Another April Feed Your Soul contribution and an original art giveaway from artist Shawna Handke!


I have another April Feed Your Soul contribution and an original art giveaway from artist Shawna Handke! In addition to contributing a free art download for the Feed Your Soul project, Shawna has donated 2 original drawings she did in the process of her creating her contribution and you could win one of them!

How to win!

Visit Shawna’s Etsy Shop, pick out your favorite goodies and leave a comment(s) on this post with your picks. You may leave multiple comments for more chances to win.

I will choose 2 random commenters and each one will win one of the two original drawings shown above. This giveaway will end Saturday, May 2nd at 11:59 pm EST.

Before you head off to Shawna’s shop, make sure to print out her free Feed Your Soul contribution and read my interview with her below.


About Shawna Handke – During a transitional moment in her life, Shawna Handke realized that she needed pursue the things in life that motivated her to wake up each morning. Shawna had studied graphic design & illustration, but she had not really pursued an art career and so she decided to change that. The artwork that she began creating expressed a child-like creativity and can be described as free-spirited and full of vibrant color. Read more and see Shawna’s work on her Blog, her Website, her Etsy Shop & on Flickr.

1.  How do you describe your work?

It’s difficult to describe one’s own work.  I enjoy creating lines, so I would sometimes describe my work as linear; although I do not feel that this would describe all of my work.  I would also say that my work is continually filled with processes.  I collect paper with markings on them for my scribbles-sketches series, and I add lines using my fountain pen and ink well.  Oftentimes, I add color to this collection after there are lines.  And if I create a print, I usually have several drawings that I piece together using Photoshop or Illustrator.  Of course, I like to work from my original drawings best.  Other work that I create typically involves even more process.

2.  What are your inspirations in your art and life?

I have definitely been inspired by my family; in fact, my parents encouraged me to pursue my dreams from the time I was a child.  Family is still a large part of my inspiration to keep me motivated to work, and I assume it will only play a larger role now that I have a little one on his/her way.  In general, I love watching people, and usually these subjects work their way into my drawings.  Other times, the places I visit inspire me to create something new.  I suppose that ambience plays a large role in my artwork.  If a setting does not seem “right,” I will move on to somewhere new hoping to be inspired.

3.   What do you do to help feed your soul?

I almost always have music playing, which is a constant source of “food.” I love sitting outside and enjoying the simplicity (and complexity) of nature. In fact, I oftentimes work on my back porch. Other activities that help me “feed my soul” include going on bike rides, long walks, gardening and just hanging out with friends and family! Who can resist sitting around a table filled with friends and sharing some good food?

Download Shawna Handke’s Feed Your Soul contribution HERE!


  1. I absolutely love “Lumber Jack.” I’m going for a woodland theme for my living room and I can totally see this hanging on the wall! I also really like the “This Is For You” note card. The picture reminds me of Devendra Banhart, haha. 🙂 I love how Shawna’s work is so spontaneous and impressionistic and still conveys so much feeling. Added seller to favorites!

  2. I liked the drawing “Coffee In The Garden” I can see myself sitting there! I also really liked “Men”!

  3. Beautiful drawings! My favourite actually isn’t a picture though! I love the Mother and her Children shirt in small. It reminds me of doing errands with my own darlings!

  4. I just want to tell you all that I sincerely appreciate your comments, and I’m thankful to have so many people interested in my artwork! 😀

  5. There are quite a few drawings there that I love (Expecting is one of them), but my favorite one is “WILDflowers – no. 3.” So vivid and cheerful!

  6. There are five drawings that I really like. I love No One to Watch, His Worst Day, Bennett s Life – framed drawing, SALE – Opposites ATTRACT and Ornamental WILDflowers – 04. This is a great giveaway and I really hope I win. Thanks.

  7. Shawna is an incredible artist! I have purchased a lot of her work and it is amazing! Everything that I have purchased is wonderful!

    Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  8. the listen to them talk painting is great. i often wonder about trees & what they’re thinking & talking to each other about…..

  9. I like dos mannequins — it reminds me of my mom. She’s a weaver and always has dressed dollies in her house.

  10. This is definitely going to take many comments because there are so many pieces I love – “Community Gardening” – it is fantastic!

  11. i really like *a bird and his trees* and *home is where the heart is*!! thanks for the awesome opportunity!

  12. Great artwork! I like WILDflowers No. 3, community gardening, and Sketches of Nature. I like the use of books and text in her work.

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