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Announcing the Start of the Chubby Chatterbox Give-away

October 24, 2016

Today I’m announcing the beginning of my give-away. Since my goal is to increase readership, I’ll briefly mention what my regular followers already know. I was a professional illustrator for many years as well as a college art professor. The prize for this give-away is a painting I executed of a Victorian lady playing with her cat.


A few words about the prize: Several years ago I did a class demonstration on blocking in an oil painting. One of my students happened to have a greeting card featuring a painting entitled Hydrangeas, created in 1901 by little-known British artist Phillip Wilson Steer. I used it for my demonstration. Throughout history, artists have made copies of works they’ve admired—Titian copied Giorgione, Rubens copied Titian, Delacroix copied Rubens, Picasso copied everyone.



Original oil painting (22x28 inches) after Phillip Wilson Steer.


This canvas, measuring 22x 28 inches (the frame adds another six inches), was painted quickly, but I’ve always been pleased with the result. I’ve chosen this picture for my give-away because I feel it will have a broader appeal than one of the conceptual illustrations which, as an illustrator, were my bread and butter.


My goal for this event is to increase my readership, but this is where it gets tricky. A few years back I decided to leave Blogger to create a new site. I intended to move the Blogger Followers Widget to the new site so my posts would be easy to access on Bloggers Blog Roll, but I was disappointed to learn Blogger had changed its policy and no longer allowed their Blogger Followers Widget to be used on non Blogger sites. I ended up with two sites—the new linked to the old. My new site has Google+ but I never hear from these folks and don’t receive comments from them. For years I’ve been trying to get more than three hundred followers on the original site but Blogger keeps eliminating people for unknown reasons; I’m currently at 268



Thanks to those of you who alerted me to a give-away site called Rafflecopter, which I’ll also be using to launch my give-away.


So here’s how it will work:


The Rules


#1. If you’re already a follower and are interested in owning this framed oil painting (the prize includes shipping) just leave a comment in the usual manner and I’ll add your name to a hopper.


#2. For more chances to win, announce my give-away on your blog and provide the following link to my original site: Each referral will land you another chance to win.


#3. New visitors need to follow me on the Blogger Followers Widget on the right sidebar.


#4. New followers need to follow the link to the new site and leave a comment expressing interest in the painting, identifying Rafflecopter or the referring blogger guiding them to Chubby Chatterbox.


Hopefully, this will increase my readership and give my regular followers the advantage of having their name entered multiple times.


My goal is to conclude this promotion on December 3rd  leaving plenty of time for the winner to receive their prize in time for Christmas. More time for delivery might be needed if a follower from Egypt or China wins. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me. I’ve never attempted a give-away so I’m sure I haven’t thought of everything.


Hopefully, this promotion will be successful and more will follow. I have more than a few paintings in need of adoption.


Good luck to everyone. 


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Be happy to promote it for you next week!
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on October 24, 2016
It will go in at least one of my posts this week!!
By: fishducky on October 24, 2016
Lovely painting, I hope a cat lover wins it. I subscribe to your posts by email and never miss out. To any new readers, I suggest you follow the now svelte Chatterbox, he always has original posts and great variety of topics.
By: cranky on October 24, 2016
That's beautiful, and i will mention your blog tomorrow!
By: messymimi on October 24, 2016
Put my name in the hopper if I've followed the rules correctly. After all, could this painting go to anyone other than "CAT-alyst"?
By: Catalyst on October 24, 2016
I love this art piece and I will try to showcase this on my blog if I know how...:) it seems simple enough and I'm hoping I can do this
By: Birgit on October 24, 2016
it's a beautiful painting. i hope the right person will win it and love it! :)
By: TexWisGirl on October 24, 2016
(i actually thought of messi mimi because of her houseful and cat shelter work...)
By: TexWisGirl on October 24, 2016
I don't know how all this technology stuff works, but you pop up on my Blogger reading list on my home page every time you have a new post. Maybe you got on there when you were on Blogger. I don't know if I'm a follower. Every time I try to click on that, it tells me to sign in with my Facebook page. Which I don't have. So much for that. I'll give you a mention over at my "cathouse."
By: Val on October 24, 2016
A beautiful painting. I'm sure (including myself) any one of your followers would love to win. I hope your 'fellowship' exceeds your expectations!
By: Daniel LaFrance on October 25, 2016
“it's a beautiful painting. i hope the right person will win it and love it! :)” That would be me. You surely realize that God has chosen me to win that painting, and that I will treasure it, hang it where the cats can't scratch it, and pray daily for you when I receive it. I wish you had never left Blogspot because I find your blog the most user-unfriendly that I follow.
By: Snowbrush on October 25, 2016
I'm in. I'll mention your give away this evening. R
By: Rick Watson on October 27, 2016
I think I did all of this right. I usually find you through friends blogs. I enjoy reading your post though I do not always comment. You are a very tallented painter and writer. Good luck on new followers. Illl link ya! Thanks for the chance to win. Lisa
By: Lisa D on October 27, 2016
I'm not sure I followed your blog correctly, the widget wouldn't work. But I did add you to my blog roll. The painting is lovely. However, if I do win I would like to give it to my lovely friend Janie Junebug. She referred me here and I think Janie deserves more nicer things in her life.
By: Jennifer Williams-Fields on October 27, 2016
It is a truly beautiful painting. Rick sent me, and I am grateful.
By: Elephant\'s Child on October 28, 2016
Not sure I did this correctly, but signed up for your blog and absolutely adore the painting. Thanks for your generous offer to win!
By: Phyllis Schmitz on October 29, 2016
Hi Stephen. While I live with a very talented artist (Ray) we have no art on our walls so I would love a chance to win your original. Hope you're doing well.BB
By: Bee BB Bee on October 31, 2016
Such a beautiful painting, Stephen. I'm delighted to have found your blog by way of Alex. I'm off to be a follower. Thoughts in Progress and MC Book Tours
By: Mason Canyon on November 2, 2016
I'd be happy to promote your giveaway this week! The painting is lovely. You're very talented!
By: Loren E. Pryce on November 2, 2016
What a gorgeous painting! I love the style and am a huge cat fan. I took as many art classes in college as I could and painting was my favorite. I have a bunch of landscapes from this time hanging in my house now. Hope you get a lot of new followers!
By: Tamara Narayan on November 2, 2016
Beautiful!! I'll give it a shout out. I followed all the ways I could. Hopefully I didn't miss any.
By: Elizabeth Seckman on November 2, 2016
Plugged it today for you.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on November 2, 2016
Stephen, this is absolutely beautiful. I signed up but not sure it took.
By: Sandra Cox on November 3, 2016
PS I shared on FB and twitter. Good luck with followers. Blogger can get temperamental.
By: Sandra Cox on November 3, 2016
I did leave you a note on the other post and I have linked to your site.
By: Tabor on November 4, 2016
I've been busy and off on vacation, but I'm finally catching up with a backlog of blogs to read. I've got you on my "What I Read" list on my blog - not sure if that qualifies as an entry.
By: Pixel Peeper on November 5, 2016
I will have to promote this. I love the colors in the painting. Nice work and a nice gift.
By: Sage on November 25, 2016
I wasn't able to follow from either of the sidebar options (no FB in order to log into networked blogs and no Google + set up) so I just followed you on Bloglovin'. It might not get me entered in the giveaway (which I'd love to win), but I'll still be treated to your blog in my reader. :)
By: Kelly on November 28, 2016

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