Friday, March 13, 2009

Gathered Light

Nomad. Storyteller. Explorer. Artist. The spirit embodied in the art of Love All Around is one of salty myths and sanguine confidence, as intentionally rough around the edges as a jagged jut of Patagonian shoreline, and yet somehow as delicate and symmetrical as a gull’s feather. It’s no surprise, really, that Seattle-based artist/photographer Renee Press draws her inspiration from travels she experienced throughout South America and elsewhere—after all, it’s practically unwritten law that all idealistic creative souls must spend at least a year abroad before settling down—but the way this “gathered light” sifted from around the world is transposed in her drawings and photographs is somehow fresh and inviting.

With deeply personal reflections such as Butterflies Everywhere and As One meeting offbeat snapshots the likes of Seasquatch and Totem Three, the drawings run together like borrowed memories. With revealing photographs such as those featured on the Fern Forest and Peace This Way cards evidencing her eye for striking image, the artist then takes these memories a step further by chronicling the actual travels that inspired the art, a blending of media that really helps us to feel we’ve gotten to know someone by the time we’re done perusing her gallery. And what better way to begin the tour than with a generous giveaway: We are happy to announce that Love All Around will be sending a print of choice to the winner of today’s drawing. To enter, visit LoveAllAround.etsy.com, then come back here to tell us about your favorite print. Tell us in an additional post if you subscribe to Wishing Willow, or follow us on Twitter, and "tweet" about the giveaway. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” Be sure to also leave your email address. Contest ends 3/21/09. We have a winner! Congrats Missesprincess.

136 comments:

debrob58 said...

Beautiful prints! It was difficult to choose a favorite, but I finally decided on "gully and gully." I'm a freelance photographer and often go to parks along the river to take pictures of the beautiful gulls. This photo nicely captures a pair in flight against the striking colors of a blue sky etched with puffs of clouds.

mverno said...

i like the rainbow family

Becky said...

I love the uniqueness of the totem two. There are so many surprises in it and I love looking at it trying to see everything.

Thanks!

Becky said...

I am a subscriber.

CathyH said...

I love the style of this artist, wonderful! My favorite is totem one.

CathyH said...

i subscribe

On The Wall said...

Rainbow family was my favorite. Love the simplicity of all of these though!

xenia said...

Hard decision, but I think Dandelion is my favorite.

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xenia said...

I'm a subscriber!

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Aik said...

I like the dandelion print.

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Aik said...

I'm a subscriber.

mensa63 said...

Looked at them all but heart the hearth stood out for me. I spent so many happy hours in the kitchen with my Granny and my Mom when I was a girl. I not only learned how to cook there but I also learned how to be a woman.

Kim said...

LOVE this: birds over brooklyn

Kim said...

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Hanna said...

I like this northwestern shore.

Hanna said...

i'm a subscriber

Deci said...

I like Birds in Formation.

catriona_sweeps said...

My favorite is "dandelion".

Ashley said...

My favorite item- 10 original photographs on cards, YOU CHOOSE
I also like Butterfliess Everywhere
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Ashley said...

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Jennirae said...

I love the gully gully very nice photography.

Elsie said...

The Hands and Feet print is so interesting, amazing and unique!

I'd love to see it again and again, each time I look at it, it seems different!
Very cool!

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sassypackrat said...

Love your artwork! I'd have to say that "Rainbow Family" is my special favorite.

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - My favorite print is In Our Hands, and this is a VERY talented artist!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I'm very happy to be a proud subscriber to Wishing Willow!

saku said...

great site! my favorite is rainbow family. very charming!

MJ said...

I love barnacles

Trish said...

I like the Brazilian Birds print. Very unique work.

Trish said...

I am a subscriber.

jenesaispas said...

white birds dancing is truly amazing : )

Anonymous said...

Heart the Hearth is my favorite - yet they are all so beautifully executed!
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Paige said...

I like "Best Friends", it reminds me of all of the dogs who have shared my life.

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janil said...

This is one of my favourites: this northwestern shore. So interesting!

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But brazilian birds and dandelion are lovely too!!!

Tanna said...

I like Sea Cave card, the blue is just gorgeous!

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

dandelion

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

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kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

The Dandelion is my favourite b/c it's from an unusual perspective: split open. It speaks to the tenacity of the so-called weed.

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

Happy subscriber!

aglo said...

I really like sneakers at sunset.

ABCDErica said...

I love the left heart card. It's cutesy :) But as for drawings, I love the "as one". My gosh, these are beautiful prints! Thank you for featuring her!

ABCDErica said...

I'm a follower :)

zoe hunter said...

Love the: this northwestern shore. very cool prints...thanks.

zoe hunter said...

I am a loyal subscriber

morethananumber said...

I love "Love Machine" as I have happy memories of playing on a simular machine.


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ape said...

lovely shop! my favorite print is the dandelion, because, well, i really like dandelions! i love the brightness of the flower against the moody, overcast background.

ape said...

i subscribe!

Meredith said...

I love "Humans". It's lovely.
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Meredith said...

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Amber said...

It is so hard to pick a favorite, but I guess I would choose In Our Hands.


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philpo said...

beautiful desribes them well

minishoes said...

I like the hands and feet one. Very one of a kind! I love her work. thanks jacquecurl@gmail.com

minishoes said...

I am a subscriber jacquecurl@gmail.com

silverbele said...

The rainbow family

dessie10 said...

Heart the hearth would look great in my "new" kitchen

TiLT said...

