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{Giveaway} “For My Love” print by an FOF artist

2012 February 8

FOF artist  Naomi Lees-Maiberg is giving away “For My Love,” a luxe print of her original oil painting. Enter to win by answering in the comments below: What was the last piece of art you purchased?

Six years ago, FOF artist Naomi Lees-Mailberg and her husband left their frenzied metropolitan lives in Tel Aviv, Israel, for an abandoned farm house in coastal Maine.

For 25 years, Naomi was an illustrator for major magazines and newspapers in Israel, all while she raised three children, taught drawing at a college and showed her art in galleries. ”It was a crazy life–deadlines until 2 in the morning, two cell phones, two land lines.” Now, she spends her days painting from her quiet, scenic studio, which has breathtaking views of Acadia National Park. Here we chat with Naomi about her major move after 50 and what inspires her and her now. (See more of her pieces in the FOF Shop!)

What did your friends  say when you decided to leave Israel?
It was shocking–no one believed we were going, but we plunged into it, thinking Maine would be a nice place to grow older. It’s dead silent out here but it’s really beautiful. I totally recommend doing something like this to people living a crazy life.

Why did you choose to move to coastal Maine?
My children were going to college in the United States. Also, my sister and her husband moved to Maine, and I’d visit every summer. Each year, it became harder and harder to leave. Finally, my husband and I bought a 1830s farmhouse on 16 acres. Much of the house is built from old ships.

What inspires your work?
My surroundings–the landscape. For the items that I sell such as “For My Love,” (a painting of rose petals) I look for things that would be universally appealing. These were painted from roses in my own garden. I have also done more abstract paintings, and I’ve even done performance art.

What mediums do you paint in?
A lot of watercolor, but I also do acrylic and oil.

What kind of paper do you print on?
I use the best paper I can–Entrada. It’s really soft, so the prints look like originals.  I can also print on canvas and have them stretched on a frame.

Where do you sell?
A local gallery, and now, the FOF Shop.

Enter to win For My Love,” a print from Naomi’s original oil painting, by answering in the comments below: What was the last piece of art you purchased?

One FOF will win. (See all our past winners, here.) (See official rules, here.) Contest closes February 16, 2012 at midnight E.S.T.

Thank you for entering. This contest is now closed.

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  • gracie says:

    I have never bought a piece of art before. But I would love to own one..

  • Patti Stern says:

    I am a full time artist working with architectural antiques making them into whimsical cabinets. A passion for me is antiquing for my materials…those all all little pieces of art that I create the sculptures with.

  • Penny Boyer says:

    The last piece of art I purchased was Two Mules Talking by a local/nationally known painter – Glennda Turley. First nice piece of artwork I have ever purchased.

  • Maria Iemma says:

    I bought a large oil painting for our dining room at an art show-

  • beth says:

    a painting from an artist in st thomas of view from where I stayed.

  • gmc says:

    Many years ago–lovely numbered prints in TN. that bring a smile to my face every time I look at them.

  • sandy eckstein says:

    a piece of Andy Warhol art. lots of lips!! from FAB.COm.
    just hung it up today… this would look perfecet next to it!!

  • MOYRAB says:

    Such a lovely work of art! Greetings from N. Ireland!

  • Debbie Chaney says:

    I only have one piece of artwork, and I bought it at a fundraising auction for my son’s band program at school.

  • kakkie60 says:

    I last purchased an oil painting at an auction that was so beautiful. I ended up giving it to my “co-granma”, a friend who I share my grandchild with,as she loves him so much. I had ordered a gift for her that finally arrived in mid March. Since I loved that painting so much,and love Yvonne and Sky even more, I gladly gifted my painting to her,as the best gift is one that you would love for yourself,and give from the heart.

  • Kathie says:

    I have to say that I have never purchased any art, but I have been taking B&W photos for many years and do frame my prints that Iam very proud of. Iam so sad that print film has faded out and digital has taken over. I would love to have one of your prints, Love your work!

