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December 2, 2013

Meet 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!

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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But nothing says “Mid Century Modern” more than the Eero Aarnio Ball Chair.

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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.

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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.

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Tikis are another Mid Century icon that I love. They make appearances in many of my paintings.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Please leave a comment below to be entered!

UPDATE! Comments are closed and a winner has been chosen. Please see this post for the winner!

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.)

Good Luck!

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412 Responses to Meet 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!

  1. Nancy Hansen

    December 2, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I love the colors too!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you, Nancy!

    • Sheila

      December 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      I am so inspired after reading the story! I have long been a fan of your artwork, and it has been a delight to read about you and hear what makes you tick. Your paintings are mesmerizing, and I would be honored to have one hanging in my home. Thank you for sharing your beautiful artwork with us!

      • Donna Mibus

        December 4, 2013 at 9:35 am

        Thank you, Sheila!

    • Brenda Poole

      December 9, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      I have two of Donna’s pieces hanging in our MCM ManCave. I absolutely adore them and Donna is such a neat lady as well! I just turned fifty myself so from one MCM Lady to another – Cheers, Donna!

      • Donna Mibus

        December 10, 2013 at 7:20 am

        Thank you, Brenda! Good luck in the drawing!

    • catherine

      December 16, 2013 at 6:08 am

      I LOVE your work!! I gasped when I saw the painting you’re giving away because I’m a “cat lady” that has a black cat that is 15 years old, and I’d love to have it for my living room!! Thanks for the opportunity!! I hope I win, I hope I win, I hope I win…

      • Donna Mibus

        December 31, 2013 at 8:19 am

        Thank you for entering, Catherine! I’m a “cat lady” too! :-)

  2. deb

    December 2, 2013 at 6:45 am

    I would LOVE to win this!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you, Deb!

  3. Laura

    December 2, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Love her paintings – would love to win one!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks, Laura!

  4. dee

    December 2, 2013 at 7:15 am

    These paintings are great! Would love to win one! Headed to her facebook page & Etsy to check out her stuff. Thanks for sharing Donna’s story!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you, Dee!

  5. Christa C

    December 2, 2013 at 8:24 am

    These are so much fun! I love them!( especially the addition of kitties!)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you, Christa! :-)

  6. Mike Posey

    December 2, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I love your pairings! As a pop culture professor, your work resonates at the iconic and whimsical level with me. As a MId-Century Modern fan, the colors and subject matter are great! Keep up the great work!!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks Mike! (Piper is darling)

  7. Vicki Kubiak

    December 2, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Yes, I want it!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Good luck, Vicki!

  8. Brad Ryan

    December 2, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Your color palette and use of authentic MCM furniture and décor makes your work really stand out. Love the cat as well. Thank you.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:39 am

      Thank you, Brad! I am so grateful for Pinterest these days, because I find most of the pictures of MCM furniture there that I use in my paintings. They just don’t seem to make fun furniture anymore like they did back then. Good luck in the drawing!

  9. Jim brewster

    December 2, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Fantastic and inspirational works. I love them!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Thank you, Jim!

  10. Karen McBride

    December 2, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I LOVE Donna’s work, and even have a couple of pieces. I already have a place in mind for this one!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Hi Karen! Thank you for entering. Good luck!

  11. Angelia

    December 2, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Love love live all these paintings!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Thank you, Angelia!

  12. Alan Clark

    December 2, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I love your work. I plan to visit Stella’s Place just to see it in person. Congratulations on you newfound passion.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks, Alan. Wish I lived closer to the Chicago area because I would visit there too! They’ve done such a nice job on the place.

  13. Alison

    December 2, 2013 at 9:27 am

    My daughter and I love Donnas work. Kitties are our favorite animal and I know Beth would love this painting!!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks Alison! (and Beth!)

  14. Julie Broadbent

    December 2, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Love the color palette Donna uses in her paintings. I must find the time to paint again.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Thank you, Julie. Yes! DO find the time to paint again! (I highly recommend it to everyone)

  15. Lalita Amos

    December 2, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Wow! Just wow!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Thank you, Lalita! :-)

  16. Laura Ainsworth

    December 2, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I love Donna’s paintings, too. I just discovered her through the “This is Vintage Now” newsletter we were both in, and found we both live in Dallas. Looking forward to getting together next weekend to see her art in person. I live in a 1955 restored Midcentury ranch house (I grew up in it, then later bought it back as a bank repo). I am a singer whose style is informed by the lounge jazz singers of the ’50s and ’60s whom my late sax man dad played with. I hope that she might be interested in creating some album or single cover art for me.

    I’m also glad to have discovered this blog. I’ll check it out fully (I’m the type of person who flew to Palm Springs just to take the Midcentury Modern home tour, so this is right up my alley).

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      Thank you, Laura! Looking forward to meeting you in person. LOVE your music!

  17. Claudia

    December 2, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Thanks for explaining how you started, Donna, and what inspires you. I’m proud to have one of your paintings hanging in my living room. Now if I could only find one of those ball chairs to put underneath it. At least I have the black cats ; >

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Hi Claudia! Ha! I would love a ball chair too! :-) Thanks for entering!

  18. erika villegas

    December 2, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Love your art work! This would be the perfect addition to this cat lover (allergic) that can’t have cats anymore.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Thanks Erika! Bummer on the allergies. My husband is the same way. At least with most cats. He doesn’t seem to be allergic to Siamese or Persians, so that is what our two are.

  19. Stephanie Wheeler

    December 2, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Love her style! She is super talented!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you so much, Stephanie!

  20. Queen of Fifty Cents

    December 2, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Would look FABULOUS in my MCM home!!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Thank you, Queen of Fifty Cents!

  21. Elena

    December 2, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I recently discovered Donna’s artwork, and I absolutely love it! So nice to read about her journey as an artist. My Christmas wish list includes one of her prints, hard to decide which one.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Thank you, Elena! :-)

  22. Leslie Manley

    December 2, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Ilove the retro or mid-century look – as an artist myself I truly appreciate all of Donna’s art and especially the kitties – I am a cat lover too. Good luck to Donna – a new friend of mine!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you, Leslie! You paint AWESOME animals! :-)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you, Leslie!

  23. sara

    December 2, 2013 at 11:15 am

    i love the stylized cats, esp their ears!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you, Sara!

