|"Celebration" original watercolor by Carrie Waller|
All weekend long I have been harboring a secret. Have you ever received information that just doesn't seem real, like you'll wake up and it was all a dream. Last week I received a call from Daniel Smith Art Supply Co. I didn't answer either time they called because it was an 800 #, finally the Director of Sales left me a message. I called back and got her voice mail. We finally touched base around 4:30 Thursday afternoon. She said "Are you sitting down?", "You are the Grand Prize winner of the 11th Annual online art competition. My mind went spinning in a thousand directions. "Are you sure?" I replied. "Yes, she said and why haven't you been answering the phone." She was thrilled to get to call the winners and was dying for me to answer the phone. So I have won a trip for 2 to Seattle, $1000 spending money and a full art studio, which from the contest rules it states it's a full shawn taboret. The package is worth $10,500. They're calling back with the details. I'm almost equally excited because Laurin McCracken won last year and I am a huge fan of his work.
I'm thrilled and still a bit in shock! And I really hope they make the official announcement soon, just so I can see it in writing:) Oh and my painting will be on the Daniel Smith catalog going out August 1st. Somebody pinch me!!!!
Thank you to everyone that voted to get my painting into the final round. Seriously, I'm still in shock!!