Combo Awards!

A couple of weeks ago, Cathy, of the crazy-good-drawing blog Ziggyshortcrust, awarded me the Sunshine Award! I am so tickled to be granted this blog award and it got me to thinkin’…  Somebody gave me an award back in December, for which I remember being equally tickled to receive, but had neglected to acknowledge and pass on!  Francina of Season’s Poetry had graciously awarded me The Versatile Blogger award.  This was a real treat since she is an incredible poet and I felt honored to be listed among other painters and poets in her list of award winners.  A heart-felt thank you to BOTH OF YOU for thinking of my little blog when giving out these lovely awards.

The Sunshine Award is awarded to “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others”.  This is one of the most wonderful compliments anyone could give me! My desire is to do exactly that: to positively and creatively inspire others to be creative!  I imagine the Versatile Blogger award is just what it says: someone who has a versatile approach to blogging, perhaps creating in a variety of ways.  Thank you Cathy and Francina…I’m humbled to be chosen.

The Sunshine Award requires that I answer 9 specific questions, while the Versatile Blogger award simply states that I’m to give some random facts about myself.  I’ve decided to merge these into one so that you get 9 random facts, specifically generated by the Sunshine questions…HA!  I realize I’m fudging a bit here, but I hope it’s ok. Here are the 9 questions/random facts:

My favorite color is…lime green!

My favorite number is…5! (Don’t know why…it’s always been 5 since I was a kid)

My favorite drink is…coffee with cream and sugar!

My favorite animal is… a sheep! (Collected them when I was little and I love knitting with their wool:).

Facebook? or Twitter?… Facebook! Love connecting with friends…besides, many people link their Tweets to Facebook, so I get to enjoy the tweets there as well.

Getting or Giving presents…Giving! Oh I do love receiving a present; but I love to give one even more, especially if I’m able to MAKE it!

My Favorite day…today! I can’t do anything about the past except learn from it.  I don’t want to fritter away today worrying about tomorrow (it will take care of itself).  Today has been given to me to live to the fullest, to receive it with joy, to draw it in some way in my sketchbook.

My Favorite flower… that’s a tough one, since I love so many!  But I’d have to say roses! All colors, all kinds!

My Passion… is to draw my life and encourage others to do so as well!

And now, I am to name 10 recipients for the Sunshine Award and 15 for the Versatile Blogger award.  I’m going to combine these two and award them BOTH to 15 hand-picked winners!  I tried to stay away from any whom I knew to have received these awards in the past.  I apologize if you’re receiving it again, but then perhaps you will feel doubly awarded!  It’s always nice to have someone say, “I see what wonderful work you do, and here’s a ribbon (badge) for your blog to wear!”  Here’s my list in no particular order:

Stew of StewCrotherArt.  His digital art, pen and pencil work makes you wonder…how in the world did he do that?

Cathy of Down a Dusty Lane.  She creates beautiful and sensitive colored pencil works of her life…as well as other stuff.

Hanneke of Hannekekoop.  She creates marvelous illustrations of thought and story…her work is a real treat!

Barbara of Drawing Breath.  Her exquisite watercolors and sketches will have you doing just that: drawing your breath and holding it for a few seconds.  Loveliness.

Alex of Weekly Art Assignment. His versatility and expertise in portraiture, illustration, cartoon..well, just about everything will delight you for hours!

Raena of Raena’s Sketch Journal. Her superb drawings and watercolors perfectly portray her life.  This blog is a Must-Visit.

Meegan Parkee of Scratchyas. Cruise around on all the sections of this artist’s website…you’ll have to pick your jaw up off the floor!

Liz of Art, the Beautiful Metaphor. Her embroidered works on silk based on her original designs are exquisite.

Chris of Chris Murray Art. Beautiful art and wonderful sketches make Chris’ blog a spot of heaven.

Deborah of Making a Splash…  You can’t help but leave Deb’s blog with a smile on your face…happy, sunshine colors, joyful art!

Ann of BlueBird Hill.  A fellow mountain girl who still lives there and paints her life in multi-mediums…gorgeous artwork.

Carrie Holst of Portland Plein Air.  A recent find…her watercolors of plein air excursions in and around Portland, Oregon are simply lovely.

Sandra of Sandras Mixed Bag. The header image of her blog says it all…she is truly proficient in NUMEROUS art forms!  Go see what she might be stitching, drawing, mandala-ing, etc.

Stacey of Creativesqueblog. Stacey’s work is rich and colorful with a touch of whimsy.  Be sure to check out her Etsy shop too!

Dan of Dan’s Canvas.  A Must-visit blog! Dan’s life (and blog) is, like the Danny Kaye quote in the header, a great big canvas on which he has beautifully thrown a lot of paint!

