Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Of Bags and Brilliance

There is an uncommon, almost cleansing silence, like the emptiness in the middle of a vast forest, that permeates certain images. The art of naoko’s stoop, a lovely gallery of prints made from original paintings on wood and brown paper bags (more on that in a moment), includes many such compositions. Whether it is the soothing rust-yellow tones and serene countenance of the watchful bird in Nest, a beautifully textured piece made with archival inks, or the sanguine innocence of a child set against a gentle backdrop of fading greens in Monday Parade, balance and tranquility seem to characterize each piece in the collection. Like the aforementioned forest, however, the silence is an illusion, as an attentive ear will soon pick up a number of sounds swelling just above the quiet.

In this case, it might be the optimistic undertones of a print such as Hope Bird, in which the feathered friend clutched within a child’s mittens may represent a kind of sacrifice for the sake of hope, and the flying white counterpart to that bird the embodiment of all our dreams for the future. It might be the symbolic multiplications of an offbeat original like Love. Or it might be the process points that surprises us: How many other artists have mastered the art of painting detailed, vibrant images on used brown paper bags? Whatever the case, there is more to the art of naoko’s stoop than meets the eye. We must always start, however, with what does meet the eye, and to make that introduction the artist is offering a generous giveaway. The winner of this drawing will receive a print of choice from the naoko's stoop collection. To qualify, visit naoko's stoop, 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 2/4/09.

We have a winner! Congrats Nape :)

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Loopy said...

There IS more to Naoko's Shop than meets the eye! Omg. My fav? The Dream print! How could you not love the elephant and the birdie affair!? Adorable!

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Loopy said...

Ooo! And I subscribe! (over email)

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GumballGrenade said...

Her work is amazing! I love her use of washes, ink, and wood and paper textures. So difficult to pick just one faborite but here's mine: Birds on a Berry Tree. Of course I follow this blog!

Xenia said...

What a great shop! My favorite is Follow the Wind, there's something so sweet about not only the print itself but the message.

Thanks!
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Xenia said...

I'm a subscriber!

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Whimsical Creations said...

My favorite is hello hello.

=) melanie
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Whimsical Creations said...

I am a subscriber

=) melanie
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lili11 said...

I love all the birds prints especially the 'Birds on a Berry Tree'. Lovely!

lili11 said...

I subscribe.

Linda and Greg said...

LOVE this shop! I think Birds on Berry Branches is my favorite, though I adore them all! Thanks so much!

Minxy Mimi said...

I like spring, but I also like freestyle. Very cool site!
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Minxy Mimi said...

I am a subscriber!
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Deborah Stinson-editor said...

My favorite print is Spring, but they're all very nice. Thank you for this giveaway. sierramuse8 at aol.

sito50 said...

I like the Good Night print best, with the Dream coming a close second. They're all so nice.

sito50 said...

I subscribe.

Kim said...

my fave is: House on the Hill

Kim said...

subscriber!

janil said...

I love Good night!!!!

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janil said...

Suscriber!

Thanks!

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mickeyfan said...

Some Other Time looks like my cat in his fave chair.

AmandaSue said...

I'm a email subscriber thanks

AmandaSue said...

Wow what a beautiful shop I love the print titled "spring" Thanks for entering me.

HelenesDreams.etsy.com said...

What adorable artwork..so so sweet! I like Let's go Home on brown paper bag collection..just gorgeous colors. They are lovely. Would look nice in my daughters room!

HelenesDreams.etsy.com said...

I also subscribe..thanks!

Kristy said...

Subscriber

Kristy said...

I like Bird on a Berry Tree

Leane said...

My FAV print is 'Stretchy Dog'. The dog's face is so cute, and I love the print body. I bet my son would love it, too...and we need art for his room....This is a wonderful giveaway!

Leane said...

I am a subscriber.....

Creative Mom said...

"Birds on Berry Tree" is adorable.
I have a thing for birds and have been a birdwatcher for years so that print really appeals to me.
Thanks.
teraustin@mindspring.com

Irit said...

Such delicate drawings! I love Hope Bird the best.

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Irit said...

I'm a subscriber.

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Abigail said...

I like so many. Let's Go Home is a favorite.

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Abigail said...

I'm a subscriber.
Thanks!

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Andrea Swan said...

it's so hard to choose. i love "monday parade", "let's go home" and "hello hello". but i think "follow the wind" might be my favourite!

thefamilyswan[at]yahoo[dot]com

Andrea Swan said...

i'm a subscriber!

thefamilyswan[at]yahoo[dot]com

Allison said...

