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Donna Grandin Art Cards

 New for Christmas 2015 ….

kraft boxes with blank greeting cards - Donna Grandin Art Cards - Tropical series 1
Donna Grandin Art Cards – Tropical series 1.

My blank greeting cards – packaged in sets of 5 in kraft boxes –  available for local PICK-UP ONLY, Cdn $20. You can choose a mixed set, or have 5 of a single image (titles listed under images below).

These are perfect for seasonal gift giving, or maybe just to keep for yourself!

E-mail  donna@bluerootsartstudio.com to reserve your boxes while supplies last.

To have your order Shipped to you, refer to the instructions at the end of this post.


Why Art Cards?

In 2014 I had some blank 5″x7″ greeting cards made of 5 of my Original Acrylic Paintings for an event. I wanted fans of my art to be able to walk away from my exhibition with the feeling that they were taking a little piece of it home with them.

Then, I offered a percentage of card sales to my sons’  school as part of their recent fundraising BBQ.

Art cards at school fundraising BBQ
Art cards available at the BBQ, $5. each.

I posted this photo on Facebook & a friend in New York ordered a set, then someone else from New York (maybe her friend) e-mailed me to order another set. After a few online orders, I also started sending them to St. Lucia, where they are sold through Island Mix, and a couple hotel boutiques.

As an artist though, and not a big card company, I have only printed the cards in small batches. My main focus with them is to share my art with more people, and to gain exposure to potential collectors for my original paintings.

Precious gems, 30"x36", acrylic on canvas, © Donna Grandin, 2012
“Precious gems” (The original 30″x36″painting is still available)

Give a set of Donna Grandin Art Cards to your kids’ teachers and coaches. They make great hostess, or thank you gifts. Use the cards for birthdays, thank you’s, get well’s, Mother’s or Father’s Day, or just because – it’s always good to have a few blank ones on hand for emergencies.

"In the Spotlight"
“In the Spotlight”

Some people even like to put them in photo frames, and place them where they can brighten up their day, or tuck them into favourite books as inspiration!

Flower Carnival, 18"x24", acrylic on canvas, © Donna Grandin, 2011
“Flower Carnival” (The original 18″x24″ painting is still available)

Do you want to partner with me for your Fundraiser (a percentage of card sales goes to your charity)?

"Let the sun shine in"
“Let the sun shine in”

Or maybe you would like to become a Retailer for my art cards? If so, I’d love to hear from you!

Exhuberance - croton
The back of Donna Grandin Art Card "exuberance"
The back of Donna Grandin Art Card “Exuberance”
Donna Grandin Art Cards Cdn$20. (+ applicable tax/shipping)
Donna Grandin Art Cards – Tropical series 1


One set of 5 blank greeting cards with white envelopes (no box), including shipping & handling, is $23. to anywhere in Canada, $24. to US, and $27. International. Prices in Canadian dollars.

E-mail to place an order, and I will reply with a Paypal invoice.

Comments, questions & orders – donna@bluerootsartstudio.com

Madras fabric, banana trees & raindrops challenge

Madras banana in rain, 20"x16", acrylic on canvas, ©2014 Donna Grandin. $800.
Madras banana in rain, 20″x16″, acrylic on canvas, ©2014 Donna Grandin. $800.

The plaid design in this painting is not arbitrary, in the sense that any St. Lucian will read it as Madras, a component of the National Dress of St. Lucia. October is Creole Heritage month, and many patriots like to dress up in Madras (from the traditional full outfits to the more modern use of the fabric in accessories like ties, belts, earrings or handbags) for the Jounen Kwéyol celebrations. Especially in the last decade, the fabric has become a symbol of National pride.

In 2000, I did a few paintings which I refer to collectively as my Madras series, however they were created one by one in between my other projects as I tried out different concepts incorporating the pattern. My favourite of these experiments is the heliconia on the top right of the image below. I liked the semi-abstract effect of the broad bands of colour against the tropical vegetation, and always intended to return to this theme one day.


Then recently someone challenged me to do a new version of Madras Banana (first image in the collage below). She liked the way I painted the Madras border around the banana tree with some of the leaves overlapping, but was also a fan of the raindrops in my hibiscus painting, “Precious gems”.

I started with a simple pencil thumbnail sketch, then primed the canvas with golden ochre acrylic paint. Next I took a look at a swatch of Madras fabric that I purchased in St. Lucia many years ago, to choose the colours for the border.


Over the last 2 decades I’ve taken many photos of tropical vegetation, so it took a while to search through my digital files for reference photos, but I settled on the one in the photo collage above. Then I proceeded to lay in the general composition based on a combination of my thumbnail & the photo. Once I blocked in the general areas of colour, the image started taking shape. Unlike the original painting, which was a more distant view, in this painting I placed a banana leaf in the foreground, so that I could add the raindrops.

The painting evolved slowly, I would think I was done, but then something would not feel quite right, so I would come back & work some more on it. That’s how it goes sometimes, painting is a dialogue … you may think you need to make just one little change, but when you step back to look at what you’ve done – that little change may affect the way you see other parts of the painting – and now you may discover you have a few MORE little changes to make!

This painting is currently available for International Shipping – in a mailing tube – from my studio in Burlington, Canada. Or for local pick-up or delivery. E-mail donna@bluerootsartstudio.com if interested.



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