Monday, January 26, 2009

A World of Possibilities

Of what are sweet dreams really made? For one, it might be the exploration of some enchanted land across the sea; for another, the discovery of flying ability, or the challenge of a four-story chocolate cake paired with a suddenly bottomless stomach. For Tanya Newbery, dreams are the playscape of narwhals, crescent moons, and kids in their pajamas. These, in turn, are part of a larger gallery that echoes the color schemes and and conceptual stylings of You Belong Here and We Arrrrr Friends, but also draws in complementary characters such as the oft-appearing Bethezda the Cat (most endearing, perhaps, when assisting elephants with their balance as in
Tremendous Help of a Paisley Pachyderm), and assorted rascals such as the ebullient, dancing Winter Bunny. Newbery covers a wide range of themes, from the charm of I Bring Only This to the mystical power of Prince of Owls, but is consistent in her focus on the imagination of children, reminding us poignantly that we adults tend to underestimate the reach of that power.

It's ironic, really: While Newbery's serial art pieces seems tailor-made for children's theme rooms, what the Utah-based illustrator seems to capture most effectively is the idea that in a child's mind anything is possible, and that the only thread holding the world together is the magic that keeps us connected with the tensile strength of a single wish. What, then, does one do with such a diverse collection of prints, brooches, and other media? One idea would be to enter today's giveaway. The lucky winner of this drawing will receive a Tiarrrghed Print to add to their collection. To qualify, visit Gumball Grenade Illustrations, then come back here to tell us about your favorite print in Tanya's collection. 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 2/3/09.

We have a winner! Katherine said, "Wow! I love this art...it is gorgeous! My favorite is: I Bring Only This Red Pajama...amazing!I do not have children (still searching for that Mr. Right) but I have always planned a "Nieces & Nephew Room" in the house I want to own...I would love for this to be part of the decor." Congrats!

190 comments:

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

i bring only this art and the owl and the pussycat are my two tops

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

subscriber

nape said...

I'm a Wishing Willow email subscriber, which is how I discovered this giveaway.

I love to give my friend Gumball Grenade's "You Belong Here" whale print. When she was a girl, my friend won a poetry contest with a poem about a unicorn. We kid about it a lot, but I've never seen a "whale unicorn." I MUST have it to give to her!

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

Let's Share a Story and Winter Bear are my favourites. No doubt b/c we live waaaaaay up north.

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Happy subscriber!

DianaLynn said...

I like Starry Stroll Red Umbrella Version in the 8 x 10 print.

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I am enjoying being a subscriber!

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Minxy Mimi said...

I like the Blast Off 8 x 10 Print
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I am a subscriber!
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Annie said...

I just love the "Come Back to Me Original Illustration" its beautiful and very full of emotion!



Thanks


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Annie said...

I'm subscribed to your blog!



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Leane said...

My FAV print is the 'Moon Painter'......I just love it! So full of potential and dreams......Great giveaway!!

Leane said...

I am a Willow Subscriber!

judybrittle said...

I really love the Tremendous Help 8 x 10 Print. The elephant is darling. Thank you!

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber.

Anonymous said...

wow, how do you pick just one? beautiful art! i love "the owl and the pussy cat" it would look so cute on my daughter's wall next to the "Tiarrrghed" print!

Anonymous said...

i'm a subscriber!

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Anonymous said...

Hard to pick a favorite, but I think it would have to be A Magic Trick.
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Anonymous said...

I'm a subscriber, too.
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janil said...

I Bring Only This Red Pajama Version 8 x 10 Print is my fvourite!

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janil said...

Suscriber! Thanks!

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Kerrie said...

I love the "Tuckered" 8x10 print - it's so cute. As a bunny owner, this also fits with my personality. =)

Kerrie said...

I'm a subscriber!

mverno said...

i also like tuckered

MelissaT said...

I like the Magic Trick print

MelissaT said...

I subscribe`

Allison said...

What cute stuff! I love Red vs. Blue.

Allison said...

subscriber

Danielle said...

