august giveaway no. 5 – Colleen Taylor artwork

by Sharon Santoni

Here we are at the end of August… boy it went past fast!   The last Saturday of the month and so to my last giveaway of the month.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this giveaway season as much as I did.
Today I am introducing you to a regular reader of MFCH:  

a fine artist, by the name of Colleen Taylor.  Colleen paints in Colorado and Arizona, and her work will be on show at the Art of the Southwest exhibition planned for September and October in Arizona.

She loves to paints animals; florals, landscapes and also wall murals , and she takes commissions from individual clients as well as from commercial companies.
I never fail to be amazed by the diverse and fantastic talent of my readers!
For this giveaway, Colleen is generously offering to one of my readers, the choice between these four stunning prints, each depicting beautiful flowers.
The lucky winner will receive one of the  signed prints  in an 11″ x 14″ size on archival matte watercolor paper.  These are acid-free papers  with archival inks to guarantee that will last a lifetime without fading or loss of color.   Paper prints include a 1″ white border around the image to allow for future framing and matting.  

All you have to do to enter is take a tour of Colleen’s website and come back here to tell us which piece of her work is your favourite.

If you would like to enter a second time, then just tweet about the giveaway or share the news on facebook.

The winner of this giveaway will be announced next Saturday.

And finally to the winner of last week’s giveaway.   Who will be lucky enough to commission a portrait by the gifted David Terry? …..
the lucky lady is Hilary Coman, 
who wanted David to paint a portrait of her black pug Toby!

Congratulations Hilary, please get in touch with me and I’ll pass your details on to David.

PS,  Sandy Messer still hasn’t been in touch to claim her prize from week 2 of the giveaways – you have a couple more days Sandy, but after that I’ll do another draw and  the prize will be given to someone else!


Caron at Michigan Quilts August 31, 2013 - 1:07 pm

I love Colleen's "The Earth Laughs in Flowers." I love the gentle colors and the feeling of softness that it portrays. ~Caron in Michigan, USA

Jenni August 31, 2013 - 1:36 pm

I love the hollyhocks, They grow so beautifully free in my garden and after my Grandmother gave me some china with hollyhocks, I have collected a few more things which together remind me of her.

Prince Snow Farm August 31, 2013 - 1:42 pm

"The Earth Laughs in Flowers "is my favorite!

Brittany Ruth August 31, 2013 - 2:22 pm

Wow, how can your artwork be both real and abstract at the same time? The sunflowers blew me away and reminded me of my wedding day when we passed a field of sunflowers in a 57 red and white chevy on the way to my reception. I'd love to have this!

-Brittany Ruth

МаринаОсень August 31, 2013 - 2:22 pm

Great pieces of Art here! My favorite is the number one in your post, Sharon – The Earth Laughs in Flowers. Gloriuos!

david terry August 31, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Hey Sharon….

Well, Ms. Taylor is a fine painter. You DO have a lot of talented and generous readers, sharon….but, you already knew that. I'd much rather have one of her pictures than the 1000 or so of my own that I happen to own for the obvious reason.

As for last week's "give-away"?…..Hilary Coman was smart enough to sign her posting with her actual email address, so I'll simply write to her today and arrange the commission.

So, she has a black pug?…..amusingly enough, I was just talking (last night) with a German friend who has constantly had rescue-pugs (two or so at a time, for years). She loves the dogs, of course, but is completely OVER folks' giving her pug-pillows, pug-themed calendars, pug refrigerator magnets, pug-embossed sweatshirts, pug doorstops, pug tea-cosies,pug coffee mugs, etcetera. I kid you not; she has an entire, LARGE closet filled with well-intentioned pug paraphrenalia that she's received over the years and loathes.

I have west highland terriers….and I'm constantly besieged with/by examples of "Westie" (I hate that cute term)idolatry. Since I happen to have the actual dogs in my actual house, I don't really need to be reminded of that fact every time I reach for a "Westie" pot-holder while I'm cooking.

