Happy Birthday to…. My Blog and a Giclée Print Giveaway

www.kimminichiello.comPoppies, Watercolor on Archival Paper, 11″ x 15″

A Giclée print of this painting can be yours!  Please enter the giveaway by leaving a comment on this blog post.

I honestly can’t believe it has been one year since I started my blog!  Where has the time gone? After many years of toying with the idea of starting a blog, I finally went for it a year ago this week.  I first discovered art blogs, that were mostly part of the daily painters movement right after I moved to Hong Kong in 2007.  Many artists I followed then are still blogging today, Belinda Del Pesco, Carol Marine, Karen Jurick, Katherine Tyrrell’s, Making a Mark, and Laura Frankstone of Laurelines to name a few.  I guess I was what you call a lurker, I didn’t comment very much but I was so grateful for that time with my morning tea to read what other artist were doing, and feel a connection to the US, living so far from home.  At that time Facebook wasn’t nearly what it is today, therefore following blogs was the only way to make connections with other artists.

One day while searching through blog roles, pre Facebook, I found a former Walt Disney Imagineering colleague, Marcelo Vignali and connected with him.  He told me, “You have to do a blog, it’s great! It’s a great chance to connect with and meet people.”  I’m somewhat of a shy private person, so it took me a while to finally relent and put myself out on the blogoshere. I told myself if I were to do one, I would commit to it and at least do one post a week and I’m happy to say I’ve fallen in somewhat of a routine of doing two when I can.  I didn’t want it to be a big pressure, so I post what ever I’m in the mood to show or say, with the general idea of featuring my work, talk about some of the processes, impart knowledge that will help other artists, and give those who like my work a chance to get to know me better.   I love movies, books, travel, museums, and to talk about artists whom I find inspiring. I’ve enjoyed the past year sharing my watercolor sketches from my travels.  So far that’s been the direction of my blog, but who knows what else is lurking around the corner.  As long as I enjoy doing the blog and there are people who enjoy reading it I will do it.

Now Facebook seems to be more prevalent than blogging.  Is blogging becoming a dying art?  I hope not.  I’d like to think there are still those that like to read and enjoy what other artists have to say rather than quickly scrolling through the news feed on Facebook.

I hope all that are following me on this blogging journey have enjoyed what I have shown and shared. It’s hard to really know how much of a following there is, but like many things, it takes time to incubate and grow!  If you know of others you feel would enjoy it please pass on the link!

To celebrate the one year anniversary of my blog, I am giving away a giclée print of my painting Poppies.  All you have to do is leave a comment on today’s post and you will be eligible!  I recently received in the mail a lovely giclée print from blogging friend, Julie Ford Oliver, from a giveaway she did recently to start off the new year!  I may follow her lead and let my husband, who is also a designer and artist, choose the winner from the comments, or do a random drawing.

A sincere thank you to all and hope you continue to enjoy and find some inspiration visiting my blog!!


Limited Edition Prints & Note cards available here.


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18 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to…. My Blog and a Giclée Print Giveaway

  1. Well, Kim, you know how I feel about your art. I’ve known you since we were 18 and you’ve always amazed me! Congratulations on your vision, hard work, and talent. I’m so glad you listened to your colleague and started sharing your blog one year ago. So proud of you!

  2. First visit to your blog via DeShawn. Happy 1st Birthday to your blog. Love your art work. The poppies are gorgeous. Just looking at them makes me feel happy. Thank you for that and for sharing your special God given talent. God Bless

  3. Happy Birthday to your blog! I love the colors in this painting. It brings calmness when looking at it. I still need to buy the olive print from last years Gala. I will be in touch soon! 🙂

  4. Kim – congrats on your one year anniversary! It’s been great being able to see the beautiful work you are creating. I wish I was half as talented as you. This painting would look lovely in a newly redone bedroom (one advantage of being an empty-nester!). Best wishes to you in 2014!!

  5. Congratulations Kim. I’ve always been a great fan of your work and you. I hope you continue to create masterpieces one right after the other.

  6. Congrats on the one year mark, Kim!! Love reading about your experiences and seeing your art – please do keep it up, blogging is not a dying form of communication! At least not for me, xo

  7. Congratulation on your many achievements. I am huge fan… Wishing you continued success with the blog and all your projects.

  8. Hi Kim,
    I just look so forward to your newsletters and read what you’re up to, and to admire your beautiful work. Congratulations on all your accomplishments!

    Happy Birthday Blog!

  9. I very much like your fans Kim and they look great full-size in your apartment.
    The poppy is my wife’s favourite flower and I grow a selection of opium poppies from varieties collected and cultivated. I enjoy your blogs, Happy New Year! – my eldest son is a ‘Fire Horse’.

  10. Dear Ms. Kim,
    When I looked at the Poppies painting, in one instant I was carried away to that place in one’s soul where beauty that instills peace resides, and it was hard to tear away my gaze. Then I realized that I am looking at the work of a true artist; someone who is able to transform you simply by a moment in time.

    P.S. I have experienced that with other works of yours; including your beautiful note cards, which I am using to send to older adults who are grappling with Alzheimer’s disease, as I have found that act of painting communicates with them when words fail. Lisa

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