  24. kevin

    December 2, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Cats? Check! MCM vibe? Check! Great colors? Check! A spot in my home waiting for it? Check! Great stuff – I’d love to win one!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you, Kevin! (your comment made me chuckle…)

  25. Poodle

    December 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Donna is one of the most pleasant and professional artists I’ve ever worked with. I already have a couple of her small paintings in my home, but would be thrilled to have a third! Her work is gorgeous.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you, Poodle! Good luck in the drawing! :-)

  26. Luann

    December 2, 2013 at 11:59 am

    This painting would be amazing in my 1967 ranch. Love hearing about your process Donna; your grandchildren are incredibly lucky to have such a creative grandma.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:36 am

      Oh thank you, Luann! I think I’m incredibly lucky to have such precious grandchildren (I love being “Grandma”!) Good luck in the drawing. :-)

  27. Renatto Segura

    December 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I’ve been fortunate to exchange a few Facebook messages with Donna Mibus (about the purchase of some of her prints). From what I experienced, she takes the time to answer to her fans, even if its not just about purchasing her original paintings. I thank her for her help and want her to know that her art and her kindness has made me a loyal collector of her work.
    I purchased 3 of her prints and can’t wait to purchase more, and perhaps owning an original of her work.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      Oh thank you so much, Renatto! Your words mean so much to me. :-)

  28. Desirae Day

    December 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    These are pretty amazing. I love the fact that there are cats in almost every painting. :)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you, Desirae! :-)

  29. Kathy Goldsmith

    December 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I love these paintings. I have them all on my Pinterest boards. I love the vintage feel and the cats. A combination of many of my loves.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Thank you, Kathy!

  30. Lisa Pill-Simon

    December 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    As a fellow artist, I can relate to Donna’s artistic style…I just LOVE her work! And as a long-time collector of MCM furnishings and accessories, her work fits right in with any MCM decor. She is super talented and I would be proud to display one of her pieces in my home!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Lisa! Good luck on the drawing.

  31. Jennifer Pickard

    December 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I love these!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you, Jennifer!

  32. Benjamin

    December 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Great stuff!!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you, Benjamin!

  33. Lauren Bradley

    December 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I would love this painting!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Thank you, Lauren! Good luck!

  34. dkzody

    December 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Oh, my, swoon, such great pictures on this post. Love them all. The furniture in that store photo is just so amazing and perfect in every way for my house. All of the artwork is fantastically suited for our 70s house.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you, dkzody! I agree about the furniture in the store being amazing… I want it all!

  35. Cathy

    December 2, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Donna was my neighbor. We miss her and her paintings since she moved. Maybe I’ll win this and I wagon,t miss her so much.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Hi Cathy! I miss you guys, too! Good luck on the drawing! :-)

  36. Marci

    December 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    This painting is everything I could ever want in a MCM decoration. LOVE the colors, love the shapes, love the cat! Two thumbs up from me and two more from my husband. Keep up the great work!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Thank you so much, Marci!

  37. georgiapeachez

    December 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Fabulous, would love to win this.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you, Georgiapeachez!

  38. Maria Padilla

    December 2, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I so enjoy your art. Not only very nice to look at but gives you a fun happy feeling. My boys also love your work.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you, Maria! :-) Your comment makes me happy!

  39. tammyCA

    December 2, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Cool! Donna is so talented..I think I have seen her work on Etsy. It’s great that she discovered her talent and to get commissions..the cafe looks really neat. I sure wish I had a talent for painting, but no, I’ve tried. Thanks for a chance to win one of her works!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you, TammyCA! :-)

  40. Lisa Madrid

    December 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I just discovered Donna’s work on one of my Facebook group and I must say I am mad for it! I have been sharing her link to other pages hoping to get others interested as well.

    I own a vintage store in Elgin, IL and am hoping to be able to carry some of her pieces in my shop soon. Of course, I would love to win the one she is offering for my own home!

    Keep up the fun work, Donna!!! I’ll do my best to spread the word about your awesomeness!!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      Thank you, Lisa! Retro A Gogo is such a great shop!

  41. Scout Paget

    December 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Simply super – each one is a delight. To think that Donna had all of this inside of her waiting until the great age of 50 to get out. That’s an inspiration! It would be a pleasure to win this wonderful piece.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      Thank you so much, Scout! :-)

  42. Teressa Burleson

    December 2, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I discovered your art on facebook a few weeks ago and immediately fell in love with it!! We just recently redecorated our house in mid century and can’t wait to have a couple of your pieces hanging in our dining room! We looked at them every night last weektrying to decide which ones we want to purchase. TOUGH decision! We LOVE THEM ALL! :) Maybe we will get LUCKY and only have to decide on 1!! :)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Thanks so much, Teressa!

  43. Erica

    December 2, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    This artwork is great! I love MCM style, but not much wall art I can find from the era. Would love to have this on my wall!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      Thank you, Erica! Good luck!

  44. Martha

    December 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    What can I say. I love your art work, it would look beautiful in my home!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      Thank you Martha :-)

  45. Kristin

    December 2, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    I have always wanted to try my hand at painting. I wasn’t the best student in art class though, lol.

    Beautiful work and I love the colors!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      Thank you Kristin!

  46. Julie

    December 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I know a little girl who would love your “space kitties” (I’ll call them) paintings. I’m so impressed with how perfectly crisp your lines are!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks so much Julie!

  47. Lindsay Henderson

    December 2, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Beautiful work Donna! They really personify the MCM look. I especially love the cats. I would love to hang one of these paintings in my home.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks, Lindsay! Good luck!

  48. Katie

    December 2, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    This is wonderful! I want them all.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you, Katie!

  49. Kathryn

    December 2, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    What fun paintings! I’m off to her Etsy shop!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      Thank you, Kathryn! I hope to have more paintings in stock after the Christmas holidays. :-)

  50. Teresa

    December 2, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I love MCM! These would be so perfect in my 1955 ranch house. I even have a black cat. These look like so much fun to do. Keep up the great work!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      Thank you, Teresa! They ARE fun to do (I would even say addicting!)

  51. Purple Pineapple

    December 2, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I’m so proud of you, Donna. We knew you when you began creating banners for our church. I’m enjoying your adventure of self-discovery in your mid-century years. I’m in my 50′s too. Since you you’ve done it, I’m hoping to find my undiscovered talent, too. You’re an inspiration!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Thank you, Purple Pineapple! :-)

  52. charity johns

    December 2, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    We love Donna’s work at Stella’s cafe! We especially love the dog she was able to create for us, he is a great match for the cat!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you, Charity! I am delighted to be working with you guys!