What a great shop...I loved the Best Friends -

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TiLT said...

I tweeted the giveaway :)

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- Marybeth I. said...

Love seasquatch

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Caligirl said...

I'm in!

gkstratos said...

Rainbow Family
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Roxy said...

i love birds over brooklyn.

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Roxy said...

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paleseptember said...

wow! awesome shop. definitely hard to choose a favorite print... but I just love the 'butterflies everywhere' print. thanks so much!

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paleseptember said...

I follow Wishing Willow on Twitter and tweeted about this lovely giveaway here:
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Robin said...

Dandelion was my favorite print - altought they were all interesting and lovely! Thanks for the chance!

Sweet Pirate Betty said...

Lovely artwork! After changing my mind a few times, because the're all so great! I think my favourite is "a crow caws in brooklyn", very closely followed by "Brazillian birds" :)

Sweet Pirate Betty said...

I'm a subscriber! :)

lisagee said...

The leaf heart card is my choice.

lisagee said...

tweeted / lisagee123 Art print of choice from artist Renee Press of Love All Around~http://tinyurl.com/akkdwjless than 5 seconds ago from web

shelly said...

so many wonderful prints, i'm a fan of watercolor, so my choice was the dandelion print!

Anonymous said...

It was very hard to choose but the hands and feet print won me over .......Jessie

vboackle said...

i like heart the hearth.

Stephanie said...

Love the brazilian birds.

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Christina G. said...

My favorite is the goat with camels. Thanks for the giveaway!

Christina G. said...

I subscribe by email.

Christina G. said...

I followed on twitter and tweeted: http://twitter.com/bayview99/status/1334593075

Salleefur said...

I love so many that I can't narrow it down so I would probably say
my favorite item - 10 original photographs on cards, YOU CHOOSE.
Among the many prints I love, favorites are Heart the Hearth (perfect for the kitchen) and Dandelion (since they make themselves at home any and everywhere...!) Thanks.

littlelatina said...

sneakers at sunset

mverno said...

best friends

Nichola said...

Love Machine

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mogrill said...

The white birds dancing is beautiful!! Thanks for the chance!!
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Donna R. said...

The White Birds dancing is the one I like best. Thanks for the contest.

crystal said...

I love the pretty Dandelion Drawing:)
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crystal said...

I am a subscriber.
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eyeslikesugar said...

I love the Red Sea Coral print! :) Thank you for offering this giveaway! eyeslikesugar [at] gmail [dot] com.

eyeslikesugar said...

I subscribe to your blog in my Google Reader. :) Thank you for offering this giveaway! eyeslikesugar [at] gmail [dot] com.

madmad59 said...

Love them all, but really like "gully and gully" ...

madmad59 said...

I am a subscriber as well! =)

madmad59 said...

I also follow on twitter and I am re-tweeting... http://tinyurl.com/akkdwj

RedHatty said...

Icicles on the coast is my fave - adding you to my twitter follows!

Karen said...

Love the rainbow family.

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Missesprincess said...

I love Best Friends as well as the Photo Gully and Gully. Both the photography and prints speak such different styles, one of the the wonderful things about art ~

Tumbleweed Trails said...

Without a doubt my favorite is:
this northwestern shore

JD

Smooshy said...

i like dandelion but i think i'd pick butterflies everywhere!

Leslie S. said...

I loved in our hands.zthanks!

paula h said...

I love the seasquatch drawing.

paula h said...

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Pam said...

I'd pick dandelion. Very pretty!

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the In Our Hands print. Thanks.
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JJ said...

I love all the prints with birds in them, but I'm going with Best Friends because it reminds me of mine...

rosannepm said...

I like Gully and Gully

rosannepm said...

I subscribe

Erma said...

I would love the chance to win, thanks.
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amanda said...

I LOVE in our hands.

amanda said...

i subscribe.

Diana said...

I love the photographs, especially the sea gulls. It seems so full of peace and serenity.

Dee said...

I love being surrounded by butterflies, so that is my favorite print.

Diana said...

I subscribed as well.

glamgurl8686 said...

I like the fern forest.

Anonymous said...

I like the Gully and Gully photograph and the Dandelion picture.
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Anonymous said...

Sneakers at Sunset

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Colengal said...

I like the beautiful stray photo. What a great dog.

Valerie said...

man at sea
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SeahorseLady said...

Great work! I like the "Humans" print and "Gully and Gully".
Thanks for the nice giveaway.

SeahorseLady said...

I also subscribe.

lezanac said...

I love sneakers at sunset

Neoma said...

I thought that it was very hard to pick one favourite so I pick two: The brazilian birds and seasquatch.

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Sarah Z said...

Love Rainbow Family!
Thanks
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purango said...

birds over brooklyn is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

trixpixel said...

Love the "a crow caws in brooklyn". So talented!

Tylerpants said...

The brazilian birds are so cute, would love to hang this in the office.

Tylerpants said...

I'm a subscriber

Jill1 said...

Reflection of the sun card = "twas midday though looks like midnight".

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I love the sea cave card & totem two drawing!

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ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I subscribe & follow!

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Taylor said...

Gully & Gully!

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Donna said...

I like the fern forest, also gully and gully.
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Donna said...

I am a subscriber.
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Donna said...

I follow on twitter.
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lilyk said...

I love the el viejo print!

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I subscribed to your blog.

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Taylor said...

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37 Questions said...

I just love Seasquatch.

37 Questions said...

I'm an RSS subscriber!