Giveaway :: Natalie Wargin

Thursday, October 2, 2014


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Art is one of the greatest sources of healing we, as humans, have. From the creation to the display of, the role of art in our lives is one of beauty, of grace, of peace. It incites us to feel more and to check in with our hearts and our feelings while reflecting the way in which we view the world. Art is, unequivocally, the single most important source of the fundamental definition of what it means to be human.

Natalie Wargin is a graphic designer and artist with a serious resume. After a brief hiatus, Wargin pulled out her watercolors and started journaling her environment. The result was an astonishingly beautiful homage to the natural world around her. I won’t pretend the Snowy Owl print isn’t my favorite. Any long time reader knows of my deep seated love for owls and Natalie Wargin captures the magic with every stroke. Also be sure to check out her paper mache pieces and you will find yourself swimming in the heart of the matter. That’s the power of art, friends.

Natalie Wargin is giving away one 14 x 11″ print of “Snowy Flight” to one lucky winner. To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, October 9th. *Open to US residents only.*
Please visit Natalie Wargin and tell us: What piece of art speaks to you the most and why? It could be a famous painting, a song, something in your home…we just want to know what means the most to you.
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, October 14th, to see if you’ve won!


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  1. 1
    mimi says:

    I love her watercolor of Deer crossing the swamp. I have a lot of art in my home. most of it is kind of quirky. My favorite piece is a photo by a friend of tide pools on a beach at sunrise. the colors are so rich and it really draws you in to the majesty of our natural world.

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    Susanna says:

    My favorite piece of art was a gift from my sister in law and is a block print she did from a picture of my 17 year old cat that I adore. She captured him absolutely perfectly and I had it hung in a hallway that I pass multiple times a day so I can look at it frequently. 

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    Rinny says:

    My favorite piece of art isn’t even mine – it’s my parents. For their wedding, a friend of my uncle’s (who was oddly invited to the wedding…still hazy on those details) hand-painted glass and framed them. She painted this beautiful blue bird sitting on a branch in this wooden frame. At the time, my mother was really confused why this would be a good wedding gift and hung it in the house as a dutiful wife would. Over the years, it’s one of the only wedding gifts my parents still have and keep hung in their house to this day. It’s peculiar and beautiful at the same time and it’s my favorite piece of art.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i have a custom made necklace that my husband commissioned that i absolutely love. the fact that he was involved in creating it and that it’s handmade makes me love it all the more. art i can wear! 

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    Quilting Tangent says:

    I don’t have a favorite, but do like realistic nature inspired paintings and prints.  The owl is beautiful.

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    Samantha S says:

    This is the kind of watercolor I aspire to!
    Gustave Caillebotte’s “Paris Street, Rainy Day” has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It ushered in the beginning of the Impressionist movement, but more than its technical skill I love its composition and subject. The painting in real life is 8 or 9 feet tall, so you truly feel as if you could step through the frame onto the street to hail a cab, or greet the couple walking by. And somehow, it still feels intimate, as if you could be part of the pair walking under the umbrella, telling secrets and enjoying the afternoon light.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    The Seasons ‘Summer’ lithograph (year 1900) by Alphone Mucha is one of the most dream invoking piece of artwork I have ever seen. I just want to climb inside the picture every single time.

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    sam says:

    The pieces of art that I love the most are the pottery pots that my children made for me in elementary school – they are uneven, two or three different colors and just beautiful. My children are now 24, 21 and 18 but I still have them on the mantel. 

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    Loretta says:

    I honestly don’t think I have a favorite piece of art. I have very little in my home, but I do appreciate very organic or abstract paintings.

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    Holli S. says:

    I saw Monet’s Water Lilies live and in person, and it brought me to tears. It is so peaceful and beautiful.

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    iamalighthouse says:

    My husband got me a pair of earrings that are blue glass and just lovely! I love that he picked out that artistry, because it’s so not him!!