  53. Patti Murphy

    December 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Donna’s paintings are amazing! They are beyond stylish, they are crazy beautiful. I get this feeling looking at them…well they remind me of my mom. and living in San Franscisco in the late 50′s early 60′s. Every time I see one I smile.

    I cannot begin to count how many people have admired the Donna Mibus I have in my living room. You just want to step into the painting and kick back with a drink and some cool cats……

    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Oh thank you, Patti! You are so kind! :-)

  54. Kaiserbud

    December 2, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I purchased one of Donna’s paintings last year – she was kind enough to do a special one with a dog rather than a cat (I hate cats)… just kiddin. :-) Anyway – I see this one is up for grabs (even though it has a cat) and I cannot pass that up – especially with her talent! I wonder if a real chair comes with the pic? No matter – I am still happy from the pic I already bought!

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    • Donna Mibus

      December 2, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Thank you, Kaiserbud! I am glad you are still enjoying your painting. :-)

  55. jbsews

    December 2, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Donna! These are fabulous!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 3, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Thank you, jbsews! Good luck in the drawing! (wish I could sew…)

  56. Jen

    December 2, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Wow, such cool artwork and what a great story to go along with it! I’m always encouraging people to follow up on their interests because they don’t know where it’ll end up, and enrich them regardless—Donna is a really superb example of that! Heading over to check out her website right now. :)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 3, 2013 at 7:27 am

      Thank you, Jen!

  57. Robert Michael Herbert

    December 3, 2013 at 12:01 am

    i have kandinsky and have considered perrou and el gato gomez, but i think donna’s work is the best fit for my home. win or not i will buy her work.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 3, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Thank you so much, Robert! WHAT a compliment! I greatly admire those artists. :-)

  58. Laura

    December 3, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Love, LOVE, L.O.V.E.!!!! THIS! on a side note, if I were to win the painting I would hang it on my aqua wall and train my black cat to sit below it. =]

    • Donna Mibus

      December 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Love it! Then all you’d need is the white ball chair. :-) Thank you, Laura!

  59. Carmen

    December 3, 2013 at 2:53 am

    I’m in love with your work! You are a master at your style….Your use of color and composition ROCK! This piece would look fabulous in my MC ranch home. Keep doing your thing!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Thank you, Carmen! Good luck in the drawing. And not to worry… I will definitely keep doing my thing! :-)

  60. Denise Beverly

    December 3, 2013 at 3:06 am

    I really like your images, the banners for church are very lovely as well. Thanks for sharing.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 3, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Thanks so much, Denise!

  61. Irene

    December 3, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Loving them!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 3, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Thank you, Irene!

  62. Hope

    December 3, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Love your work Donna! Been Following you at Atomic Ranch!
    Meow!
    >’.’<

    • Donna Mibus

      December 3, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Thank you, Hope! Atomic Ranch is great!

  63. Mia

    December 3, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I love everything about this. I reached the MC mark myself this year and these paintings resonate with me. I want everything I see! Love the artist; love the work.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 8:13 am

      Thank you, Mia! 50 is a great age, don’t you think??

  64. Jackie Jernigan

    December 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I couldn’t decide on just one. Love something about each one. Also like that you showed your inspiration items above. Every chair needs a cat…. LOVE your paintings!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:00 am

      Thank you, Jackie! Glad to see your comment made it on here. :-) Funny you should say that about how every chair needs a cat. In the beginning I thought maybe non-cat people would prefer a painting without a cat in it, so I listed one on Etsy that had the chair empty. It just sat there. So…months later I took it and painted a cat sitting in the chair and relisted it. Boom it sold! (cats sell) LOL

  65. Alyssa

    December 3, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Love her paintings! I’ve been following her Etsy shop for a few months now and was just about to put one of her paintings on my X-mas wish list!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 8:12 am

      Thank you, Alyssa!

  66. Maureen

    December 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I love these paintings, especially the ones with the tiki! How wonderful to be able to create such lovely work.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 3, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Thank you, Maureen! :-)

  67. Elizabeth Mobley

    December 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Pick me!!!!! Pick me :-)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Good luck Elizabeth!

  68. Diana McNally

    December 3, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    These paintings are so bright and beautiful! Plus, an additional cat in the house would be amazing! (We already have 2 real ones!)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 8:05 am

      Thanks so much, Diana!

  69. jonnelle

    December 3, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Oh I LOVE the painting! The colors are great and such a hip kitty :)

    I would love to be entered into the giveaway. Thank you for being so generous!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 8:05 am

      Thank you, Jonnelle!

  70. Tony D'Antimo

    December 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    The painting by your mother invokes (for me) outside Washington Square, New York. 1940′s Newspaper stand. It’s beautiful! As for Your paintings, they are fun, creative paintings with interesting subjects and retro colors.Thankyou for sharing.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 8:08 am

      Thank you, Tony! I love my mother’s paintings so much. Good luck in the drawing!

  71. Adam Hesyck

    December 3, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Love it, a modern classic.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Thank you, Adam! Good luck!

  72. Elizabeth

    December 3, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Your work is beautiful! I, too, grew up admiring the church banners, so seeing yours was a pleasant memory. Reading the story of coming back to the love of art that your mother began was inspiring, and a reminder that it’s never too late to try something new – and to share it with others. Love the Mid-century style, the sci-fi feels, the chairs, the tikis, and the kittehs (they remind me of a TV lamp I have :) Thank you for sharing. I’d love to be the winner!
    Elizabeth Finch
    BTW – I’ll share your work with others who share our similar interests!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Thank you for your kind words, Elizabeth! And thank you also for sharing my work with other mid century fans. :-)

  73. Janice

    December 3, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I love your work Donna, especially the Cat in the Ball Chair.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Thank you, Janice!

  74. Stacey

    December 3, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I love the art! The cat even looks like mine. My retro living room is asking for a print to add to the wall.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 8:11 am

      Thank you, Stacey! Good luck!

  75. Kim Smith

    December 3, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I recently came across Donna’s art online and have fallen in love with everything I’ve seen of hers! Thanks for sharing this inspiring interview!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 8:11 am

      Thanks so much, Kim!

