Saturday, June 9, 2012

Custom Artwork! For You!

Wouldn't it be lovely to have a bit of Real Art in your apartment?  You know, with visible brush strokes and real paint and the like?  And wouldn't it be even better if that art actually reflected you and your life and the things you loved?

Well, Julie Kesti - Yes and Yes sponsor + expat + artist extraordinaire - has got your back.

One lucky winner will get an original drawing made just for them, in response to these questions:
What are your two favorite colors?
What is your favorite place?
What is the last book you read?

Want that piece of custom artwork?  Pop over and check out Julie's blog and then leave a comment below, answering one of those clever questions!


  1. pink and gold! turkey! the happiness project! i love these paintings; they are so beautiful!

  2. Ooh - such a lovely giveaway and what a wonderful idea - I might ask for this as a Birthday/Christmas present for me.

    Can I answer ALL THE QUESTIONS?! (I also like to pin ALL THE THINGS!!)

    Favourite colours - light green and purple

    Favourite place - anywhere snuggled up with MHI

    Last read - The Alchemist.


  3. These paintings make me so happy! I love Julie's 'art of the month club' idea. Who wouldn't want to receive pick me ups like this in the mail?

    My two favourite colours are turquoise and purple.

    My favourite place is the Old White Lion pub in Haworth, Yorkshire - currently. Tucked away in the back corner on a raggedy red velvet couch - fire roaring, ale and book in hand - to be exact.

    I last read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which was pretty marvelous actually.

  4. Lovely art :)

    Plum and yellow, Boulder, CO, Enduring Love by Ian McEwan.

  5. Turq and Green!
    A nice warm bath!
    Still Alice!

    Beautiful Art!


  6. Julie is so interesting ... I am now following her blog, so thanks for the link to this new 'good read'!

    My favourite colours are red and purple. Place is New York City and Book is Water For Elephants.

  7. My favorite colors are purple and orange. The last book I read was Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. And my favorite place is the Flatiron Mountains in Colorado.

  8. Awesome art!

    Favorite colors: Aquatealquoise and any color that complements it.

    Favorite place: I love London and can't wait to go back.

    Last book read: Let's Pretend This Never Happened.

  9. Turquoise and Pink, Barcelona, and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

  10. I love her site and her art! My favorite colors these days are oranges and yellows. One of my favorite places is Rehoboth Beach, DE in the off season when no one's there, and the last book I read was The Chemistry of Joy!

  11. I love these paintings! So full of joy and warmth.

    My two favorite colors are leaf-green and peony-pink, my favorite place is the newsroom at the newspaper where I'm a reporter, and I just read (and adored) Cheryl Strayed's "Wild."

    Fingers crossed!

  12. Two favorite colors: yellow and grey

    Favorite place: Italy

    Book: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

  13. Two fave colors: Emerald green and cobalt blue.
    Fave place: Ireland.
    Last book I read: "The Complete Sherlock Holmes: Volume 1" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

  14. Favorite colors: Green and purple
    Place: Barcelona, Spain
    Book I just read: _Gilead_ by Marilynne Robinson

  15. Ooh, I love these paintings!

    1. Green and navy blue
    2. Horse racing track
    3. Hey Whipple, Squeeze This!

  16. Colors: green and grey
    Place: Savannah, GA
    Last book I read: The Syntax of American Sign Language (grad school= no time for fiction)

  17. Brown and pink.

    Bed on =a sunny Saturday morning with my dog laying next to me.

    The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty

  18. Colors - Red and Blue
    Place - Anywhere I am laughing with friends & loved ones, having a good time
    Last Book read - Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (I'm just finally getting around to reading the series!)

  19. colors = pink and navy

    place = the beach/ocean

    book = the glass castle

    thank you! :)

  20. This is so cool!

    I have to say my favorite place (at least right now) is Washington D.C.!
    I just started an internhip with the House of Representatives and I'm totally loving everything about the city!

  21. What gorgeous pictures.

    Two favorite colors: grey and blue (I hope that doesn't make me sound depressed. I just think they're lovely.)

