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27 May, 2011

Ottawa giveaway alert: poppy love

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews|Ottawa

ETA: Thanks for your entries everyone, but we have a winner!

I’m especially happy to post this giveaway. Not only is it about art (and I love art) but the prizing has been generously donated by longtime patron Alison Fowler. I thought you might also be interested to know that she’s a mother of two, a Fishbowl reader, and I consider her a friend as well. Double happiness.

For the record, here’s a photo I snapped of her awhile ago:

Alison Fowler

I am not obliged to say this, but I am a big fan of Alison’s art. She has a real connection to the natural environment around her and it shows. We have one of her paintings (pictured here) hanging in our dining room right across from where I sit. I’ve been looking at that thing since September 2008, and you know what? I see something new in it every day. I never tire of the scene.

Alison is known for her poppies. They are deeply passionate and colourful, painted with bold strokes that give them an especially distinctive texture that makes you want to reach out and pet them. They are little red bursts of happiness.

This giveaway is for one original 6″ x 6″ acrylic/resin poppy painting on wood panel. Here it is! (ETA, I uploaded the wrong photo. Sorry. This is the right one. I promise.)

poppy love

It looks like a tiny universe inside there, doesn’t it?

I would be terribly remiss if I didn’t mention that Alison is going to be at the New Art Festival in the Glebe on June 4 and 5. If you like this painting, and the others on her site (here’s an album of Fowler’s flowers for example) well, this is the event for you. The NAF is a MUST if you (a) like art (b) want to buy art or (c) all of the above. I’ve purchased a number of great pieces from the NAF. I really like buying directly from the artist. (Which is the coolest part of NAF if you ask me.) Admission is free, and it’s a very fun and friendly event… an extremely non-intimidating place to buy art. I urge you to check it out. If you swing by her booth, please tell her you read about it here. :)

Anyway, yes, let’s get on with it!

If you’d like to win this painting:

  • Leave a comment below. Any comment will do, but  …
  • … the winner will have to pick up their prize at Alison’s booth at the New Art Festival. She’ll be at #12 Central Pathway. Look at the map of the park to see where I mean. If you can’t make it, arrangements can be made to pick it up at her studio. She’s located at 1395-B Wellington Street West, just one block east of Island Park Drive. It’s a cool place. REALLY COOL.
  • If you can’t post your comment because you’re behind a firewall at work (or whatever), you can email it to me for posting at andrea at quietfish dot com (Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder!)
  • This is not a requirement of entry, but you might be interested to know that Alison is on Facebook and Twitter too.
  • One entry per person please! We want lots of people to have the opportunity to win. Good karma goes to those who tweet or post about this on your FB. Seriously, it increases your odds of winning!! ;)
  • I will do a random draw using Random.org at noon EST on Friday June 3, 2011.

That’s it! Thank you Alison, for providing something so beautiful and cheerful for this giveaway. Over to you Fishies! Good luck!

106 Responses to "Ottawa giveaway alert: poppy love"

1 | Bob LeDrew

May 27th, 2011 at 3:54 pm


I love Alison Fowler’s poppies. A free Alison Fowler painting would make my WEEKEND!

2 | Anne

May 27th, 2011 at 4:01 pm


Love her work! I almost bought a poppy painting the other day and was telling my husband we need a poppy painting. Maybe it was meat to be that we wait?! Hope I win :)

3 | Jennifer Covert

May 27th, 2011 at 4:18 pm


OOH! I’d love to win this painting too. Very lovely.

4 | Lori

May 27th, 2011 at 4:18 pm


so pretty! Her work is absolutely stunning!

5 | OttMomGo

May 27th, 2011 at 4:20 pm


We’re art-limited at home (if you don’t count what was created by a certain kid in my life). A poppy painting would be lovely.

6 | Krista R

May 27th, 2011 at 4:21 pm


Just Lovely. I love red and I love poppies.

7 | Maranda

May 27th, 2011 at 4:23 pm


So nice! My business has Poppy in it (a nickname for DD’s name) so I’d be particularly pleased to win.

8 | Joy

May 27th, 2011 at 4:25 pm


oooh, please enter me in this contest – i really like Alison’s work. Thank you.

9 | Tiana

May 27th, 2011 at 4:26 pm


Good friends of ours have a large poppy piece of hers in their living room and it is beautiful!

10 | Lynn

May 27th, 2011 at 4:32 pm


My husband and I are super interested in acquiring some “real” art for our home. I’d love to win this and I’d love to check out the art show, too…we’ll see if the kids can handle it!

