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“Cats After van Gogh” Garden Flag Giveaway

cats after van gogh garden flag
“Cats After Van Gogh”

I’m so pleased this design won both a Muse Medallion and the President’s Award in the 2013 Cat Writers’ Association communications contest, and I want to share the design. Two lucky winners chosen in a random drawing of comments on this post will have the opportunity to fly this flag in their yard. Details are below.

A bit about the designs

When I first painted this I posted my impressions and reasons for the style I’d used in oil pastel:

I am channeling Vincent van Gogh tonight, trying to work the same energy and form I see in his brush strokes. I can layer with oil pastel, but can’t apply or build up the thickness of medium that can be accomplished with paint; this sketch is also quite small, about 6″ x 5″, so I can’t work all the little strokes in as I’d like, but perhaps I’ll actually try this on canvas at some point, and something a little bigger.

And the second one that’s on the other side of this flag, “In Window Light”:

Here Mimi lounges in the light from the window, slipping in under the mini blind. Who doesn’t know that posture of the vigilant kitty, not sleeping, just kind of hanging out and waiting for…well, humans tend to be pretty dull, but that gives kitties a lot of resting time. In the strength of the sun, all colors appear in her fur and on the old marble windowsill and the hot yellow sun outside the window, and I’ve no doubt Mimi enjoyed her nap.

Please visit the posts drawn from when I created this art and then expanded it into my April 2013 desktop calendar and also my June 2013 desktop calendar.

About the flags

These “garden flags” are digitally printed on both sides of a heavyweight, durable indoor/outdoor woven printable fabric, and I finish by adding the rod pocket. Flags are 11” wide x 15” tall and fit the most common garden flag bracket available, sold in most hardware and home renovation stores with a garden area. This flag has a different design on each side, as shown.

I tested my original flags in my back yard for nearly a year before offering them—and that original flag is still hanging out there on my clothesline! Some colors are slightly faded on the side of the flag that’s faced the sun for this whole year, but the other side is fine. The flag and the bracket should last you many seasons.

This giveaway is finished. Thanks for your interest!

For the giveaway

  1. Giveaway is for finished flag only, the bracket is not included.
  2. Giveaway will start today, November 7, 2013, and be finished at midnight PST on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
  3. All comments to this post are eligible—if you are not interested, please add that to your comment, but if you are visiting this post in a reader or on Facebook, please come to the post on my blog to comment. It’s much appreciated if you share on social media, but, as always, this is difficult for me to track so it doesn’t increase your chances.
  4. I will email the winner and announce who won on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

Buy one now!

Of course, if you can’t wait to have a garden flag, you can find the Cats After van Gogh garden flag in my Etsy shop or browse all the available garden flags.

black cat with garden flags.
Mimi is pretty pleased with her representation.

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38 thoughts on ““Cats After van Gogh” Garden Flag Giveaway

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  • Con-cat-ulations to Karen Schlosberg and Lisa–you are the winners of the garden flags! I’ve emailed you for your mailing address, and I’ll get your flag right out to you!

    Thanks everyone for participating! I’ve also passed along a little bit of a thanks to you in email as well.

  • Sherry Black

    I need a new garden flag! Then I would have 2 pieces of your beautiful artwork!

    • Thanks so miuch, Allia–one person did theirs as a wall hanging!

  • Yvonne Williams

    Found you through Pinterest.. Love your stuff! Definetly adding these to my wish list! Congrats on your win!

    • Yvonne, I love Pinterest and the way we can show our things in a gallery and look at others’ work so easily! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Milene Mittelhauser

    Wow, impressionism and cats all at the same time. I love it!

    • Milene, that’s true–some people choose the landscape or a vase of flowers for their Impressionist subject, I choose my cats–they’re so convenient!

  • Beautiful flags!!! Love the colors!

    • Thank you, Janie–the colors were what it was all about for me!

  • Beautiful! I love how your brush strokes on the flags in the Facebook photo look like those in Starry Starry Night! Very cool!

    • Laurie, after having looked at about 50 of van Gogh’s paintings “up close”, I finally understood all those brush strokes!

  • Karen Schlosberg

    These are gorgeous. You have such a great eye for the inner cat.

  • I’m so glad you won the awards with this design. I love Van Gogh’s style and can see that in your work.

    • Andrea, thanks so much–his work has inspired me from the time I first saw it, and his determination to find his own way in the art world of his day.

  • This is stunningly beautiful art, I’d just love to have one!

  • I was Delighted to read, in Wednesday’s blog, about you winning the Muse Medallion AND the CWA President’s Award for this flag, Bernadette!! I’m really Glad you chose one of these flags to represent your work.. I love the idea of them flapping, brightly, in every breeze, out amongst the greenery.
    In a final choice between this flag and your ‘In the Afternoon Light’ flag, I chose to buy the other one. I’d Love this one, too :)) HaaHaa!!!

    • Okay, Annie, just in case you win, I’ll wait until next week to ship to you. I’d love to see my van Gogh cats in the UK!

  • I love ALL your posts! Your kitties and artwork are amazing! My favourites are the kitty pile ups! 🙂

    • Julie, thanks so much–and they do those pile ups every single day, I don’t know how I get any work done!

  • renee G

    These cat flags are fantastic. I would be honored to display one at my home.

    • Renee, thanks so much for entering–I did the giveaway for two this time so everyone had a better chance!

  • Love your work and not surprised you won an award!! Would be honored to hang your work in my home!

  • Maureen Chatwin

    I am new to your work. I am very happy to have found you!!

    • Maureen, welcome–I believe you are a friend of a reader in Winnipeg, we’ve both commented on her posts!

      • Maureen Chatwin

        Yes. Denise Sitter lives half a block away from me. We share an interest in the local Dog and Cat Rescues We will be meeting at a fundraiser next weekend. Your beautiful artwork showed up on my newsfeed after I friended her. What a lovely bonus!!

        • Yes, Denise is dedicated to her rescues–and she has quite a collection of my art! It’s so nice to meet you too!

  • Sue Morrow

    I would be delighted to have one of the garden flags!! I was fortunate enough to see the Van Gogh exhibit when it came to our town–amazing energy. You have captured that energy in these flags. Brava!

    • Sue Morrow, you saw it too! I’ve seen small van Gogh exhibits, but not like this one. Thanks so much for your compliments! And good luck!

  • I love these flags, Bernadette. A very fitting tribute to Van Gogh…glad you won an award for them! I would be honored to have one.


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