Welcome to “Mixed Messages” by Kathleen Mattox, especially if you haven’t visited before! I hope you have time to look around and explore a bit or come back at a later time to do so. Maybe some of you will even want to become “followers” of the blog.

Once again, it’s time for the “One World, One Heart” event to begin. I’m late getting signed up–there are already 579 participants listed! We all are grateful to Lisa at “A Whimsical Bohemian”, our fearless and apparently tireless leader in this huge venture! If you are a blogger and you wish to sign up, you have until February 8th to do so. Just click on her link, and leave a comment for her with your blog address.

Be prepared to have a giveaway ready to post as I am now posting mine. This year, I’ve decided to give 2 separate but equal giveaways. Each will consist of a set of my new “Words of Wisdom and Inspiration for Artists” cards (2.5″ X 3.5″ size).  They are 52 boxed inspirational quotation cards to motivate and inspire artists. Each set of small cards will be accompanied by  6 greeting cards of my most popular large watercolor and mixed media paintings. A selection of my paintings are shown here on the reverse sides of each card in the deck.

How can you toss your name in the hat to win one of my 2 giveaways? It’s simple, just leave a comment to THIS POST with a way for me to contact you via email.  A winner will be chosen using a random number generator on February 15th at noon,  Pacific time. No entries will be accepted after noon on February 15th. If you are announced as one of the 2 winners, please contact me within 24 hours (by 1 PM on Feb. 16st, PST) with your mailing address.  If I don’t hear from you, another name will be selected to take your place.

Please visit more of the wonderful artists participating in this year’s One World One Heart event by visiting Lisa at A Whimsical Bohemian for a complete listing of 2010’s participants in the right hand sidebar of her blog.

Explore, enjoy, become a follower of blogs you want to go back to, and enjoy the magic of this year’s “Magic Carpet Ride” which will take you to new heights of being a creative artist! I’d love to know where you’re from and what your own personal art is–but it’s not necessary to leave a long comment unless you feel so inclined! Enjoy the ride!