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    Sparrow says:

    When I was traveling abroad in England, I came across a painting by George Frederic Watts called Hope. I was going through a difficult time in my life and felt a kinship with the woman, blind and contorting to hear the single, clarion note of hope. I’ve had many more encounters with art that have moved and inspired me, but this was one of my first. I sat in the British museum by myself and wept, renewed.

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    Jennifer says:

    I have wedding pictures from all of the happy marriages in our family — my sisters, parents, in-laws, grandparents, and both sets of my husband’s grandparents. I love the idea of filling our home with reminders that if not for those marriages, my husband and I wouldn’t have our own happy marriage now.

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    Amie says:

    I hand tinted and enlarged an old photo of my grandparents that speaks to me every time I see it. Pappaw is playing a guitar and Grandma is holding his arm with one heel kicked back… all coy and beautiful. It makes me feel as if I were born in the wrong era, I feel such a kinship to their collective style and carefree spirit that radiates from the photograph.

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    John Hutchens says:

    I have a hand carved wooden sculpture of a salmon and its so amazing reminds me of when I met my wife

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    Elizabeth says:

    Hands down, it’s been Picasso’s “Blue Nude.”  It was the first painting I ever loved – and I still have a print of it up in my house these twenty years later.  I FELT something when I saw it.  I understood something new about color, being a human, and having an inner life.

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    Susie says:

    I find that different pieces of art speak to me at different times. Lately I’ve been getting lost and finding myself in Nikki McClure’s paper cut art. I have a large calendar on the wall by my desk, and it never fails to grant me the brief respite I need to escape and feel as if I’m in that moment, a moment conjured by just shifting my focus to the art.

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    Kate B says:

    I have one piece of “art” (in that it’s a painted canvas, not a print of a painting) in my home, a painting of two reindeer facing each other, with candles on their antlers as if they’re candelabras. I saw it hanging in a restaurant when we were there for my birthday lunch, and my husband saw how smitten I was with it. I had even taken a picture on my cell phone and set it as my wallpaper so I could see it often. For Christmas, my husband tracked it down (the restaurant was about an hour and a half from our house and they had since begun displaying another artist’s work, so he had to go pick it up directly from the artist herself) to give to me as a present. It hangs proudly in my living room and every time I see it, I think on how genuinely sweet it was of my husband to go through all of that trouble for me. My 5 month old son has also taken a liking to it and gazes at it for a long stretch of time when it catches his eye. I know it’ll always be my favorite piece of art!

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    Ellen L. says:

    We display our musical instruments because that’s what brings our family joy. The 130-year-old piano is one of the first things you see when you stand in the foyer. My first acoustic guitar is right there on a stand in front of the piano. And above the guitar at kid-height are three mahalo ukuleles in red, yellow and green. The invitation to reach up and grab one off the wall is always there because that’s what we want friends, friends’ kids and our own kids to feel inspired to do! To us, music is also art, and Our art is about inviting everyone in.

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    Charlotte D. says:

    I had my kids paint whatever they want on a canvas a few years ago.  I use those paintings instead of buying.  Love looking at them everyday.  It always reminds me of the fun times and how much creativity they have at such a young age.

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    Branda T says:

    My favorite piece of art is a sweet picture I received from my niece when she was 5.  For the first 4.5 years of her life we lived halfway across the country from each other and didn’t see each other much.  I felt like she didn’t know me.  My sister’s family moved one state over a couple years ago and I began visiting them frequently, making up for lost time.  I got to know my niece better and she started drawing me pictures, every time I would go visit I would get a new one, I’ve kept them all!  One in particular is my absolute favorite.  It is a beautiful portrayal of her and I holding hands.  She titled it Ant Branda, so adorable! I almost teared up when she handed it to me.  This is when I knew I truly meant something in her life!

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    Cindy says:

    The art that has most impacted me has been the water series of paintings by eric zener. Every time I look at them, they instantly relax me and make me feel free. I love being able to go to that place every time my mind needs a little vacation.

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