New painting technique and Give Away!

I recently purchased a new book called Painted Blossoms by Carrie Schmitt.
The book has lots of mixed media techniques for creating expressive flower art.

Book Cover

So this week I got back into my studio and followed a lesson. It was nice to try something new.
I decided to paint over a couple canvases that were not going in a direction I was happy with. I love that you don't have to stay the course when something isn't going the way you want.
Winter Garden 16
This is a 12x12 canvas that I had added a piece of scrapbook paper to the background and did the peeled paint technique on it. You can see it a little in the background. Then I added lots of blues and greens to the background with my fingers. Let that dry overnight.
Then I added the flowers with colors I don't really use that often. I used a little dabber to add some of the circles. Used bubble wrap to add some texture to background. Then I added the stems with a thin paint brush. Using blue to give it a winter feeling.
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This next one is an 8x10 I had used some playing cards on and stamped some images. I didn't like it at all. It was in a pile of start over some day things.

This one I took yellows, pinks and oranges and created a background heavy with texture. Allowed to dry over night and then added flowers with my fingers, dabber and a stencil. I added sections of background color after doing flowers which is very different from anything I have created before.
I mixed the lime green with a light blue for some of it. As you can see not much of the original background made it to the finished piece. Something I want to work on. But again I was going for a winter look. I used a white chalk pen to added details to the stems and flowers in both pieces.

Winter Blossoms 16
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 As I write this I am feeling a give away is in order. I don't know about you but Feb is my hard month. The winter blues can get a hold of me pretty easy.
So to brighten 2 people's day I am giving away at the end of the week both paintings in a random drawing from those who comment here and on my facebook page. And if you comment and share from both places you will be entered for each. 
Thanks for taking an interest in my art!
Have a great mid winter week!!
Winners will be announced Sunday 2/14.