Friday, March 16, 2012

Paint Party Friday: Week 1, Year 2 Check-In - Introducing The Featured Artist Series!

Welcome to the first party of our 2nd year!  We want to THANK YOU for making last week's celebration such a fabulous party - so many wonderful paintings, partyers, comments and fun! We had sooo much fun!

As we enter our second year, we'd like to turn our attention to the people who make Paint Party Friday such an amazing place to visit and to share painting efforts... YOU!  That is why we are very happy (and super excited) to announce our new "Featured Artist Series".  Each week, during our link-up, we will feature a new PPF painter...

Would YOU like to be featured?  
Here's how:

1) You have painted and participated in Paint Party Friday at least three times.

2) Create an image (preferably a painting) that represents you as an artist and also includes "Paint Party Friday" or "PPF".  There are a couple of ways to do this...

          a) You can create a new and original image. Here are a few examples:

image courtesy of Heather Stillufsen

image courtesy of Catherine Constance

image courtesy of Gloria V


          b) You can use an existing image and add text using Photoshop, BeFunky, Picasa, or other software:

image by EVA  (text added in Picnik)

image by Kristin (text added in Picnik)

3) Answer the following interview questions:
  1. Please tell us a bit about your personal history with painting.  (When did you start painting? How has your painting evolved since you first started?)
  2. What are your favorite techniques, media, and tools to use in creating your paintings?
  3. What is your favorite thing to paint?  Why?
  4. What is your proudest painting moment and/or greatest painting achievement so far? (Feel free to include a photo to accompany this question.)
  5. What's next in your painting future?
4) Please share any websites, blogs, shops, etc. you would like us to include with your interview.

5) Email all of the above to us at:     
                         paintpartyfriday (at) gmail (dot) com
(You know what we mean... writing it like this helps to avoid email trolling robots.)

Each week we will randomly choose a PPF artist from all completed submissions. We look forward to learning more about you!  

And now, what many of you have been eagerly awaiting... The winner of our first giveaway is:

Congratulations!!!  (Please email us with your address so we can send you your prizes.)

Thanks to everyone for participating in our Birthday celebrations!!

Please make sure to use your post URL address NOT your blog home page URL address as there are many late visitors who get confused as to which post is for PPF when they arrive (after Friday) at your website. If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Linky, an explanation of how this tool works can be found on Week 1 and Week 2 Check-Ins.

Have a wonderful time at the party and a great start to the first week of Year 2 of PPF!

P.S. (Note from EVA) Many of you have commented on all of the awesome PPF opening images over the past year and how appropriate and lovely they were. These were all Kristin's doing and I think she deserves a "hand" (too bad there aren't any little symbols for clapping) for all of her hard work last year! Thank you Kristin!! 

P.P.S. Thank you SO much for removing word verification/captcha. Visiting and commenting is now so much more fun again!


  1. Hello everyone and congratulations to the winner of PPF giveaway. I need to go back to my blog and change the week. I like week 1 year two.

  2. Happy PPF everyone and yes,congrats to the winner of the first giveaway. Thanks for posting my piece on your blog. It's very much appreciated. I look forward to this years activities. Woo Hoo! Thanks Eva and Kristin.

  3. Thanks Kirstin and Eva! I always have a great time over here! Congrats to the winner of the giveaway!

  4. Congrats to Jill! You lucky lady!! Such a great idea to highlight an artist each week. :-)

  5. Congrats to the winner!
    And what a fab new feature to add to your posts....spreading more art love! You girls rock :D

  6. Eva and Kristin, thank you for hosting another PPF, It's always fun!!
    and congratulations to the lucky winner!!

  7. Congrats to the winner...big round of applause to you both for hosting a great party... :)

  8. congratulations to the winner!!
    Thankyou for hosting again this week Eva and Kristin.

  9. Congrats to the winner and I am sure we will all have fun in the coming year! Valerie

  10. Woohoo! The year is off to a great start!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. what a great idea! I've already got an idea of how I'd like to illustrate my ppf and will get to working on it over the next week while we're searching for the lights in Scotland!!

  12. Thank you Eva and Kristin for your wonderful work here! (clapping hamds). :)
    This new feature seems interesting. Can't wait to see the featured artists!!
    Happy PPF!

  13. *CLAPPING LOUDLY* :D Thanks ladies for all your lovely comments. I will try and get round and visit more people this week(sun came out and that is a rare thing in England lol) Congratulations to Jill :D XXX

  14. Thanks so much Eva and Kristin for hosting this great party.. Looking forward to seeing the featured artist..
    Congrats to the lucky winner..

    Happy PPF..

  15. What a wonderful idea, featuring the PPF artists! I'm looking forward to reading about everyone. Thanks Eva and Kristin for hosting this!

  16. I totally love this new idea! I'm in.... well I will be soon. Can't play this week as I'm finishing off my new business plans. Missing you all xxxx

  17. Hello Eva and Kristin, as always happy to be back here. Wonderful idea to feature the PPF artists. Happy PPF and have a wonderful week-end!

