Monday, October 13, 2008

For the love of words

Sometimes finding the right words can be a challenge. But apparently some of us are better at expressing ourselves than others. Artist Mindy Martinsen for example, knows how to make words flow & is most definitely making a statement with her designs at City Art Photography. With a love of words and travel, she will work with you to design a piece that is fabulously unique & that will represent you the best.
It's very rare that my husband gets involved in decorating our home but amazingly, he's just as excited about the coolness of these as me! So while he's thinking about all the places we can hang "this" one.... I'm thinking of all the places I could hang ALL the other words I'm gonna order;)
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Enter to win by simply making a comment below telling us
#1 Your favorite design at City Art & what word your would like designed for you!

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179 comments:

Chrissy said...

I love things like this. From what she has on her page, I really like how she did the word "IMAGINE"...being the huge John Lennon fan that I am. I would like to see the word "ITALIAN" done like this for me.

Susan said...

I love "coexist" and would probably want "Colorado"

elaine said...

I would like the word SMILE done in the style from portfolio 2.
Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

kygirl said...

I would love Dalton done in the style on page 2

Laura Lee said...

Would it be possible to get Moscow with images from Moscow? I work with artists from Russia and I would enjoy that.

Croasla0 said...

i like las vegas. I would love paris that could ever be made!

lauren
croasla0(at)sewanee.edu

ariyana9501 said...

My favorite is Violet....I love the lampost i! It's gorgeous! The word that I would want would be "JARVIS". Thanks!

Kristy Blanco said...

I've been trying to do something like this for age! So far, unsuccessful:( I would love one of my name!

Baba said...

Love the old things in the word violet. The Word I would want would be Sloan.

mverno said...

the las vegas

Unguren said...

I like the one that says California. I would love to see Unguren done like that.

Unguren said...

I am a subscriber.

Holli's Blog said...

Super fun! I liked the one that said integrity. I would want one that says DRAGONS, in orange, turquoise, and gray tones.

Rita M said...

My favorite was the neon-lettered USC -- and that is exactly what I would want... as is!

erica said...

love the las vegas one, because that is home. lvwyattfamily@cox.net

Susan Murphy said...

Love the "Create" design. That would be super cool in a craft room! For me, I would love the word "Family" to put over our fireplace! Super cute.

AmandaK said...

This is so neat! I would love the word "Magic" and I love the Violet design!

bon bon said...

Very cool. I love the Sweet Pea one. Perfect for a little girl room. I think I would love one of the name Cooper.

amantikos@hotmail.com said...

Love Violet, would want one done for New Orleans, that would be cool.

Jenn S. said...

I really like the "INTEGRITY" one. Would love to get "TAMU" or "AGGIE" with letters from Texas A&M University. So cool.

Jinii said...

I loved the sweet pea one. So cute. I think I would have you do my last name "Boren"

Lweaver said...

I love "HELLO" but I would really like to have my name - WEAVER done.

Megan said...

I liked the Hope one! I would actually have Hope be my word as well!

I am a subscriber
megankunzphoto@yahoo.com

Stephanie said...

fave design is hope but there are so many fantastic ones. would probably have my son's name done for display in his bedroom.
tvollowitz at aol dot com

anoyce said...

I loved the "California" one! So fun! I would want the word "Noyce"

idahomom said...

Soccer

gkstratos said...

I liked HOPE. I'd love to have a piece with my family name.
gkstratos@yahoo.com

gkstratos said...

Subscriber
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Simple Splendor Photography said...

I love "Create" in Portfolio 2! Blue and green are my favorite colors!

Simple Splendor Photography said...

I'm a subscriber now too!

justicecw said...

WOW! I love them all...especially the way they did the name Karen. I would get my sons name done for his room. thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

justicecw said...

I just subscribed too!
justicecw@hotmail.com

Julia said...

I love the "Create" one..and I would get names done for my kids

juliaguinter@hotmail.com

Julia said...

and I'm already a subscriber!

Anonymous said...

I love the Rosebowl and El Capitan letters. Would love to see
. . . "PEACE"

Robin said...