Level Best as Ever,

David Terry

Anonymous August 31, 2013 - 2:41 pm

I love her sunflowers – you could reach out and touch them Beautiful Love reading your blog and this opportunity to win aa awesome pieve of art!!!! SuzanCullinan

Kellie from Indiana August 31, 2013 - 2:51 pm

My fave is The Earth Laughs as Flowers. Indeed, you do have talented readers!

La Table De Nana August 31, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Very fortunate winners on your beautiful art giveaways..:)

Julia August 31, 2013 - 3:25 pm

I am so in awe of this lady's talent!

Sunny-side Up, the sunflowers, is my favourite!

Anonymous August 31, 2013 - 3:52 pm

My favourite is the poppies (Red Hot Alicias Poppies). They remind me of driving in France!

Anonymous August 31, 2013 - 4:10 pm

My favorite is the hollyhocks painting. Where I grew up, every home had hollyhocks, but there aren't any where I live now. This painting reminds me of my childhood. ArdiSavener…acsaveneratyahoodotcom

Rita August 31, 2013 - 4:25 pm

My favorite is the Poppies. It was hard to pick – they are all beautiful and would fit in any décor.

Thank you for sharing her wonderful talent.

Anonymous August 31, 2013 - 4:31 pm

My favourite painting is Sunnyside up. I absolutely love sunflowers. They were the main flower that made up my bouquet at our wedding. We are going to be celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary next week and the painting would be a beautiful reminder of our wedding day. Lana, Ontario, Canada.

CiciBianca August 31, 2013 - 4:33 pm

I am crazy about "The Earth Laughs in Flowers" Growing up they were common and we used to make little dolls out of the buds (head) and upside down flowers (dress). Now I rarely see them.

Julie West Wales August 31, 2013 - 4:34 pm

What a variety of subjects this lady paints, truly the definition of talent! Red Hot Alicias Poppies is probably my favourite, but Horse Beauty in Colorado comes a very close second!

Sarah Malone, European Farmhouse Charm August 31, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Oh Sharon, Colleen is extremely talented. I love the Red Hot Alicias Poppies and am seriously considering contacting her to commission a painting of our country property and its surrounding vineyard. I need artwork for the little barnhouse! Thanks for sharing:)

Sarah @ Art of Wellness August 31, 2013 - 5:04 pm

I have two favs, Red Hot Alicia's Poppies and Love at First Bite.

Linda Perry August 31, 2013 - 5:17 pm

I like Sedona's bourgainvilla's- anything with a door makes me wonder what's behind it !

Colleen Taylor August 31, 2013 - 5:27 pm

What a delight to wake up this morning to see this Sharon! I feel so flattered & fortunate to read what your readers are saying. It's so interesting to read their choices of my prints. Thank you for making this possible. You constantly inspire me with your beautiful photography, your brocante and the events of your life. XO

Hilltop Farm August 31, 2013 - 5:37 pm

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Hilltop Farm August 31, 2013 - 5:48 pm

All four of these floral works are gorgeous. Amazing colours, abstract, and yet so realistic. Colleen must be a happy person because these paintings are spilling over with happiness. I really love all of them, but Red Hot Alicias Poppies reminds me so much of running thru the fields in Suffolk, England, on our many trips back home to the village where my mum was born.

Linda Owens August 31, 2013 - 6:02 pm

All the paintings are so beautiful it is hard to pick just one; however, I really like Sedona's Bougainvillas because they are my favorite flower and I love the doorway arch. This is such a generous giveaway. Thank you.

Anonymous August 31, 2013 - 6:04 pm

I was introduced to pugs by my first boss and his wife who had two fawn pugs. I was astounded by how much pug paraphernalia they had in their home- it blew me away. Fast forward almost twenty years and I think it's safe to say I have almost every pug tchotchke known to man.

Admittedly, I’ve purchased a few of them myself (I tell myself those are the quality items), but once you’re “known” for a breed, that makes it very easy for gift givers. One tip: lots of breed rescues actually sell breed items themselves or have a connection where they get a percentage of sales, so let folks know. Better yet, gift givers may be inclined to support a dog in your honor (versus getting you another mug!)

The black pug and I look forward to working with you. Well, honestly, Toby is sort of oblivious but I’m sure he’ll appreciate the end result.