  76. michelle

    December 4, 2013 at 4:19 am

    holy cow…these paintings are awesome….i wish i had 1/2 the talent she does…i can barely stay in the lines while coloring! so kool….

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 8:03 am

      Thank you, Michelle!

  77. Meghan Z.

    December 4, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Donna’s work is great. Mid-century and cats, two of my favorite things!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you, Meghan!

  78. Toni Reiss

    December 4, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Cool beans!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks, Toni!

  79. Amy Burger

    December 4, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Love these and would love to win!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks, Amy! Good luck!

  80. Mendy

    December 4, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I recently found her artwork and am in love with it! I own 2 pieces so far:)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      Good luck, Mendy! :)

  81. Reggie Balcom

    December 4, 2013 at 10:53 am

    First Class Work!….It speaks for itself!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      Thank you so much, Reggie!

  82. MIchael Coyle

    December 4, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Wow. One of these would look great along side our El Gato and Robert Atom!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you, Michael!

  83. Heather

    December 4, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Donna is a very talented artist. She is very passionate abut her work and works patiently with you to create the perfect painting. Mine is hanging in my living room and receives loads of compliments.
    I love her work and she is a great artist to feature here. Be sure to check out her Etsy Shop.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you for such kind words, Heather! :-)

  84. ladakini

    December 4, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I am a huge fan of Donna’s work. Three pieces hang in my office.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you, Ladakini! ps – I bought myself a wall clock like yours only it has all walnut spikes, instead of the multicolored ones on yours. Mid Century clocks are such fun!

  85. Amy Rosen

    December 4, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I love your work and I love cats!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you, Amy!

  86. Scott S.

    December 4, 2013 at 11:47 am

    The colors in Donna’s beautiful paintings look great in our veterinary clinic!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      In your veterinary clinic? I love it! Good luck in the drawing, Scott!

  87. Steve

    December 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I recently bought 3 paintings from Donna on etsy, and I love them! I love how the cat itself seems to have mid century lines.s

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Thank you, Steve! :-) Good luck!

  88. Andrea

    December 4, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I ordered a painting from Donna as a Christmas gift for my mom. She is great to work with and makes sure you have exactly what you want.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you, Andrea! Hope your mom loves her gift! :-)

  89. Dana Elliott

    December 4, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I purchased a custom painting from Donna last summer. She was a dream to work with, and the painting came out even better in person than looking at it online!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you, Dana! I enjoyed working with you as well. :-)

  90. Julianne Kirst

    December 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I just purchased two of your acrylics for my son and daughter-in-law for Christmas. They love your artwork! Thank you for wrapping them so carefully and shipping them post haste. It is a pleasure to do business with you, Donna. Julianne

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you, Julianne! :-)

  91. David Hennessee

    December 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I love Donna’s work, even more after reading this blog!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Thanks so much, David!

  92. Jamie Stockin

    December 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Donna this is so COOL! Great article….long overdue. I want an “AWESOME” Christmas gift especially from you!

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    Jamie

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Thank you, Jamie! Good luck in the drawing! :-)

  93. Melissa Black

    December 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    It would be purrr-fect in my Tiki-lounge Donna! Love it!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Tiki-lounge! Love it! Thank you, Melissa!

  94. Shirleigh Brannon

    December 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Donna captures the spirit of Mid Century modern so beautifully – it’s like Christmas Day 1956 to look at one of her paintings!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      oh thank you, Shirleigh! What a nice thing to say. :-)

  95. linda h

    December 4, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I do like cats although I am allergic. I like mid century cat figurines since I can’t have a real cat. Yep, I like cat- themed art!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Good luck in the drawing, Linda!

  96. Lee C

    December 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I ran across Donna’s work some time ago and fell in love with it. I’m happy to say we have her art hanging in our house and we’ve given some of her work as special gifts! Always fun and interesting!!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 5, 2013 at 6:33 am

      Thank you, Lee! Good luck!

  97. Christen Edwards

    December 4, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    you’re work is awesome, Donna!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 5, 2013 at 6:35 am

      Thank you, Christen! Hope Atomic Wigs is doing well!

  98. Stephanie

    December 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Donna – your website is amazing! I love your work. I just had to put my kitty cat to sleep this August after her long 23 year life. She was a black kitty just like in your paintings and it really brings back memories for me.

    The 50′s is so hot right now and you have really captured it well!!

    Stephanie

    • Donna Mibus

      December 5, 2013 at 6:38 am

      Thank you, Stephanie! I’ve never had a cat live THAT long. You obviously provided a VERY good home for her. (some cats are very blessed) :-)

  99. Kori Sanders

    December 4, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Simply fabulous work! The designs of the 60′s are incredible and it’s wonderful to see you keeping them alive!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 5, 2013 at 6:39 am

      Thank you, Kori! Good luck in the drawing. :-)

  100. Anonymous

    December 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I have a Beautiful painting of yours ( with a black cat in it ) …….looks like my cat Spookey !!!
    I LOVE your work !!! If I was lucky enough to win this painting……I WOULD BE SMILING EAR TO EAR !!!
    YOUR AWESOME DONNA !

    LINDA

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 8:28 am

      Thank you for entering, Linda! :-)

  101. LeAnn Doolin

    December 4, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Donna- I absolutely love your work! I have purchased several of your paintings now…some for me…some for a friend and boyfriend. I love that at the ‘mid-century’ of your life you picked up the brush and are giving us all joy. Thank you for sharing your takent and your story. It is very inspiring! Best Holiday Wishes. =)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:32 am

      Merry Christmas to you, too, LeAnn! Best of luck in the drawing!