  • Christine says:

    I recently purchased a painting of the Wedding House in the historic district of Savannah, GA. I met the artist who not only did the picture, but also resides in the house.

  • pepper3 says:

    The last pieces were 3 floral prints. I love the simplicity & color of nature!

  • mb2432002 says:

    I got some beautiful hand made pottery at an art festival

  • PrincessTamera says:

    It’s hard for me to find art that I like because I’m very picky and like totally different art than most people. I’m learning to paint w/acrylics and have painted with oils. I bought a huge caricature of Audrey Hepburn & her cat-I love “Breakfast at Tiffany’s!” The painting above is my kind of art-I LOVE it and hope to win it since it is so beautiful!

  • sandy9787 says:

    Very interesting story artist. I would love to win this.

  • Kira says:

    Wow, I have to confess I never did buy any on my own! I guess I always just rearranged whatever was inherited or given to me… This print looks very sensual, would love to hang it on my bedroom wall:-)

  • suesur says:

    The last piece of art I purchased was a hand woven rug made by a native New Mexican woman.

  • padmanarasim says:

    last year I bid on an art piece(silent auction) & won the bid. This beautiful piece would suit a wall I have in mind.

  • Carol says:

    I went to one of those ‘Starving Artists’ shows at a local hotel. I purchased a very pretty landscape – waterfall and mountains – done in shades of blue.

  • Joseph Menard says:

    I bought a painting of small town life.

  • godiva says:

    A local artist (student art show), a dark piece entitled “Girl Cockroach”

  • dotsy says:

    Unfortunately, I have not purchased manypieces of art primarily because I don’t have the luxury of extra cash for that, but am always at galleries and online admiring. This is a gorgeous piece of art that would love amazing on my wall and I would be honored to display it if I had the opportunity. It is truly beautiful and elegant and makes me smile!

  • Adina Weinstein says:

    My child’s “beautiful” painting.

  • Valerie L says:

    Never purchase a piece of art. I would love to but I do not have the money

  • April Pace says:

    My last purchase was a landscape I found at a yard sale. It was just a little ‘off’ in perspective. Love it! It’s hanging in my bedroom now.

  • Peter says:

    I a metal sculpture for my parents.

  • Ron L. says:

    The last piece of art I purchased was an art deco advertising poster

  • Carrie Conley says:

    I have not purchased any art…

  • kgritts says:

    My last purchased art was framing a piece of art my daughter did in fifth grade that won an award! Oh, how I would love to have REAL art in my home.

  • spurnky says:

    I bought a Jon Van Zyle painting.


  • melgooch says:

    a pair of hand hammered earrings

  • orchidlady01 says:

    I make my own art so haven’t bought any in a long long time. It would have to be art posters that we framed ourselves back in the early 1980s!

  • Judy H. says:

    I bought a multi-media piece of art from Etsy.

  • MoonRae says:

    An encaustic piece right before Christmas…
    Love this print of Naomi’s, it would be perfect in my “pink”room

  • linda francy says:

    the most recent piece of art I purchasesd was a singed poster by Will Moses. It evoked a simpler time and place.
    I had just come back form the opening of the Crystal Bridges Museum of art in Bentonville Ark.
    I was impressed with the American style of painting thru the decades and this poster reminded me of all I love about America and American art.

  • Fab55 says:

    i ordered a quilted wall hanging from an Etsy artist and love it… no man in my life understands it or why it cost so much…but it makes me happy!! So, there, you Charlatans!

  • Casey Anderson says:

    I bought a canvas painting in Kohls about a year ago to go in my bedroom. I had jus moved to a new location & am now in the process of redoing several rooms. This is an absolutely beautiful work of art & would look great in one of my rooms.

  • bloomingidiot says:

    I bought a print of a street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The colors and the depth are fantastic – you feel like you are in the picture (which would be fine with me!)

  • inMO says:

    Hand-made jewelry and items from local art fairs.

  • abdoggett says:

    I bought a Pig sculpture at a local art show.

