Day 3 of 3 Giveaways for the Heart and Soul

by Melanie Weidner

Oh, I’m so excited about this final giveaway in the Heart and Soul series. I can’t imagine a better way to end 2012 than by introducing you to my friend, Melanie Weidner, the artist behind Listen for Joy.

Friends, sometimes I am lost. And sometimes I am found. Sometimes I’m both at the exact same moment, which Anne Lamott calls grace. I don’t know any other way to live this life, except to wonder and to wander and to seek and to fall short and to eventally find, but only bits and pieces at a time, and not necessarily in that order. It’s a wild dance, living as a human with the spark of the divine inside me; it’s a loud laugh and an ugly cry and a huge mess and salvation, all rolled up, gory and glory mixed together.

Threads by Melanie Weidner

Sometimes, into the mess walks another person who, through her words or his music or her art or his story or her willingness to expose the vulnerable gory and the blinding glory out loud, holds up a mirror to my soul and tells a part of my story, too.

Deep Breath by Melanie Weidner

Melanie’s one who paints my story when I have no words.

She reminds me that my mess isn’t just redeemable — as in fixable or cleanable or erasable — but my mess is a critical, crucial ingredient to a life that’s already whole. Already enough. Even broken wide open. Especially broken wide open.

Toward Resurrection by Melanie Weidner

And, like the best art does, when I’m at my end — when I’m all done and washed up and finished and sure I can’t go on because the world and God don’t make sense — Melanie shows me a vision for Love that’s so beautiful and so crushing …

God Also Grieves by Melanie Weidner

… and so quiet and so true …

Closer Than We Know by Melanie Weidner

… that I can’t help but hold on for a little bit longer. For just one more step through the muck and the mire and the magnificent. Which is all we ever have to do in life and love anyway. Just one more step in faith.


Giveaway #3:
Depths: 11×14 Art Print
by Melanie Weidner

I own a copy of this print, and I can’t wait to give one away. This piece is life to me. And all of motherhood. And all of salvation. The destruction on the surface. The relief that comes in the depths.

(Please note that the watermark and copyright do not appear on the print itself. They’re present on these images to protect Melanie’s work online.*)

This giveaway is now closed.
Congratulations to Erica Kain!
Check your e-mail box, Erica.

To Enter This Giveaway:

Leave a comment on this blog post by 10:00am (Pacific Time) on Monday, December 31st. One entry per person, please.

This drawing is open to international participants ’cause this is my blog and I can do whatever I want.

The winner will be selected using a random number generator and posted on Monday.

Disclaimer: Melanie is not an affiliate of this blog, nor did I receive any compensation for this post. All costs for this giveaway are incurred by yours truly. I adore Melanie, I’m inspired by Listen for Joy, and I love that I get to introduce her art to you. You’re made for each other, I just know it.


*All images used with permission of the artist.
‘Cause, really, that’s the only cool way to use art.


ABOUT BETH WOOLSEY I'm a writer. And a mess. And mouthy, brave, and strong. I believe we all belong to each other. I believe in the long way 'round. And I believe, always, in grace in the grime and wonder in the wild of a life lived off course from what was, once, a perfectly good plan.
  1. Wow. What a visual representation of what we feel! Thank you for introducing me to this artist. Whether I win or not I will be sharing her work and investigating if I can afford her work!!! Would love to give “Threads” to my daughter too. She is a composer, musician, and her husband is an artist and that piece would represent their new life together just beautifully!

  2. How Cool – I love art!

  3. I love Melanie’s work. And I love working with Melanie. What a lovely loving idea to do a giveaway!

  4. beautiful pieces! Thank you thank you for sharing them with us!

  5. Beautiful!

  6. These are beautiful. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  7. These are beyond beautiful… as are your words that accompany them. So many moments in Life when pictures and art tell our Stories best. Happy New Year, Beth – and I look forward to many more encouragements from your blog posts in 2013. From your International Participant (!), and fellow Jungle Girl… xx

  8. Thank you for another giveaway and for another introduction to a wonderful artist! LOVE the colors and imagery!

  9. This is just lovely, im off to look through her other work.

  10. Would love to stare at this beautiful creation!

  11. What amazing art work. It is great to have pieces on your wall that speak to your soul.

  12. Amazing, intriguing artwork…add your comments and it was a journey! Thanks Beth!

  13. Beautiful! I love this art!

  14. O o pick me, pick me

  15. I’ve missed the other giveaways but day three is definitely my fave. Love Mel and love her work.

  16. These are absolutely beautiful. Thank you for introducing me to her work.

  17. This pictures are amazing. So beautiful!

  18. Beautiful! Love her colors and strong feminine imagery!

  19. Beautiful!

  20. Wow- I have to say, I’m not usually an artsy kind of person but this is really incredible. I’m going to check out more of her stuff now. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Those are beautiful!

  22. Beautiful! I’ve always loved Melanie’s use of color and motion, and how her art captures a sense of whimsy. I just love, love, love it! <3

  23. Your words and the beautiful pictures are wonderful together. My days of young children are past but I enjoy reading of your struggles and triumphs, it’s like reliving those precious times in my own life.

  24. Thank you for doing another giveaway! I have to say these paintings remind me of another artist I found lately, when just doing a search for images of the Tooth Fairy. Then I ended up spending an obsessed couple of hours soaking in all of her work. Although the style is different, her paintings and beliefs seem to be in concordance with what we talk about here on your blog.

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