Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Etsy Feature: Justin Vining

Etsy Feature: Justin Vining

Shop Name: I have not really formed a formal shop name, however, if I did it would go something like: Justin Vining Fine Art Studios

What do you make? I am primarily a watercolor painter with some drawing and acrylics thrown into the mix. Oh ya, I love doodling too!

How did you first pick up your craft? I first gained interest in art during my high school art classes, this evolved into a B.A. in Art Education from Purdue University and finally a full time position, teaching elementary art for three years. While a teacher, I was able to continue painting on my own and through the inspiration of my students, was able to form a style of my own.

What are you inspired by? Wonderful question, everything, anything, but specifically my childhood on the family farm, the stars in our night sky and the creative minds of the students I taught.

Tell me about yourself? Currently, I am about to finish my first year of law school, which has proved to be a new kind of challenge that has had both had its ups and its downs. While in school, I have continued to find time to create and feel like the hours spent in the library has reflected into bright compositions with layers personal expression. Along with creating, I am an avid cyclist, enjoy rock climbing and can solve a rubik's cube at near record breaking speeds.

Other Etsy shops you love? TONS of them but if I can only name a few:
Cindy Thornton, wonderful acrylics with a dreamlike quality.
budanART, unique abstract landscapes full of composition and color.
Pyglet wispers, I enjoy doodling as much as any other artist and am incredibly inspired by her work.

Advice for fellow artists/crafters? Chase your dreams and let them guide your work.


This weeks giveaway is absolutely fantastic! Justin's artwork is incredable and I'm so thrilled to be offering all of you a chance to own a piece of his work and make it a part of your home!

Justin Vining has graciously offered any item from his shop priced $20 or below, the winners choice!!

How to enter:: RUN, dont walk, on over to Justin Vining's etsy shop and leave a comment here stating your favorite item from his amazing shop! And be forwarned, it's stocked full of amazing original drawings and paintings and beautifully eye-catching prints, so you'll have a hard time choosing your favorite!

Standard rules apply ---> You must leave a way for me to get ahold of you in case you win! On Tuesday 4/22 I'll announce the winner provided at least 20 people have entered this giveaway!..... what are you waiting for??? Go and check out the amazing goodies at Justin Vining!!!


tjmetz said...

I love A Winter Night!


Dayna said...

This would be my choice
but it appears that your contest ended yesterday before it even started!

Celebrate Life said...

I have been seeing Justin a lot in the forums (if it's not him then it's his name b/c he is so talented!).

This is my favorite at the moment:

Christopher And Tia said...

I like property 11. Heres why. Ever since I can remember, I've played this road trip game. Whenever we pass a shack, a barn, a run down something or other, I shout out "thats MY house". Whoevers with me catches on quick. The point of the game, is to have the crappiest house. Its a stupid silly game that has no meaning. But I love it. And I love property 11.

Lesley of Banana Pants Clothes said...

I love:
West of West Lafayette - Original Watercolor

I love all of his work though. Amazing.

As usual, you can get in touch with me through my Etsy shop. :)

pootieposh said...

I just love My Starry Night.

esque said...

This one's beautiful:

Plus, it'd fit great into my decor!
Seriously, really like his style!


Bunny B said...

I love A Whimsical Night! Mostly cos it's in my fave color!
Justin's artwork is amazing. I love it all!

(Just in case, my email's in my blogger profile :P)

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Anonymous said...

love this one

what a kick ass giveaway, so glad you posted in the forums

Ronalyn said...

I love this one.
If I'm the lucky winner you can reach me through my etsy shop

The Apple In The Tree said...

this has got to be one of the coolest things that I've ever seen!

what a wonderful feature!

ElegantSnobbery said...

What a fabulous artist and a wonderful feature!!! My favorite would have to be

West of West Lafayette

But that is only if I am absolutely forced to pick a favorite! They are all so good!

Arasay Ontaguemay said...

My favorite is property 9:


pyglet said...

My favourites are:
"A Beatiful World"

and "A Whimsical Night"

Great artist!

Also, thanks for the mention Justin!...=)

Raven said...

Hmmmm...I'd pick either "Chasing the Wind" or "Property 10".
Great feature! :)


Des said...

Beautiful World!!! Looks like patchwork to me. Love it!! What a great giveaway!

Aimee Dars said...

I like this one:

They are all great, but this one about Martian life is humorous and I love the insight that "Martians" may not be so different than the rest of us!

Aly The Red-Bliss Monkey Studio said...

My Starry Night is my fav!!!!!

Linda said...

I love the one called Magenta! Beautiful, soothing colors!


aweso said...

great stuff! totally my style of art. what a great idea for a giveaway.

my favorite is 'my starry night'


Anonymous said...

I like the print whimsical night by justin vining. Please enter me in your contest.

Brandon said...

I love Justins work! I posted his world work on Stylehive! I just love his style!
I'm going to win!
What its always good to be positive!


De Lavande said...

What Wonderful Painting ... Hard to pick Just one I like but I would have to say my top pick is :
Chasing the Wind


idyll hands said...

Ooooh - I love... LOVE LOVE LOVE Magenta.

I hope I win this one!


Nikki Sherritt said...

OK, I am a HUGE Vincent Van Gogh fan and I love both his adaptations of the Starry Night paintings. I hearted both. Very impressive. Thank you for introducing me to his work.

Nikki Sherritt said...

oops, here is my info to:

Baggavond said...

I can say without a doubt that my favorite piece by Justin is "A Beautiful World".

From, a Loyal member of the JustinVining Fan Club on Etsy,


mystiqueisland said...

I love this one

West of West Lafayette

It's a gorgeous painting..a very talented artist!

mystiqueisland said...

I forgot here's my store

Allison said...

I love...

ihchicky said...

My favorite item is My Starry Night - 9x12 PRINT.

I love the color contrast!

Sarah said...

as if I can pick a favorite!

Teresa Rollan said...

I just met Justin tonight in a chat room. Love his art! Such a unique style. My favorite is A Beautiful World-Large Print and that is what I will choose if I am the winner.

I am Teresa from

Nikki said...

My favorite is Property 3 - Original Drawing. The watercolors are beautiful, but there's something insanely eye-catching about such a well-drawn piece on a boring textbook page.

speakoutloud said...

ohh! i want a ring! they are beautiful!

speakoutloud said...

this is my favorite!