  102. Joe Paullus

    December 4, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Fabulous artwork!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Thank you, Joe! :-)

  103. Jacki Anderson

    December 4, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    I love Donna’s designs and have been a fan of her art since I discovered it on Etsy! The article is very inspiring as I just turned 50 recently, and it gives me hope that the future can hold new things for me too. I love creating collage art using vintage photos, ephemera, etc., so maybe I’ll make a little more time for that. PS Donna, I adore your mother’s painting. What a treasure.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:30 am

      oh go for it, Jacki! Definitely MAKE time for your collage art. It sounds great! Good luck in the drawing. :-)

  104. Danielle

    December 4, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Donna your paintings are beyond awesome!! I love each and every one that I have! We have received so many compliments! You rock!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:27 am

      Hi Danielle! Good luck to you and Mike in the drawing! :-)

  105. Terri

    December 5, 2013 at 2:48 am

    I love my artwork from Donna. I hope to get more!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:26 am

      Thank you, Terri! Good luck in the drawing. :-)

  106. evlynne householder

    December 5, 2013 at 3:05 am

    Be still my heart. I love black cats I’ve had three in a row. But I digress. Darling Husband and I are slowly purchasing mid century modern furniture for our home. I am looking at everything from Art to Rugs. I love your style. The cats definitely get me but I love the colors, the furniture choices. All great. Your church programs remind me very much of my church which is Epsicopal. Each one spoke to me,took me back to another place. I have liked your FB page and will follow you.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:26 am

      oh thank you, Evlynne! I feel the same way about some church banners…that they “speak” to me in some way. Have fun with decorating your home! And thank you for liking my FB Page. :-)

  107. Erica F.

    December 5, 2013 at 4:13 am

    I love these paintings! I grew up with furniture almost identical to this. This brings back fun memories!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Thank you, Erica! I grew up with furniture similar to this, too. Now I’m wishing our family had kept some of it!

  108. Donna Mibus

    December 5, 2013 at 6:40 am

    :-) Thank you, Linda! What a great name for a black cat – Spookey!

  109. Courtney

    December 5, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I love her work!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:23 am

      Thank you, Courtney! I wish you luck in the drawing! :-)

  110. Michelle Morlan

    December 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Donna,
    What an interesting article and so nice to see your grandkids hard at work painting!
    I loved hearing the story about your journey, and seeing your banner designs is such a treat.
    Cheers,
    Michelle

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Hey Michelle! I am still enjoying the stamps you made for me (makes our Asian art so much more authentic looking). Good luck in the drawing! :-)

  111. Nikki Reynolds

    December 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Donna, I love your style and the fact that kitties feature prominently in your art. :)
    Retro Kitty chic!

    I bought one of your pieces last year and would love to have another. :)
    All the best to you from Montana!

    Nikki

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:20 am

      Hi Nikki! All the best to you, too! And good luck on the drawing. :-)

  112. Orlando Reyes

    December 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    It is such a pleasure when you can find an artist who captures the kind of work that you enjoy and that their artwork shows the passion they have to create it. I would have one in every room if I could :) Keep creating, any plans to include little doggies or monkeys? :)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:20 am

      Thank you for your kind words, Orlando! :-) I’ve done a few dogs, mostly back views as they sit staring out windows. I’m trying to improve on them (let’s just say I’m much better at painting cats…)

  113. Courtney Chandler

    December 5, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I love your paintings so much! My home decor is all mid century and it would fit perfectly! Fingers crossed for a win! ;)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:13 am

      Good luck, Courtney! I wish my home décor were all mid century. I think that’s one reason I enjoy painting mid century décor so much, because I don’t have the real life thing.

  114. Carla

    December 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Love love LOVE these paintings! They combine two of my favorite things and the colors are purrrrfect! Fabulous!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:11 am

      Love your purrrrrfect comment, Carla! Good luck in the drawing!

  115. Becky

    December 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Love this! My cat Rufus and I think that cool cat would look fabulous hanging in our home!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Good luck, Becky and Rufus! :-)

  116. Patty

    December 5, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Love the painting! The cats remind me so much of the Pink Panther and watching the movie with my father who would laugh hysterically at the antics of Inspector Clouseau! I have 2 scupltures of mid century cats, one of my favorite and most fun finds! 50′s and 60′s…a softer gentler time for sure, our children should’ve been so lucky to grow up during these innocent years! I downsized, bought a mid century ranch rambler and have been reliving my youth one piece of furniture at a time! For this Christmas I bought a silver tree and color wheel..we’re having a blast in our middle age, well, a bit beyond that! So glad I found this site, will be back alot!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Silver tree with a color wheel…how awesome that sounds! I should dig up some old Christmas photos from my youth and post them on my Facebook page. It does bring back memories of happy (and yes, innocent) times, looking at old photos. Good luck, Patty!

  117. mausfrau

    December 5, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Beautiful! I love the palettes, and what an inspiring story!!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:07 am

      Thanks so much, Mausfrau! Colors are intoxicating…and so many glorious ones to choose from! :-)

  118. Kristine

    December 5, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Oh *swoooooon* (and a black cat like mine too!!) I <3. if I don't win I must buy one…but I hope I win! :)
    Kristine~

    • Donna Mibus

      December 6, 2013 at 8:06 am

      Thank you, Kristine! I wish you luck! :-)

  119. Kathy

    December 5, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    I absolutely love these pieces and your style! So glad I stumbled across this post!!!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      Thank you, Kathy! :D

  120. Leanne

    December 5, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    I love your paintings. I also love your church banners. I would LOVE to win the painting with the cooooool cat in the coooool room. :o)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 7, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Thank you, Leanne! Thank you for loving the church banners too (they are a labor of love). Good luck!

  121. Sarah E. White

    December 6, 2013 at 12:25 am

    These are amazing! I would love that for my office/studio!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 7, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Good luck, Sarah!

  122. Susan

    December 6, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Gorgeous! I love your work.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Thank you, Susan. Good luck!

  123. Liz

    December 6, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Wow! Love your paintings!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 7, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks, Liz! :-)

  124. lynda husted

    December 6, 2013 at 9:28 am

    always love any artwork that has a black cat or two in it :)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 7, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you, Lynda! Good luck!

  125. Kathryn DiPasqua

    December 6, 2013 at 9:58 am

    My cat Olive and I would love to have this fab, super-mod piece!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 7, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      Good luck, Kathryn (and Olive!) :-)

  126. dena

    December 6, 2013 at 11:57 am

    beautiful! I like the simplicity! This would look awesome in my apt. =D

    • Donna Mibus

      December 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      Thank you, Dena! :D

  127. PhiPhi

    December 6, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    These paintings are so amazing and combine my two favorite things, kitties and mid century style! Fabulous

    • Donna Mibus

      December 7, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      Same here, PhiPhi – they are two of my favorite things too! Good luck!

  128. Helen Zachary

    December 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Donna,
    I LOVE LOVE your work! I have two and they make me smile every time I look at them.Hopefully I will be getting another soon!
    Helen

    • Donna Mibus

      December 7, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Hi Helen! Good luck in the drawing!

