julia contacessi’s beautiful abstracts + a giveaway! (closed)

I apologize for the silence on the blog last week; my momma was in town for eight whole days and so baby girl and I soaked up each and every minute with her!  To make up for the lack of posts lately, I thought we’d kick off the week with the fabulous abstract artwork by Julia Contacessi!!  You might remember I included one of her paintings in a roundup of my favorite sea-inspired artwork through Minted a few weeks ago;  I love her bold use of color and how almost all of her landscapes and abstracts remind me of the sea.  There isn’t a piece in her portfolio I wouldn’t LOVE to hang on my walls (her “Distant Island Pier” is currently a contender for some empty wall space in my master bathroom, actually!)  Here are a few favorites from her portfolio I’m loving lately:

Julia has graciously offered to give away one of her framed and matted art prints to one lucky reader here on the blog!  All you have to do is tell us which one is your favorite in the comment section below and don’t forget to leave your email address!  I will pick a winner this Friday, 7 August.  Here are the five beauties to pick from; good luck picking your favorite!

Divinity (9×9 art size)

Driven (9×9 art size)

House of Sapphire No. 1 (9×12 art size)

Sea Smoke (9×9 art size)

Undertow (9×12 art size)

To see more of Julia’s work, check out her portfolio here, her Instagram (@fineartcontacessi) and, if you’re in the market for an oversize abstract, don’t forget to check out her selection over at Minted, where you can order a piece up to 30×30! 

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  1. Nancy Blaydes on August 3, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    These are lovely abstracts! I'm currently renovating a little cottage near the beach in CT and would love to have "Divinity" hanging in the house!


  2. karen on August 3, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Kelly,
    My favorite thing..a giveaway on Monday. How nice of Julia.Favorite piece would be Driven , yes it was hard to choose. Divinity is beautiful also. I am currently in love with orange and turquoise so there we go!

  3. Meredith on August 3, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    These are beautiful! I'm torn between Divinity and Undertow … Ultimately I love Undertow and the use of gold in the piece!

  4. Meredith on August 3, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Divinity – so beautiful!

  5. Erin DeWitt on August 3, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    What beautiful work! I love Undertow but Divinity is my favorite!

  6. Rachel on August 3, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Wow, these are gorgeous! I love the glint of gold in Undertow, but I think ultimately I'd feel so inspired if I had Divinity to look at every day. Here's hoping!… Thanks! (And congrats to Julia on the beautiful work!)

  7. Teri Nix on August 3, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Would love a beautiful painting by Julia Contessi! Sea smoke is my fav!

  8. Doreen on August 3, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    They are all beautiful, but my favorite is Divinity!!

  9. Vanessa C on August 3, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Wow, all of them are beautiful, it's hard to choose. I'm debating between undertow and divinity. But if I have to, I think I'll have to choose undertow, I love the gold splatters with it.

  10. Lori on August 3, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Such beautiful paintings! Divinity is my favorite!

  11. Teri Russell on August 3, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Good morning, Kelly.

    I Love "Divinity"! I live in Colorado, but spent my youth in North Carolina. I miss the ocean so much. Yes we have mountains, but water calls me.
    Julia's abstract's are all lovely, so hard to pick a favorite . Keeping my fingers crossed.

  12. Lynn-de Williams on August 3, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    So hard to pick just one…. but my favorite would have to be Sea Smoke. πŸ™‚

  13. Kathy on August 3, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Never have enjoyed abstract art until lately and these are wonderful. Colors are great. It was difficult to pick a favorite, but I think I would have to go with Sea Smoke.

  14. Heather on August 3, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    oh wow! i am blown away by the beauty of these gorgeous abstracts. i would love to hang one in my home as well as source them for my clients. thank you kelly for introducing your readers so such a talented artist! my favorite is divinity – it reminds me of the coast here in la jolla, ca. πŸ™‚

  15. Theresa on August 3, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Divinity is absolutely beautiful but House of Sapphire is so bold and compelling. House of Sapphire is my pick. Thank you for sharing!

  16. Esray on August 3, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Wow — how can a piece of art feel peaceful and bold at the same time? House of Sapphire No. 1 is stunning.

    Undertow is a close second for me — we have an original abstract from an artist in Arizona that uses that splash of gold with his neutrals. These beautiful selections (in the contest and others) urged me to visit the artist's website. So pretty!

