December 2, 2013Meet Donna Mibus And Her Fantastic Mid-Century Inspired Artwork PLUS Win One of Donna’s Paintings In Our Christmas Giveaway! – UPDATE: Contest Closed And Winner Choosen!
Hey everyone, RetroRuth here! We are continuing our streak of wonderful new sponsors for the blog and I am very pleased to introduce the talented Donna Mibus and her fantastic mid-century inspired works of art. We are very excited for this one, because not only is Donna a fantastic addition to our blog, but she is also going to be giving away THIS gorgeous painting to a lucky reader!
Isn’t it fab? It is a 16″ X 20″ on back stapled canvas, ready to hang (no frame required). Make sure you leave a comment at the end of the post to be entered into the giveaway!
Thank you for the warm welcome, Ruth! I’m proud to be a sponsor on your great blog.
I began painting towards the end of 2011. It all started in a very roundabout way. I have always loved vintage church banners, especially the felt ones with simple designs, and so I set out to make some for my church. I started using a program on my computer to create the banner designs. These are a few of the banners I have made for my church.
In between designing banners, I would play around with the computer program to create pictures of rooms filled with Mid Century Modern decor. I’m crazy about Mid Century Modern furniture, art, lamps, you name it. Around the same time as this I began teaching my grandchildren art, and I purchased a bunch of paint for us to use in class. These are my granddaughters Kayla and Audrey.
As I was playing around on the computer one day, creating another Mid Century Modern room, I thought, “I wonder if I could do this with paint?” I simplified the design and chose three elements from the room: a Mid Century chair, a Mid Century lamp, and a Mid Century piece of artwork. This is how my very first painting came to be. I called it my “chair” painting. I stuck a cat in the chair because I like cats. These are my first four paintings. I later painted a cat in the lower right chair, and that painting was the first one I sold on Etsy.
I fell in love with this new hobby and could not wait to paint another piece. And another piece. And another. Soon I had nowhere to store these completed paintings. My husband suggested selling them and my daughter told me about Etsy. Thus came about the opening of my Etsy Shop in February 2012.
No doubt I’ve had this love-to-paint gene in me all along. My mother oil painted when I was a child. I vividly remember the smell of turpentine while she happily painted little landscape scenes on round discs of wood. She had to put her hobby on the back burner when I was around five though, in order single-handedly raise me and my sisters. She did not paint again until she was in her 60s. This is one of my favorite paintings she did. I treasure it! Has a mid century feel to it, don’t you think?
I am inspired by photos I see on the internet of Mid Century items. (Pinterest has been especially helpful). This Henry Glass chair is a favorite of mine, so it shows up in a lot of my paintings.
The Egg Chair is also another favorite of mine. Did you know there were two kinds of Egg Chairs? I tell about them on my Facebook page.
But nothing says “Mid Century Modern” more than the Eero Aarnio Ball Chair.
Another Mid Century passion of mine is gravel art. It is so fun! The bottom design was inspired by a gravel art piece I found at an estate sale.
Not sure if the 70s is considered “Mid Century”, but I greatly enjoy things from that decade as well. Especially the Mod colors. When I spotted this 70s canister on Pinterest I knew instantly how I’d use that groovy color combination.
Tikis are another Mid Century icon that I love. They make appearances in many of my paintings.
The print side of my work came about in a roundabout way, too. Earlier in the year I painted some large paintings for an Illinois company who was opening up some small cafes. They contacted me a few months later needing more artwork. Unfortunately there was no way I could hand paint all the artwork they were needing. I got to thinking and researching and finally came upon online “print on demand” sites, where they take your photo of your art and print it onto a canvas. It seemed the perfect solution! But you need a really good photo to produce a really good print and I take crummy photos. Then it hit me – I already had super good photos in my digital designs, and they would work great for canvas prints. Problem solved, and a happy ending for all, because but for trying to find a solution for this great company, I would never have thought of turning my digital designs into prints. Below is a photo of one of the paintings I did for the cafe, alongside a canvas print. (the print is on the left)
When I’m not working on my art I greatly enjoy being a wife, mother and grandma. I home school my 7 year old grandson, Landon. Most days I’m up before 5:00 in order to work on my art before we begin our school day. This is Landon and our school room.
I feel so blessed that I stumbled upon this hobby at 50. Fifty. Half a century, or Mid Century… (you think there’s a connection???) It brings me great joy each and every day.
If you find yourself in Illinois near the Chicago area, and happen upon a new cafe called Stella’s Place, be sure to check it out. It’s decorated in Mid Century Modern furnishings, and you will find a few of my pieces there.
Thank you for taking the time to read about me! Please stop by and visit me on my Facebook page. If you are interested in purchasing an original work, please visit my Etsy shop! To purchase my prints, please visit my website, Imagekind, and Artist Rising.
Thank you, Donna! Your work is fantastic!
Folks, if you want to enter this awesome Christmas giveaway to win this original painting from Donna, please leave a comment below!
The giveaway will close on December 22rd at midnight EST and the winner announced on December 23rd. Should be an awesome Christmas present for someone!
(Please note, this giveaway is for US & Canadian Residents only.)