My favorite work is her Laguna Beach. My family and I spend a month there each summer and I know where each and every letter is from and each has individual meaning and memories of summers gone by visiting the different locations. I would love to see the work GREEN done. I work in the sustainability field and this would be an amazing addition to my home and/or office! Love her work!

paryjeja said...

I like the Integrity one....would love to get the word ABILITY done

Erica C. said...

I like when the "T" is made of a big set of lights! I'd want to get Welcome done to put right inside the house.

Stacey said...

How cool is that! Since we have a really long last name I'm thinking that it would be cool to have the word BEACH since we are thinking about having that as a theme in our basement (also because we live in boring Ohio where we are far from beaches)!

Thanks for the opportunity!
~Stacey
csfish@roadrunner.com

Aisling said...

These are marvelous! I think my favorite is "San Diego", but I just love the letters in many of the designs. If I won, I'd choose the name "Maggie".

Holman House said...

LOVE the integrity piece. I think I would have my last name done. Thanks!

Tonya said...

I like the one that says hope. If I won, I would want the word LOVE

Stacy said...

I really like the San Diego one. I would probably choose my last name. I would ask if I could get some of the Fullerton letters since that is where I grew up.

hetz-junk(at)hotmail(dot)com

Leslie F. said...

This is so clever. I love the VIOLET one. I would like the word HOLIDAY.

lukedoggllc@yahoo.com

Paige said...

My favorite is the "Peace" from portfolio 1. I would like to see the word "FAMILY" done.

Ali said...

Maybe because it's I'm getting married soon, but I would love to see my future last name (Martinez)as a print! :)

The Tarpleys said...

I love everything in portfolio 2 and I would probably have Tarpley done in this fashion...

The Beadles said...

Those are so much fun to make!! The paradise one is way cool!!! thanks

Anonymous said...

I like how she did the word "Smith". I would want my daughter's name, Allyson, created.
-Terra
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

oneinamil23 said...

i like how she did "violet" (love the peace sign in it!!) as i am going to get married soon, i'd love to have our last name "Burns" -- thanks!

autumn398 (at) yahoo.com

bess said...

"charlotte" is beautiful...i think i would like the word Stunner

bbmackids@aol.com

Jeff and Bethany said...

I love the style used for "IMAGINE". It would be awesome to get "Madsen" done like that for me.

bethanymadsen@gmail.com

Chris, Heather, Gabe, and Marissa said...

This is so awesome! I love "Design". I probably would want our last name to be done and hang it under all our family pictures.
heatherlw@gmail.com

Chris, Heather, Gabe, and Marissa said...

I'm a subscriber

mogrill said...

The California one is my favorite! Beautiful stuff!

bluenude3 said...

I like "Design" "Peace" and "Hope" in Portfolio One. I can't pick a favorite between those three - they are all great in their own way. I would want the word "Traverse."

~Wyatt~Brittney~Brecken~ said...

I loved Paradise! This stuff is so fun! I love the diversity! I also liked the Hepworth one too! I would want "Brecken".
Thanks so much for the Give-Away, I will post it on my "I Entered" blog!
brittney.checketts at gmail

Whimsical Creations said...

Loved sweet pea.


=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

I am a subscriber.


=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Ann said...

Fantastic photography! I love the Imagine design and if I win I would love to get my son's name made: Jamie. This would be so cool in his bedroom!
Thanks for the great giveaway!

ann dot guns at mac dot com

Ann said...

I'm a subscriber!

ann dot guns at mac dot com

Ludmilochka said...

My favorite design is LEVI

Amber said...

This is really neat! I like Violet and would probably want my last name

Amber said...

I am a subscriber

mrs.mommyy said...

subscriber

mrs.mommyy said...

vegas and imagine or name

oona said...

I really like the design "PEACE" and I would like to have the word "YES" done.

Thanks for the giveaway!
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Bebemiqui said...

I like the Laguna Beach sign...I'd want to spell BOLT.
bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

kdkdkd said...

I love the PEACE one too, and the HOPE one too. I think I would want the word DREAM .

Sunnyvale said...

Not sure at this time what I would like, clever idea though and I'd like to wait on deciding if and when I win.

Jessica said...

