And what have you done?
Another year over
And a new one just begun…
It has been a good year.
2013 had a rough start where I was struggling with dental issues, work problems and was definitely emotionally and physically exhausted.
I broke what I thought was a good friendship, through misunderstanding and miscommunication, and I grieved.
But there were new friendships made, good friends who make me laugh and I moved on.
The tooth got fixed. The work situation got worse until I finally had the inevitable meltdown that resulted in giving me time to reassess my attitude and response to the situation and grow stronger.
And I discovered Art Classes.
2013 was definitely my year of art.
I made the effort to do things I had always wanted to do, but never did.
I went to exhibitions. Victor Harbor, McLaren Vale and SALA.
I went to Kapunda and met and spoke to working artists
And I saw the Turner exhibition at our very own gallery.
And I painted.
Bigger and better and more adventurous than before.
I learnt to mix all the colours of the rainbow. How to paint a portrait. How important light and shadow can be. And measuring.
Gawd I hate measuring but it is so important and makes such a huge difference.
I have learnt to plan my paintings more too.
To take the time to really think
And it shows.
There has been less little experimental pieces. Less just messing with paint.
But there has been more joy in what I have achieved.
And I am finding my “thing”
I also wrote, for the Indie Chicks and even tried my hand at Haiku..
Of course there has been disappointments.
My beautiful Miss S is no longer always at our home, but she is still in my life.
And my first attempt to enter an exhibition, didn’t happen.
But without the down, there would never be up. And this year is definitely finishing on a high.
Work is good now.
My brother-in-law is recovering well from his cancer
My baby brother is married to a beautiful woman
My sons are tall and handsome and succeeding in their schooling.
My husband loves me, and spoils me rotten
and I have been completely overwhelmed with good wishes for my 48th birthday.
With only two more days until Christmas Day, I am organised, although the house still needs a clean.
But I have a lovely new dress and who really cares about a little dust?
Tonight my boys are taking me out to dinner so I wont have to cook and most probably so they wont have to either.
Over the Christmas break I plan to give the girl cave a good clean out. There are paintings that will be recycled. Not good enough to sell or display so they will be reborn in 2014.
And when the decks are clear, I have a new painting in mind. Perhaps another exhibition piece….
So this is Christmas 2013 and this is where I say thank you to all that have followed along with all my ups and downs, my good days and bad.
Thank you for all your comments and love
May Christmas and the New Year bring you all happiness, love and peace.
May all your dreams come true and may you always find colour in the darkest day.
With Love and Hugs xx