one?? they are all incredible!! My favorite is the Winterberry and a very close second would be the solitary journey!

Michelle said...

I am a subscriber

Trish said...

I love the peace in the Garden print!

Trish said...

I am a subscriber!

Cheryl F said...

My favorite is The Garden of Paradise archival print

Joni said...

My favorite is "Garden of Paradise".

Cataroo said...

My favorite item from Betsy's studio is the Peace in the Garden print!

Thanks for a great giveaway!

blondiagw15 said...

i love the garden of paradise print, so cute, it looks like a pressed orange tree, lol

blondiagw15 said...

i am subscribed

janehixon said...

I love Oh Alice and Droplet.......

janehixon said...

I'm also a subscriber.....thanks!

scrunquist said...

I like Peace in the garden, and Winter Wait. Thanks for the great contests!

Missesprincess said...

Little Red in Spring is my fav on this day ~ I could totally see it hanging in my entrance way.

Jeanne said...

My favorite print is the Winterberries archival print. Great colors.

playswithclay said...

I love the peace in the garden, it's beautiful!!

playswithclay said...

Shoot, forgot to leave my contact info: playswithclay.etsy.com

gary said...

Gone to sea is my favorite.

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JewelryInfusions said...

Peace in the garden is my fave! But they are all lovely!

mlruyle@yahoo.om
www.jewelryinfusions.etsy.com
Michelle

JewelryInfusions said...

I'm a subscriber!

gkstratos said...

Oh, Alice is my favorite.
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gkstratos said...

Subscriber
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kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

Spring Fiddles is my favourite print. It reminds me of picking and cooking fiddleheads with my cousin when we were young.

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

Happy subscriber. Thanks.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Peace in the Garden is my very favorite. Thanks

crystallite22 said...

I love down the rabbit hole but they are all wonderful and whimsical!

mverno said...

i like the Four Fruits archival print

Mia J. said...

My favorite is Peace in the Garden.

Anonymous said...

I really like the Oh Alice archival print. mandalee_5@hotmail.com

Peggy said...

Peace in the Garden archival print is my favorite. So colorful and beautiful

Peggy said...

I subscribe

Jayme said...

i love them all but i really really like Peace in the Garden archival print. thanks!

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Deborah Stinson-editor said...

my favorite would have to be the Four Fruits print. Very nice! sierramuse8 at aol.

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

winter berries is my favorite

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

subscriber

grannyvon said...

My favorite is "No More Goodbyes" archival print, I would love to own a piece of her work. This lady will be famous someday! ybutler@oppcatv.com

grannyvon said...

I am a subscriber, ybutler@oppcatv.com

Michw37 said...

I would have to go with Peace in the Garden

Jennifer said...

They are all lovely. My favourite is "Take Root".

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Jennifer said...

I am indeed a subscriber.

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sushi_noem said...

I love them all, but especially Winterberries.

Chris said...

They are all so gorgeous but my favorite one is Summer Abundance of the carrots. It would look great in my kitchen. Thanks.

Qwill said...

I would chose the garden of paradise print.

judybrittle said...

I really like the Safe-keepers archival print. That is so cute! Thank you so much!

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber.

Kerrie said...

I really like the Take Root print...I would put it in an extremely inspirational spot! =)

Kerrie said...

I'm a subscriber!!

robt6 said...

My favorite is Winter Wait, enter me please.

drming said...

My favorite is the Peace in the Garden archival print.

anyang said...

I love the Solitary Journey.

toughturtles said...

Solitary Journey archival print

sito50 said...

I like the Winter Wait print.

sito50 said...

I am a subscriber. If I need to pick something besides the giveaway print, which really is my favorite, I like the Gone To Sea print, also.

Janice Golden said...

Winterberries
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silverbele said...

Winter wait is my favorite

vboackle said...

i love peace in the garden.

Stacie said...

I love the Twosome archival print.

Stacie said...

I'm a subscriber.

Croasla0 said...

I like the tea print!

lauren
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Shannon said...

As I sit looking out at the snow, Freshly Picked conjures thoughts of Summer, so it is my favorite today. Thanks for offering such a generous giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Love Winter Wait, but my favorite is Safe-Keepers, b/c it reminds me of the adoption of our son. Beautiful work!
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AmandaSue said...

I love "peace in the garden" I love all the bright colours and the little bird is so cute! Thanks for entering me

AmandaSue said...

I'm an email subscriber! Thanks

christin said...

beautiful stuff! i like peace in the garden as well:) thanks!

Andrea Swan said...

I absolutely love Gone to Sea and Peace in the Garden! Beautiful!

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Andrea Swan said...

I'm a subscriber!

Laura said...

Beautiful work! Peace in the Garden is my favorite.

jffryclough@yahoo.com said...

winter wait archival print

Leslie said...

i love safe keepers and winter wait...though they are all beautiful and it makes it so hard to choose.

Rebecca R. said...

I like Gone to Sea or Tea with Lemons! How creative she is!
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Rebecca R. said...

I am a subscriber.
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Danielle said...

My favorite in peace in the garden

britt farris said...

my favorite is the Peace in the Garden archival print!
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britt farris said...

subscriber!
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Katie said...

I think Winterberries is gorgeous. The red, light blue and black colors really pop.
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Jennifer said...