11 | Robert

May 27th, 2011 at 4:37 pm


Love Ali’s work! I’d love to win this and put it in my studio

12 | Dana Donovan

May 27th, 2011 at 4:42 pm


Love Ali’s work and love Ali! She is known for her incredible poppies but you should check out her other work too!

13 | Melissa

May 27th, 2011 at 4:58 pm


Oh, I’ve admired her poppies for ages. :) My walls would love to have one to call their own! ;D

14 | Leah Eustace

May 27th, 2011 at 5:01 pm


Beautiful! I’d love some bright new art from a bright young artist for my soon to be newly renovated home!

15 | Ann Fuller

May 27th, 2011 at 5:02 pm


This must be the artist whose paintings I saw in an art display at a restaurant last year! Loved them then. Love it now.

16 | Mel Gallant

May 27th, 2011 at 5:11 pm


What a great prize! I’d love to win a piece of Alison’s art. Lovely!

17 | Sara Horton

May 27th, 2011 at 5:14 pm


Love art, love Ali’s poppies, love your blog, and would love to win.

18 | Judy

May 27th, 2011 at 5:30 pm


Lovely! Since moving to Ottawa we have bought all local original art (ok there are one or two prints) often at festivals of art in parks!

I think this spark of life would be a warm smiling addition to any wall!

19 | CarrieLou

May 27th, 2011 at 5:53 pm


What a beautiful giveaway!! It was such a treat to (finally!) sit down at the computer after running around all day and look through her delightful paintings. Thank you for the chance…

20 | Anita Pelletier

May 27th, 2011 at 6:07 pm


The poppies are beautiful! And what a great idea. Thanks for giving us all an opportunity to win. Congratulations to Alison Fowler for such great work.

21 | Rai-Anne

May 27th, 2011 at 6:28 pm


Ali owes me a painting after she felt up my husband at our last Halloween party… I guess it was the Hooters outfit, eh Ali?? PLus it would be nive to add to my one and only Ali original at home!

22 | Jackie

May 27th, 2011 at 6:32 pm


Gorgeous painting! Would love to win this, thanks!!

23 | David Young

May 27th, 2011 at 6:39 pm


Come to poppy!
Love Ali’s work, hope I’m the lucky winner

24 | Trevor

May 27th, 2011 at 7:24 pm


I have several of her paintings, I love her work as well! I would LOVE to win one of her poppies!

25 | Aaron

May 27th, 2011 at 7:35 pm


Such nice work! I do have a new house that could use some new art work!!

26 | Kim Stevens

May 27th, 2011 at 7:42 pm


We have an Alison Fowler in every room.
Come check out our Peachland home if you don’t believe us.

27 | Heather

May 27th, 2011 at 8:18 pm


This is a lovely piece – vibrant! We have Newfoundland art from one end of our house to the other. I think we need something from our “new” city to throw in the mix. Thank you for the opportunity!

28 | betsy mae

May 27th, 2011 at 8:35 pm


I would love to win this gorgeous painting! I don’t live in Ottawa but I could certainly make a fun weekend in Ottawa when I come to pick up my beautiful prize if I win!

29 | Neil Young

May 27th, 2011 at 8:41 pm


Hi Alison, I love love love your work. One of my friends has one of your daisy paintings. I’ve seen your work in real life at a Toronto indoor group show. We briefly talked, and you are just as splendid as your paintings!

30 | Sonya

May 27th, 2011 at 8:42 pm


Wow! I’ve admired her work for such a long time and would love to have a piece for my home!

31 | Capital Mom

May 27th, 2011 at 8:45 pm


I love poppies. There met a little girl at the park named Poppy and I loved that too.

32 | Dave A.

May 27th, 2011 at 8:51 pm


We already have a sunflower by Alison. So nice.

33 | Amy @ Muddy Boots

May 27th, 2011 at 9:00 pm


I just spent the last 20mins on Alison’s site. Wow. I love the florals. The blues and purples are lovely, and all the reds are just amazing. Sad we won’t be back in time for that art festival. :(

34 | Teresa

May 27th, 2011 at 9:10 pm


Pretty! Very rich, very sumptuous.

35 | Miss Vicky

May 27th, 2011 at 9:22 pm


Beautiful. I love Alison’s work. But you know what? My sister-in-law would love this even more than I do. She’s turning 40 this summer and I can’t think of a more perfect gift for her

36 | KL

May 27th, 2011 at 9:24 pm


I have been looking for something to hang on my blank living room wall. I think a lot of what I saw on her website might be the way to go. Thanks. :)

37 | Tiiu

May 27th, 2011 at 9:28 pm


Oh! Oh! Oh! Me! Me! Pick me!