  • patmal says:

    At an event, I spent all my money on raffles for a numbered lithograph despite the other great things I could have tried for. I won and the print is the first thing you see when you walk into my home.

  • sussexr says:

    Many years ago my husband and I went to the Silvermine Tavern in Ct. It was a beautiful fall day while waiting for our table we took a walk and came upon a road that seemed to be something of another world. The trees were ablaze of golds and reds. Words really can’t describe the scene. We tried for years to find a painting to come close to what we saw that day and never did. Then, one day, after my husband had chemo we went to the Met only to find it was closed on Mondays. The guard told us to walk over to the Guggenheim museum. There on the street was an artist selling a watercolor. We didn’t need to say a word to eachother, my husband took out his wallet and paid. The painting captured our feelings on that day, and in the very middle was a couple holding hands just like we had that wonderful day. I cherish it.

  • krispy9 says:

    I purchased a piece of art from a local artist while traveling in Mexico. It was beautiful sunset over the beach done on a piece of tile using only his fingers. Quite a delight to watch being done.

  • susan hartman says:

    It’s been awhile. I did purchase a beautiful Clay Pot in the shape of a snail this past summer.

  • Kel M says:

    I had a “portrait” commissioned of my pets wearing whimsical outfits…it makes me laugh and the artist is so talented.

  • Kristina Yaya Messary says:

    The last piece of art I purchased must be a small, silvery metal plate in art nouveau style, appropriate for serving cookies or grapes or something like that. And while “we” enjoy the cookies or grapes, we can comment and discuss the elephant heads which are decorative details in this plate. A flea market bargain :)

  • Kathi says:

    I think this artwork is absolutely Beautiful< I have never purchased a piece of artwork but would Love to start to! How nice it would be to win this and it will be the start of my art collecting!

  • Donel P says:

    The last piece I purchased was Lady Fortune by Deboroh Valiquet-Myers

  • sccoed09 says:

    When moved into our new mobile home bought a painting to match the decor of each bathroom; 3 Italian scenes for various walls around living-room plus nautical lighthouse scene print and clock, and a metal piece for over the mantle; plus prints of the Italian chefs to hang in the kitchen when redone. These might not “qualify” as real art but they fit very nicely into our home and we enjoy them very much.

  • Judy Frederick says:

    Love her work. My husband is an artist so I know what goes into their pictures

  • debbie coleman says:

    The last piece of art was by bebe .. My favorite roses are the color melange. If my hubby wants to buy me any color I will accept them…lol

  • Laura Borud says:

    None, since I live with my mother as she ages and she is complete control freak, we (my son and I) do not do anything without it being her idea. I have made a few things and bought a blanket or two but otherwise…

  • Judy Detty says:

    The last piece I bought was a old Japan print with Large waves and a thin long boat . There were people in the boat. I bought it for my grandson now age 20 who wanted his room to have a Japan theme.

  • gingermclendon says:

    A map of the Republic of TX for a family farm that was a part of it.

  • plumleez says:

    The last piece of art I purchased was 20 years ago at an auction. It’s a lithograpgh of a young girl that resembled my daughter at the time- I couldn’t resist!

  • Alexis T says:

    The last piece of art I purchased was a Howard Behrend print. I love his landscapes. And I really like tulips – especially purple ones!

  • Sheila Chaffins says:

    I havent really purchased any real art but I woud love to.

  • Phillis Marshall says:

    The last piece of art I purchased was a poster print entilted “Blue Rinse” by L. Cooper. It shows a woman reclined in bath water. My bath room has become my art gallery but I’d like to place “For My Love” in my bedroom. The soft colors would go well with my drapes and carpet and I’d probably redecorate the entire room around this picture. I think it has a calming effect.

  • Sunn ymay says:

    My last piece of art was from my daughter who has a degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art. It’s a rendering of Santa on a bold orange background.

  • hofken says:

    The last piece of art I purchased was a Diana Madaras giclee, but I don’t remember the name.


