Sweet Sunflowers in a Vase, Just listed on Minted.com

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Just listed this art print, Sweet Sunflowers in a Vase, in my minted store. You can buy just the art print in the sizes 5×7, 8×10, or 11×14; or, you can have it shipped right to your door in the frame of your choice! I love the one pictured – the distressed white cottage wood frame. Each print has my signature on the back and comes with a certificate of authenticity. I’m so excited to be offering art prints, photo prints, inspirational art, and more through my minted store.

I remember the day I painted this piece – it was a plein air painting that I did from start to finish in one day while painting outdoors.

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I’m a Minted Artist!

I’m a Minted Artist!

I’m so excited that I am now a Minted Artist! I won an Editor’s Choice award in the West Elm Art on The Big Stage competition with my fine art photograph, “amber waves of grain.”

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There were so many wonderful artists in the competition. 6223 submissions. I am proud and honored to be in such good company.

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I can’t wait to share my minted store with you once it’s ready! I will be filling it with: fine art photographs,watercolor art prints, encouraging notecards, stationary, inspirational art, journals, and more!

 

You will be able to purchase my art and photographs at any size you want and you can even select from a variety of wonderful frames: including rustic barn wood, modern white or black frames, and more!

Here’s the full list of Editor’s Picks!

 

Minted Editors’ Picks
These pieces will be sold online at minted.com

Sentinels, Alaric Magno A. Yanos (First-time Winner)
ruined Pontiac, Alaric Magno A. Yanos (First-time Winner)
Semicolon, Alex Isaacs Designs
Disinhibition, Alex Isaacs Designs
Abstract watercolor, Alexandra Dzh
Colorful waves, Alexandra Dzh
Open for breakfast, Alice Lo (First-time Winner)
Winter Horse, ALICIA BOCK (First-time Winner)
Tropic, ALICIA BOCK (First-time Winner)
Night Falls, ALICIA BOCK (First-time Winner)
Summer Haze #1, ALICIA BOCK (First-time Winner)
A Summer Tale, ALICIA BOCK (First-time Winner)
Bridges Of New York #9, ALICIA BOCK (First-time Winner)
Bridges Of New York #8, ALICIA BOCK (First-time Winner)
Bohemian Spring, ALICIA BOCK (First-time Winner)
Two Boats, ALICIA BOCK (First-time Winner)
Living-Large, Alicia Youngken
Gather & Gaze, Alicia Youngken
Cascade Harbor, Alison Jerry Designs
Opal Kind of Day, Alison Jerry Designs
Deep Dive, Alison Jerry Designs
SouthBeach 1A, Alison Jerry Designs
Coral Tide, Alison Jerry Designs
In Monte Carlo, Alison Jerry Designs
Rolling Vines, Amanda Phelps (First-time Winner)
Marin Glow, Amanda Phelps (First-time Winner)
amber waves of grain, Amber Bartek (First-time Winner) <—<<< *Me!
Uncle Pumblechuck, Amy Carroll
Nelly Dean, Amy Carroll
Annie Moffat, Amy Carroll
Franz + Ferdinand, Amy Carroll
Heathcliff + Lockwood, Amy Carroll
Rocinante, Amy Carroll
sun bathing leaves, amy chapman braun (First-time Winner)
Winter Birches, Amy Hall
Summer Birches, Amy Hall
Winter Walk, Amy Hall
More Than This, Amy Moen
Girl in Stripes, Amy Mullen (First-time Winner)
View from the Window, Amy Stevenson Wilson (First-time Winner)
Washed Out I-25, Amy Stevenson Wilson (First-time Winner)
Sea Through, Andria Brooke Dameron (First-time Winner)
Shadow Palm, Andria Brooke Dameron (First-time Winner)