"Knitting" is my favorite!

Allison said...

subscriber

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

spring

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

subscriber

Jenn said...

Absolutely Adorable!! Hard to pick a favorite, but I love Follow the Wind.

elaine said...

I love the Spring print-sweet an simple!

Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

Kerrie said...

Oh wow, these are all so beautiful it's hard to pick just one! But I do really love the "Good Night" print - I'm a bunny lover! =)

Kerrie said...

I'm a subscriber

Jeanne said...

I love the "Spring" print.

Jeanne said...

I'm a subscriber.

Shelley K. said...

What beautiful and precious prints. My fave was Follow the Wind.

Thanks for a great giveaway.

tskrush(at)cox(dot)net

Shelley K. said...

Subscriber

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Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I love "Spring" from Naoko's Stoop, and her artwork is very plaintive and poignant!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I am a proud subscriber to Wishing Willow!

nape said...

I absolutely NEED Naoko's "Good Night." In this neighborhood, we are the bunny lovers. Our neighbors on either side are always coming up with ways to keep rabbits away from their gardens. (We call one neighbor, "Mr. McGregor.") In contrast, we feed the rabbits and do everything to encourage them to live here in our yard.

My family would LOVE Naoko's print. It's now in my Etsy favorites. Thanks for the shopping tip!

judybrittle said...

I really love the Snow Bambi print. That is so darling. Thank you!

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber.

nape said...

I subscribe RSS via google reader, which is how I discovered this giveaway.

Tylerpants said...

Beautiful prints! I love the Sister Birds the best!

Tylerpants said...

I am a subscriber.

mverno said...

house on the hill

Nikton said...

I like the Dream print.

PurrPrints said...

I love the two featured here best--and also "white ocean"

the beauty and delicacy of this work astounds me--a definite new etsy fave.

you can contact me through my blog, purrprints.blogspot.com

PurrPrints said...

oh--and i susbscribe

DianaLynn said...

NEST is lovely, but I think I like WINTER TALE (BUNNY) best overall.

dlcwin AT gmail DOT com

Shannon said...

I like the monday parade.

DianaLynn said...

I am subscribed :)

dlcwin AT gmail DOT com

ecky said...

they are so adorable!
i love "let's go home"


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Aura said...

What beautiful prints! I'm having a hard time desciding between follow the wind and monday parade

Aura said...

I subscribe

Ashley said...

My favorite- stretchy dog
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Ashley said...

I am a proud subscriber
ashlomb at yahoo dot com

Who's B? said...

Thank you for introducing me to a new favorite shop! I really love both the "love" and "nature" prints and imagine them hanging side by side on my wall, switching the order each day.

love nature
nature love
love nature
nature love

...

Who's B? said...

Just started "following" you on blogger. Lovely site.

chromiumman said...

i like lets go home

A Frugal Friend said...

I love Monday Parade

Annie said...

I love "Spring", what beautiful prints!

Thanks


nancyrobster@gmail.com

Annie said...

I'm a subscriber!

Thanks



nancyrobster@gmail.com

~ Cee ~ said...

What a great giveaway! I love the White Ocean print, and would love to put it in my daughter's nursery. Thanks!!

ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

Nadene said...

I'm a subscriber

Nadene said...

My favourite one is Monday Parade, I really love the green and red together.

vboackle said...

i like good night.

hollyhobbie said...

My favourite is knitting on wood background. I love to knit and my dtrs middle name is Naoko!! Love it!

yyhayleyj (at) gmail (dot) com

hazel said...

I love the Birds on Berry Tree (Red)
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lmngirls said...

winterberry red with the bunnies, completely sweet & poignant, love 'em!
Christina

Vivien said...

What a great shop! It's hard to choose but I think my favorite is "Hope Bird."

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Kaycee said...

I LOVE lets go home (on wood). I would love to have it for my baby's nursery!

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Kaycee said...

Im a subscriber!

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Desiree said...

I love the Knitting (Wood Back Ground) print! It is wonderful!

Des
RuffleBuns @ Hotmail DOT com
http://hamncheezr.etsy.com

Bunny B said...

I love Winter Berry (Red)! The perfect one for me!
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Bunny B said...

Susbcriber!
bunnybx at gmail .com

Jenna said...

I really like Follow the Wind. Thanks!

Alli said...