Hilary Coman

PS Bless your German friend. She is doing so much for the mops!

Carolyn Hammerschmidt August 31, 2013 - 6:31 pm

I love love love "Golden Light", but it's really hard to narrow it down to one. My husband would definitely say "Phil Mickelson". 🙂 But "The Earth Laughs in Flowers" is very very special because Colleen is my cousin and Grandma's favorite flowers bring back all the time we spent on the farm.

SuzyMcQ August 31, 2013 - 6:34 pm

Three's A Crowd for Cows is my favorite piece by Colleen. It perfectly captures the nature of these gentle bovines and almost humanizes them, I love that. It's a lovely painting.

These prints available in the drawing are equally as evocative. My favorite, probably because it is close to summer's end and I am such a warm weather person, would be the sunflowers. They make me happy!

TZel August 31, 2013 - 6:37 pm

I love the Golden Light painting. Thank you!

david terry August 31, 2013 - 6:44 pm

I really like this lady's titles…..they remind of an elderly friends' once saying to me (in regard to a mutual friend) "She has such a capacity for joy".

—david terry

Dorene August 31, 2013 - 7:29 pm

Hard to choose between the poppies and the sunflowers – but in the end, I love the colors in the poppies painting… Thanks


Jeannie August 31, 2013 - 7:36 pm

I love the paint horses, but am drawn into the field of sunflowers.

Dorene August 31, 2013 - 7:39 pm

Hard to choose between the sunflowers and the poppies – but in the end, I love the colors in the poppy painting… Thanks!

Anonymous August 31, 2013 - 7:41 pm

I adore Sedona's Bougainvillea. It is such a romantic rendering and is so beautiful. I love the dog portraits as well. They remind me of my own sweet Sophie.

Mark Raffaelli August 31, 2013 - 8:11 pm

I like all of them, especially the florals and still life. My favourite is the sunflower picture 'Sunnyside up'. We've just got back from 2 fantastic weeks in the Limosin and the fields of sunflowers went on forever. This painting reminds me of them, and they're my wife's favourite flower.

Susan August 31, 2013 - 8:51 pm

I Love the Florals..Poppyseed and especially the sunflowers..native of Kansas..and love the same flowers in Italy too. Very beautiful work from all sections. What talent!

Katie @ Wildwood Creek August 31, 2013 - 9:22 pm

I love Colleen Taylor's dreamy florals and animal paintings.

Anonymous August 31, 2013 - 9:26 pm

oh man what a lovely giveaway!!
All of Colleen's work is just beautiful so very talented
But I have to go with Sunnyside up, this was very hard but
sunflowers just make me smile.
Thank You for the chance
have a wonderful day and weekend
Darlene North

Kimberly VanDyke August 31, 2013 - 9:57 pm

I just love paintings. I have such respect for artists who can capture such beauty and make it live on canvas. Colleen does beautiful work. My favorite is Sedona's Bougainvillea's. I love Sedona. It looks like a painting in real life.

Thank you,

Anonymous August 31, 2013 - 10:00 pm

Sedona Bougainvilla is my favorite….so pretty! Have a great day. Maureen (mb99999@yahoo dot com)

Diane August 31, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Thank your for this fabulous giveaway. The Sunny side up sunflowers are my favorite since they remind me of my home state, in Kansas and the rural way of life. She did a beautiful job, so talented!

Anonymous August 31, 2013 - 10:11 pm

Gentle Does It is lovely, but I like the Sunnyside Up sunflowers best.

Christina Garcia August 31, 2013 - 10:16 pm

Another wonderful artist! Thank you, Sharon. My favorite: "The Earth Laughs in Flowers". I absolutely adore Hollyhocks! I also had a special Grandmother who had Hollyhocks in her yard. Seeing this painting brought back very fond memories.

~ Christina from Los Angeles ♥

Jo August 31, 2013 - 10:21 pm

I love "Red Hot Alicia's Poppies." The blue and yellow background makes it for me. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

Jo August 31, 2013 - 10:23 pm

I shared the giveaway on FB. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

Anne-Mari Gabrielsen August 31, 2013 - 10:39 pm

Lovely paintings! I like nuber one most of the four you shows.