4 Fruits is my fave

Her WIP2: Garden of Paradise is a fave on flicker: http://www.flickr.com/photos/urchinmama/2910666636/

Smooshy said...

i like little red in spring!

Anonymous said...

I think the Winterberries archival print is captivating. I like the way that in several of her prints she uses sheets of paper in the background. I also like the use of birds. There are so many different meanings you can get from birds.

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Anonymous said...

I am also a loyal subscriber:)

scarey_karma@yahoo.com

Jason said...

I like the wishing willow. My grampa used to have a giant willow in his yard

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Janelle said...

I love all of Betsy's prints, but today an especially enamored of Take Root. It works for all seasons and places. Winter Wait is stunning, as well!

Janelle said...

...and I'm a Wishing Willow subscriber now, because this looks like a really cool blog!

Alice H said...

The 'no more goodbyes archival print' is my favorite - so hard to choose though! Thanks for the chance - alicedemske at hotmail.com

Alice H said...

Also I'm a subscriber! alicedemske at hotmail.com

M.A. said...

I like the Solitary Journey print.

MJ said...

I love Gone to Sea!

Marilyn said...

Winter wait is my favorite.

Claire said...

I really like the Winterberries Archival Print.

pattidriving said...

I love Winter Wait. Spotting cardinals are the way our family remembers my deceased mother.

pattidriving said...

I am a subscriber

Kate said...

I love the nature/text combination of The Garden of Paradise!

Kate said...

Subscriber!

redron said...

peace in the garden

jenny said...

wow there alrealy nice but the one i like th most is the one abt alice going down the hole please enter me infor this thanks

cpullum said...

I like the Tea with Lemon archival print!
Carla
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Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

My fave is definitely the Winterberries archival print! Amazing work!

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Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

I'm a subscriber!

pcb said...

Love the Winter Wait and the Four Fruits.

Elsie said...

The winterberries archival print is just a reminder of my bird pals that I see outside my window, all year long! Love the birds, love these bird prints!

Happy New Year and Sweet Treats to all feathered friends!

Aprilshowers said...

Such great prints! I like Solitary Journey the best.

Cindy said...

The Winter Wait archival print is my favorite.

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Aprilshowers said...

I am also a subscriber.

Kathryn said...

I really really love "Oh Alice"

Kathryn said...

I am a subscriber

Dree said...

I like the Four Fruits archival print.

Still Learning said...

These are really great prints, it's hard to pick just one. My favorite is "No More Goodbyes."

Still Learning said...

I'm a subscriber!

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Winterberries archival print.
-Terra H.
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Anonymous said...

I LOVE the Winter Wait one for my sister! Thanks, Debbie
debsicola@yahoo.com

idahomom said...

I like Winter Wait. We were patiently waiting for snow this year.

Sydney said...

I liked Lucky No 2, but Winter Wait is delightful!
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Mudpies and Mary Janes said...

What a wonderful Etsy store. I like the crustacean print. My grandmother has a home near the beach and I think it would go wonderfully in her house.

Jenna said...

Very nice - I like Summer Abundance.

TD wool design said...

i was lucky enough to get a christmas card from Betsy; winter wait. it's gorgeous! but i love Lucky No 2. as well. but then there are others. oh, to pick. i haven't visited here before, but have just subscribed. thanks for the giveaway! sarah

Melissa said...

I like the Crustacean archival print

a_berson said...

i love 'take root'
is the artist familiar with the work of 1960's print maker corita kent?

thebubbledies said...

All are great, but I think my favorite is the Safe-Keepers Print. Thanks!

socmama said...

I really like the Temptation print. Thanks!

socmama said...

I subscribe.

winvin said...

Winter Wait truly is my favorite, but I also like Take Root.

lisagee said...

Peace in the Garden archival print is very nice.

lisagee said...

Subscriber too.

~Lisa~ said...

Tough choice, but Winterberries really caught my eye. Thanks!

Karen said...

Love the berries print.

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MonkeyBaby said...

i think my favorite is "No More Goodbyes."

MonkeyBaby said...

i subscribe!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - Besides the beautiful Winter Wait giveaway, I also love Safe-keepers!
An artist with a very unique design quality and vision1

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I am also a faithful Wishing Willow subscriber, although I haven't received it in my email box lately - should I resubscribe?

Samantha said...

I am really drawn to the Winterberries print!

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bonobo said...

I adore Monocular Nest. What fabulous work she does!

bonobo said...

I'm a subscriber, of course.

Anonymous said...

The Crustacean archival print is adorable! Would look great in my kitchen.

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Anonymous said...

Oh! And I'm a subscriber.

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bison61 said...

I like the Gone to Sea archival print

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paula h said...

I love the print, Safe-keepers archival print.

pestkaj said...

I love Winter Wait...

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pestkaj said...

I subscribe

Just Another Hofeling said...

I love th winter berries archival print.

Just Another Hofeling said...

I'm a subscriber!!

Nicole said...

I love Solitary Journey and I am a subscriber now!

Danielle M. said...

All of Betsy's prints are fantastic. I especially like the Peace in the garden print.

Jenn said...

I love Peace in the Garden and Tea with Lemon!

Jenn said...

I'm also subscribed on bloglines

krystyna81 said...

peace in the garden is my fav!!!

krystyna81 said...

I'm a subscriber!

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