  129. Jim Young

    December 6, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Fun art that really captures the feel of the Mid Century! Thanks for sharing so we can see these! Cool cat too, BTW!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 7, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Jim! :-)

  130. kelly

    December 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I love my painting I bought last year!!!!!!!!!!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 8:31 am

      I’m so glad you are happy with the painting you bought, Kelly! Thank you for entering the contest. :-)

  131. Megan

    December 7, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Thank you for the giveaway Donna and Ruth! I’d love to win this beautiful painting for my home. I think it would go wonderfully in my entryway, which has turquoise accents (and usually a kitty too!)
    Donna, I also love the banners you made for your church. My Sunday School was decorated with that style of simple felt wall hangings and I always liked them too.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 7, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Thank you, Megan! It’s hard to find simple felt banners and wall hangings these days. I think the vintage ones are so quaint and meaningful BECAUSE OF their simplicity. Good luck in the drawing!

  132. Lindsay Goranson

    December 7, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I love these paintings! There is something so very modern about them while capturing the mid-century aesthetic. My passion is finding a way to incorporate meaningful mid-century principles into our so very modern lives. It’s like having a picture of that very principle. Lovely. Excited to be entered in the contest!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 7, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      Lindsay when I was a young girl I would pour over the Montgomery Ward catalog looking at the very modern furniture and accessories. I wanted so much go grow up and have a really modern space of my own! I’ve never stopped loving the modern look, but I have to say the mid century modern stuff takes me happily back to that Montgomery Ward catalog…

  133. Susan

    December 7, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I happen to have the picture that is being given away, I love it!!! It’s my first one and want to buy more!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 7, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Susan! If you are the winner you may select a different painting if you do not want a duplicate. :-)

  134. Christine

    December 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    The whole set is gorgeous! Found the contest painting in my current feed on Pinterest and followed the link back to here. Peace be with you :)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 7, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Thank you, Christine! Don’t you just love Pinterest? (I do!)

  135. Leigh

    December 7, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I am a huge fan of Donna’s work! She is very talented and a nice person as well! I hope I win!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 7, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      oh thank you, Leigh! Good luck in the drawing. :D

  136. Alison Elsner

    December 7, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Donna – WOW your artwork is AMAZING. I feel soooo GREAT after just spending time on your website, and reading about you, and looking at all of your beautiful creations…it’s truly art for the soul and spirit. You are incredibly talented! I will plan to order some prints and cards soon. In addition, you’ve totally inspired me. I’m artistic and inclined towards writing, and having just turned 50 myself and launching my own PR firm, I want to expand that part of my self expression!! So, you and your art give me the energy I need! Thank you for your incredible talent and graciousness. I will be honored to follow your work! :) -Alison in Palm Springs, CA

    • Donna Mibus

      December 8, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Thank you, Alison! Your comments mean a lot to me. I hope DO follow dreams and pursue your writing! All the best on your new PR firm, too!

  137. Kathy Tucker

    December 8, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I love the chair in the picture

    • Donna Mibus

      December 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Thank you, Kathy! Aren’t ball chairs, great? How fun it would be to curl up in one and read.

  138. Kim Campbell

    December 8, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Oh these are sooo amazing! I would love to win!

  139. Donna Mibus

    December 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you, Kim! Good luck in the drawing!

  140. Lee Williams

    December 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Love your artwork! I’m an Art teacher and I like to show examples of mid-century art to my students and it’s fun to see when the styles creep up into their work. I just bought two of your prints and love them. Keep up the good work!

    Lee

    • Donna Mibus

      December 9, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Wow, thank you Lee! I love that you teach art! And what a great idea to inspire your students with Mid century artwork!

  141. Chuck Thornton

    December 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Donna your art is so perfect for our 1955 ranch. We are thinking about where some of your *original* pieces might go and what we’d like to have done. You have really got us thinking, and it’s FUN!! Best of luck to you!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 9, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Thank you, Chuck! Happy you are having FUN with your planning! That’s what art should be about…having fun. :-) Good luck in the drawing.

  142. Deborah Hughes

    December 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    You are so talented!! Loved reading about your “journey” too.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 9, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Thank you for your kind words, Deborah! :D

  143. Ziad

    December 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Donna’s art is a lot of fun–it is both whimsical and colorful. You don’t have to be “into” Mid-Century to enjoy it and I think it goes well in various settings.

    If you’re lucky, you can talk her into a custom piece or two, as I am now.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 9, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Thank you, Ziad! Good luck in the drawing!

  144. Catherine Garcia

    December 8, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I love it so much!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 9, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Thank you, Catherine! Best of luck in the drawing. :D

  145. Uncle Atom

    December 9, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Very nice work Donna!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 10, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Thank you, Uncle Atom! :)

  146. KCBarbieQ

    December 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your artwork.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 10, 2013 at 7:22 am

      Thank you, KCBarbieQ! Good luck to you!

  147. Becky

    December 9, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I have admired Donna’s work on Etsy for months – would love to win this painting!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 10, 2013 at 7:22 am

      Hi Becky! Thank you for entering! Good luck!

  148. Nancy

    December 9, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    <3 this artwork!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 10, 2013 at 7:23 am

      Thanks, Nancy! Good luck in the drawing!

  149. Terri Carter

    December 9, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Donna – I just love your paintings! They make me happy. I would love to own a few. That’s a goal for the coming year. Thanks for the smiles and the warm fuzzies. I’m a cat person too so it’s a win-win as far as I’m concerned.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 10, 2013 at 7:24 am

      Hi Terri, thank you for your kind words! I’m so glad my work makes you happy. That’s my goal. :-)

  150. Pam Watson

    December 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I love all your work ! Great stuff!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 11, 2013 at 7:23 am

      Thanks so much, Pam! Good luck in the drawing. :-)

  151. Kelly Santaguida

    December 11, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    I Love this painting! It’s fabulous!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 8:32 am

      Thank you, Kelly! :-)

  152. Ella Rae

    December 11, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    What a lovely concept. :)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Thank you for entering, Ella Rae!

  153. Michelle

    December 12, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Love your cool cat painting.
    Thanks for creating a fantastic painting!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Hi Michelle, thank you for your kind words!

  154. Patty T

    December 12, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Just absolutely love all your work!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Thank you, Patty T!

  155. Renee Kowal

    December 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I love these paintings!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 8:36 am

      Thank you for entering, Renee!