Carol Danielson August 31, 2013 - 10:51 pm

My favorite is the sunflowers picture – "Sunnyside UP" – I love the glow of the flowers & feel as if I could reach out & touch a real sunflower m!
Carol Danielson

Elizabeth Eiffel August 31, 2013 - 11:29 pm

Thank you for introducing me to another wonderful website and blog. "Marcello's Wife" tells a wonderful story, "The Earth Laughs in Flowers" reminds me of a little village we love which sits of the the banks of the Loire and is a wash with hollyhocks and "Red Hot Alicia's Poppies" transports me back to our village in France where the poppies riot on the road verge and through empty fields at the commencement of summer. Warm regards

Di August 31, 2013 - 11:37 pm

Rusted but Not Retired how awesome is that! I feel like that some time and love all her garden ones as well. Oh my what an artist she is. Thank you for a chance to win! Di@Cottage-wishes

Anonymous August 31, 2013 - 11:59 pm

WOW! Her paintings are awesome. I love the flowers. Have sunflowers in my garden right now and her painting looks so real! What a lovely give-away. Thanks for the opportunities this month. Blessings from Idaho. Cathy

Anonymous September 1, 2013 - 1:49 am

Hi Sharon I love all of the artwork, but what got to me are the poppies Red Hot Alicia's Poppies I find the colour very striking and Poppies have a way of getting to me visually and emotionally. Thank you for sharing beauty. Regards Esther from Sydney (1st day of Spring) lovely.

Karol September 1, 2013 - 2:36 am

I would love to have the Phil Mickelson picture. My husband and I are both fans and it's such a great portrayal of him.

Madame Reed September 1, 2013 - 2:55 am

I have loved everything of Colleen's that I have ever seen. My favorites above are the hollyhocks and the door with the flowers above. For someone who may not have been to France, she still offers us the beauty of France.

Sally Langlois September 1, 2013 - 3:31 am

"Sunnyside Up" is such a delight – by far my favorite! The contrast of yellow and blues, the detail – I have sunflowers blooming in my Wisconsin garden right now, but they are no match for the loveliness of those in the painting.

Anonymous September 1, 2013 - 4:42 am

This is a tough decision. On her website I love the figurative painting of the cook, busy with his back to us. Of your selections, I'd have to go with Sedona Bougainvilla. A door going somewhere is alway a clincher. Wonderful talent! I wish I had some of it.

Anonymous September 1, 2013 - 5:08 am

Hi Sharon, love your blog!! thanks for sharing your life, friends and critters with all of us! i love all of Colleen's paintings, they are amazing. The portraits are really lifelike and colorful. i love any pictures of flowers and/or animals. My favorite is the Sunflowers "Sunnyside Up" they really make you want to reach out and touch them. Forever Summer.
thanks again for all you do!

Julie Aarsvold

Anonymous September 1, 2013 - 5:21 am

Thank you for pointing us towards this lovely work! My favorite is Sunnyside Up. The Sunflowers are so bright and lovely they just make me smile. Ms. Taylor's equine work is also wonderful! Thanks again for pointing us to her work!
Rachel Drga

Anonymous September 1, 2013 - 5:54 am

I love the "Red Hot Alicias Poppies".

chanteusevca September 1, 2013 - 6:38 am

There are so many beautiful paintings that it is difficult to pick. However, when I saw "Ballerina in Pink" it immediately reminded me of my oldest daughter who danced from age 4 and later on professionally until she retired to have a family. Now her daughter is beginning dance at age 4 and the painting reminds me of both my daughter and now my granddaughter. The circle of life moves too quickly. Beautiful offering for a draw.



Jeannie Clarke September 1, 2013 - 6:40 am

Oh my. What a wonderful talent. All of Colleen's work is beautiful, buy my favorite is "Sunnyside Up". I adore sunflowers. But then again, her "Three's a Crowd for Cows" is such a fun piece.

sandy w September 1, 2013 - 7:06 am

They are all beautiful, but really like the poppy picture and the Horse Beauty in Colorado. She is a very talented painter.

cheri September 1, 2013 - 7:19 am

The poppies are my favorite. Very nice giveaway.

