Giveaway :: Heather McCaw Art

Thursday, March 8, 2012

We all know about spring cleaning. Have you ever thought about broadening the definition away from windowsills and bureau drawers to other aspects of your life? How about your art collection? In our home, we collect art that moves us. But that doesn’t mean we always have to room to display it. One technique I’ve developed over the years is to rotate. A few times a year (generally when the seasons change) I like to “Replenish” my walls of art with fresh goods. Whether I pull from already owned pieces or add to our collection, I find that my art lives most when it gets used. For us, this means rotating out some of the old, replacing with the new. Then, next season, doing it all over again. (This might just be justification for the constant purchase of new art. Potatoes, po-tah-toes.)

Heather McCaw has a knack; a knack for capturing little bits of light and magic. Her work “explores the little things in American life; the odds and ends you find in stored boxes, littering the floor beneath your child’s dresser, in your grandmother’s desk drawer.” These are the types of things I find myself looking at with open eyes and hearts; the things I find myself collecting. It only makes sense to collect art in the same vein. Personally, this “Little Green Parachute Man” is one of the most touching, achingly poignant pieces I’ve seen in a long time, although I might be biased with a six month old baby boy sitting next to me right now. Find art that moves you, surround yourself with it. Replenish your stash. Start with Heather McCaw.


Heather McCaw Art is giving away on Marble Art Commission Painting to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question by Wednesday, March 14th. Comments now closed…Good luck!
What treasures might one find hiding in your “junk drawer”?
Start checking the winners box on Monday, March 19th to see if you’ve won. Good luck!


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  1. 1
    Courtney says:

    A Valentine’s day card from a friend (she meant to send a Xmas card but forgot), random Euro coins, mechanical pencils, a clay owl, my Flip camera (I hardly use it!), USB cord for my iPod, and an old pearl necklace.

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    Rosy says:

    A box full of hand written letters from my friends from the past 20 years. It is a great treasure, nobody seems to write letters by hand nowadays!!

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    AmyB says:

    Oh! This would look so cool in my sons bedroom! He is 15 months and is in the “ball !” stage.

    There are so many weird things in my junk drawer but the best is a string of stones with a tag marked “Amethyst for clarity”. They were my grandmothers and I don’t know if they are really amethyst or if they really would bring clarity but they are very pretty. I have been meaning to do something with them for years!

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    Faye Wood says:

    I have such a big junk draw it’s almost shamefull!
    The biggest treasure I have in there is an old mobile phone which contains all of the old text messages my Nan sent me before she died, they are so nice to look over now and then!

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    brenda says:

    An old dental retainer. A gigantic Sharpie. A Livestrong rubber bracelet. Used 35 ml. film. A little pencil sharpener from an “old school” pencil box.

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    Michelle says:

    Last time I cleaned my junk drawer I found some vintage Snoopy birthday candles. Score!

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  8. 8
    fawn says:

    -dried, pressed flowers and herbs for sunprints
    -a broken bead bracelet, patiently waiting to be mended
    -Mexican tarot cards
    -rock hard panda licorice
    -a souvenir mouse dolly from Italy

    Thank you for the chance at such a wonderful little oil painting. My husband and I both have marbles that belonged to our parents when they were young. We love to get them out and play with/sort/stare at them. ha ha!

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    Jennifer says:

    my 3 favorite things in my junk drawer are a Smurfette zipper-pull that my kindergarten boyfriend gave me, an owl keychain that my grandfather gave me and a napkin twisted into the shape of a rose that my husband gave me on one of our first dates.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    old polariods and other photos. 

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    Tiffany A. says:

    Oh there are so many treasures… An old cell phone, the movie Knocked Up playing cards, matches, batteries, twist ties, and so so much more! I need to clean it out ASAP!

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    Lindsay says:

    My junk drawer is an electronics and craft grave yard which I am afraid to get rid of lest I discover a need for them again!
    The good news is if I break my current phone I can replace it with a very svelte phone the size and weight of one of those new iPads, only not nearly so awesome.
    With the phones are similar items that are too risky to through out. Chargers, cables that connect I-don’t-know-what-to-what, and best of all a bag full of crafting supplies that always come in handy!

  13. 13

    Junk drawer? What junk drawer? I have an organised mess, but it is true that surprises lurk at the bottom to delight me on days that I’m crabby and anxious (and therefore prone to cleaning). I’m a writer and love to find old notes to myself, ticket stubs full of memories, a verse scribbled at 3 am with a pencil because pens make too much noise in the dark.  It’s easier to write than draw in the dark, though. That doesn’t turn out so well!

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    Tammie says:

    Oh Wow, WHere do I start and I don’t believe there is a place to end…HA. I have to say anything from a coin to tape,tack,3-4 year lod Christmas cards that I can’t bring myself to throw away, a pen that may work 2/3s of the time, a note or scribbled on paper that my child may have made 10 years ago. Should I go on, could I go on Oh Yes…

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    Emma says:

    I don’t have one – I have a junk basement! There you will find an assortment of suitcases, formerly loved bedding, half an IKEA bookshelf, at least one mummified mouse, and several thousand leaves that somehow fly in through invisible cracks in the walls. If you look hard, you will also find an old cowboy saddle (!), an accordion and my landlady’s brother’s filing cabinets holding FORTY YEARS of legal documents.

    In fact, it is not a junk basement – it is a disaster basement!

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    Beverly says:

    My junk drawer has bandaids (I’m very clumsy!), hard candy (for my sweet tooth), photos from a disposable camera, a colorful array of sharpies and binder clips, receipts, index cards with recipes I want to try, and some random jewelry. My favorite necklace is in my junk drawer, it’s a large owl pendant. I always forget it’s in there though, with all that junk!

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    Melinda K E says:

    I don’t know how many items in my junk drawer would actually be considered treasures (hangs head in shame), but I do have some handmade magnets, a mini mag-lite flashlight, a cute mini stapler, various cords, rubber bands, batteries, pens/pencils, highlighters (probably dried out), paid bills, scribbled notes, chip clips, and more post-it notes than a normal person should have.

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    echo says:

    Buttons. These marbles remind me of the button collection I inherited from my grandma’s sewing supplies. They are so full of charm and history.

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    Toni Moore says:

    Hi!  Hope you’re having a great weekend!  I am an Artist & Art-lover whose junk drawer is full of my little guys’ old binkies, batteries for all their toys, and odds & ends from our craft/DIY projects!   Thank you so much for the chance to win this amazing Heather McCaw piece for my little guys’ room!  🙂

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    I’m an artist in Prescott, AZ and I found Heather’s art today and love it. The link’s brought me here. How fun! My junk drawer has cotton string, and red buttons and a wrapper from a Mexican restaurant napkin (I’m sure I can make something out of this someday), a blue feather, a biz card, matches, a sharpie pen and other treasures.

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    Erin says:

    I’ve always got little notes and lists hanging around, and often the lists will have little notes from my husband on them. They’re always fun to come across!

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    sam says:

    What a cool painting.  I have a little ceramic bowl in my junk drawer that ends up with all the treasures in it – found a token from a local kids place, always a few pennies in there and even a large green marble.