I so much enjoyed reading all the comment entries in the India painting giveaway contest! I love getting comments to hear how you’re inspired, and stories of your travels and keeping your memories alive through remembrances like the little India paintings. Please please keep leaving your thoughts and ideas here even on non-giveaway posts — it’s fun to read them and makes sharing things with you here more rewarding!
I really wish I had brought many more paintings home so everyone could have one! But a winner must be chosen, so I asked Random Generator for impartial help. I admit feeling a little nervous pressing the “generate” button, like I’m waiting to see who the winner is, as much as you may be waiting to see if you’re the winner:
And the winner is …
Congratulations!! Also check out her website of India-inspired products — beautiful! Salma said in her comment she liked the dark elephant:
Salma, please email me at india.pied.a.terre (at) gmail.com with your address, and I will mail the painting to you. Thank you to everyone who participated. This is much more fun than keeping things for myself! So I plan to definitely do more giveaways in the future. I blog our inspiration for the India apartment and our Chicago home here publicly because I like to share and inspire other people. I’m certain on my next trip to India, I’ll be looking for giveaways for others, as much as personal souvenirs!
One night while strolling through my in-laws’ Chennai neighborhood, we found a little market. There in that little market we found something I’d been seeking for awhile — these mini paintings on Jaipur government stamp paper:
I bought more than I need. I’m having a hard time choosing which to leave out of a framed arrangement. So why not have YOU decide!?
Just leave a comment about which one you like best and tell why, by August 24. I’ll use Random Generator to choose a winning comment and that person will get the mini painting they like best! I will ship internationally, as people from many countries visit this blog.
Here are the five choices:
ELEPHANT WITHOUT SCRIPT
ELEPHANT WITH SCRIPT
See how detailed these are:
They are unframed, and about 8.5 inches x 12 inches in size. There are some flaws on the paper, which I tried to show clearly in the photos above.
During the evening walk when I found these, something cool happened that isn’t so common in our increasingly mobile world today. Our nephew ran into a friend:
This friend is the son of a (formerly) boy my husband went to school with when he was growing up in Chennai! Except back then these neighborhood streets were relaxed and quiet any time of day. As you can see now, vehicles and headlights are pervasive and invasive.
That’s why I like things like these mini paintings that capture a bit of yesteryear.
Don’t forget to comment by Friday, August 24 midnight U.S. eastern time, for a chance to win! I’ll post the winner here on Saturday, August 25. See you then!