My fav are the peace and hope. I think I would get our last name. What a great idea!

beatla(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kari said...

I love this artwork - so unique and creative. I would love to use the word "Peace" or " Welcome". Thank you!

Jennifer said...

I would like Jennifer done like Charlotte in Portfolio 2 Awesome art I love it!! Thanks for the chance to win.

thedirtyshirtblog(at)gmail(dot)com

Jennifer said...

I subscribed in email format too :-)

thedirtyshirtblog(at)gmail(dot)com

JeanineMB said...

Fun, beautiful art! I would probably choose the world "TRAVEL" or "ITALY", and I like the style used in "violet" also. Thanks!

mverno said...

I love the Rosebowl and El Capitan letters

M.A. said...

I most admire both the CHARLOTTE and the HOPE designs. Would like to have the word "friendship" done. .

vboackle said...

G--patio chair detail, Monrovia, CA is neat and i would like the name jake done.

Tanya Moyer said...

I think the colleges/universities done in their school colors (USC, UCLA) look cool. I would like to have my last name done! Great giveaway-thanks for offering!
~Tanya
the4moyers(at)msn(dot)com

Kimberly said...

What a cool idea!

I would love to have my familiy's last name made into art so I can hang it over our door to greet our guests.

Thank you for a great giveaway!

HunnyV "at" Optonline "dot" net

Roxanne said...

My favorite is the peace one. if I win I would want one of my last name!

msrodeobrat said...

i don't care what stlye, but I would love the word Ashley done in it

Abby said...

Please pick me I sooo want to give this to my husband as an anniversary gift with our last name on it!

ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

Abby said...

I just suscribed to your blog

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sweepmom said...

This is very clever. I really like the Paradise one. If I win, I think the word I would choose would be Family.

socialwork4kids said...

I am big fan of Oprah so I'll have to vote for the "Harpo" artwork. I know...I'm a groupie! LOL! As for my choice of words...I love to have one that says "Urbain" for our family name. m_huston(at)hotmail(dot)com

Chelise said...

There are too many amazing designs. I probably love just names the most, so I think I would want one of our last name, Patterson.

cheliseb(AT)aol(DOT)com

jnmacdonald said...

I'd like Mansker in the style in Portfolio 2 displaying the word, Paradise.

Angela said...

I love these! My favorite design is Los Angeles and would want "GROW"

judybrittle said...

I would love the Paradise design and would want my grandsons name Anthony.
Thank you so much!

judybrittle said...

I'm subscribed

Rachel said...

I love the colors from "Paradise", and would really love a "miracle" one for our home!

P. Oliver said...

It sure was difficult picking a favorite from City Art (what a clever artist she is!), but I LOVE the PEACE design. Thanks for this giveaway.

lisagee said...

The name Rachel with Colorado photos would be so nice to give as a gift :o)

monky said...

They are all so awesome!!!

I would love the word "Family" done like the family in Portfolio 3.

:) Thank you for the great giveaway! :)

zekebamm said...

I love La Canada, because all of the photos were taken there -- what a neat idea! I would love to have the name "Rocky" done like this.....just as inspiration, that is my dog's name. :)

Anonymous said...

How can one choose? They are all a great piece of art! I would love "Harley Davidson" for my boyfriends bike shop. Maybe with pictures of different motorcycle parts. Thank you

Michele said...

My two favorites from the three portfolios are "Violet" and "Smith." I loved "Violet" because of the "E" made by the white picket fence with the rose (Very cottage-y which is my decorating style!), and I like "Smith" because of the cool colors and ways she got the letters. This is such a fun idea!!

As for what word I would choose, I'd really have to think about it because I have a lot of them floating around in my mind right now. One is "Love," and the other that I'm thinking of right now is "Faith."

Thanks so much!!
Michele R.(CA)
luvkittysmeowmail@gmail.com

TheGreatBelow said...

The one she did of "Peace" is gorgeous. As for myself, I'd want my son's name. He'd love it. :)

aprilgup said...

I really like the CREATE in portfolio 2! I would like one that says My son's name.

Jill said...

