I am very excited about today's giveaway!!! I actually just came across this wonderful etsy shop as I was doing my Christmas shopping a couple of months ago. Let me introduce you to Art4theSoul! Ann has such beautiful and unique creations. From Ann:
My featured works are called "Retablos" which originated as Mexican devotional paintings consisting mostly of images based on centuries old depictions of Catholic saints and spiritual symbols.I ordered Ann's St. Joan of Arc retablo for my godmother for Christmas and couldn't have been happier when I received it. Plus, my godmother LOVED it! I love that these retablos are so unique as I find that when looking at saint statues and pictures or icons, there is not usually a lot of variety. I also love that these are handmade and made here in the United States. Double bonus! I have my eye on Our Lady of Altagracia, Our Lady of Guadalupe (of course), and The Mother of Christmas. Although, to be honest, every time I go and look at Ann's shop, I find another one that I want!
These small paintings were primarily done on tin most often done by untrained artists. My retablos are done on wood. Retablos appeared after the Spanish conquest of Mexico, as a desire to possess a sacred object which would ensure health, fertility, and an abundance of crops.
During the 1700 and 1800's retablo painting flourished. These Retablos also reflect a lively spirit and a true devotion to God. Retablos were sometimes commissioned by individuals but most were sold by peddlers door to door.
In my Retablo shop I hope to create a renewed excitement for the historical art of retablo making! Although my retablos don't necessarily mimic the traditional look of the Spanish folk art and mexican cultural paintings, they contain in them the roots and symbolism which represent the heart and soul of the craft. I hope you become captivated by these pieces - each of which has his own unique story of love.
Ann has blessed me by partnering with me to give away a lovely St. Francis of Assisi retablo.
Ann didn't know this when she chose St. Francis for this, but St. Francis is very special to my family as our baby that we never got to meet is named after St. Francis. And now you could be blessed enough to win this lovely retablo of one of our favorite saints. Once again, just leave a comment, this time telling me about a saint that is important in your life and you'll be entered in the drawing. The contest is open between now and Jan. 6th, and I will announce the winners of all of the 12 giveaways on Jan. 8th.
And with that, good night!