    Favorite Place: A cozy corner coffee shop, anywhere (bonus points if it's warm inside but raining outdoors)

    Last Book: Beloved, by Toni Morrison

  22. My favorite colors are blue and green.

    My favorite place is the California deserts.

    The last book I finished was Mastiff by Tamora Pierce.

  23. Oh, how thrilled I would be to win such beautiful art!

    And to answer your questions:
    - my favorite colors are aquamarine & yellow
    - my favorite place is a mountain trail
    - and the last book I read was the Hunger Games!

  24. Woo!

    My two favorite colors are Gray and All Of Them No Seriously This Is Like Asking Me To Pick My Favorite Child.

    My favorite place is Pinewoods, where there are always abundant quantities of tea and homemade bread, a beautiful clear pond for swimming, and, oh yeah, lots of dancing!

    Last book read: I think it was Mrs. Roberto or The Widowy Worries of the Moosepath League. <3

  25. I was just on Julie's website the other day and I thought that her Art By Mail idea was amazing!

    I would love to win a piece of her artwork, so here it goes!

    Favorite colors? - Green & Purple
    Favorite place? - Home! (After a month away I am so grateful to be back!)
    Last book? - Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich

    Thanks for the hookup!

  26. Gold and mint! Australia! And Innocent Erendira by Gabriel Garcia Marquez!

  27. Yellow and turquoise. :)

    What lovely art!

  28. 1. Lush plum and brazen red.
    2. Salamanca, Spain
    3. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford

  29. Her art is so lovely!

    1) Purple & gold
    2) northern shore of Lake Ontario
    3) Women Who Run With The Wolves

  30. fave colors: pink and more pink

    fave place: in my bed or my giant tub

    last book: gone with the wind

  31. 1. My favorite colors are blue and purple.

    2. My favorite place is the part of the Redwoods down in California where it meets the sea. Nothing more magical.

    3. The last book I read is titled, "The Devil In The White City" about the 1893 World's Fair, and America's infamous serial killer H. H. Holmes.

  32. Julie's stuff is gorgeous!

    My favorite colors: orange and green

    Favorite place: Colorado, up in the Rockies

    Last book I read: currently reading (finally!) Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates...after reading your rave reviews here!

  33. Colours : sea foam green and lemon yellow (I've waited a long time for these colours to become popular)
    Place: libraries
    Latest book: The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman

  34. this is so much fun already! loving all the book/travel/color combo inspiration i am finding in your comments. thanks for the kind words about my art and website, too. :) can't wait to make something wonderful for the lucky winner!

  35. How funky!

    Turquoise and gold.
    Ganasbaai, South Africa.
    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.


  36. Oooh I love her art!!!!!

    Favorite colors: hmmm... deep turquoise and eggplant
    Favorite place: tied between Paris at night and Rio de Janeiro all the time
    Last book: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


  37. Hi!

    My two favorite colors are Green and Black.

    My Favorite place is Lake Tahoe at New Years.

    Finally, the last book I read was American Gods by Neil Gaiman

    Thanks for taking a look!

  38. I'm gonna answer them all!

    Favorite colors: deeeeeeep purple and deeeeeeep blue

    Favorite place: The Crowsnest Pass in Alberta, Canada, and North-Western Tasmania

    Last book read: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    Love how bright your work is!

  39. Blue and blue
    Carmel, ca
    These girls

  40. Wow, you are such an interesting woman Julie! I love your blog. Am seriously considering the art month club too- what an amazing idea. :D

    Favourite colours: Magenta and sunny goldy yellow
    Favourite place: the beach!
    Last book: How to travel the world for FREE by Michael Wigge

  41. Ohh So Beautiful!

    Light Blue and Light Green
    Fifty Shades of Grey (ha I feel like I've been exposed)

  42. Wow, the painting in the third pic down is just gorgeous!

    1. Purple and turquoise
    2. Indoors, my apartment. Outdoors, Cinque Terre in Italy :)
    3. I usually read multiple books at the same time, but I think the last one I finished was The Unbearable Lightness Of Being


  43. Black and red.
    The Importance of Being Earnest and Other plays-Oscar Wilde

  44. 1. Red and blue
    2. Anywhere above 3000 meters (mountains!). Also, forest meadows full of flowers.
    3. Anna Karenina, an ADHD self-help book, and a novel about Native American Indians (yes, I read stuff simultaneously).