Guiding Lights, Angela Ellis (First-time Winner)
Pushing Through, Angela Simeone
In A Dream, Angela Thompson
Daze, Angela Thompson
Foggy mountain, Aniko Levai (First-time Winner)
Down the Street, Annie Montgomery
The Neighborhood, Annie Montgomery
Indigo Surfer at Sunset, Annie Seaton
Frost 3, Ardell McLennan
Advection, Ariel Scholten (First-time Winner)
RABAT, Austin Wyeth (First-time Winner)
Havana Rushhour, Ayenia Nour (First-time Winner)
Decadent Beauty, Ayenia Nour (First-time Winner)
Cactus Garden, Baumbirdy
llama, Baumbirdy
Agate, Baumbirdy
baby llama, Baumbirdy
black cow, Baumbirdy
Sky Suite 2, Becky Kisabeth Gibbs
Sky Suite 1, Becky Kisabeth Gibbs
Layers of green, Bethania Lima
Skip Waves, Bethania Lima
Possibilities, Bethania Lima
Part of the fun 1, Bethania Lima
Telling a story, Bethania Lima
Alternative Paths, Bethania Lima
All those lovely memories, Bethania Lima
Part of the fun 4, Bethania Lima
Zooming In, Bethania Lima
Plainful, Bethania Lima
Unspoken Conversation, Bethany Berghoff (First-time Winner)
Blessed, Brendan T Kelly (First-time Winner)
When You Dream, Brendan T Kelly (First-time Winner)
Squares and Lines, Brian Collins
The Runaway, Briana Grace (First-time Winner)
Owl Motel #1, Brooke Bristow (First-time Winner)
Owl Motel #3, Brooke Bristow (First-time Winner)
Sand Dunes, Cade Cahalan
Caked 2, Calais Le Coq
Bank Bar, Calais Le Coq
left arching, Carol Fazio
take flight, Carol Fazio
in the clouds, Carol Fazio
Buck, Carole Shepardson (First-time Winner)
Fancy Palms, CaroleeXpressions
A classic, Caroline Mint
The city evening, Caroline Mint
People’s Struggles, Caroline Mint
Montamartre, Caroline Mint
Glittery and Romantic, Caroline Mint
Colorful Paris, Caroline Mint
Calls that never happened, Caroline Mint
Pink Facades, Caroline Mint
One of many beauties, Caroline Mint
The Chiton, Caryn Owen
Curacao, Caryn Owen
Melting Glacier, Caryn Owen
Sunset at the Beach, cassie adams (First-time Winner)
Violet Towers, cassie adams (First-time Winner)
Sunset Forest, cassie adams (First-time Winner)
Sunset Headlights, cassie adams (First-time Winner)
Velodrome, Catherine Culvenor
Black 03, Catilustre
Black 01, Catilustre
The White Horse, Charée Balm (First-time Winner)
Togetherness, Christina Flowers
We live here, Claudia Orengo
I’m watching you, Claudia Orengo
March, Clementine Studio (First-time Winner)
Softly Falling, Colby Zeiser (First-time Winner)
Blue Horizon, Colleen E (First-time Winner)
eagle feather, Corinne Aelbers
Look Up, Courtney Crane
Cover Up, David Dugoncevic (First-time Winner)
Red no.2, David Dugoncevic (First-time Winner)
Geometric Color, David Dugoncevic (First-time Winner)
Just one more wave, Dawn Smith
Grass Lines, Deana Clement (First-time Winner)
Bands of Sun, Sand and Sky, Deborah Velasquez
Modern Stem No. 3 on Orange Spice, Deborah Velasquez
Unity, Deborah Velasquez
Canyon, Demi and Olive
Anemone, Denise Wong
Drawing 469 – Draped Figure, Derek overfield
Hay Bales, Elan Alvarez Sherman (First-time Winner)
Colorful fan 2, Eliane Lamb
Strong-willed, Eliane Lamb
Succulent in Blue, Elisabeth Larson (First-time Winner)
Sea Urchin, Elisabeth Larson (First-time Winner)
Italian Hillside, Elisabeth Larson (First-time Winner)
Two Percent Milk, Elliot Stokes
Clothespins 2, Elliot Stokes
Moths, Emilie Simpson
Pacific North Fog, Emily Coey
Big Apple Blur, Emily Coey
Influx, Eric Ransom (First-time Winner)
Minimalist Sunset in Amsterdam, Erica Connolly (First-time Winner)
Bright Bougainvillea, Erica Connolly (First-time Winner)