I really like Follow the Wind!
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Sassy said...

Love "Love" and Spring! Beautiful!

Sassy said...

i'm also a subscriber over RSS!

Anonymous said...

"Love" has got to be my favorite print, although they are all adorable. Thanks so much for introducing me to this fabulous artist & thanks for the giveaway!

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Lauren said...

Subscriber!

Thanks!

kathemc(at)gmail(dot)com said...

So many beautiful pieces -- how to choose?!? Dream, Follow the Wind, and White Ocean are my three-way tie.

kathemc(at)gmail(dot)com said...

subscriber

Lili said...

Hope bird, for it's simplicity and nice use of negative space (wood grain)

Lili said...

And I'm a subscriber!

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

"Let's Go Home" on wood is darling. Walking with 'papa bear' is one of our daughter's favourite activities.

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

Happy subscriber!

lisagee said...

Some other time...is my pick. Reminds me of my cat

Aik said...

I like the White Ocean print.

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Aik said...

I subscribed!

Tracy said...

Torn between Dream, Spring and Freestyle, what a great site ;-)

Lilly said...

Follow the Wind is my favorite. It's lovely!

JAN said...

wow such stunning art, i am always on the look out for new art for my collection and naokosstoop is wonderful and unique
one of my faves is
Monday Parade

please enter me into the giveaway i would love to add one of these prints to my art collection
artbyjan(at)googlemail(dot)com

JAN said...

i am also have subscribed
artbyjan(at)googlemail(dot)com

Tracy Simmons said...

My favorite piece of this gorgeous artwork is definitely "Nest." So beautiful. Thanks!
Tracy
mtinternet at gamil dot com

amanda said...

the Love print! !!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20200529

so lovely!

amanda said...

OOOO & I subscribe!

prettyfnmess(at)gmail(dot)com

mike said...

Let's Go Home (on Wood). That is my favorite!

Heather said...

I really like the print Bird in a Cage (Green). It is so cute! And would look lovely hanging in my room!

Sena said...

Winterberry red bunnies!
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Sena said...

I subscribe.
sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

Just Another Hofeling said...

So hard to choose, but I love the Winter Tale (bunny) and the Winter berry (bunny).*

Just Another Hofeling said...

Subscriber!!

Amber said...

I love Snow Bambi!

Thank you for the giveaway and please enter me :)

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clenna said...

I love love love the print called Spring. Beautiful.

Meninheira said...

I love: Bird in a Cage (Green) :)
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thanks for the contest :)

Meninheira said...

I'm a subscriber with bloglines :)

meninheira (at) gmail (dot) com

Danielle said...

Follow the wind is so sweet, love it!

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andyb said...

OMG thanks for introducing me to such a great site! the "good night" print with the bunnies is soooo cute!

McGann said...

I love the colors in the "Monday Parade"

McGann said...

and I subscribe!!

Kimberly said...

As is my way I can't choose! White Ocean and Snow Bambi are tied for my favorite. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Nicole said...

Such amazing prints! My favorite is White Ocean, most definitely!

Melanie said...

it's really a toss up between love and white follow the wind. ugh I can't decide

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Melanie said...

email subscriber

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Sarita Emilia said...

So many cute ones! I love song for spring...

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Steelers Fan said...

follow the wind is my fave

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gkstratos said...

I like Good Night
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gkstratos said...

Subscriber
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jenny said...

there allso sweet i think if i won this i like to get the one called spring thanks

toughturtles said...

My Favorite is My Favorite

trippyjanet said...

My favorite is stretchy dog

littlelatina said...

white Ocean is my fave

Aprilshowers said...

Oh wow I love them all! If I had to narrow it down to one though I would probably choose White Ocean. So talented.

Aprilshowers said...

I am a subscriber.

mel said...

Tough decision but I think I would choose Song for Spring.

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Christopher And Tia said...

It would look like I didn't actually go to her page if I chose the picture on display in the blog entry huh? Well, that one is my favorite. But if I had to choose a second favorite, it would be the bird cage print in green. That one is really cute too.

xx Tia

Sunnyvale said...

I like Nest

Smooshy said...

mushroom bunny!

RockerJewlz said...

"Follow the wind"...makes my heart happy.

Crys said...

I like the Spring print.

The Saunders Family said...

hello, hello would be wonderful in my room!
mom2maria at hotmail

sushi_noem said...

I think Birds on a Berry Tree is my fave, but it's so hard to choose!

Anonymous said...