38 | JoAnn

May 27th, 2011 at 9:30 pm


Love Alison’s work – a friend of mine has a couple of her works in her apt. and they look wonderful. I think I’ve also seen her works at a restaurant – its name escapes me (funky chicken or something??) – anyhow would really like to own a piece of her art!

39 | redRosa

May 27th, 2011 at 10:01 pm


Love her paintings and especially the poppies – they remind me of my mother’s magical flower garden.

40 | kim hughes

May 27th, 2011 at 10:41 pm


I contacted alison and asked her to do a custom poppy painting for me and she gave me the proper size for my room and was wonderful to work with – many compliments on this beautiful piece of art!! I would love another painting – her poppies are truly amazing…..

41 | Derek Young

May 27th, 2011 at 11:00 pm


I would love to win this for my mother! My brother is how I got here but too bad for him.

42 | Ana Botelho-Thompson

May 27th, 2011 at 11:08 pm


We obviously have a few mutual friends……which would explain the fact of how i actually end up @ this page……:) awesome! Alison your paintings are truly masterpieces! Such beauty and dimension…..love the poppies series you do :) I would be honored to display your works in my home. It truly would enhance many a room in anyone’s
home…….lucky person who wins! All the best and thanks for sharing!

43 | Tracey Moran

May 27th, 2011 at 11:14 pm


Such a pretty little poppy! My walls would surely smile… me too! :o)

44 | Heather MacIntosh

May 27th, 2011 at 11:28 pm


Having one of Alison’s paintings would be like having a garden in my house all year round. It would be wonderful to have an original.

45 | Sara

May 28th, 2011 at 12:53 am


The painting is gorgeous!

I have a comfortable and lovely home ready for it *wink*

46 | Louise Dallaire

May 28th, 2011 at 8:45 am


Your poppies our outstanding!

I was the lucky winner of your daisies at the Music and Beyond online auction last fall and it hangs proudly in our house. Everyone loves it.

Congratulations on your growing and continued success.

47 | coffee with julie

May 28th, 2011 at 8:52 am


me! me! me! I’ve been a fan for ages

48 | Ellen Symons

May 28th, 2011 at 8:53 am


I’m very excited to have the opportunity to enter this draw. We have one of Alison’s Daisy paintings in our home, and I enjoy seeing it every day. If you find yourself wiping spit marks off your poppy paintings at local galleries, Alison, that’s just from me drooling.

49 | Mario Jorge

May 28th, 2011 at 9:58 am


There’s a blank space on my living room wall where this Poppy painting could find a loving home and bring some sunshine eveytime I would pass by it and adore it !

50 | Faustina

May 28th, 2011 at 10:36 am


What a great giveaway. I hope I win.

51 | Jen_nifer

May 28th, 2011 at 11:43 am


Yes, please! Throw my name into the randomater(?)!

52 | Sheila D.

May 28th, 2011 at 11:51 am


What a gem! I’d love to own it. And thanks, Andrea, for the heads up on the New Art Festival in the Glebe.

53 | susan

May 28th, 2011 at 12:24 pm


I would love this painting. :)

54 | Josée

May 28th, 2011 at 1:07 pm


Beautiful artwork. I’d love to win. Please enter me in the draw!

55 | Marianne

May 28th, 2011 at 2:39 pm


I would love to have this painting. Much as I covet it for myself, I have a dear friend now living in England who loves all things to do with poppies and I’d enjoy being able to gift her with a poppy painting.

56 | Carolyn

May 28th, 2011 at 3:28 pm


We just bought a poppy print from Ikea (sorry not very original but it struck my husband as something he wanted). An original piece would be a wonderful match. Would love to win an original piece of artwork!

57 | Darcy

May 28th, 2011 at 3:29 pm


I have been wanting a piece of her art for ages.

58 | Claire

May 28th, 2011 at 4:12 pm


My garden popped out its first poppy of the year today – a nice coincidence. Hmm, I can’t decide if I love Fowler’s poppies or birch trees best.

59 | Kaitlin

May 28th, 2011 at 4:30 pm


I wonder if #57 is the Darcy that I know…because I think it would look really lovely in her house!

But, on the other hand, I too love Alison’s work. Her birch trees are magnificent, but her poppy would be so nice in our hallway.

Thanks Andrea & Alison!

60 | Carla

May 28th, 2011 at 5:05 pm


oh, oh, oh! how beautiful. I looove original art and have a number of pieces I have bought from artists around the world. This painting would beautify my house in lovely ways.

61 | Cindy W

May 28th, 2011 at 6:22 pm


Simply stunning! We’d love to have a beautiful work of art for our barren walls!

