Friday, March 6, 2009

Serene Adventures

It’s been said that the difference between an art critic and an art lover is all in the eyes. The critic, who approaches art only to deconstruct it, too often stops there, missing the proverbial forest for the trees. The lover, on the other hand, who seeks primarily the experience of the art, is able to step back, absorb a composition as one singular piece rather than a collection of elements, and wistfully sigh, this really works. The nursery room art of Indigo Rain, our featured creative group of the day, is art made for the lover in all of us. Using warm, soothing tones, nightscapes in lavender, days of hushed floral hues and subjects as invitingly unpretentious as an ambling dinosaur or a nest of bluebirds, the artist invites us to enter a softer, less threatening region of the art world.

Children can enjoy the serenity and safety of images like When I grow up...I want to be a lady like you, or A Bird on My Head while also enjoying the surrealism of the ideas. Adults can readily utilize the art, and especially the loveable animal subjects, to kickstart a conversation about nature, and how the world outdoors is really more magical than malevolent, populated with many creatures that seem to have been created for no other reason than to make us smile. And while we’re at it, here’s another reason to smile: Indigo Rain has agreed to offer a free print of choice to the winner of today’s drawing (up to $18.) To enter, visit IndigoRain.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 3/14/09.

195 comments:

Jingle said...

These are wonderful! I really love her style! My favorite print is 'Believe.' It is so calming and peaceful.

Jingle said...

I subscribe!

Halifax said...

I like the Ladybug print (When I grow up...I want to be a lady like you). Kids always say cute things like that

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I'm a subscriber

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Jingle said...

I tweeted! http://twitter.com/JustJingle/status/1288539938

Sweet Pirate Betty said...

These are lovely! hard to pick a fave, but I love 'Yes Deer'! :)

Sweet Pirate Betty said...

I subscribe! :)

Runako Designs by Dee said...

I have to say Blue Forest is my favorite, something keeps taking me back to that print. I think the sereneness of the colors and the mother looking back at her child reminds me of a mother looking after her newborn. Beautiful work.

Runako Designs by Dee said...

I'm a follower

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

The darling "Where Do Dreams Go" is my favourite. Our girl has a bunny and moon obsession.

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Happy Subscriber!

S Denton said...

I love Olli and Ben (HOO) its my daughters favorite colors

zoe hunter said...

I love the Misty River - Art Print for Nursery and Kids Rooms by Indigo Rain

very serene and pretty! Thanks for another fab contest.

zoe hunter said...

I am a subscriber

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

oh joy and polar are my two favorites

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

subscriber

Keyomi said...

Blue forest or Where do Wishes go. THey all are amazing! thanks for sharing this etsy artist.

Keyomi said...

I also have your button on my blog (http://www.kaycity.blogspot.com)

Minxy Mimi said...

Beautiful prints, I love the Blu Moon - Art Print
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Keyomi said...

I am already subscribed to wishing willow.

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I subscribe!
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Jeanne said...

Love these! My favorite is "Believe".

Andrea Swan said...

i just LOVE "nobody's perfect". how adorable is a pink turtle in a tree?

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Andrea Swan said...

i subscribe!

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Ashley said...

Oh Joy - Art Print for children by Indigor Rain- Love this one!

What about your facebooking fan extra entry?

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Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I like Where Do Wishes Go at Indigo Rain! Very haunting!

Christina said...

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

khhast said...

What beautiful artwork! My favourite is the first one you posted - blue forest.

khhast said...

I'm a subscriber

Xenia said...

What great art! My favorite is the When I grow up...I want to be a lady like you - Art Print because it's just so cute and sweet.

Thanks!
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Xenia said...

I'm a subscriber!

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lisagee said...

When the painted birds laugh - Art Print for Children by Indigo Rain
Most anything with birds is always a hit at my house~

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ape said...

i love them all, but i think "where do wishes go" is my favorite. so wistful...

ape said...

i subscribe

Tempest52 said...

I'm entranced by "Where do wishes go?" Lovely!

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I am a subscriber.

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mverno said...

the ladybug print if anybody cares what i think they usually don't

AmandaSue said...

I like the Seal Beach Print! Thanks for entering me.

AmandaSue said...

I'm an email subscriber thanks!

Aprilshowers said...

It's hard to choose a favorite. I love the When I grow up...I want to be a lady like you print. And the name is too cute.

Aprilshowers said...

I am a subscriber.

judybrittle said...

I think the Seal Beach children's print is so cute! Thank you!

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber.

Kim said...

looove this: Yes Deer

Kim said...

subscriber

Michelle said...

My favorite is the Where do wishes go print. Lovely colors as well as title... Thanks for the chance to win!

Michelle said...

Subscriber.

Peggy said...

I adore the When I grow up...I want to be a lady like you - Art Print,too cute . The colors are beautiful ,its so cute.
Thanks
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Peggy said...

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Aik said...

I love the When I grow up...I want to be a lady like you - Art Print.