Minimalist’s View of the Brooklynn Bridge, Erica Connolly (First-time Winner)
Pink Hawaiian, Erica Connolly (First-time Winner)
Pink Palm, Erin Beutel
Gold Dust Night, Erin Colson (First-time Winner)
El Capitan, Erin Deegan
Pinks and Greens, Erin McCluskey Wheeler (First-time Winner)
Open Crazy Late, Erin McManness
Balboa Park, Ester M Nersisyan
50 shades of grey, Estie (First-time Winner)
Peonies by the night, FARIDA ZAMAN (First-time Winner)
Matisse Florals, FARIDA ZAMAN (First-time Winner)
Bloom on rain, FERNANDA MARTINEZ (First-time Winner)
Pink foliage, FERNANDA MARTINEZ (First-time Winner)
Modern Vase #1, Field and Sky
Geo Point, Field and Sky
Modern Vase #2, Field and Sky
At Lucie’s Table, Francesca Iannaccone (First-time Winner)
And I waited there, Francesca Iannaccone (First-time Winner)
Invited, Francesca Iannaccone (First-time Winner)
Associate 2, Francesca Iannaccone (First-time Winner)
They Flew At Night, Francesca Iannaccone (First-time Winner)
Associate 1, Francesca Iannaccone (First-time Winner)
Canal, Fred Bedat (First-time Winner)
Evening in Greece, Gabrial Reising
hold my hand, Gabriela Klafke
walk this WAY, Gail Schechter
Palm Tree Abstract, Gaucho Works
Love Letters, Gina Marie Paulson (First-time Winner)
Aligned, Giulia Doyle
Flower Water Vase, gloria blatt (First-time Winner)
Sweep, Grace Kreinbrink
Pacifica, Hadas Tal (First-time Winner)
Fonte Mourisca, Heather Deffense
Ballerup, Heather Deffense
Abstract Mountain II, Hilary Hahn
Beside Myself, Ilana Greenberg
Serendipity, Ilana Greenberg
Mountains by Moonlight, Jamie Lollback (First-time Winner)
Hotel, Jamie Lollback (First-time Winner)
Indigo 1, Jan Kessel
Floating, Jenifer B (First-time Winner)
Urban Sky, Jennette Romney
Quiet Poplars, Jenni Kupelian
Sitting Still, Jennifer Daily
Blushing Bog, Jennifer Squires (First-time Winner)
Breathless, Jenny Partrite
Shibui 3, Jenny Phillips
Shibui 2, Jenny Phillips
Upward, Jess Franks
The Bigger Picture, Jess Franks
Tea in the Fog, jessi gilbert
Iced Lake, jessi gilbert
White Aspens, Jessica Cardelucci Nugent
Bewilder, Jessica Cardelucci Nugent
Diverge, Jessica Cardelucci Nugent
Mystify, Jessica Cardelucci Nugent
Dusk in Phnom Penh, Jessica Niles DeHoff (First-time Winner)
Rock Flowers, Jessica Santos (First-time Winner)
Road Less Traveled, Jessie Steury
Buenos Aires, Jill Pauli (First-time Winner)
Twig- Solitude 01, jinseikou
Moonlight, Joel Dameron (First-time Winner)
Yesterday, Jonathan Brooks
Brown Leaf Study #1, Jonathan Brooks
Tahitian Pearl No. 3, Julia Contacessi
Enchantment No. 1, Julia Contacessi
Old World, Julia Contacessi
Tangled Blue, Julia Contacessi
Golden rain, Juliana Zimmermann
Think Pink, Juliana Zimmermann
The boy and the sea, Juliano Lamb (First-time Winner)
Skyscape – Kapiti Island, Justine Elliott
Hidden Paths, Kaitie Bryant
The General, Kaitie Bryant
Birds in Flight, Kaitie Bryant
Brooklyn, Kaitlin Rebesco
Tamarindo, Kaitlin Rebesco
Pedernales I, Kaitlin Rebesco
lux abstracta 844, Kamala Nahas
Palm 3, Kamala Nahas
Palm 2, Kamala Nahas
lux abstracta 732, Kamala Nahas
Painted Canyon 1, Kamala Nahas
lux abstracta 660, Kamala Nahas
Painted Canyon 3, Kamala Nahas
Mark No. 5, Kara Schlabaugh
Mark No. 2, Kara Schlabaugh
Spring Print, Kara Schlabaugh
Mark No. 3 `, Kara Schlabaugh
Mirage, Karen Kardatzke (First-time Winner)
evening reflection, Kate Ahn
LA Palms, Kate Baird
Reflections in Paris, Kate Baird
Desert Signs, Kate Baird
Stairway to Samothrace, Kate Baird
Whitman, Katherine Jury