  17. Laurie on August 3, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Divinity! Beautiful…

  18. Nicole on August 3, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    So much beauty! My favorite is Undertow.

  19. Linda on August 3, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Love Julia's art and have visited her website before. I love Driven because it makes me think of sunsets in wine country where I live. She's so lucky to possess and express her talent this way.

  20. Michele on August 4, 2015 at 12:47 am

    I don't own a beach house but when I look at Divinity I imagine I'm looking out from my beach house window and see this glorious view. I breathe in the sea air and smile, grateful. This would be a treat to be able to gaze at it everday!

  21. Mary on August 4, 2015 at 1:20 am

    This is tough. I love them all. But if I had to pick just one it would be Sea Smoke.

  22. Angie on August 4, 2015 at 1:44 am

    What an amazing giveaway! Thanks julia and kelly! I think I would choose House of Sapphire. My house has a lot of navy and white and this would look spectacular. I also love Divinity. Very hard to choose. Ive been looking for oversized prints, so im heading over to minted right now!

  23. MaryAnn Iadarola on August 4, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Julia's painting are all beautiful. I have several in my home. It is difficult to choose, but I love "Undertow."

  24. Kelley on August 4, 2015 at 2:04 am

    All of Julia's pieces speak to you in different ways and take you to different places. They are all so breathtaking, but Undertow literally takes you to another dimension with its shimmer of gold. It's gorgeous, and ultimately, speaks to me the most. I would love to be inspired by its beauty every day in the entry way of my home!

  25. Nikki on August 4, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Divinity is absolutely beautiful! House of Sapphire No. 1 is my second favorite!

  26. holly on August 4, 2015 at 2:31 am

    House of Sapphire No. 1 is my favorite!

  27. Jennifer H. on August 4, 2015 at 4:09 am

    My favorite is Divinity. Beautiful artwork.

  28. Lea Anna on August 4, 2015 at 4:38 am

    I like Divinity

  29. Brandi on August 4, 2015 at 5:03 am

    What a lovely giveaway. Each one is prettier than the last. And I choose Undertow as my favorite! It makes me think of the sea + I love the bit of sparkle.

  30. Lizziefitz5 on August 4, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Undertow is spectacular! The emotion it evokes is simply breath taking . Julia is a credit to her talent.

  31. Jo @ Let's Face the Music on August 4, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I love Undertow however any one of them could grace my wall; they're beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

  32. Liz on August 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Divinity is absolutely Divine ! It reminds me of early mornings at our family cottage sitting by the water having coffee and smelling the sea air ????

  33. Daniel Hess on August 4, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Hey Kelly! I remember being sucked under the water at the beach and opening my eyes to see something like "Undertow". All are great paintings. Thanks. Dan.

  34. Jenn Roper on August 4, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Divinity is my favorite. Driven would by my 2nd favorite. They are all beautiful! πŸ™‚ Hope you had a great visit with your Mom Kelly. I am sure she couldn't get enough of that little beauty of yours πŸ˜‰

  35. Marissa C. on August 4, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    House of Sapphire No. 1 is incredibly beautiful! That blue really pops. It would be such a beautiful accent color against all the grey furniture I've been collecting.

  36. alaine on August 4, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    They are all so beautiful, I think my favorite is Sea Smoke.

  37. kim on August 4, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    It is hard to choose but I think I would go with Sea Smoke. Thanks!

  38. Linda Hilton on August 4, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    All paintings are great and I would love to hang anyone in my home but my favorite is Driven…love the orange.

  39. Nancy on August 5, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Sea Smoke – boy, such a hard choice!

  40. Bree on August 5, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    I would pick Divinity. Such a talented artist, thanks for sharing!

  41. Michele Marshall on August 5, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    These paintings are so beautiful. Each one gives a calming feeling. My favorite is Driven. I like the underlying heat.

  42. Melissa on August 6, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Wow, they're all stunning, My favorite, hands down, is undertow. Love it so much.

  43. Staci on August 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    I love Divinity and House of Sapphire. They are both beautiful. I love her artwork.

  44. Miriam on August 6, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Oh my, such beauty to choose from….I think driven would be my choice although they are all beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these!

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