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October 3, 2016

Mrs. Chatterbox and I are fortunate to have new friends who have offered us their condo in Puerto Vallarta, so we’re off to Mexico to enjoy sunshine, eat fabulous food and shut out presidential politics for a while. Our son CJ will be joining us with his lady friend, who Mrs. C. and I like very much.


In the meantime, I’m thinking about having a Give-A-Way when I return. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I have a lot of paintings. Churchill once quipped that his own canvases were, “—too good to give away, not good enough to sell.” Well, Churchill did give away some of his paintings, and now, if there is enough interest, I’m thinking about raffling one of my framed paintings, and of course this prize would include framing and shipping.


I’ve gone through stacks of canvases and have selected this one because I think it might appeal to a broad number of people. As a disclaimer, this oil on canvas picture is a copy of Hydrangeas, a 1901 painting by little-known British artist Philip Wilson Steer. I painted it as a demonstration in a class I taught on “blocking in” and “fleshing out” a painting.


My goal for this Give-A-Way would be to increase my readership. I’ve been close to three hundred followers on my Google Friend widget, but every time I get close to three hundred followers Google removes a few dozen. I don’t know if these folks are no longer followers or if Google is just screwing with me.


I’m open to suggestions as to how to do this. Maybe my readers could let me know if they’re interested in participating, and direct their followers to Chubby Chatterbox where they can join and leave a comment identifying the blogger directing them to my site. I want my regular followers to also have a chance to win, and their name could go into a hopper each time they guide someone to my blog. This way there would be multiple chances to win. Some of you have had successful Give-A-Ways and I’d appreciate any thoughts you might have on this. If there’s enough interest, I’ll decide how this will work when I return from Mexico. Should this come about, I’d like to be able to ship the painting in time for Christmas.


I hope everyone has a terrific week, and I’ll see you soon.



My copy of Hydrangeas after Philip Wilson Steer (A nice frame will accompany this painting)




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Have a great time in Mexico!
By: Linda Morris on October 3, 2016
I'm interested!! Let me know what you want us to do.
By: fishducky on October 3, 2016
Safe travels and have a great time! Very generous of you to offer one of your paintings in a giveaway.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on October 3, 2016
You can use a site like Rafflecopter to manage your giveaway.
By: PT Dilloway on October 3, 2016
I will wait a bit and then promote this on my blog...hopefully giving me a chance to win such a lovely painting!!
By: Tabor on October 3, 2016
Bon Voyage! When you get back, i think the give away is an amazing idea, anyone would be thrilled to own that picture.
By: messymimi on October 3, 2016
So envious of you getting away from politics for a while. Have a wonderful time. Love that painting and I would love to promote your give away. Just let us know when and what you need.
By: Arkansas Patti on October 3, 2016
have fun. it's been far too long since I have been in Mexico.
By: Ellen Abbott on October 3, 2016
I hope it's in the bone-of-contention Goodwill-discounted frame!
By: Val on October 3, 2016
what a great idea! Count me in! Love this painting too! and have a fabulous time in PV- we always leave town during the elections- bon voyage!
By: Kathe W. on October 3, 2016
That's a gorgeous painting and very generous of you. I suggest that you type GIVEAWAY and tag giveaway as the first word in your post. Lots of people scan blogs for giveaways. If you're on Twitter or FB, do the same. Google is messing with us all. Whenever I get close to a big number, they drop me down a few dozen followers. But I'm confident this will put you over your goal. Have a wonderful adventure in Mexico.
By: Robyn Engel on October 3, 2016
Happy trails. Enjoy your vacation.
By: Tom Cochrun on October 3, 2016
Have a great week. I never get close enough to big numbers so blogger doesn't take some away. I will watch for your event.
By: red Kline on October 3, 2016
Now everything seems aok and this is a gorgeous painting. I love the dress and use of colours. Have a happy and safe vacation!
By: Birgit on October 3, 2016
I hope you and your family have a wonderful time... including CJ's friend too :) Your idea of a giveaway sounds grand!
By: Daniel LaFrance on October 3, 2016
I like offering the occasional giveaway. I have used Rafflecopter, which allows entrants to earn more chances by following your blog, tweeting about your blog/giveaway, blogging about your giveaway, etc. Rafflecopter chooses the winner(s). I also like to offer two or three prizes because some people will enter to win a certain prize, if not the painting then perhaps an Amazon gift card. I've also used "leave a comment to enter" and then I put all the names of the people who comment in a bowl and pull out the winner. I hope you have a great vacation. You and Mrs. C. are quite the travelers. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on October 3, 2016
Beautiful painting and I'm sure some one will be very pleased with it.
By: Catalyst on October 3, 2016
Have a wonderful trip! Enjoy the sunshine!
By: LL Cool Joe on October 4, 2016
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By: Smithb608 on October 4, 2016
Enjoy your vacation! :-) Greetings from London.
By: A Cuban In London on October 5, 2016
Have a good time in Mexico. I think everyone's followers have dropped through google. I'm not sure why. As for giveaways, I think one done through comments and then selected via worked best for me. However, I know there are probably better ways. I wanted to keep things simple.
By: Michael Offutt on October 7, 2016
Hello there. Enjoy your time in Mexico. You should check out an app called for your giveaway. I think it will suit you perfectly for your painting.
By: Mr. Shife on October 7, 2016
The new site directory has finally launched. We plan on publishing an article about it on AsTheCrackerheadCrumbles in a day or two, but as an extra thank-you for giving us permission to display your header sight-unseen, you are receiving an early notice. Aside from the slideshow on the Home page and the All category, you can see your header under Fine Art(s), Literary, Travel and the United States.
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on October 9, 2016
I'll put a link to your blog on mine. I think several of the people who follow me also follow you, buy there may be a few who haven't discovered you yet. You might consider a prize to the blogger who refers the most readers who choose ot follow you. Or something like that. R
By: Rick Watson on October 9, 2016
Wish I could get away from political battles for a while..much needed for sure. Have fun! For your giveaway, do the one where people have to follow your twitter, instagram, facebook,g+, etc.. to get a chance at winning. It's a beautiful painting, Be safe on your trip.
By: Terri@Coloring Outside the Lines on October 10, 2016
Going on vacation AND shutting out presidential politics? Oh, you lucky duck, you!
By: Al Penwasser on October 11, 2016
Nice - but "little-known British artist Philip Wilson Steer"??? He may little-known to you, but he regularly makes over $50,000 at auction, and in 2015 a 29 x 25 inches scene of yachts in a harbour made nearly ten times that - $491,000. People do not pay half a million dollars for little-known artists, and in the art world Steer is very well-known indeed and much admired!!
By: Osmund Bullock on February 18, 2017

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