 

Be sure to come follow along on Instagram and facebook!

 

And if you want to learn about how to take soulful photographs + express yourself through creative writing + seek the light through photo activities and photo walks with guided themes and self-care activities, then join the next class – illuminate: the art of soulful photography!

Did I mention we have a special private Facebook group to share our work in, get feedback, make friends, and build a creative community together?! 🙂

You also get a lovely pdf workbook that you can print out and journal in.

If you’re a Minted Artist – you can take 33% off the class investment!!

And take 20% off if you are a Mama! 🙂 My gift to you all!

Just email me and ask for the Minted or Mama special!

 

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Woodland Wild + Free To Do List Printable

Woodland Wild + Free To Do List Printable

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Just sold another digital download of my new Woodland Wild + Free To Do List Printable!

I love this printable. It’s so easy to print multiple copies and have them on hand to write down all the things you need to do – and it’s so cute! I love the vintage paper with the nature theme and the arrow! Very boho. 😉

Get yours today! >>>——> shopcloud9.etsy.com

If you are looking on Etsy.com for a cute bohemian-inspired to-do list, then look no further. This cute printable can be printed over and over and will keep all of your projects and to-dos organized in a pretty way. 🙂

Great gift idea, too! Perfect for the DIY gal who LOVES homemade, handmade, and gifts with heart. Download yours today!

 

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#Giveaway on Twitter – photography workshop – illuminate

#Giveaway on Twitter – photography workshop – illuminate

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To celebrate #WorldSmileDay on Twitter I’m giving away a FREE spot in my self-care ecourse: illuminate: the art of seeking light

Go here to retweet the link and enter to win!

We explore 6 weeks of themes, slow down, learn to be present and mindful and intentional with our time, and use the creative elements of: photography, writing, and self-care to awaken your creativity.

Taught by an award-winning, published writer, photographer, artist, and teacher.

Good luck and I hope you WIN!! Bonus entries if you follow me on ALL of these: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter – BUT you must come back to this post and comment – followed for it to count!

 

TPW Summer night sky photography workshops coming up at Enchanted Rock State Park

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This looks amazing!
Repost from @texasparkswildlife using @RepostRegramApp – Summer night sky photography workshops coming up at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Spend the night under the stars while learning how to take amazing pictures.
Details and registration in the link on @TxOutdoorPhotos bio.
#TxStateParks #EnchantedRock #atx #nightphotography #igtexas #camping

#GIVEAWAY – Win a FREE Spot in my soulful photography ecourse

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#GIVEAWAY time!

 

Head over to @cloud9photographer on Instagram to enter to WIN a FREE spot in my soulful photography ecourse: illuminate.

 

For an extra entry – comment below and reblog this post! 🙂 Good luck!

How Can I Serve You?

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I just want to thank you so very much for reading my blog and subscribing to my email newsletter. I hope you receive lots of value and inspiration from both. I love this community of kindred creatives.

I’d like to ask you what is it that you want to see most?

What can I help you with? I want to serve and teach you – so if you have something you really want to know about – please ask!!
I’m writing a series of blog posts and ebooks and I want to cover topics that you want to learn about!
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Leave a comment below or send me a quick email and as a Thank You you can get 15% your next order in my etsy shop. (code THANK YOU!)

 

P.S. – Stay tuned for more details about some really fun workshops coming up.

Hand Lettering Workshop

Watercolor Florals Workshop 

Mommy and Me Watercolors & Lettering  Workshop

illuminate: a 6 week journey to soulful photography

illuminate: a 6 week journey to soulful photography

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It’s time to discover the scared act of photography as a gratitude practice. You will connect more fully, and feel more present when you begin noticing – appreciating the world around you with your camera in hand.

We will take pauses – and take a moment to stop and notice the smells, sounds, and beauty all around us.

Join us in this self-paced ecourse with beautiful pdf workbooks with guided journal prompts and photography exercises to help you unearth your creativity that you haven’t expressed in too long.

When is the last time you created – just for you?

Take this time to free yourself.

Open up to the creativity already within you.

Give it time and space to express the art and creativity that is uniquely you.

You deserve this as a gift to yourself.

You must fill your cup so that you can fill anothers.

It is a beautiful act of self-care to listen to your heart and give yourself space to create.

Class is enrolling NOW! But HURRY! Class will fill up fast!