I really like the starry stroll red umbrella and my second is the poppies one. They are all so cute and I would love to win one for my daughter's room!
Thanks
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Ashley said...

My favorite- Fly Me to the Moon 8 x 10 Print.
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Ashley said...

I am a proud subscriber!
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Aprilshowers said...

How sweet are these prints! I love the Bye Bye Mr. Bluebird one the best.

Aprilshowers said...

I am a subscriber.

Alli said...

I really love the Tremendous Help

Stacie said...

Princess Hedgehog 8 x 10 Print is my favourite.

Stacie said...

I subscribe.

PurrPrints said...

Wow, what cool stuff--I've never seen her illustrations before either, so i'm doubly glad for this giveaway. My current fave is "A magic trick"

PurrPrints said...

also, I'm a subscriber

Paige said...

I like Starry Stroll Red Umbrella and Tuckered.

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Kaycee said...

These are absolutely beautiful. I love Fly me to the Moon!!!

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Kaycee said...

Im a subscriber!

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Roxy said...

Nestled 8 x 10 Print

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vboackle said...

i like the Gumball Grenade's "You Belong Here" whale print.

lili11 said...

My favorite is 'Cuddles'. Beautiful

lili11 said...

I subscribe.

Kim said...

I love this: I Bring Only This Red Pajama Version 8 x 10 Print

Kim said...

subscribe

naoko said...

OH! How lovely these prints are!! My favorite is "My Bear and the Moon."

naoko said...

I became a subscriber!

Kristy said...

Subscriber.

Kristy said...

I like the Cuddles print.

littlelatina said...

We Arrr friends!

Jenn said...

I love "Amongst the Poppies" but "We Arrrr Friends" would look adorable in my boys room.

Amber said...

I love Tremendous Help the best!

Thanks for the giveaway and please enter me.

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jamaise said...

How wonderfully childlike. I love the Tremendous Help Print.

Thank You

jamaise said...

I subscribe too :))

kdkdkd said...

First let me say I love Original Watercolor Nocturne in Blue, would buy that right now if I had the money.

My favorite print is Fixing the Stars 8 x 10 Print

Tylerpants said...

I love 'The Owl and the Pussycat' print, so charming!

Tylerpants said...

I'm a subscriber.

Nikton said...

We Arrrrr Friends 8...

theresa martin said...

A Magic Trick ... thanks

Aura said...

The set of 3 a whale of a wish are my favorites

Aura said...

I subscribe

toughturtles said...

We Arrrrrr Friends Navy versus Red

JAN said...

its got to be the owl and the pussycat as an instant fave
please enter me in this giveaway.Thanks so much
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Melissa said...

I really love Nestled.

Janice Golden said...

night flight
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Just Another Hofeling said...

Absolutely love the Space set prints. Would be prefect in my boys room. just darling.

Just Another Hofeling said...

I'm a subscriber!!

Smooshy said...

we arrrr friends!

McGann said...

Amongst the Poppies is Precious!

McGann said...

And I subscribe to Wishing Willow!

Kimberly said...

My favorites are Quite a Catch and Polar Bear King.

Thanks for this giveaway!

Rosalynn said...

I love all of her prints, but my very favorite is Amongst the Poppies. Thanks for the chance to win!
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Check out my blog for a giveaway too!
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Steelers Fan said...

i like the 'a magic trick' print

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mel said...

I love these prints! My favorite is I Bring Only This print.

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Crys said...

I like Nestled.

Sweetina said...

my favorites are:
Make a wish and the owl and the pussycat

Sweetina said...

i am a subcriber!

Beth said...

I like Tremendous Help

Nadene said...

I subscribe!

Nadene said...

I love the Princess Hedgehog 8 x 10 Print, it would love fabulous in my children's room!

shelenec said...

I really love the Let's Share a Story 8 x 10 inch Print Very cute

shelenec said...

I subscribe

Don A. said...

My favorite is Nestled

Karen said...

Count me in :)

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Danielle said...

rocket boy is adorable!

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Lissa said...

I like the "night fishing" & "moon painter."

Lissa said...