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Aik said...

I'm a subscriber!

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elaine said...

Ilove the print Where Do Wishes Go-love the simplicity and the colors!

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susan said...

My favorite print is When the meadows laugh.

Kerrie said...

I love the Olli and Ben print - so cute! And it would match my comforter, which is awesome.

Kerrie said...

I'm an e-mail subscriber!

Kerrie said...

I Twittered about it and follow you!

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JamericanSpice said...

I love When the painted birds sing

JamericanSpice said...

I subscribe

MJ said...

I love When I grow up...I want to be a lady like you - Art Print

MJ said...

I subscribe

Summer said...

Where Do Wishes Go - LOVE it!! What a great shop!

Wehaf said...

I love "Ollie and Ben". Hoo, indeed!

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Alli Rense said...

My favorite is the Blue Moon print. I love the way the trees frame the city in the background.

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gkstratos said...

Blu Sky is my favorite.
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Heather said...

I like the At the old mans barn - Art Print by Indigo Rain.

kdkdkd said...

Blue Forest would be great for my boys room

CurlyfrySC's Collage said...

I like the When I grow up...I want to be a lady like you - Art Print. Ladybugs are a sure sign of warmer weather!

carriechuck said...

Blue Sky is my favorite! It would be perfect for my goddaughter who's father is from South Africa. All the work is so beautiful and serene. Perfect for a child's room.

CathyH said...

"Where do wishes go". Beautiful art!

Anam said...

I like "A Bird on my Head". Thanks for the chance to win it.

{sweeter than me} said...

OOh, hard to decide! I really like "when painted birds sing" and "olli in london"

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Suzanne said...

My favorite print is "Blue Forest." I love dinosaurs!

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Suzanne said...

I am a subscriber on Google.

Suzanne said...

I follow you on Twitter. I tweeted about this giveaway: http://tinyurl.com/dz9v6l

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TiLT said...

What a beautiful shop! My fave was the Olli and Ben...

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Kelle's Kitchen said...

Wow! What a hard decision! I am torn between the alley cat and A bird on my head - but I think I will go with a bird on my head! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Kelle
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TiLT said...

Tweeted :)

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I subscribe :)

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Catherine said...

I love Olli and Ben.

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Catherine said...

I'm a subscriber!

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janetfaye said...

I like When the painted birds sing.

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janetfaye said...

Subscribed.

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sarahbethe said...

These are very pretty! I like the style a lot.

Stephanie said...

My favorite is ths When the painted birds sing.

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bison61 said...

I like When the painted birds laugh

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Whimsical Creations said...

Love Olli and Ben (HOO)

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Whimsical Creations said...

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Karen said...

Wonderful. I love the "believe" print.

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Elsie said...

The "Where Do Wishes Go?" print has me wondering,
And hypnotized with it's magic colors,
I look at it and it seems to glow,
I could dream and watch it for hours...
Beautiful!

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MisfitGirl said...

Where Do Wishes Go just puts a big smile on my face, I adore it.

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Maggie said...

Beautiful pieces! My favorite is When I grow up...I want to be a lady like you. Thanks for the giveaway!

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I subscribe to your feed using live bookmarks.

Aura said...

I like When the painted birds laugh

Aura said...

I subscribe

Lucas said...

Love her work! My favorite is Olli and Ben (HOO)...so cute!

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Lucas said...

I subscribe! :)
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vboackle said...

i like the print believe.

mogrill said...

I really like the ladybug print!! Thanks for the chance.

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Chris sutherland said...

I also like the ladybug print , item #20387151. My daughter used to LOVE ladybugs and every time I see one, I think of her!!!

Shanda said...

Where Do Wishes Go is my favorite! Love the red.
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chickadeebeads said...

When the Painted Birds Sing~lovely!
Off to subscribe!

Nichola said...

This is my pick-Where do wishes go. This image is great. Thanks for the chance.

WonderfullyMade729 said...

My favorite is the Blu Moon - Art Print
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Jeff and Mandee said...

I would really love to win the Blu Sky print for my mom for her birthday, she loves elephants!

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Jeff and Mandee said...

I am a subscriber.

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Anissa said...

I like Where Do Wishes Go. The moon is lovely!

Jen said...

Blu Sky is amazing! My son is obsessed with elephants and that would look fantastic in his room! Thanks for the chance!!!
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Sally+Biggi said...

I love oh joy - thats really lovely

Sally+Biggi said...

I love oh joy!

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Salleefur said...

I'm utterly torn: I would love to have the Ladybug ("When I grow up..") print for my 10 year old god-daughter. But for me and my honey (hubby) I would LOVE to have the wonderful "ALLEYCAT" - the kitty looks just like our precious cat, Sallee Salleefurry.

Salleefur said...

I am an email subcriber.

Ann said...

I would love to get the Art Print for children by Indigo Rain - Seal Beach, for my oldest daughter.
Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!
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Ann said...