  45. 1. aquamarine and grey-green
    2. the english countryside
    3. franny and zooey by salinger

  46. red & pink
    the ocean
    The Happiness Project

  47. Turquoise and Orange.
    a certain grass patch is San Diego, CA.
    The Anthropology of Magic, Witchcraft and Religion.

  48. I love this artwork!

    My favorite colors are burgundy and steel blue.

    It's hard to choose a favorite place, but I'd say my grandparents' home in Saint Louis, Missouri.

    I last read Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut!


  49. I'm moving in August and would love some new art!
    My favorite colors are brown and yellow. My favorite place is anywhere at sunrise. The last book I read was The Bridge of San Luis Rey.

  50. Those are great! My favorite colors are pink and orange, my favorite place is London, and the last book I read I too embarrassing to name, so let's go with A Room With a View.

  51. pink and yellow!
    avalon, nj
    the paris wife

  52. Two favorite colors: Purple and sunset orange <3

    My favorite place? The coffeeshop where I work - either the sunlit front couch, relaxing, or standing at the espresso machine making art in a cup <3

    The last book I read: Bel Canto, by Anna Patchett (tragic and beautiful and highly recommended)

  53. My two favorite colors are cerulean, like in the crayon box, and dark purple.

    My favorite place is Crater Lake in Oregon

    and the last book I read was It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han :)

  54. What a great contest!

    My favorite color combination right now is orange & aqua. So fresh and vibrant!

    My favorite place is the Outer Banks in North Carolina. So serene and beautiful!

    The last book I read was Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews, which just so happened to take place at the Outer Banks. Great vacation read.

    Thanks for the chance to win :)

  55. Purple and green. And I love Seattle.

  56. My favourite colours are forest green and ink.

    Since I moved by the sea, I have been really digging piers.

    Last book I read was Embassytown by China Mieville.

  57. My two favorite colors are pink and green.
    My favorite place is in a hot tub with my boo and a glass of wine overlooking the mountains.
    The last book I read was Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson.

  58. So cool!

    1. Favorite colors: Green and blue.
    2. Favorite place: Anywhere with mountains and a river.
    3. Last book read: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.

  59. I just bookmarked her site so if I don't win, I can still snag some art. I'm already envisioning where it will hang!

    What are your two favorite colors? - Yellow and Orange! They're cheerful and go with my skin tone, what more could I ask for?

    What is your favorite place? My favourite place is my future apartment with my BF - less than 40 days till move in! I can't wait to have a place I can call my home.

    What is the last book you read? I just finished a book called "Brains" and it was very poorly written and not good. I wish I had read a better book before reading this blog!

  60. aubergine and cerulean green
    50 shades...don't judge! i had to see wha the fuss was ab

  61. What a fabulous project!!

    Colors: Yellow and Glacier Blue
    Place: Alaska
    Last Book Read: The Land of 9,999 Lakes

  62. I love this. I'm a Chinese major so it's awesome to read Julie's blog!

    Favorite Colors: Red and Blue
    Favorite Place: Seattle, WA
    Last Book Read: Game of Thrones

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  64. My two favorite colors these days are red and purple. They are fierce and soulful, and I'm liking that these days. :)

    Favorite place would be sitting on a beach in Guam (my old home) with my toes in the water, a drink in my hand, and family on the phone.

    The latest book I've read is the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which is such a must read (up there with Little Bee and Zeitoun as books that I believe modern-day society, especially in the US, should read).

    Thanks for the fun pause in the day and for turning me on to a new artist!!!