I'm a subscriber:)
Thanks for the giveaway.

Still Learning said...

I really like "among the poppies," lovely designs. Thanks.

the student said...

i love "Princess Hedgehog" ... it reminds me of a dream i had once :)

Amy said...

Lovely art! My favorite is A Magic Trick. I also really liked Amongst the Poppies. Thanks!

amweeks said...

I just adore the Winter Bunny! My SIL is expecting her 1st child soon & has done the nursery in bunnies...this would fit right in!

amweeks said...

I'm a subscriber!

Sara said...

I love Nestled

GumballGrenade said...

Thank you Tara and Nate for such an eloquent review. Also, thanks to all of you who entered and for all of your kind words!

Dree said...

Blast Off 8 x 10 Print

Dree said...

I subscribe.

Nanci said...

Nestled 8 x 10 Print

NewYorkMemos said...

My favorite is Tremendous Help ^_^

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~Nyny

NewYorkMemos said...

I'm a subscriber!

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~Nyny

Brimful Curiosities said...

I love the I Bring Only This 8 x 10Print. Perfect for Valentine's Day. Lovely illustrations.

Brimful Curiosities said...

I am now an email subscriber.

Mia J. said...

I think the Nestled 8 x 10 Print is very sweet.

Katherine said...

Wow! I love this art...it is gorgeous! My favorite is: I Bring Only This Red Pajama...amazing!

I do not have children (still searching for that Mr. Right) but I have always planned a "Nieces & Nephew Room" in the house I want to own...I would love for this to be part of the decor.

katherinedale(at)gmail.com

Therese said...

I like the blast off printm but they are all quite pretty

Helena Batt-Vesey said...

My favorite is the I Bring Only This Red Pajama Version 8 x 10 Print. Thanks for the giveaway!

Helena Batt-Vesey said...

I'm a subscriber.

MonkeyBaby said...

my favorite print is "Night Fishing"!

MonkeyBaby said...

i subscribe!

DEY said...

I like Midnight Mending and a Starry Stroll. Great prints. Thanks for the giveaway!

DEY said...

I'm a subscriber & love it!

ky2here said...

Let's go with the Tremendous Help 8 x 10 Print.

rosannepm said...

I love the Come Back to Me Original Illustration
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rosannepm said...

I'm a subscriber

travellingmomof2 said...

I love Ahoy Moon print. Fantastic and elegant

Erma said...

I like A Magic Trick. Thanks for the chance to win.
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djgroz said...

Bye Bye Mr Bluebird 8 x 10 Print

bfox74 said...

I like, "Amongst the Poppies" the best.

Leslie said...

Princess Hedgehog

chromiumman said...

Come Back to Me Original Illustration

Carolyn said...

I like the 8 x 10 Blastoff Print!

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I love A Magic Trick!

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Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I am a subscriber!

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Melanie said...

I love the You Belong Here print.
So so adorable.

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doreen said...

My fav and I mean FAV is the Story Time print.

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doreen said...

I just subscribed as well.

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megan said...

My favorite was Three Birds Black and White. I love birds and always have bird feeders stocked so I can watched them eating (its just so peaceful). This picture reminded me of my family. Its just my husband, daughter and I so the 3 birds represent us :) Its modern and beautiful!

moonshadow43 said...

My favorite would be "Three in Waiting"! I love kitty cats and this picture would be perfect with my decor!

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moonshadow43 said...

Subscribed via email

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sx2143 said...

I like the Winter Bear print

lisalmg said...

I think the Amongst the Poppies 8 x 10 Print is so cute. Thanks!
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lisalmg said...

I'm a subscriber.
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Anonymous said...

Sweet dreams is my favorite -- although all of her work is so lovely.

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Anonymous said...

I am a sdubscriber to Wishiing Willow!

aimee

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jeanne said...

Oh, wow! They're all great. I like the Owl and the Pussycat the best.

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Anonymous said...

I am very moved by the company logo....Wishing Willow picture. When I was a child we planted a weeping willow in our front yard and named her Minny. That picture just brought me right back to that joy I received from sitting under the tree daily.
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Amber said...