Revelle of Imagemaker. Revelle’s artwork is the epitomy of versatile: fantastically realistic animals, wonderfully humerous illustration and everything in between!

**So here’s what you do if you are receiving this award and passing it on:

These are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Awards:
Nominate 15 fellow bloggers
Inform the bloggers of their nomination.
Share 7 random things about yourself.
Thank the blogger who nominated you.
Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture on your blog post.

The rules for the Sunshine Award are the same except that you can choose just 10 other bloggers to pass the award on to.  And you only have to answer the 9 questions I answered above.  Plus, all the rest:). And here’s the button for the Sunshine Award:

Thank you, thank you, Cathy and Francina, and to all who make a blogging a delight!

P.S. Ok…so I chose 16…so I can’t count! But I’m not changing it! You all deserve both of these awards!

Drumroll please…..**

The TWO winners are…

Brea McClain!  Winner of the print, Balancing Life! and….

Sandra of Sandra’s Mixed Bag!  Winner of the set of cards, with Happy Day & Sun Shines for Thee!

Congratulations to you both and thanks so much for your enjoyment of Genevieve! I’ll be in contact with you to get your goodies to you.

A big thank you to EVERYONE for playing along!

Merci Beaucoup!

Many hugs and thank you’s to Timaree, an EDM friend, who recently bestowed the “Stylish Blogger Award” on me!  I’m so tickled to hang it on the wall here at Drawn2Be!  As part of the deal, I am to tell you 7 things about myself.  And then bestow the award on UP TO 15 other bloggers.  So now, Genevieve will tell you 7 things about herself that you might not already know:

1.  Genevieve has never been to France!  She longs to ride her bicycle through the south of France, leisurely stopping wherever she’d like to sketch, paint, eat in a cafe, and then ride some more.

2.  Genevieve also desires to travel to England!  She would love to take a walking tour through the countryside of England, perhaps the Northern parts.  Walking all day from town to town, sketching, sipping tea and eating scones along the way.

3.  Genevieve HAS traveled to Ivory Coast, West Africa!  Quite an experience! But was some time ago…life has kept her red shoes on american soil for a long time.  Not entirely a bad thing!

4.  Genevieve, like Timaree, also cuts her own hair.  Or, at least she has for the last 6 months or so.  Genevieve’s wavy, thick hair allows for a lot of “mistakes” in her do-it-yourself haircut.

5.  Genevieve does not like ocra or beets!  Blekkk!  Can’t imagine why anyone would want to eat those things.

6.  Genevieve, when she was little, had a recurring dream:  that she would jump off a mountain, a cliff, or the banister railing in her childhood home.  And as she fell, she would sprout wings and become a butterfly!  She loves that dream and thinks about it often.

7.  Genevieve loves to GIVE gifts just about as much as she loves receiving them!  But the very best is if she’s been able to MAKE the gift! THAT she loves the most.

Ok, now to bestow this award on a few others:  

1.  Suzanne Cabrera of An Open Sketchbook.  I love the work of this designer/illustrator who lives in my neck of the woods!  And it’s so much fun to follow her pregnancy with twin boys!  Oi!  All the best to you Suzanne!

2.  Julia R. Berkley of Sticking to Art! Eye popping fabric works you will drool over!  Though she doesn’t blog a bunch, it’s worth a visit there and to her website.

3.  Patty Palmer of Deep Space Sparkle.  For the kid in ALL of us!!  Wonderfully inspiring projects for kids of all ages!  There is a link to her blog, which is wonderful, but hasn’t been updated in a long time.:(

4.  Andrea Joseph of Andrea Joseph’s Sketchblog.  Well, I’m sure Andrea has received a blue-bazillion of these blogger awards.  And many of you are already familiar with her work.  But I just HAD to include her, she is so inspiring to me!  And you MUST visit her other blog too!

5.  Annie Beth Ericsson of Walking in Public.  An oh-so-fun illustration blog I recently found.  Check out the books she herself has illustrated…they are fabuloso!

6.  Ian Sidaway of Ian Sidaway Fine Line.  Gobsmacking amazing drawings here!  Check it out!!  I found this guy’s blog through one of my favorite artist/traveller to Paris bloggers:  who is the 7th and final blog I’ll put on the Stylish Blogger List.

7.  Carol Gillott of Paris Breakfasts.  If you love all things french AND watercolors, then you must visit Carol.  A prolific blogger, she will delight you every time with an insider’s look at the wonderful world of Paris!

So, there we are!  I’m ever so grateful for the Stylish Blogger Award! Thanks to Timaree and all of you for embracing Genevieve and visiting her every so often in blogland!  Merci, merci beaucoup!!