I entered my first Minted Challenge back in the fall and to my surprise all three of my entries won! My two encaustics titled A Study of Home I and A Study of Home II, were honored with a "jury's pick," and my oil painting of the stacked espresso cups was placed in the top 20 – there were 2,000 entries, holy cow!
Through the various contest and social media accounts I've been managing for my business, Two if by Sea Studios, I've met so many other designers that are attending Surtex and pursuing careers in surface pattern design. One nice designer from Southeast Michigan, Kelly Ventura, has been so inspiring with her Minted art print submissions. Painterly and beautiful, I've added her print, Abstract No. 1 to my wishlist.
My other current favorite is this print, Birch Woods in Winter by Four Wet Feet Design, for obvious reasons. I'm picturing it in a cabin bedroom someday with grey walls and all white bedding.
See both on the art board I created below: