Personal Art Blog

Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year!


 Mockingbird Pride
12"x12"

Artist Note

I am still working on this painting. 
Taking my time to think it out.
Tweak or not to tweak...
that is the question!

As the sun sets on 
2020
I  want to thank you 
for the support you gave me and my art
during this weird year. 
It has meant so much.

My painting habits have changed 
due to being at home with a
dear hubby - who is delighted to have
me around due to him being able to enjoy
regular meals served on time.
(I do not kid myself it is 
due to my scintillating personality!)

I have always worked and been a do-er
so learning to be idle has been quite a feat.
I miss teaching and the wonderful artists 
I was around. BUT... I am grateful to be healthy
and in a position where I can stay safe and
 thanking heavens for Walmart grocery pick-up.
I am also becoming a ping pong player!

Let me know how YOU have adapted
to the new routines 
with any helpful hints you may have.

 I want to wish you all
 a much better new year than this last
one has probably been.

May 2021 Bless YOU with 
Health, Joy and Peace







12"x12" oil on gallery wrap 



25 comments:

  1. Julie what a beautiful painting. It is so wonderful to see your post and know you are doing well. I have faith that 2021 is going to be a good year. Ping pong sounds like a great way to stay active. May God bless both you and Jim with His Love! Hugs

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    1. Thanks dear Debbie. May your new year be all you want it to be for you and those you love. Thank you for another year of spiritual blessings and encouragement on your blog.
      HE has blessed us even when we didn’t know it.

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  2. All the very best for the New Year, Julie. May your paintings be the best ever and your husband continue to delight in having you around! I know that your scintillating personality does it all.

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    1. My year started great - reading your wonderful post had a lot to do with it. I forwarded it to quite a few friends. Thanks for caring about all life. Cheers to you and Miriam.

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  3. Happy New Year to you and hubby!!! It has been a crazy year and here we are in 2021!!!! Hopefully a happy and HEALTHY one for all.
    The subtle color and texture is truly beautiful in this painting Julie! You never disappoint us with your incredible talent. I miss going to my workshops. Life has certainly changed... I try to paint everyday even for an hour. My husband is still working at the airlines so i enjoy my time but being with people and painting together is what I miss more than anything. As you know, my dog Cali died in January... she was so sweet and kept me company.... I found myself looking at shelters so I can fill the hole in my heart. And I found my little Bambi. She keeps me busy... she loves her walks and she loves to sit with me while I paint.... here’s to a wonderful year Julie...and SO grateful for our virtual friendship!!! Sending you a hug....

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    1. Yes...we have been blogging friends for many years now Hilda. After time, it gets to feel like a genuine "family." Our hearts hurting after both losing a beloved pet is tie that binds. Our love of art is another. Stay safe and enjoy what we have until life starts up again. Catch this powerful HUG!

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  4. I hope you have a great year of painting in 2021 and can get back to teaching soon. Your painting is beautiful as it is, but I understand that when it doesn't seem quite finished you must do a little more (and not too much). Stay well and safe, and I look forward to seeing more of your inspiring work.

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    1. Hello Lavina - THANK YOU and happy to see you have joined daily paintworks. Will look forward to seeing your work.
      Painting for me is on a different schedule while I am with hubby but the easel is up and paint on the ready!
      It is accomplished in stages! Stay safe1

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  5. Love a nest, love a bird, and the background technique is downright exquisite!

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    1. Happy you like it. Thanks Lauren.
      I enjoyed your post regarding the finding inspiration and copying.

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  6. I love this. Very peaceful thought provoking. I love ping pong.

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    1. Neat to know you like pingpong too.
      That looks like the group you taught had a lot of fun as well as turning out good work. Keep at it Sharon.

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  7. Happy New Year Julie (&hubby) - you painting is coming along very well!!! My hubby is a wood-carver and actually made a Mockingbird tap handle for a friend's kegerator who lives in Texas (Mockingbird is the official bird of Texas). Glad you are holding on and painting away. I am going to get back to it today, in fact! Many cheers!

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    1. Good to hear from you Teri and neat to hear that your hubby is an artist too. Mine just likes looking at art with no idea of anything but if he likes it or not!
      I enjoyed reading your post and can see how the cropping helped. It is a very tranquil and beautiful landscape.

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  8. The painting is lovely as I expect from you! But you are the loveliest person I have been privileged to know. Hugs to you and Jim. Try not to hit too many people with the ping pong ball even if they deserve it.

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    1. Thanks Karen for the lovely words which warmed my heart...then ...laughing at hitting people. Usually Jim gets it!

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  9. You and your dear hubby have certainly weathered some changes, and Covid has overlaid all our lives with additional stress. In spite of it all, you appear to have kept a positive outlook and just calmly carried on, as the saying goes. I wish you all happiness in the coming year -- in fact, let's hope we all enjoy brighter days ahead. Like you, I'm striving to get back to painting more regularly; health issues have played havoc with our routine here as well. Cheers, my dear chum!😍🙋‍♀️

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    1. Ha! calmly carried on...not exactly.. I have been paranoid over this covid virus because of my hubbys health issues. My protective instincts are in full bloom. He is a pollyanna in positivity and that does make for a happy life though. We cannot wait for the vaccine. It is amazing that one has been developed so quickly. sending warmest wishes for improved health and many happy painting days. I really enjoy seeing your Instagram posts.

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  10. My very best wishes for Happy New Year 2021 !!!

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    1. And O wish you the same. Thanks for taking me to beautiful and ancient places with your art.

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  11. What a gorgeous painting! Perhaps our best creations are born out of hardship? I'm happy you are making life wonderful for your loved one, and for us here at your blog who love you.

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    1. Thanks so much Debra. Blush and smiles.
      I LOVE your creative birds, animals and dolls... wow... not just a painter you can create three dimensional works too. I loved seeing your blog.
      I look forward to seeing what is next.

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  12. It has been a terrible year but I am grateful for both my family and myself for being healthy . Wishing you a serene and healthy 2021 !! And of course, your painting is stunning as always even though not finished.

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    1. Hello Jane. Happy you and your family have survived the covid. Vaccine brings freedom from fear. Hope you continue to paint so I can enjoy your work...like the woman on your blog now.

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  13. My best wishes to everyone in this new year 2021. I hope it comes loaded with good news and above all health.
    Regards.

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Cheers,
Julie