I love the Amongst the Poppies print.

Thanks for the giveaway and please enter me!

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superdavefive said...

My e item from the Etsy is a print called "Fly Me to the Moon." The concept if this print is awesome.
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Nicole said...

I love "Bye Bye Mr. Bluebird".

vboackle said...

I Bring Only This Red Pajama Version 8 x 10 is my fave.

sito50 said...

What charming art! I envy her vision. My favorite is the Midnight Mending in Red Print.

sito50 said...

I subscribe.

amyinkamloops said...

Thank you for posting this information. I really appreciate it! Three Birds Black and White is my favourite.

Great blog and giveway. I hope you have an awesome day! Thanks again ;-) Amy (amyinkamloops *AT* gmail.com)

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subscriber

Christy said...

I love "Nestled" in the 8 X 10 print. It is just adorable. Thanks for the great giveaway. ecghick@yahoo.com

elaine said...

I like the Quite A Catch Print-I love the simplicity of all of the artwork-beautiful!

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trippyjanet said...

I like A Friend in Winter

danosor said...

I am a subscriber.

billie said...

i bring only this! super love whimsy!

Cataroo said...

My favorite is "The Owl and the Pussycat". The poem by Edward Lear has been a favorite of mine since childhood and STILL brings a smile to my face!!

Thank you for a great giveaway!!

yadgirl said...

I like the Fly Me to the Moon 8 x 10 Print

kathy pease said...

I LOVE the Cuddles 8 x 10 Print

kathy pease said...

im a subscriber klp1965@myfairpoint.net :)

Kim Miller said...

A Starry Stroll


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purango said...

Bethezdas Birthday 8 X 10 Print is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

kdkdkd said...

I love the The Owl and the Pussycat 8 x 10 print, love that poem. Also love Cuddles 8 x 10 Print, so sweet

souldolphindream said...

My two favorites are
a pirates life 8x10 art print set and the orginal watercolor nidnight mending.

What magical work

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Gabriel said...

I really like the Blast Off 8 x 10 Print.


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cdrury said...

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Let's Share a Story is my favorite and would love to share with my grandson

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subscriber

littlelatina said...

We Arrrr Friends!

sherri419 said...

I Bring Only This is my fave! Super hard to choose though!!!

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Sunnyvale said...

I like a Magic Trick

Karen said...

I'm in :)

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Leah said...

I soooo love the We Arrrrr Friends 8 x 10 Inch Art Print !! So adorably cute!

Thanks so much for this fabulous give~away! : )))

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Leah said...

I also subscribe! : )))

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mverno said...

i like The The Great Kite Flight 8 x 10

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I love the "Come Back to Me Original Illustration" !

Michw37 said...

I like Tremendous Help

Tiffany said...

Bring Only This Red Pajama

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Dierdra said...

Tuckered

Helen said...

I love I Wait on Every Word 8 x 10 Print.

Helen said...

I subscribe.

George Casson said...

Magic trick &ty! rangrace(at)hotmail.com

masonsgranny59 said...

I heart the Night Fishing print:)

toughturtles said...

Original Watercolor Nocturne in Blue

yadgirl said...

I like the Fly Me to the Moon 8 x 10 Print.

memetu said...

My parents had an Owl & a Puddycat that did go out to sea with them in a sailboat. The Owl and The Pussycat Art Brooch is a memory.

Reeva said...

i love watercolor nocturne in blue

Reeva said...

i'm a subscriber

KristenH said...

My favorite print is the Bethezda in Blossoms 8 X 10 inch Art Print Limited Edition. This is a great giveaway and I really hope I win. Thanks.
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calgirl said...

Jumping Through Hoops is so cute.

Rockin' Mama said...

Wow! Amazing....

I Bring Only This is my fav

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Shanda said...

Fly me to the Moon is my favorite
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ladycat713 said...

Amongst the poppies-white version.

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lilyk said...

I love the Winter Bear print!

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I subscribed to your blog.

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Madam Pince said...

Tiarrrghed and Fixing the Stars are just beautiful!