I have seen her stuff before and I love it! My favorite one is in her portfolio #1 it says hope. I love the O it is my favorite! I would love one that either said my last name or my son's name. Awesome give-a-way! :)

Stanza Rae said...

First of all, I just love her work. It is very unique and creative. I think I would love to have one of the first "Arizona" ones (it shows up as "coming soon" on her site) as that is where I live!

Thank you for the contest!

Erma said...

Love the "Create" design. For me the word for me would be love.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

Kari said...

I'd love my name in any of them, very cool product!

milk and cookeez said...

I love the Kate name, my daughter is Katie and it was neat to see it in the photos.

angela said...

I love the Smile design. I would probably have our last name done, with photos from places that my husband and I have been together.

Bettina said...

I would like the "Nicholas" style for my sons beachy themed room. I would want the word to be Jazzton, his name, of course!

Kelsey said...

I absolutely LOVE this! I thought both versions of "HOME" were beautiful, but edgy, and would love to have a "HOME" of my own.

Karen said...

Love "coexist"

ktgonyea at gmail.com

Wehaf said...

I love the "coexist" one. I would like the word "nature" done for me!

Keeling said...

I love them ALL! I would really like to have my son's name: JACK, because, poor kid, he has NO artwork in his room!

Seeryus Mama said...

My favorite is HOPE. I love the blues! I would love the word FAMILY.

seeryusfam@msn.com

marcyp06@hotmail.com said...

I love Las Vegas and Imagine, and we would love to have "Destiny" in our home!

Jeanne said...

I love "Design"; especially the colors in it. I think I would like the word "Dream" or maybe one of my daughter's names.

jeanne_mcnamara@yahoo.com

jennem said...

My current favorite is Imagine. But I'd love one from my 'hood, Harlem!
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

PS said...

Love Create. I think I'd even take that, probably because I'm not feeling too creative today...

DOODLEGIRL said...

I'd like the word "beach" and "ocean"

DOODLEGIRL said...

My favorite design is "design"

kaylee8 said...

I like UCLA and would like Mizzou designed!

paula h said...

I love "Sweetpea". If I won I would pick our last name or LOVE.

megankortepeter said...

i like sweetpea and I would probably have my little ones name done.

Shelly said...

I would get Pasadena for my husband as he used to live there

tiffanybeth said...

petteytiffany@yahoo.com
the las egas cause i live there

The Saunders Family said...

i like create, and I think i would have the word faith done
mom2maria at hotmail

Bender House said...

I love the Imagine one as we live on Imagine St. I would probadly choose our last name. Thanks for the chance to win!

Allie said...

I love this, saw it somewhere before and wanted to get it for the home! I love the "peace" one but would adore "Emerson." Great concept and contest!

Peggy said...

I would want the word "Wonderful" in the style from portfolio

sweetsue said...

I love the one that says HOPE, I would have it say HOPE-it's perfect!

Erica said...

I like the "Violet" design.

babychooch (at) gmail {dot} com

yadgirl said...

I like "Wax Museum" and the words "Techie Princess"

amyjerstaf said...

I like the peace.
amyjerstaf@aol.com

Kitty said...

I like the "HOPE" in the portfolio, and would want the word "Understand".

AmandaSue said...

Wow! How creative and neat! I think the word "charlotte" looks neat, I'd pick the word unforgettable (if thats not to long) if so then I'd go with the word dream

Kelly K. said...

The O is so lovely in "HOPE". I would like to see "BREATHE".

Thanks! kellyache[at]hotmail[dot]com

Kristen M. said...

These are super cool. I'd choose "San Diego" or "California"

Memmotts said...

Super neat. Love Integrity. Would love Memmott. I am a subscriber.

blueviolet said...

I think the Charlotte design is my favorite. I would probably choose the word SCRAPBOOKING and then I could put it on the wall over my work center!
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

blueviolet said...

I subscribe too.
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

offthemap13 said...

This is such a "WONDERFUL" idea. :)

cmhutch said...

This is really cool. I like the word "HOPE" and I would like the word "FAMILY" done for me!

Smooshy said...

I like Smile! I think I'd want my last name.

masonsgranny59 said...

the las vegas

klp1965 said...

i like the emily one..i would have mine say pease

Heather said...

