Since the beginning of my blogging days, I’ve been fortunate to meet and make friends with some very talented and generous people. I was lucky to start blogging at a time when readers could sign up to follow their preferred blogs and before the days of the big newsletter blasts. There was more of an intimacy to the process, and blogs were read differently, as our audience popped around to visit each of their favorite blogs each day. This is one of the big things about blogging, the way that it draws people together.
Between women bloggers there has always been a special camaraderie. We are generally very generous in our support of each other’s projects, and we love to encourage each other to go further.
One of those precious links that grew from blogging is with my friend Jeanne McKay Hartmann. Jeanne is from Seattle but travels to France very regularly in search of inspiration for her paintings. Whenever she comes across we meet up for lunch or tea in Paris, and follow each other’s paths closely.
Over the years, Jeanne has become a celebrated artist and illustrator recognized for her lively colorful watercolor creations that bring charm to everyday life. Her artwork has been showcased in prestigious publications like Better Homes & Gardens, and in association with renowned brands like J. McLaughlin, Draper James, and Laurent Perrier Champagne.
Drawing on her own experience, she has written a guide to the best places to paint in Paris. You can find that HERE
With our mutual admiration for the beauty of France, Jeanne and I are excited to announce a fantastic giveaway that will transport you to the picturesque charm of this beloved country. The grand prize is a beautiful original watercolor artwork by Jeanne, valued at over $400. The second prize is a coveted May Box from MFCH Box, valued at over $400, filled with luxurious French-inspired delights. And for the third prize, we are happy to offer a copy of the May/June issue of MFCH Magazine, a wonderful read that captures the essence of French culture and lifestyle.
To enter is simple – be sure you are following @jeannemckayhartmann, @mfchbox, & @mfchmagazine, next, you will need to be signed up to Jeanne Mckay’s newsletter which you can do so HERE, and for extra entries, comment below and send this article to a friend!
Bonjour! Merci @mfchmagazine, @mfchbox and @jeannemckayhartman for the bonne chance to play along. Love Jeanne’s watercolors and have admired them for years on Instagram and often on Watson Kennedy blog/newsletter. An extra May/June MFCH box would delight someone special! Eager for the arrival of the latest magazine issue~it’s perfect with a cup of tea! ♥️⚜️
Looking forward to following Jeanne on Instagram!
Thank you for this, Sharon as I have FINALLY taken up watercoloring. Looking forward to Jeanne McKay’s blog for inspiration.
Beautiful watercolors…such talent by Jeanne!
Absolutely stunningly gorgeous watercolor florals! Excited to see more beautiful paintings on Jeanne McKay’s blog!
Thank you for the beauty and inspiration.
What a wonderful gift! i’m excited to enter your drawing.
This opportunity to win a painting or in fact any of the prizes is fabulous. I so enjoy the watercolors as they bring me much joy. I have yet to own one but hopefully soon❤️❤️❤️
Thank you for the chance to win such wonderful gifts. Watercolors are my favorite way to paint although my vision doesn’t allow that now. Just imagining painting in Paris thrills my soul. I receive your lovely magazine and look forward to slowly browsing through each and every one.
Such beautiful artwork. I would love to win !
Beautiful artwork! Looking forward to seeing more of it!
Love MFCH or anything French! Winning would be such a blessing as I am physically challenged and will probably never be able to see this beautiful place in person This art is stunning! Good luck to all
So happy to become acquainted with Jeanne and her beautiful watercolors!
Such beautiful watercolors by Jeanne McKay.
But, just as beautiful, the story of the lovely friendship between two like-minded creative ladies
Jeanne does the most beautiful paintings. I love watercolor artwork. Thank you for the generous giveaway!
I love your watercolors. I was able to travel to France last fall and made watercolor memories of my trip from pix I took while traveling. I do “watercolor painting” on my IPad. 🙂
Love the floral watercolors.
Love the Watercolours, France and the dream of being there .