  • nascarblue3 says:

    down the street from my home is what we call “the little beach” i grew up there and alot of memories are there, i used to go down there to think when i was stressed out, one day very early in the morning when the sun was coming up i took a walk with my dog, i saw this kid sitting there he was about 18 or so, he was painting the beach, the river with the boats moored out, i saw the paintng as a part of my life, i asked if he was giong to school to learn to be an artist, he told me he just started school and painting was always his passion i told him alittle about growing up here and his painting had alot of memories i could see in his painting, i asked him when he finished can i purchase the painting, he said he would give it to me if it meant that much, well it meant alot to me, i walked around for about 15 more minutes and he said i am finished “here you go” I handed him $50.00 he refused and i told him please take the money, this painting is very valueable to me, he took the money and i told him never to lose his inspiration for his art and i again complimented him on this painting, before i left i noticed it was not signed, can you please sign this for me it would mean alot, he did and to this day the painting hangs in my front entryway, everytime i see it, i smile.. i’m still up the street from the little beach…

  • jan says:

    I bought a wonderful abstract for my Christmas present, by Dan Bunea a wonderful artist from Romania. Love art an started painting lessons last year when I was 53

  • 56@55 says:

    I bought an artsy map of the Moscow public transit system.

  • gshep says:

    This print is unusual. I love flower oils, watercolors and prints. We are ready for Spring!

  • Linda Owens says:

    I brought a giraffe print.

  • Linda says:

    The last piece of art I purchased was a photograph of my oldest son and his beautiful bride at their wedding :)

  • tom bedford says:

    recently purchased a Hirshfeld litho in a wonderful frame to match the decor in my family room

  • Kai W. says:

    It was a Chinese painting of horses that I bought from China. I like the look and feel of the horses that I had to buy it.

  • bison61 says:

    last summer I bought a beautiful oil at an art show

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  • KatieQ says:

    The last piece of art I bought was a silk screen of a sunset seen through the leafless trees of a forest.

  • Diane says:

    Ihave to be honest here I have never purchased any art it has been a luxury I just could never afford

  • Beth Lowe says:

    Purchased a Horse racing painting at a local art shop last year for my “Horse room” This “For My Love” painting would be perfect for my newly painted bedroom with bare walls.

  • debbieleet says:

    I would love to give this lovely piece of art as a gift to my dear husband! =)

  • Becky says:

    A water color ..”.Danceing Spray” in Dec…..Betty Skolnikoff , for my birthday! Estate sale.

  • cindy b says:

    I purchased a fashion pic from the CondeNaste store with a lady and a big cat sitting at the table. love it!

  • lorraine says:

    I purchased a print of a black cat in silhouette sitting in front of a window of colored glass squares at an art fiesta last June. I go to this juried event every year and pick up something unique-jewelry, pottery, photography, etc.

  • AJB says:

    I bought two posters from a State Park store/ranger station I think will look good in my house. They were only $2 each, however, the cost to get them framed will be a lot more!

  • Leslie Petersen says:

    I have never been able to afford a piece of art BUT I do love and admire art in all forms. :)

  • hrbeck_98 says:

    I collect lithos by Al Hirschfeld but haven’t bought any for a while.

  • Margarida says:

    The last painting I purchased was perhaps fifteen years ago of a tranquil landscape.

  • janis says:

    I bought some nice prints taken by Vitaly Geyman

  • Lantana H. says:

    The last piece of art I purchased was a vintage piece from a second hand store. It’s a painting on wood and it’s just gorgeous.

  • Michelle says:

    I’m not art smart, but this is a beautiful piece and I would love to have in my home. Having a piece like this and knowing about the artist herself, makes it extra special.

  • SharShar65 says:

    The last piece of art I purchased was called My Summer Garden by Esther Grimm a local artist. That was my third piece by her. I love what she does. My SO brought me my fourth Grimm for my birthday – a gorgeous picture of Purple Irises that hangs over the bed. I love the colors in “For My Love” and have perfect place to hang it in my living room.

  • mawk313 says:

    A painting of grapes.