Anonymous September 1, 2013 - 8:34 am

I love poppies the way they always seem to dance in a field without a care they always make me smile. The lovely painting Red Hot Alicia's poppies just reminded me of my first glimpse of a field of poppies earlier this season which alas has run it's course and is no more.

Looking through Colleen's website Buck at the wheel also stood out for me, the look of love and contentment in both the man and the dogs eyes made me melt.

Oh to have such talent.


Margo on Vancouver island.

carol jane September 1, 2013 - 8:55 am

My favorite is actually in the giveaway. THE EARTH LAUGHS IN FLOWERS. So pretty!

Anonymous September 1, 2013 - 10:40 am

WOW!!!! How on earth can you select one out of these amazing works of art? I would love to walk through the door in 'Sedona's Bougainvillea's' and see what's on the other side, I have already pictured it :). As summer is drawing to an end and autumn is around the corner, I would have to select 'The Earth Laughs in Flowers' looking at this hanging in my living room would remind me that summer isn't far away.
from Malta

back2ack123 September 1, 2013 - 11:40 am

I must say that I love the florals. My favorite is the sunflower portrait which on her website she calls "sunny side up" – gorgeous!
Thank you!

Vicki September 1, 2013 - 12:49 pm

The Earth Laughs in Flowers! But the Sedona's Bougainvillea is a very close second. Beautiful work.

Anonymous September 1, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Dear Sharon…when I opened my daily delight (MFCH) today 'The Earth Laughs in Flowers' just took my breath away. So soft, so gentle.
Then I looked at Colleen's website and was even further delighted. Such stunning work and such a range. I am somewhat of an artist too (have never been taught…have simply painted all of my life) oh how I wish my work was as gorgeous as this. Thanks for giving us the chance to actually win one of Colleen's and thanks to her too xx Gabi

Kathy Aplin September 1, 2013 - 1:29 pm

Hi Sharon. I absolutely love Carol's painting "Sedona's Bougainvilleas". It reminds me of the houses around here that have climbers growing up the walls and around the doors. Stunning.
Thanks. Love reading your blog as always!

Kathy (

tmishler September 1, 2013 - 1:29 pm

i just love "the earth laughs in flowers" ……. i am always drawn to the flowers

lisa September 1, 2013 - 1:33 pm

Her work is beautiful! It is hard to decide between the poppies and the sunflowers!

lisa September 1, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Her work is beautiful!it is hard to decide between the poppies andsunflowers!

Anonymous September 1, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Hello- I love the hollyhocks in the "Earth Laughs" painting. Everything she paints is beautiful.

Jan September 1, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Love many of them!! My favorite is "The World Laughs in Flowers".

Jan September 1, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Love many of them! I'm an equestrian, so I love the horse prints! I'm also a gardener and love hollyhocks….,so my favorite is …. The World Laughs in Flowers!

Stepping Stones September 1, 2013 - 2:36 pm

I had a wonderful time looking at all the lovely portraits, but my favorite is "Sedona's Bougainvillea's" – it reminds me of a trip to Greece. Love Colleen's work, she is very talented.

Prince Snow Farm September 1, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Hi Hilary and David,

I am an owner of a fawn pug and I also despise the cutesie "stuff". Love my dog to the moon and back. Congrats on the commission!

Laura Liss-Tabor September 1, 2013 - 2:53 pm

Hi I love the piece named sunny side up. It is absolutely gorgeous and reminds me of pictures I've see of Italy's sun flower fields.

Joanna September 1, 2013 - 2:53 pm

Love the Lemons. Fingers crossed!

Joanna September 1, 2013 - 2:54 pm

Love the Lemons and florals. Fingers crossed!

Laura Liss-Tabor September 1, 2013 - 2:54 pm

I love sunny side uo, just looking at this piece makes me smile!

jeanne September 1, 2013 - 2:56 pm

The Earth Laughs in Flowers, as a lot of your reader have agreed that this is such a special painting. Hollyhocks and sunflowers are the essence of summer. The artist beautifully portrait of light and color in all of her pictures so wonderful and dreamy. Thank you for this wonderful give away. jeanne

Rissi Cherie September 1, 2013 - 3:09 pm

Adore Red Hot Alicia Poppies, and the Sedonia Bougainvillea. Lovely work…I liked the people, too, especially ballerina in pink! Thanks for showing off Colleen's work.