  156. Jan D.

    December 13, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I am just getting into mid century modern design and your art expresses my tastes perfectly. I’m glad I ran across this blog and will continue to read it and to investigate your artwork. Thank-you!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 8:37 am

      Hi Jan, thank you for your kind words. :-)

  157. Jill H.K.

    December 14, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Adorable! The cat in your paintings reminds me of my late cat Mika <3

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Thank you for entering, Jill!

  158. Lew

    December 14, 2013 at 10:55 am

    The cats are a great touch. You should try Siamese in a black chair.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 8:55 am

      A Siamese in a black chair is a great idea, Lew! Thank you for suggesting it!

  159. Robin R-Gibson

    December 14, 2013 at 11:04 am

    WOW! Donna your work sings to me!
    I love everything about it.
    Thank you for sharing your story & fingers crossed I hope I win this amazing piece!
    Thanks for making “happy” art.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 8:56 am

      Oh thank you, Robin!

  160. Sierra

    December 14, 2013 at 11:17 am

    What lucky grand kids! My children will definitely be doing some painting today, thanks for he inspiration!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Hi Sierra, thank you! I’m a lucky Grandma!

  161. Mona Darling

    December 14, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Love these paintings!! And Donna is an inspiration – we should all keep finding new passions no matter what our age.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Thank you, Mona!

  162. Cindy Piselli

    December 14, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Donna I fell in love with your artwork as soon as I saw my favorite subjects – cats and mid century accessories. I love gravel art too. I like the tiki touches as well, and the chairs and……. well everything! Thank you.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 8:59 am

      Thank you for your kind words, Cindy! I looked at your blog and your costumes are awesome! You are an amazing sewer!

  163. Emily Schile

    December 14, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Love it! Such great color!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:00 am

      Thank you for entering, Emily!

  164. Jennifer

    December 14, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I just purchased two of Donna’s prints as a Christmas gift to myself! They look great in my vintage inspired home. I got one with a white cat and one with a black cat. They look just like my real cats! Love it!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:01 am

      Thank you for buying my prints, Jennifer! I’m so happy you are happy with them! :-)

  165. RetoSandie

    December 14, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Very interesting interview!!! It’s always nice to find out how an artist got started!! I love your work, especially those cats! Please enter me into the drawing! Thank you!!!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Thank you, Sandie! Love your blog. :-)

  166. Amandine E.

    December 14, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I love Donna’s work! Such a talented artist!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Thank you, Amandine! I love your etched glass stuff you are making.

  167. Julie

    December 14, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    This is absolutely amazing. How have I missed you on Etsy?? Win or not, I MUST own one of your pieces for my newly assembled “Mid Century/atomic cocktail room”!! Don’t let that stop you from starting me off with a win though ;)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:06 am

      Hi Julie, I bet your “mid century/atomic cocktail room” is awesome!

  168. Roseann

    December 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I follow Donna on a Mid-Century FB page an she is so incredibly talented!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Thank you for following me on Facebook, Roseann! And thank you for entering the contest. :-)

  169. Jenelle

    December 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Huge fan of yours AND everything Mid Century! I’m always so nostalgic for my growing up years.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Thank you, Jenelle! I’m nostalgic too. How I wish I had kept more things from my growing up years.

  170. Rhonda

    December 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Ruth and Donna! Thanks for the Mid Mod efforts! We all appreciate it

    Love the work you are doing.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Thank you, Rhonda! Isn’t this blog great??? I think so!

  171. Shelley Briggs

    December 14, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Your work is perfect in every way, the colors, style and subject matter are presented with such talent. I too have been a collector of MCM. I would LOVE an original piece of your work. I can not wait to see your Etsy and website. Thanks for sharing about yourself, your story is a real inspiration.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Thank you for your very kind words, Shelley! :-)

  172. Abeda DADABHOY

    December 14, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Simply put, her work is simply amazing!!!! Cannot find a word to describe how beautiful it is!!! Wish I could adorn my walls with all her work!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Thank you so much, Abeda! I have enjoyed getting to know you on Facebook. :-)

  173. Deb

    December 14, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I love your work Donna! I have been a major MCM fan for the past 20 years and live in a 1960 southern CA atomic ranch. I like the simplicity of your designs that captures iconic images and colors from the era. I like that you have a few prints with dogs now too!!! Keep creating!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:17 am

      Thank you, Deb! I would love to see photos of your atomic ranch. Seems the best MCM homes are on the west coast.

  174. Carolyn Kieft

    December 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Stunning work! I have always found it fascinating to hear how certain paintings were created and where an artist’s creative fire comes from. It means so much more to me to know why the artist created what they did and what inspired them to do so.

    Beautiful work! Off to check out the Etsy shop. :)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:19 am

      Thank you, Carolyn! I’m the same way. I love hearing what or who inspires other artists. My Etsy shop is woefully low on paintings currently due to working on some custom pieces. But I hope to replenish the supply after the New Year.

  175. Brandi

    December 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Donna, your paintings are so cool. I love the story behind how you started painting them, too. Cool stuff with a story is so much better than just cool stuff :)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:20 am

      Thank you, Brandi! :-) Your comment made me smile.

  176. Scott

    December 14, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Donna, great picture. My wife had a black cat named Sabrina, who lived up to here name.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:21 am

      That’s funny that Sabrina lived up to her name! Thank you for entering, Scott!

  177. Jenn Nadal

    December 14, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Fantastic work, Donna! Call me biased,but I adore the kitties. I have a black cat so I’m a softy :)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:32 am

      Thank you, Jenn! And thank you for entering the contest.

  178. Bunny

    December 15, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Oh that lovely painting would look so cute in my 1955 apartment(which is full of turquoise!). I just love the kitty!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Your turquoise apartment sounds great, Bunny! SO mid century!

  179. Robin Lucier

    December 15, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Donna – I absolutely love your artwork. We recently completed a 3-year remodeling project – a mid-century in Massachusetts. Now it’s time for decorating and your art is a perfect match to our new new/old home.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Wow, Robin! Three years remodeling. I bet you are glad it’s all done! With that much time spent I bet it turned out fabulous!

  180. dawn quiett

    December 15, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I just wanted to let you know that your paintings made me smile. And that means a lot. I was hit by a SUV while last month and things have a little tough. I am really lucky. My left was fractured and I am now the proud (not so much) new owner a plate and six pins. My wrist is also fractured. So, I am staying with my parents while I heal. Do you ever show in Dallas?