62 | Natalie

May 28th, 2011 at 7:37 pm


We are sort of art deprived over here too (not counting our kids’ masterpieces of course!). We have just the spot to honour this pretty poppy!

63 | LO

May 28th, 2011 at 7:42 pm


Ohhhhhhhh the poppy! It helps me breathe! It makes me laugh! It encourages a glass half full. But mostly, especially right now, it helps me to remember that there is good in the world-lots of it! Right there in front of me!!!!!

64 | Laura Daub

May 28th, 2011 at 7:57 pm


I love Alison’s work and have the perfect spot for it in my home! ;)

65 | Choleena DiTullio

May 28th, 2011 at 8:18 pm


What gorgeous work. They really ‘pop’ off the page and soon off the wall of the lucky person who wins it. Best of luck to everyone!

66 | Wendy

May 28th, 2011 at 10:19 pm


I would LOVE to win this, I have the most wonderful spot for it!

67 | Kathy Sowinski

May 28th, 2011 at 11:44 pm


Love your paintings Ali. I know that your art is beautiful, I see your paintings in every room in a certain home in Peachland, B.C. Art makes life more beautiful.

68 | Nora

May 29th, 2011 at 8:03 am


I have often admired Alison’s poppies & would be thrilled to have one of my own! Thanks for the opportunity!

69 | JustAnOttawaDad

May 29th, 2011 at 8:31 am


I’d love to have some more Ottawa art on my walls. Come to think of it, that’s all I have there now…

Thanks Andrea.

70 | Shannon B

May 29th, 2011 at 3:39 pm


Gorgeous! I have the perfect spot for it! Thanks for the chance!

71 | Roz

May 29th, 2011 at 7:15 pm


Simply beautiful. Would love to win. Thanks for the heads up about the art show…i’m looking forward to checking it out.

72 | Laurie Kovachik

May 29th, 2011 at 9:31 pm


My boyfriend, Paul, and I had our very first date in February of 2009 at the Keg Manor on Richmond Road in Ottawa. As we were descending the stairs of the restaurant following a convivial dinner, I literally stopped in my tracks and inhaled audibly. When Paul asked what the matter was, I silently pointed to the most beautiful poppy painting I had ever seen. Poppies had been a passion of mine for nearly a decade and the painting I beheld was like none other I had encountered. We asked the wait staff at the restaurant if they knew anything about it, and they were at a loss to explain its origin. Paul and I continued our date at his house where, romantically or unromantically, depending on one’s perspective, we spent an hour on the internet trying to determine who the gifted painter was, and the title of the painting. Over the course of the next few weeks I called the Keg several times, and even paid a visit, asking to speak to the manager, whose attendance schedule did not align with the times of my inquiries. Desperate, I eventually did an image search online until I found a painting equal in beauty to the one I had beheld at the Keg. We learned that the artist’s name was Alison Fowler, and that, wonder of wonders, she was an Ottawa resident whose studio, Alicat, was not far from the restaurant where we had first become acquainted with her work. That same year, Alison held an open house at Alicat, which Paul and I attended with great enthusiasm. There, we met Alison herself and told her the story of how we came to know her work. How breathtaking her pieces were! So many poppies! So much life! I vowed, in that visit, to one day own a Fowler creation. Over the course of the next year and a half, as my life with Paul moved from first date to soul mate, I continued to voraciously peruse Ms. Fowler’s web site, dreaming of the day I would hang one of her heart-stopping interpretations on my wall. On Christmas morning 2010, I opened my gift from Paul. As I tore away the paper, I stopped in my tracks and inhaled audibly. Fowler poppies, for me! No diamond could match such a declaration of love. My Alison Fowler occupies a special and prominent place in my home, and an even more significant place in my heart.

73 | Erin

May 29th, 2011 at 10:35 pm


love love love! The piece you purchased is great too.

74 | Natalie G

May 30th, 2011 at 12:25 am


Would love to win one of Alison’s pieces…stunning!

75 | Sarah

May 30th, 2011 at 7:10 am


Would love to have the chance to win one of Alison’s works.

76 | Rachel

May 30th, 2011 at 7:29 am


Wow what a wonderful opportunity – very generous! I have the perfect spot for this beautiful piece! Thank you for sharing your work with us!

77 | kayren mosurinjohn

May 30th, 2011 at 7:47 am


i adore her work and woukd be thrilled to own a piece. we ate at the foolish chicken this past weekend and my family and i all spent time the work she has hanging there.

78 | AllisonP

May 30th, 2011 at 9:19 am


currently in the process of updating our walls and this picture would be a welcome addition. thanks for the opportunity to own it!