The Cottage Keep September 1, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Such beautiful work. Difficult to choose one but if I must I have to say the Poppies print. Belle

Debbie September 1, 2013 - 3:28 pm

They are all amazing! My sons loved the sports..but I love the floral….especially the sunflowers

Jana September 1, 2013 - 3:52 pm

The "Sunnyside Up" sunflowers are my favorite! They absolutely look alive and so real you could touch them! They remind me of the long drive down a dirt road to a small cemetery where my grandmother was being buried. It was in New Mexico and the wild sunflowers lined the road. The sun was shining although it was lightly sprinkling and the sunflowers just glowed the entire way. I think God blessed us that day with those gorgeous sunflowers. I've never seen them look as beautiful since. Connie really captured that glow in this painting. I love it!

Anonymous September 1, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Really, all are Beautiful. The Hollyhocks are stunning. But, I think my favorite is Sedona's Bougainvilleas. What a gift to create such lovely work

Pamela Bolton September 1, 2013 - 4:34 pm

My favorite is "The Light of the Garden".

Anonymous September 1, 2013 - 6:02 pm

"The Earth Speaks in Flowers," because it truly does. I think this painting is magnificent; it's soft and gentle, and it speaks to ME. It calms me down and it tells me what really matters in life. I adore this painting. I LOVE this painting with all my heart, it is gorgeous.
Marilyn in Mt. Vernon, Virginia

ann chamberlain September 1, 2013 - 6:26 pm

Earth Laughs in Flowers does it for me. The artist has a lovely soft touch. I just love this picture.

Scribbler September 1, 2013 - 6:32 pm

All of these paintings are wonderful! Colleen Taylor's work certainly speaks to me. After looking at all of them, if I had to choose just one, I think the Bougainvilleas in Sedona is it.

Colleen Taylor September 1, 2013 - 6:34 pm

I couldn't help but read these incredible comments of those viewing my website Sharon. I'm so taken back and flattered that I'm almost speechless. Thank you to all these wonderful followers for such kind & sincere words of appreciation. I'm truly touched & humbled beyond words.

sherry klusman September 1, 2013 - 6:44 pm

I love Colleen's website…..and the sunflower portrait is MY vote. Hopefully you see my response and I can be entered in this week's contest.


debbie September 1, 2013 - 6:54 pm

I love hollyhocks and I love, "The Earth Laughs in Flowers".

Harriet September 1, 2013 - 7:01 pm

What stunning work! I love the hollyhocks and have just the spot to put the painting! Harriet

Harriet September 1, 2013 - 7:01 pm

What stunning work! I love the hollyhocks and have the perfect spot to hang that painting! Harriet

Carol Lawman September 1, 2013 - 7:06 pm

I found my favorite immediately! "The Graceful White".. I was fortunate to find some vintage Turner prints at a flea market last year and totally redecorated my apartment around them. This is so beautiful and calming and would fit right in!

Barb September 1, 2013 - 7:08 pm

These are just beautiful! I love the portraits of gardeners in the lavender fields, the little pink ballerina and the red poppies. What talent!

auntie dimae September 1, 2013 - 7:09 pm

My favorite is a toss up between "Sunnyside Up" and "Kissed by the Sun" (the lemons – hope I remembered the name correctly).

Cynthia Watson September 1, 2013 - 8:16 pm

Love the Red Hot Alicias Poppies! I've been looking for a painting to match my new red couch – a red couch was on my "bucket list!!" Love the softness of Colleen's work!

Jules September 1, 2013 - 8:39 pm

I do love Sedona's Bougainvillea's!

Anonymous September 1, 2013 - 8:59 pm

The Earth Laughs in Flowers. What a talented artist!
-Terri D

From a Beggar's Bowl September 1, 2013 - 9:55 pm

What wonderful pictures. Though I like many of her floral/gardening scenes, Sunny Side Up would fit best into my home. It exudes such joy. I could use a little of that in the cold dreary days of winter.