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#Shine Your Light – Interview with Christine Mason Miller

#Shine Your Light – Interview with Christine Mason Miller

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The Shine Your Light Series is a series of interviews with the creative women who are dreaming big, inspiring others, and making a difference.Today we will hear from the lovely artist and author, Christine Mason Miller. I’m honored to have her share her wisdom with us all.
Christine Mason Miller is a Santa Barbara-based writer, artist, and guide who has been inspiring others to create a meaningful life for more than twenty years. Follow her adventures at www.christinemasonmiller.com
Here is a wonderful quote that I love from Christine that really resonates deeply.

How do you find time to fill your creative well when you work on varied creative projects? Do you go on retreats?
I have different ways of re-fueling, which usually depend on how much time I have! If I only have a small window, it might be nothing more than watching a funny show or movie on Netflix. With a little more time – and energy – I’ll take a long walk, go on a bike ride, and, lately, go ice skating.
I am also inspired and energized by spending time with friends and family and I love to travel. Getting out of my comfort zone and seeing parts of the world that are wildly different from mine always fuels my spirit!
What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day starts with our chocolate lab Tilda deciding it’s time for me to wake up, and promptly licking my face. After I’m up and about, I make a cafe au lait, have breakfast, take Tilda for a walk, and then dive into work. Lately that has involved planning and preparing for my retreats, working with my mentor clients, and putting the final touches on my latest book – a memoir about the spiritual journey I’ve taken with my family.


What are your top 5 tips for running a successful creative business.
1. Give plenty of attention to the details. This is what most people don’t do, and why I believe success is easy.
2. Set your sights on your goal(s), but be open and flexible in terms of how you reach them. The journey won’t be what you think it will, and that’s half the fun.
3. Don’t be afraid of rejection, and don’t take rejection personally. Every rejection I’ve received over the years – and there have been loads – wasn’t necessarily easy, but with the passage of time I’ve come to see them as badges of honor. These rejections are not symbols of my failures, but of my willingness to go for it.
4. Don’t assume that because you’re good friends with someone you’ll be great business partners or collaborators. They are two entirely different kinds of relationships, and have very different needs.
5. If you aren’t familiar with accounting and basic bookkeeping, hire a bookkeeper to go over the basics with you and set up your books. Don’t be intimidated by the financial side of things.


​What is the greatest piece of advice you ever heard, and how have you applied that to your life?

On the topic of creating “balance” in life, a mentor once told me, “You never get there, so don’t bother!” This sounds harsh and negative, but it was a relief to hear this from a woman who was older than me and who I respected tremendously. She was saying it to let me off the hook; she was expressing her belief that the goal of trying to attain a state of permanent, perfect balance in life isn’t realistic. She encouraged me, instead, to do the best I could in the face of whatever life might throw my way.
You have licensing success with Demdaco, Trader Joe’s, and   What would you say to someone who wants to license their greeting cards, or inspirational art?

You’ll have to show any potential licensee what they can do with your artwork. It helps to have a portfolio of designs, of course, but show them mock-ups of your designs on the products they create. Show them what you envision! This is what I sent to a former licensee. I created all of the mock-ups and then photographed them – so they were real mock-ups.  🙂 The company I sent this to had already licensed a bunch of my designs, but this was for an entirely new collection. The image I sent you was the cover of an eight-page booklet with more images, testimonials, and details about how to create and market the line.

I sent the booklet with a package that included some of the mock-ups. They were very interested, but did not end up picking up the line. But I’m glad I did it and still proud of the presentation!
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Do you think art heals, writing mends hearts and souls, and being creative helps us make a difference in our world? How?

My entire career is based on this belief – that whenever someone takes a step toward their most meaningful life, they inspire those around them to take their own steps…and then those people inspire their circles, and so on and so on. The ripples flow outward farther than we ever realize.
We artists feel deeply, and live heart-and-soul-centered lives. How do you balance living a meaningful life with soulfully sharing your creative gifts?

I try not to separate things too much. The attention I give to my work can be the same kind of attention I give to folding laundry. All actions are part of the same flow, and I can create beauty in all of it. My home reflects my work reflects my friendships reflects the way I set a table for a dinner party. It is all interrelated and all gives me an opportunity to practice presence.
Be sure to check out Christine’s books:
She is also speaking July 6-8, 2016 at Brave Girl’s Club Symposium in Idaho! And you can find her teaching at Brave Girl University. Follow along at @swirlygirl on instagram.
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Warmly,
Amber