I like Sweet Pea from p2.
I really have no idea what word I would like. Too many I want! How about SHINE or SMILE?

JennyG said...

My fav is 'Emaily' and I would want 'FAITH'

jfg06001[at]yahoo.com

Julianne said...

I like Laguna Beach, since I was raised in that area. However, I would love the word TUSCANY for my dad, ANIME for my daughter, or something else for me that I would have to contemplate!

Gianna said...

I love the 'Karen' design and would love the word FREEDOM :)

joannaonthelake said...

I like the design from Portfolio 2 in the style of the word VIOLET. The word I would choose to have done in this design is OVERCOME because I love that word. In life you are constantly thrown with obstacles in your path and I remind myself each and everyday that I can overcome any obstacles that crosses my path. I think it would be so cool to have this as my daily reminder. I would find a prominent spot for it in my house! This is a very, very cool giveaway!
joannaonthelake@gmail.com

zwriter said...

I would like NASCAR Fan in a vegas style.

Radiowxman said...

I'd like "Las Vegas," since my gf is from there. Also, I'd like more city names, such as "Atlanta" or "Seattle."

Anonymous said...

Lets have Individuality in the Karean Design.

Grace said...

San Francisco in Patterson style

purango said...

Sweet Pea is my favorite. I would want Buddy.

lilyk said...

I love the "California" design! I would have my name designed if I won. I subscribed to your blog.

Sarah Z said...

I really like "peace" and would do my name!

Thanks!
Sarah
believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

Natalie said...

I would like the word FAMILY done or our last name. very cool designs!

Krista said...

HOPE is my fav.
I would LoVE my sons name though, for his room that I have never decorated!

Adam & Jessica said...

How Cute! I would love one done of mine and my husbands last name!!

Anonymous said...

Very creative!! I like the "Home", "Family", and "Imagine". I also wouldn't mind smile or our last name "Mollerup" done!

hayleemollerup@yahoo.com

amber schmidt said...

I love "imagine"! Puulease pick me!!! I have never entered a giveaway before either!

Mandy said...

I like either "Imagine" or "Hello", they'd be so cute in our art/play room!

Kellie said...

I like gratitude (but really I think they are all beautiful!) My word would be "DYE"

Kelly said...

I like the "imagine" word on the website. How fun and creative all the work is! I would choose to have "Family" done.

The Bailey Crew said...

I really like "emily" as my daughter's name is "emma" and the way the 'm' is looks amazing! I think the word "Music" would work really well in my music studio.

Amy said...

Wow, this is awesome!
I love the home and imagine designs...I would probably pick Home to display in the front room...or CAlifornia...I liek that, too!
Amy in CA

Anonymous said...

I cann't decide Love the Family and would love Our name if possible.....hard kaysweep@Iserv.net

Taya said...

I love the Gratitude one and I wood love my last name in a similar style.

Timster said...

I love things like this.

Naomi said...

I love the colors on the California and Las Vegas pieces. I would get my kids' names: Veronica Roo and Jasper Atom!

Vintage Diva1962 said...

I love "Violet" and the reason being is the peace sign in the O because I feel the whole world needs to live in Peace.

I would love the word "Marine" because my husband is one.

Cin said...

I like the word Design. If I had my choice of words I would probably pick Carpe Diem

Jingle said...

These are very cool! I particularly thought the images used on "karen" were interesting. i would love to have one made with INGLE!

BJ said...

HOPE is my favorite of all I saw. Pretty neat idea!

penny said...

I love this....i would love our last name..Coleman

queenoftheclick said...

I love Mindy's photos. This is fantastic art and I would love for her to come to NYC and do some more like the Chrysler Building (for the letter A).

I love how she did the word Gratitude.

Joye said...

I would like the DREAM in the style from portfolio #3

Erica said...

I just found this blog and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! I love the gratitude sign and would love that word or fabulous.

Patricia @ From Wags to Riches said...

I love how HOPE turned out and would like that if I won.

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Patricia @ From Wags to Riches said...

I love how HOPE turned out and would like that as my word.

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