Finding Green or “#findinggreen”

For this ending of March/ beginning of April, Betony and are heading to Iceland. We’ll be celebrating our 10 year anniversary and will, of course, be posting lots of pictures of the adventure.

In keeping with our March Almanac we’ll be tagging those photos with #findinggreen. Because, hey, it’s spring in Iceland too!

Would you like to join us in this hashtag? Imagine how beautiful to go to the tag and see dozens of pictures of spring bursting forth!

Follow Betony on her instagram (betonycoons) if you’d like to see our photos and we look forward to seeing your all’s pictures as well.

 

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FREE Download! Art from Kelly Cook!

Kelly Cook is our featured artist for this month!

Bio:  Kelly Cook grew up in Wyoming where she learned to appreciate quiet days and big empty spaces. Recently she has found her place in art, restoring broken things. She loves to recycle … One man’s junk into another man’s treasure. Most of her paintings and drawings are done on something that needed to be alive again, like old book pages and four panel doors.

She lives and works in Greeley Colorado, with her author husband Jeff Cook, her sons Augie age 9 and Beckett age 7. It’s an honor to work with Tim and Betony on this project, wondering what it would be like to be a giant… And knowing what it is like to be a pilgrim. You can find her work at Cookstah.etsy.com

Kelly has added a special surprise to her artwork, that will only be revealed when you download it from giantsandpilgrims.com this month.

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(Note: click the download button, then the purchase button – it will be $0.00, then click “download now” to get the high resolution file)

See more of Kelly’s work at her etsy shop – https://www.etsy.com/shop/Cookstah

 

 

A Wonderful Art Show

Betony Coons premiered her full art series for Almanac No. 1 this last Friday at Atlas Theater’s Gallery in Greeley, CO. It was a wonderful night.

With the completion of the art show we are now also able to complete our own gallery here at this site! Take a look through the art component of Almanac No. 1. https://s28969.p27.sites.pressdns.com/?page_id=20

Giants & Pilgrims ART Show: Betony Coons

Betony Coons is premiering her 12 piece collection (plus a couple surprises) tonight at The Atlas Theater in Greeley, CO. Pictures of the First Friday Event soon to come!

 

March Theme: “Green”

Here is our poem for March; exploring why we chose the theme “green” to describe these days…

March is a begging garden
Fingertips ready for dirt
Jeans longing for grass stains

The hints of the first warm days 
find us oustide immediately
Our hearts looking for any excuse to walk

Enjoying those tips of green in the 
fields we see

A prologue of the good garden to come

 

February Almanac Ephemera FREE Download: Envelopes

How great is it to get mail? To tear into the envelope and hear from a friend? Here’s some envelope templates. Make your own out of old maps or other crazy such things. And here’s to getting real mail!

 

 

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Curled up Series by Betony Coons

All curled-up and cozy this end of February. Betony Coons, a Giants & Pilgrims artist and founder, created these original illustrations to represent peace and rest.

All three pieces are available at http://www.etsy.com/shop/graysparrow?ref=shop_sugg

Original illustrations by Betony Coons
“Curled up” – india ink on watercolor paper.
$50 each – $75 framed.
All images ©Betony Coons 2014

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Incredible FREE Art Download by Kyle Steed

Kyle Steed is a wonderful and accomplished artist. You’ve seen his work in commercials (the Walgreen’s new font) or maybe you’re one of his followers on Instagram (he’s one of their featured gramm-ers, with good reason: ). And Giants & Pilgrims LOVES him, his family, and his work.

Kyle graciously donated some of his doodling time to make a beautiful, hand lettered illustration for our February Almanac. We present it here now for download in postcard format. We suggest you print it on card-stock, cut out the postcards, and write a note to someone you care about.

The words come straight from our Almanac “poetic intro” for February, with the theme of “SEND”.

Click the link below to download a printable pdf of the postcards:

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See more of Kyle’s work at www.kylesteed.com

 

New Art Piece for Almanac No. 1: “Hopes, Dreams, Fears, Secrets, and Prayers”

One of the twelve paintings done for Almanac No. 1 featured here. This piece coincides with the song “All the Lights” to be released soon!

The simplicity of the things we capture and hold on to- feathers representing hopes, butterflies for dreams and so on. What have you kept close in the dark?

In process…

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12X12 inch prints can be purchased at Betony’s etsy shop – www.graysparrow.etsy.com

Featured Artist: Joni Lissak

Joni Lissak

Artist & Lover of Elephants

Joni teaches art at a charter school in Greeley, CO with an undergrad from the University of Northern Colorado. She produces intricate, beautiful, and interactive art shows. (One being a narrative thread of paintings inspired by a Regina Spector song.
Gallery goers could listen, touch, and contribute to the show).

Click the download button below to get the high resolution 5X7 file. Print it out and place the music jar somewhere it will “play” for you.

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(Note: click the download button, then the purchase button – it will be $0.00, then click “download now” to get the high resolution file)

 

Contact Joni for art commissions:

box.of.paints@hotmail.com