Anonymous September 1, 2013 - 10:14 pm

What a talented artist from Arizona, my home as well! I love her sunflowers, so real, you could almost smell them! Lovely!
Thanks, Jill Dickerson

Rebekah L September 1, 2013 - 10:22 pm

I really love her animal portraits, but I am continually drawn back to "Sunnyside Up". Those sunflowers looks so realistic; i can almost imagine them swaying in the wind with the sun shining down on them. She has a gift for incorporating such life into her paintings!

Zoe September 1, 2013 - 10:23 pm

I love The Earth Laughs in Flowers best I think but they're all so good.


Tracy September 1, 2013 - 11:03 pm

All of her work is exquisite! I've always been partial to floral paintings. "The Earth Laughs in Flowers, Sunnyside Up, and Tuscon Bougainvillea" are all stunners. The pet portraits are especially adorable too! Love them!

Debra Butland September 2, 2013 - 12:23 am

My fav is the red poppies..what a talented artist. Thanks for the opportunity to see her work!

Debra Butland September 2, 2013 - 12:27 am

My favorite is the red poppy print, but that are all gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this artist's amazing talent!

Leslie September 2, 2013 - 12:29 am

Beautiful, light soaked pieces! It almost looks like they melted on the page. I like-"The Earth laughs in flowers", but "The Ballerina in Pink" is my favorite.

Anonymous September 2, 2013 - 3:49 am

"The Earth Laughs in Flowers" is just so beautiful. I also am torn between that one and "Sunnyside Up" but the colors in "The Earth Laughs in Flowers" would be so beautiful in my bedroom. What a wonderful giveaway this is! Like her pet portraits and like the old rusted truck, what a talent and gift she has.

betsy September 2, 2013 - 4:30 am

I love her cows – Threes a crowd. They remind me of the cows on our farm when i was growing up. Her flower paintings are lovely.

Anonymous September 2, 2013 - 4:36 am

Very difficult to choose one! Kisses by the Sun, Peachy Keen, and Sedona's Bougainvillea's were some of my favorites. Thank you for sharing. Debbie S.

Liz September 2, 2013 - 5:35 am

After browsing every painting available on her site, I kept going back to the Poppies. It brought back beautiful memories of a my morning jogs while visiting Roma Italy during the spring time. Bellissimo!

pballard September 2, 2013 - 5:52 am

I visited her site. She is so talented. I adore the four shown on your site. It would be hard to chose. Thanks for the chance.

pballard September 2, 2013 - 5:54 am Reply
Anonymous September 2, 2013 - 5:59 am

Such vibrant and beautiful flowers! Love the sunflowers and the luscious lemons — "Kissed by the Sun"!

Andrea Elliott

Magnolia Verandah September 2, 2013 - 6:27 am

Oh my I liked so many!! The Chef, the little ballerina, the poppies, the sunflowers, how talented is Colleen, thank you for bring such beauty to our attention.

MB Isaac September 2, 2013 - 8:26 am

these are beautiful. I love floral paintings

Veronica Roth September 2, 2013 - 9:56 am

Last year I was painting a lot of sunflowers and so sunny side up is my favourite one. I can't paint horses at all and am amazed at Coleen's talent there. Beautiful!

Alyson Clarke September 2, 2013 - 10:33 am

Dear Sharon,

What an inspiring person you are and I just love your blog – just a delight.

Living in Western Australia, -France is a dreamy destination that I am not able to get to as often as I would love to. So, having your delightful blog allows me to escape to this very special part of the world.. you lucky girl.

My email is to say I loved Colleen's art pieces and my favourite is the beautifully colourful bougainvillea: Sedona's Bougainvillea's.

Thank you again from my part of the world to yours ..