79 | Theresa

May 30th, 2011 at 10:12 am


Beautiful! I have (many) perfect places for this!!

80 | Jodi

May 30th, 2011 at 11:20 am


Awesome prize!!!

81 | Caroline

May 30th, 2011 at 11:28 am


An Alison Fowler painting would look AMAZING in my new white kitchen – what a focal point!

82 | Hellcat13

May 30th, 2011 at 5:34 pm


Oh my gosh, I have COVETED that painting in your dining room ever since I first saw that picture you linked to. Beautiful work :) And I love poppies, so this would be an exciting contest to win. I will have to get out this weekend and check out the Art Festival.

83 | Kerry

May 30th, 2011 at 6:25 pm


Love this little painting, I saw it in the window yesterday – so glad I still have the chance to win!

84 | Ana Botelho-Thompson

May 30th, 2011 at 6:55 pm


Your welcome Andrea!! Have fun with this……you’re really going to make someone’s day! :)

85 | Laurie

May 30th, 2011 at 9:15 pm


I am a big Alison Fowler fan – please count me in!

86 | neeroc

May 30th, 2011 at 9:44 pm


Gorgeous, I hope to get to check her out this weekend. I love finding great local artists.

87 | HollyStar

May 30th, 2011 at 10:34 pm


Allison – your paintings are phenomenal! I have coveted one of your large poppies for years. I stare at it every time we have dinner at our friends’ place. Your trees are amazing too. I hope you do a booming business at the show this weekend – you deserve it.

88 | sara

May 31st, 2011 at 3:09 pm


Beautiful painting by a talented artist!! Would love to hang this in our home:)

89 | Jessica

May 31st, 2011 at 3:44 pm


We have a large Alicat poppy painting in our living room. It’s size and beauty make it quite stunning, but I would love to tuck this little one somewhere where it could surprise people. :)

90 | Lisa

June 1st, 2011 at 7:34 am


I absolutely love her paintings. Thank you for doing this contest. I would love to win.

91 | Mary

June 1st, 2011 at 9:36 am


Her work is awesome. Her paintings would be a great addition to our family home. Thanks for doing this contest.

92 | Bill

June 1st, 2011 at 9:42 am


Her paintings have a lovely vibrance to them, and based on the picture of her above, she does too. I hope this contest works for everyone.

93 | Rene

June 1st, 2011 at 5:12 pm


Her work is beautiful. Many thanks for making this a contest!

94 | carmela

June 1st, 2011 at 7:59 pm


Love her work!! Beautiful:)

95 | Kate

June 1st, 2011 at 10:33 pm


I also have been coveting one of Alison’s paintings for a few years. A lasting reminder of the ephemeral poppy in my garden…

96 | Tobi

June 1st, 2011 at 10:44 pm


I love poppies! In my garden, on my wall, anywhere!

97 | Marie-Claude

June 3rd, 2011 at 12:34 am


I really fell in love with your art! Every time i get the chance, i talk about you and tell my friends and family how talented you are! Where i work (i am a nanny) there is 2 painting of you and i soooo wish that one day i will have 1 in my home too. I keep my fingers crossed! :)

98 | Katy

June 3rd, 2011 at 9:02 am


It’s a beautiful piece – I’d love to win it!

99 | Ross Brown

June 3rd, 2011 at 9:04 am


Sure, I love poppies. They remind me of spring in Tuscany!

100 | Andri Sherstone

June 3rd, 2011 at 9:40 am


Alison’s work is beautiful! I would love one of her pieces!

101 | Carey

June 3rd, 2011 at 11:09 am


Beautiful poppies!!! Would love to win this painting!

102 | andrea

June 3rd, 2011 at 12:19 pm


Comments are officially closed to new entries. Draw results to be posted ASAP!

103 | andrea

June 3rd, 2011 at 12:50 pm


We have a winnerrrrrrrr.

It’s commenter #17 – Sara Horton – who wrote: “Love art, love Ali’s poppies, love your blog, and would love to win.”

Aw, thank you Sara.

Thanks for your entries everyone! And thank you Alison for hosting such a great giveaway!

104 | Alison Fowler

June 3rd, 2011 at 2:50 pm


Totally, totally amazing. Thanks everyone for all the wonderfully inspiring comments. I enjoyed every one of them. Congratulations Sarah. Looking forward to meeting you.

105 | Sara Horton

June 3rd, 2011 at 4:31 pm


Thank you both. I’m so excited!

106 | Helen Alain

June 3rd, 2011 at 10:45 pm


Alison Fowler is a talented creative artist and her poppies really pop out of her paintings. An” Alison Fowler” is a great addition to any room.

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