  • velder dixon says:

    havent bought any-love to win it

  • Penny Boyer says:

    The last piece of art I purchased was about 5 years ago. I purchased a painting of two mules “talking” from local artist Glenda Turley, who was onsite to autograph it for me.

  • DELIA SADLER says:

    A signed hummingbird print by a renowned Kentucky artist. He had donated the proceeds to Cardinal Hill Children’s Hospital. I love Hummingbirds and felt the price was worth it as it also benefited the children. He died shortly afterwards. A beautiful rendition of nature.
    Also, your home is beautiful. What an inspiration for your painting.

  • beth w says:

    My husband and I buy small watercolor reprints whenever we travel, a nice way to remember our travels.

  • Faith says:

    Old pastel by a family member. I treasure.

  • Dee S says:

    Years ago! A Gustav Klimt.

  • Roz Rickman says:

    Your background is truly unique. A framed photograph is a precious gift to me. I have an unusual framed pomegrate that was made from pomegrante juice — I treasure it ! Thanks for
    offering this unique art.

  • Debbie Chaney says:

    I’ve never actually purchased art, but I inherited some?

  • ktpotat says:

    One Of my co-workers gave me an oil painting she did for Christmas.

  • carrie obrien says:

    Just bought some Keane lithos at a thrift store!

  • Angelia Howard says:

    I have never bought a piece of art, always admire them.

  • Catherine says:

    When I was in Haiti, pre-revolution, I bought a painting from a local artist of a leopard in the rainforest. I loved the artist’s use of bright, wild colors.

  • Jen Lynn Rutsky says:

    The last piece of art I purchased was actually a combination of something I’d made and something I bought. When I was in Vegas I took a picture of the stunningly colorful Bellagio pseudo chandelier by Chihuly and recently went to a website where you can upload your picture and have them printed on canvas. Came out very cool

  • suri40 says:

    When my husband & I were in Hawaii, we purchased an original painting from a local artist.We love it as it’s a great reminder of our wonderful vacation.

  • sandy eckstein says:

    the last piece of art we purchased was a mirror from mexico with hearts and flowers, a beauitful 3 d piece, . i was at sloan kettering for chemo and if i was early, headed to the store on Lexington Ave always,” to look”.my husband bought the mirror for me at the end of my treatments. it’s so much more than a mirror to us.

  • CindyLacey says:

    I purchased 2 photographs from a co-worker at a company sponsored craft fair; 1 was a flower in black and white and one was some Dale Chihuly glass balls floating in a lily pond -

  • Martha Campbell says:

    My husband and I were in Key West. We love to poke around in galleries, and saw an original Ogi of a rooster. We fell in love and purchased it right on the spot. Still love that oil painting.

  • Adina Cohen says:

    I bought a wonderful painting at a local thrift shop auction. I couldn’t believe my luck.

  • Karen Cunningham says:

    I was teaching in Wales, a remote Inupiaq village on the tip of the Seward Peninsula in Alaska. Carving is a traditional art form there, usually ivory or whale vertebrae. I purchased a carved disc of an Eskimo mother and child. It means a great deal to me.

  • Lynne Bannon says:

    Love is all!

  • Amy Rouse says:

    I bought an amazing oil painting of a little boy gazing out onto the St Lawrence River (where I live) at a charity auction for my new baby grandson.

  • Deb says:

    I can’t remember the last time I bought art. I would love to win this!

  • mamavalveeta03 says:

    I purchased an original print off of Fab.com to go with our new home by the ocean. The print has “waves” of color that will go perfectly in our new living room!

  • Andrea C. says:

    Art auction on a cruise.


    Purchased an oil painting with blue & yellow irises for my bedroom. So lovely.

  • skipheart says:

    Last piece of art I purchased was a signed Fatali for my husband for our first Christmas.

  • Katie5 says:

    When my husband, and I were in the Cook Islands in 2005, we bought a water color print from one of the local artists of a mother holding her child. It hangs in our bedroom; it reminds of the special time we spent there.

  • kmariem18 says:

    At a local business that carries works by local artists, I bought my husband a framed photograph – so beautiful.