Daphne Bryson September 2, 2013 - 11:52 am

Good Morning Sharon, My word, what a treat to visit Colleen's site, she is a very talented artist. My favourite painting is Sedona's Bougainvillea's, as it transports me back to the time when I lived on the Island of Cyprus. I grew pink and white Bougainvillea in my garden and one of my friends had a very tall pine tree which she allowed the Bougainvillea to scramble up…. which it would do in it's natural habitat.
Thank you for the opportunity to enter this marvellous giveaway.
Best Wishes to you,

jessica September 2, 2013 - 4:07 pm

Either Red Hot Alicia's Poppies, Sunnyside Up, or Sedona's Bouganvilla were my favorites. The colors in all three simply warm my heart. Poppies and sunflowers are my favorite flowers and we were in beautiful Sedona on vacation last Sept. It makes me sad to think my state of Colo. has lost such a fine artist, but Az. Is not too far away.

Francesca Meazza Passionedeco September 2, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Hi Sharon!
It is always such a pleasure to visit you and..what a giveaway you are hosting!
The Sedona's buganville speaks to my heart!

Francesca Meazza Passionedeco September 2, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Shared on Fb!
Thank you!

Lady of the Cloth September 2, 2013 - 6:48 pm

Colleen is a fantastic artist. I loved them all but my favorite is Sedona Bougainvillea's. I love red and it is just beautiful. I really admired her pet pictures, what talent! Thanks for sharing your blog, I stop by every morning.

ccjach September 2, 2013 - 7:26 pm

Oh, definitely "Sunnyside Up" but "Horse Beauty in Colorado" is also gorgeous! Thanks for introducing us to Ms. Taylor's work.

I just love your blog, too! I rarely post on blogs but look forward to reading them everyday.

Lynne September 2, 2013 - 10:19 pm

I love "Golden Flowers"! All of her work is amazing!

Lynne September 2, 2013 - 10:21 pm

I love them all – since I have to chose one it would be "Golden Light!

LilyBiscuit September 3, 2013 - 4:54 am

Sunnyside Up is beautiful. My children and I grow sunflowers. If I owned this, it would always make me smile 🙂

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Anonymous September 3, 2013 - 8:50 am

I love Brenner work such a beautiful piece of Art … to be enjoyed for years to come:)

ParisGrrl September 3, 2013 - 10:11 am

I love "The Earth Laughs in Flowers." How lovely.

fjackson816 September 3, 2013 - 12:56 pm

"The Earth Laughs in Flowers" is gorgeous, as is "Sedona Bougainvillea." Thank you for the introduction to Colleen's artwork!

Anonymous September 3, 2013 - 2:28 pm

All paintings are beautiful, but if I had to choose I would go for Sedona's Bougainvillea's, cause I love doors and also bougainvilleas!

Dee and Kato September 3, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Colleen's art is just beautiful and I find it very calming. My favorite on her site is "Three's a Crowd with Cows." (I'm not sure I've gotten the name right though.)
As for the four paintings here it's difficult for me to choose between the sunflowers and the poppies. Sunflowers are a favorite of mine but although red hasn't normally been a color I gravitate to the poppies have completely changed my mind. It would be a difficult choice.
Thank you for the chance to win one of Colleen's stunning paintings.

peggy braswell September 3, 2013 - 5:07 pm

"The Earth Laughs in Flowers" is a favorite of mine + Loved her website + thank you for the introduction.

Debra Bryant September 3, 2013 - 8:59 pm

I fell in love with "Sunny Side Up" the first time I saw it. It still tops my list!

HelsBells September 4, 2013 - 2:59 am

I really like "Red Hot Alicias Poppies" but "Marcello's Wife" is like a Vermeer-like and I love it the most.

Jeannette September 4, 2013 - 12:46 pm

I found the "Alicias Poppies" and the "Bougainviellea in Sedona" particularly striking. Lovely!

Janet September 4, 2013 - 3:10 pm

wow! I'm in love with this artist work! The Sunflowers are my very favorite. Love the animal pieces as well. What a talent! Janet

Anonymous September 5, 2013 - 2:19 am

Hello Sharon,
Thank you for the opportunity to become the owner of a painting by such a talented artist. My favourite painting would have to be 'Sunnyside Up' as it brings back such fond memories of a holiday to the south of France where we were greeted each day with the stunning fields of happy sunflower faces.


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