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Oh Dawn that’s terrible about your accident. I hope you are doing much better. I am glad my paintings made you smile during such a difficult time. I have not had much time to look into Showings, so for now I’ve not had any in Dallas. But I hope to some day. Are you in Dallas?

  181. Maureen

    December 15, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Kit-Kat-eriffic!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Thank you Maureen! :-)

  182. Alison Roth

    December 15, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    My dream is to redecorate my midcentury ranch home (circa 1958) from it’s current stuck in colonial decor to a happening midcentury. I would love to have some of your paintings help me – especially the cat ones as a I am HUGE cat person >^..^< Love your work – so happy to have discovered it!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:42 am

      Thank you, Alison! I can tell you are a cat person by your great photos on Facebook. :-)

  183. Preston Brooks

    December 16, 2013 at 12:20 am

    I loved your artwork the first time I laid eyes on one of your paintings. I am currently refurbishing my living and dining rooms with mid century modern. I’ve already purchased one of your paintings, which I can’t wait to receive!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Thank you, Preston! And thank you for purchasing one of my paintings. I do so hope you are happy with it. :-)

  184. Jeannie Lowery

    December 16, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Love, love, love your work. We are currently rehabbing a 1951 ranch…..taking it back to its roots after some really bad redoes. A piece of your creativity would be a fabulous show piece for our entry. Keep up the awesome work, I’ll be watching with enthusiasm for the next post!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:46 am

      That’s awesome you are taking your 1951 ranch back to it’s “roots”, Jeannie! I wish I could see the transformation.

  185. Joe

    December 16, 2013 at 2:37 am

    VERY cool stuff!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Thank you, Joe!

  186. Tim M.

    December 16, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Love love love!! Just makes me wanna go mod already!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Thank you, thank you, thank you, Tim! :-)

  187. Annette Walker

    December 16, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I awarded this site “Blog of the Day” for today, December 16th on blogsphere.com. I hand-select sites that are interesting, unique and worth visiting. I hope it brings new people to see your artwork. It’s wonderful! Love your work. Am off to check out your website & Etsy shop!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Thanks so much, Annette!

  188. Annie Jones

    December 17, 2013 at 8:38 am

    OH MY GOODNESS! These are so awesome! Loving your talent and creations!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Thank you, Annie! And thank you for entering. :-)

  189. Debbie Ramirez

    December 17, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Donna – my husband and I love your art! We have purchased a few canvases and everyone who visits our home raves about them!!! I am so happy you found your calling of MCM at your mid-century mark.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:52 am

      Thank you so much, Debbie! I am so glad you are delighted with your canvas prints. I appreciate Ron posting the photos of them on Facebook (love your little MCM bookshelf that holds your cookbooks!).

  190. Pat in PA

    December 17, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Love the cats and the atomic themes…awesome combination! :)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Thank you, Pat!

  191. sheila

    December 18, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Donna,
    Your work is really delightful. I loved reading your story… inspiring to me on so many levels.
    I think it is great how your work keeps unfolding in new and ever more creative ways.
    And thank you for offering this awesome piece of your art to one of us lucky lovers of all things mid century.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Thank you for such wonderful comments, Sheila!

  192. jen

    December 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I am IN LOVE with these paintings! Very cool mid-century images and colors!!!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Thank you Jen!

  193. Pam Maynard

    December 19, 2013 at 4:00 am

    I came across your website while looking for a vintage laminate childs dining table like I use to have.I haven’t found one yet because I keep clicking on cool sites like yours! Well, when I saw the art work give away I could not help but comment on it, even if I don’t win! I love what the art represents, which is a time of simple modern glamour that one has to truly appreciate. And then there is the black cat! I have a black cat named AC and she is one of those cats that thinks she is as groovy as Austin Powers and puts the “purrrrr” in swinger, baby!yeah! Anyway, Good luck to the lucky winner!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Hi Pam! Thank you for entering and for your wonderful comments. My son’s cat is named AC as well, though I think they spell it “Acie”. As you can imagine I also am easily distracted by great mid century sites like this blog! And Pinterest. And the mid century Facebook groups… So much to enjoy out there!

  194. CAT

    December 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Nothing better than cats and mid-century mod!!! Love your pieces.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 9:59 am

      I could not have said it better, CAT!

  195. John Sarnik

    December 21, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Very kool stuff

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Thank you, John! :)

  196. Sherri

    December 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Amazing work. I love the colors and shapes!!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Thank you, Sherri!

  197. Richard Jordan

    December 21, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I really like your style Donna. We have ordered a large framed version of your “Still Life” and are looking forward to its arrival. As an aside, my wife would love it if you offered copies of your vintage church banners.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Thank you, Richard! I hope you and your wife are happy with the framed Still Life print. Was there a particular church banner your wife was interested in? Have her contact me about it at artbydonnamibus@yahoo.com.

  198. Dan's wife

    December 21, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Love your stuff! My husband and I have a retro-awesome mid century modern in Montana where these pieces would be right at home. Merry Christmas!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Hello Dan’s wife! Thank you for your kind comment and for entering the contest. :-)

  199. ken

    December 22, 2013 at 5:49 am

    Love your work!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Thank you, Ken! :-)

  200. David Fitts

    December 22, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I love Donna’s work. I have three of her paintings…so far. I’m glad she’s sharing her work with the world!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Thank you, David! You are too kind. :)

  201. Charlotte

    December 22, 2013 at 11:24 am

    These are adorable! And I’m in Chicago… so I’ll have to check out her art in the cafe.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Thank you, Charlotte!

  202. Lynda

    December 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    What fabulous artwork — I especially love the black cat! I would love to win this.

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Thank you for your kind words, Lynda!

  203. Laura Stapleton

    December 22, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Love these paintings, and love that cats are included – we have 4 fur babies! They would look great in the Cat Rumpus Room we are planning! :)

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Cat Rumpus Room – I love it! I remember watching a tv show when I was a kid and I think the title was Rumpus Room. Anyway, thank you for your kind words!

  204. lindaangelcounseling

    December 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Just discovered Donna on Facebook! Love her paintings. This one is awesome and would be great in my kitchen/office! Thanks!

    • Donna Mibus

      December 31, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Thank you, Linda! I have enjoyed getting to know you on Facebook! :-) What great work you do with your counseling. Keep it up!