I'm a subscriber.
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Digital Misfit said...

My favorite print is Believe, but I also love the Yes Deer series. Wonderful work!

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Digital Misfit said...

I am a subscriber :)
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auntrene said...

I really like the When the meadows laugh. It is so pretty. Thanks for the giveaway

mom2bacon said...

I love Blue Forest. So serene. Thanks for the chance to win.

travelingwithbaby said...

love the playful "when the meadows laugh" with the yellows and greens. these are amazing...would make a great mosaic in my son's room

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travelingwithbaby said...

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Missesprincess said...

"When the painted birds sing" is my most fave. Lovely, simple, bright, and imaginative ~ great art.

mel said...

Beautiful stuff! I love when the meadows laugh.

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the student said...

Love them all, but "Yes Deer" is my favorite :)

melissad.williams said...

I really like "Blue Forest." The juxtaposition of the baby birds and the dinosaurs is really cool.

Mama Zen said...

"Oh Joy" is my favorite!

Crystal from KIZZ said...

I have just come across Indigo Rain on Indipublic and I see she is my 7th follower on my blog. Great appreciation to her!!! Her art is wonderful! Beautiful colors and themes. I fell calm, secure adventure when I look at her work! Just what I would want me children to feel.

Pam said...

I like "When the meadows laugh"

w said...

my favorite is the "when i grow up... ladybug" print. adorable.

secret cake said...

Oh, I love "when the painted birds laugh"

So sweet and whimsical.

RockerJewlz said...

Notecards - Set of Five by Indigo Rain is my favorite

Smooshy said...

i like alleycat!

carollai said...

my favorite is the 'oh boy' print. :)

thanks for this great giveaway.

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i also have a giveaway... ends tonight!
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TheModernPetBlog said...

I love Blu Sky! I have a niece who is crazy about elephants ;)

Jenny said...

When the Meadows Laugh. I love the orange giraffe and the small blue birds. It it such a cool example of complimentary colors doing their thing!

paula h said...

I love "When I grow up I want to be a lady like you.

37 Questions said...

Wow, did I have a hard time choosing a favorite. I just love the feel of her work, it's amazing. I am really torn between a number of pieces, so I'm going to go with the one my kids would love right now, and that would be the one with elephants - "Blu Sky".

37 Questions said...

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Kaley said...

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I think I like "When the painted birds sing" best!

silentlotuscreations said...

When the Painted Birds Laugh is my favorite- but so many of them are so lovely. :)
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Thank you!
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Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Where Do Wishes Go art print.
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Mommyhood is Thankless said...

Where do wishes go is one of my favorites!

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Sherry R said...

My favorite is Blu Sky!

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Marie said...

I just love Misty River!

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Kristy said...

I like the Nobody's perfect print.

Kristy said...

Subscriber.

Becky said...

I love the Where do wishes go - Art Print. I can so see this hanging on the wall and asking the grandchildren where do wishes go? LOVE IT!

Thanks so much!

Becky said...

I am a subscriber!

Carrie S. said...

There are so many great ones it is hard to pick just one! I love where do wishes go, but seal beach is great too...


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aglo said...

I like Where do wishes go.

Mir said...

My favorite is Where do wishes go. Very cute.

morethananumber said...

I love the Olli and Ben (HOO) print.

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Heather M said...

When I grow up I want to be a lady like you! A.K.A. the Ladybugs! Love it!!

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Anonymous said...

Blu Moon is my fav.
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BHill said...

I like the Olli and Ben (HOO).

Angie said...

I like the print "Alleycat"! You have a unique style, I like it!
Thanks,
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Angie said...

I am a subscriber to Wishing Willow!
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I am following you on Twitter.
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jayne said...

Blue Sky is beautiful!!

Sarah Z said...

I like "believe" and "ollie and ben!"
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purango said...

Where do wishes go is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

trixpixel said...

I love owls, so it has to be the Olli and Ben (HOO) print.

trixpixel said...

I subscribe!

Marianna said...

Love the print "when the painted birds sing"

MrsBlueMoon said...

When I grow up...I want to be a lady like you is my favorite, but I love ladybugs. They are all sooo cute!!!

Tylerpants said...

I like the "It's a long story" print, would look great in my son's room.

Tylerpants said...

I'm a subscriber

lace said...

Blue sky is beautiful. I love the colors.

Emily said...

I like the where do wishes go print.

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- Marybeth I. said...

love when the painting birds sing

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Leslie said...

When the meadows laugh

liliesrnice said...

i love the oh joy print. so cute!

Taylor said...

Really liked the Blu Moon - Art Print. skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

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Timster said...

These are wonderful.

Andrea B said...

"It's a long story" is my favorite. I like the colors.
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Heather said...

I just love Believe. Very simple but says a lot.

Heather said...

I like Olli and Ben (HOO)!

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Donna said...

I like When the painted birds laugh
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lilyk said...

I love the Polar Opposites print!

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