  18. Congrats to the winner and loving your new idea, Annette x

  19. The 52 week collection of signs was an impressive body of work. Great plot twist with the interviews. :D Congratulations to the winner.
    Looking forward to another year in this lovely community.

  20. Hello, first congratulations to the winner.
    Seems a good idea the interview with one of the participating artists each week.
    It will be interesting.
    I will be disconnected one month more or less, I look forward to reading what is published at the return. Saludos to all.

  21. Congrats to the winner! Lucky girl!! :) I am looking forward to reading all the interesting interviews!

    This week, I'll be on a road trip, so won't be able to visit everyone. Have a great week!!

  22. Congrats to the winner!! What a wonderful idea!! Looking forward to getting to know everyone even more!


  23. congrats to Jill and thanks to Kristin for the beautiful PPF images over the weeks.

  24. Congratulations Jill! Looking forward to taking part in the PPF now that I have found it!

  25. What Fun!! Congratulations Jill! And thank you Kristin AND Eva for all your hard work over here, we all appreciate it :) x

  26. Ditto what Jennibellie said! I totally appreciate the work you put into making this party rock! ( I too old to say that)?

  27. great idea, and happy PPF I will work on one of these.

    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

  28. This is my first time here recommended by a friend. Looks like a fun place to come on Fridays. Congrats to the winner.

  29. Congrats Jill!
    For me it's also first time joining, the link was posted on a friend's blog. :)

  30. Oh, my goodness you are kidding me!!!! Weeeee! So, so excited - how fun it is to be the winner of such a great giveaway. I'm pretty new to Paint Party Friday but have been so moved by seeing the wide range of artists and their art each week as well as making new friends through comments and blog love. It will be such a joy to have these brushes and PPF holder to use each week and think of this amazing party! Looking forward to Year 2 and the featured Artists! Thanks you Eva and Kristin!

  31. Congrats to Jill! Yay!! And thanks to Kristin for all the wonderful images greeting us each week as we check in for PPF. Great job on those! Love the idea of your Featured Artist series, Eva and Kristin. Looking forward to that this year! ;)

  32. congrats to the winner! Love to see the long-lastingness (is that a word?) of this virtual creativity fest :D will strive to get in on the featured banners action as well

  33. congrats to jill and thanks so much to kristin!! i love PPF and all the fun bloggers i've met!! look forward to being here each week...


  34. I have made so many new artist friends since joining this blog just last week!!!! Thank you to all who have come to my blog to visit and see my art there; and to those of you who have chosen to follow my blog: Getting My Feet Wet. I have also gone to many of the artists blogs on the long list (I was number 90 something!!! And there were more after my name!!!!) I love the art I am seeing.

    And the new idea of featuring artists is very exciting too. I can't wait till next week when I will have been here three times myself so I can participate in that!

    Bravo to Eva and Kristin for creating this huge community of wonderful artists! I am happy to be on board!

  35. Wonderful idea to feature the community of artists! I'm really looking forward to the new features! Congrats to Jill!

  36. Is anyone else experiencing what I am...the links above are taking me to everyone's March 9th postings. What am I doing wrong?

  37. congratulations to Jill...You lucky duck !

    I love PPF !
    I love the new ideas too
    I would love to be features
    I will start on making up an email this week !!!


  38. Thank you Kristin and Eva! xoxo

  39. Happy PPF--can't wait to see what everyone's made this week! Thanks again to Eva and Kristin :)

  40. Congratulations Eva and Kristin for creating this wonderful paint group and continuing the Artist's journey.I know I am benefitting from this tremendously and I am grateful for your time and energy you both have put into this group. I also Like the idea of featuring artists, a great way to not miss any of the artists in this group.
    And finally, congrats to Jill, very first PPF winner....Enjoy the art stuff.

    Annabelle ; )

  41. Thank you Kristin and Eva! Looking forward to reading more about the artists who link here! :)

  42. Thanks for hosting this great event ~ Happy Anniversary again ~~ thanks namaste, Carol ^_^

  43. Congratulations !!!
    I just love this place!

  44. Congrats to the winner!!!
    This new project is so cool! I want in ♥

  45. ... better late, than skipping a week :) Kristen, awesome PPF opening images and Kristen and Eva, as always, thx for PPF. Congrats Jill! Have a great weekend all and HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

  46. Thanks again for hosting PPF! What a wonderful give-away you sponsored last week! Congratulations to Jill for winning. Thanks to all the wonderful participants who have been so encouraging and gracious. I'll be visiting around later today, since we have some rare fabulous March weather here in Michigan today. Happy St. Patrick's Day to all of you!

  47. Wow! Happy 2nd Anniversary! So glad I could be a part of the celebration!!

  48. Happy late PPF and happy anniversary! And I love the idea for a featured artist. I know I'm too new to do it but it certainly gives me incentive to get more active, and get, well, with the program.

  49. This last week was my first ever PPF. I have to say that I felt so welcome to this amazing group. Thank you all for your kind comments and enthusiasm. Wow! I can't wait to see what next week brings.

  50. Dang, I was totally in this but no one came to my party b/c I couldn't find this url. So, I added mine here. . . sorry. Blessings, Janet PPF