Emily J Artist Small Business Saturday Giveaway

I’m all about a good Black Friday deal, but I enjoy Small business Saturday even more. I love having the chance to support other small business owners because I understand just how important their little businesses are to them. This year I’ve partnered with a few small businesses  to bring you an awesome giveaway. Here’s how it works:

Shop at any of the participating businesses (including me!) and get entries to win one of the fabulous prizes. Each participant has something fun to offer valued between $15 and $90. I’m giving away an 8×10 print on watercolor paper of any of my paintings. You can choose one I’ve already created or have me do a custom painting from your photograph.

You can also get more (FREE) entries by finding our post about this on Facebook and following the instructions provided. You’ll find there are LOTS of ways to collect entries and hopefully win one of the amazing prizes!

Here are a list of the participating businesses for you to shop at (with their prize listed next to them):

Happy Shopping!

Mother’s Day Giveaway

Mother’s Day is only 6 weeks away on May 8th! Have you thought about what you are going to do to celebrate? Well let me help you out a little bit. I would like to give a few lucky winners my custom digitally painted portraits away as a beautiful Mother’s Day gift.

Each painting that I do is a custom work of art. You send me your favorite photo with up to two subjects in it and I will turn it into a painting using Corel Painter. I actually paint each stroke by hand with my Wacom Tablet, so this is just like getting a professional oil or watercolor portrait painted, without the added time of letting paint dry! There is also the added benefit of being given a digital file to print in the size and on the surface that you want as many times as you want. If you don’t want to take care of printing I am happy to do that as well, prices vary depending on size and surface printed on.

This is a photo I took of my daughter. Those beautiful eyes were just begging for a traditional oil painting style. The Prizes!

Grand Prize- (2) custom digital paintings, one for you and one for another mother in your life, delivered via digital download. You will have full rights to print or share/display as you see fit. Value- $325

Runner-up- 1 custom digital painting delivered via digital download. You will have full rights to print or share/display as you see fit. Value- $175

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There will be 1 grand prize winner and two runners up. I reserve the right to add additional winners at any time.

Don’t want to wait 3 weeks for the contest to end? Use code “ILOVEMOM” in my Etsy shop to save 15% on all orders! I have two listings; one for an oil style and one for a watercolor style . If the winner has already purchased a custom portrait they can choose to have their payment refunded or have an additional painting done.

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Please note that in order to guarantee delivery orders need to be submitted 2 weeks prior to the date needed. Most orders can be turned around in just a few days, but I require up to two weeks during peak demand.

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Enter Now!

Enter your email in the widget below for your required first entry. After that a few different optional choices for additional entries will pop up.

The contest will end on April 25th, so share share share and get your entries in!

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Birthday Giveaway Winners!

Thank you so much to those who participated in my giveaway! I entered each of your names into The Random Picker website and weighted your name based on how many comments you left. This ensured that each person had the correct number of entries, but could only win one prize. Here is a screen shot of the final results:

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I will contact each of the winners via the email linked to your comment with all of the details! Congratulations again.

It’s my Birthday Giveaway!

***Contest is now closed. Winners will be posted shortly. Thank you to all who participated!***

5 years ago I got the best birthday present ever. I like to joke that his little lady stole my birthday, but I’m happy to share it with her. Leah is one of the most caring, tenderhearted, loving people I know. Her smile can light up a room and her enthusiasm for life blesses our family every day. Happy birthday baby girl!

My baby Leah
My baby Leah
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Me and my mommy

Yes, that means that today is my birthday as well. 32 years ago I decided to finally grace my mother with my presence 2 weeks late on a day when the AC wasn’t working in the hospital. If you want to give me a birthday gift then the best gift I could receive would if you changed your Facebook profile or cover image to a photo I took or a painting I’ve made and tag my FB business page Emily J Artist and Photographer. Sharing is caring!
Now I have a birthday gift for you! I decided that this year I would celebrate my birthday with a giveaway.

The Prizes:


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One grand prize winner will receive a free on location lifestyle/documentary session, 10 gift prints (8×10 or smaller) and a custom painted portrait printed on an 8×10 framed canvas.



One first Prize winner will receive a free on location lifestyle/documentary session with 5 gift prints (8×10 or smaller).


Three second prize winners will receive a free on location lifestyle mini-session with 3 gift prints (8×10 or smaller).

***Contest is now closed. Winners will be posted shortly. Thank you to all who participated!***

How to Enter:

Simply comment on this post answering one or all of the following questions. Each answer should be a separate comment and counts as one entry.

What holds you back from existing in photos?

What is your favorite way to display your photos?

What is your favorite photo of you or your family (feel free to share it!)?

You can gain an additional point for sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, and G+. Simply comment with a link to where you shared the post publicly. You can share once per platform.

***Contest is now closed. Winners will be posted shortly. Thank you to all who participated!***

Winners will be selected by a random draw. Each participant can only win one prize. A blog post sharing a video of the draw and winner announcement will be posted July 31st.