OMG!!!! I would love to win an original Jeanne McKay!!! I have a couple of framed prints and adore them. Also, I have been to the South of France a couple of times with my Austin Texas art instructor to paint the beautiful landscape there. Watercolor is my favorite medium. Can not wait to go back to France someday again to paint and I hope to Paris, next time! MercÍ, Debbie
Love the paintings on Luxembourg Jardin! It’s our favorite place to visit when we visit Paris. You capture it perfectly!
So inspiring! I appreciate you sharing such beauty and thoughtful gifts! You bring much needed joy these days!
Thank you for introducing this wonderful artist, and for the opportunity to win one of these great prizes!
Such a beautiful and inspiring association between the two of you.
I appreciate your willingness to share.
Beautiful floral watercolours.
A wonderful opportunity to add beauty to life. Blogging creates such a lovely connection.
Can’t wait to read about all the places to visit in France!!
So can’t wait to see more of her work!! It is beautiful!!!
OMG – you help me slow down and actually smell the roses!
Beautiful watercolors. They capture the essence of France.
All of this is wonderful!!!
Thank you Sharon….and Jeanne,
For all the exciting adventures you take us on in our imaginations
Thank you for your beautiful works of art, they open up a whole new world of the most gorgeous scenery, colors of nature and the loviest of France and the French countryside and photographs, love your works of art!
I absolutely adore watercolor paintings and actually do watercolors myself. Would love to win one of hers!
What beautiful watercolors—thank you for sharing and introducing me to such a talented artist!
Wow! I am now officially a converted watercolor fan. Jeanne McKay’s creations really lift the soul. I just came in from my garden and feel newly refreshed seeing what you have shown. Merei!!!
Oh how inspiring, I have just taken up water colour and am thrilled to be able to follow Jeanne’s journey.
Thank you for the opportunity.
Jeanne McKay’s watercolors are so lovely. She has a wonderful talent. Look forward to seeing more. Would love to win one. Thank you!
Such beauty picture – all are fantastic prizes – would love to win any of these,
I love her floral water colours! Her Paris street scenes are even better! Thank you for the chance.
You ladies are such an inspiration to the ordinary people in life! Love your blog posts ❤️
Thank you for such inspirational ideas and recommendations Sharon. Jeanne’s artwork is simply stunning.
So dreamy and beautiful
Jeanne’s work is truly inspirational. I know just how difficult the medium of water colour is. The offer to win one of these true master pieces is a dream come true. I hope the fairies ♀️ are looking out for me that day.
So gorgeous! They inspire me to take up watercolor painting!
I would consider myself to be so fortunate to win a prize in your drawing. Ms. Jeanne’s work is exquisitely delightful and I am happy to be introduced to it. And, of course I am an MFCH box and magazine subscriber which brings me closer to my beloved France and teaches me so very much. Merci Beaucoup!
What beautiful watercolor art❣️ Jeanne is very talented and is smart to be inspired by the beauty of Paris. My husband and I love our trips to Paris and plan on expanding our France experience to Provence next Spring. I admire this pretty pink floral display very much. I am not on instagram, but I followed her newsletter and would be proud to win her original piece! Thank you!
Thank You for giving me the opportunity to win one of her Beautiful watercolors!
I should be so lucky!
Beautiful artwork; looking forward to more! Thank you for the opportunity to win!
Simply stunning watercolours. A very besutiful collaboration. Thus newsletter came out on my birthday so I might just be lucky to win. Merçi beaucoup
I love the softness to Jeanne’s artwork….it just goes with the soft beauty of Paris. I just love the photo of Jeanne on the balcony in that beautiful dress with the flowers and bubbly on the table…it speaks to the essence of Paris and Jeanne’s beautiful work. Thank you for the opportunity to win this wonderful gift collection Sharon. It’s so exciting to see what you always bring to the table…always beautiful and fun!
How wonderful. All signed up. Peg
Thank you for the introduction. Jeanne’s work is absolutely stunning and I will enjoy following her account in the same way I do yours. Merci!
I love that two talented women found each other. Thanks for promoting each other and your wonderful art.