I love the Nest.

Nora
neneelynn@yahoo.com

Rebecca R. said...

I like Follow the Wind.
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Rebecca R. said...

I also subscribe.
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Ann said...

I absolutely love the "bird in a cage".
Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!
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Ann said...

I'm a subscriber.
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Peach said...

There is this haunting, dreamy, sweet quality about Naoko's work. I like them all, but Knitting, White Ocean and Let's go Home. (Couldn't pick one...)

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Tina said...

oh my gosh "follow the wind" is absolutely inspiring!

Sweetina said...

oooh how wonderful...a new fav!
I adore Hope and my seconf favorite is good night!!!
and I am subscibing to your wonderful blog right now...so glad it found you!

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Sweetina said...

i am a subscriber!

Anne S said...

It was soooo hard to narrow it down to just one favorite. I'm so in love with this shop! But I think I'd have to choose "White Ocean." I just keep coming back to it.

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danosor said...

I am a subscriber.

Still Learning said...

I like Bird in a Cage...the green one. Thanks.

Still Learning said...

I'm a subscriber.

Beth said...

My favorite is Good Night

kdkdkd said...

I love Follow the Wind, would frame that for the nursery.

andrea v said...

love follow the wind. I would put it in my daughters room.
thanks

Mary Avinger said...

Our favorite is the print Let's Go Home (on wood). Thanks for the giveaway.

shelenec said...

I love the sping Photo. It perfect

shelenec said...

I subscribe

Don A. said...

My favorite is Nest

playswithclay said...

Absolutely beautiful shop! Wow!

Hard choice but I think my favorite is:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19768050
Thanks for the giveaway!
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playswithclay said...

I subscribe! yay!

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M.A. said...

I like White Ocean.

Trisha M. said...

I love the "winter berry (red)" print but then again I am a sucker for cute bunnies. parvax at aol dot com

Sheila said...

I like "Nest". I like birds, and this seems very calming.
Sheila
chiliburger@icehouse.net

the student said...

"i wish..." makes my heart so happy :)

DJ said...

I like them all, but "lets go home" is really cute!

Tenika said...

i like Nest...or any with the birds :)
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Karen said...

Amazing work - count me in :)

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janehixon said...

such wonderful work......Knitting (Wood Back Ground) is my favorite......

ehhogan said...

I like Follow the Wind

Anam said...

I choose "Nature". Thank you for including me in your contest.

Anam said...

I subcribed but it's taking forever to show up in my email so I can verify it.

Helena Batt-Vesey said...

My favorite print is White Ocean. Thanks for the giveaway!

Helena Batt-Vesey said...

I subscribed.

CathyHorner said...

ohh..so difficult to decide! My first choice is "Good Night" but they are all lovely!
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Cathy H said...

I subcribe..thanks
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cari_and_kevin_king said...

I love "concert"

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Dree said...

I love the Winter Tale (Deer),

Dree said...

I subscribe.

NewYorkMemos said...

My favorite would have to be Dream (2009) =)

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~Nyny

NewYorkMemos said...

I subscribed!

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~Nyny

~elise said...

bird on a berry tree! luv it!

Brimful Curiosities said...

My daughter loves bunnies so we've started a collection of bunny art. Winter Berry (Red) is my favorite. Perfect for the current season, also.

Brimful Curiosities said...

subscriber.

Mia J. said...

I love them all. I think my favorite is the sister birds.

Elsie said...

Winter Tale has a kind and loving spirit, with a wonderful composition, and looks so peaceful.

Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

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MonkeyBaby said...

it's hard to pick a favorite, but i'd choose Let's Go Home (on wood)

MonkeyBaby said...

i subscribe!

Therese said...

I like the birds on the berry tree

DEY said...

I love Follow The Wind and Dream. Thanks for the great giveaway!

amy purple said...

It's really hard to narrow it down, but i think i like the Knitting or Winter Tale prints best. I think i would probably give them away as a gift because they're so cute, i'd want to share them! pposwaps(AT)gmail.com

Shari said...

They are all gorgeous! But you picked the best one (in my humble opinion!) to start the post with...Hope Bird is so sweet.

Chelsey said...

Snow Bambi is one of my favourites! Thanks for the giveaway. mybabyappleseed(at)yahoo(dot)ca

ky2here said...

I'm going with 'spring' because of that vibrant green.

mireia said...

I want participate!
I post you in my craft blog.
My e-mail is my perfil blog

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