So this is Christmas..

And what have you done?
Another year over
And a new one just begun…

A brilliant and beautiful song by the late John Lennon and one of my very favorite Christmas Songs.
So it is Christmas, and also my birthday today and around me there are recaps and reflections on the year nearly over.

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

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34 thoughts on “So this is Christmas..”

  1. I LOVE that dress. :) Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas. Funny… I’m so wrapped up in getting through the season, I forgot we’re almost done with the year. *sigh* 2014 will prove to be interesting, and I suspect Tony and My most challenging together. (((HUGS)))

  2. Happy Happy Birthday to you my dear!!! 2013 has been a doozy…but in the end…a pretty good year with lots of learnings…certainly for me and I think you too…sending you hugs and lots of love my incredibly talented friend…I will toast your birthday with you and wish you a new year or arting, loving, laughing and learning!! Hugs!

  3. Happy birthday, Mynx! I can totally relate. 2013 had its ups and downs but it’s been a great year for me too. Here’s to an even better 2014 for us all.

  4. A big Happy Birthday to you, I hope it is a bloody great birthday, sounds like your 2013 was a pretty great year and I hope 2014 is even better for you. You look so pretty in that dress, you have nice legs…………

  5. What a lovely photograph! Merry Christmas, Happy birthday, and thank YOU for the beauty you bring into our days.

  6. I’m so glad it turned out to be a good year for you. And that photo! The hair, the dress, the shoes?!? You are stunning, my friend. :) Birthday hugs to you. (I’ll save the Christmas hugs until tomorrow, so as not to overlap them :) )

  7. Have a happy birthday and a merry Christmas Trish. You’ve had a heck of a year. It seems like everything that went a little (or very) wrong also got sorted and, best of all, you got through it all. I hope 2014 is better for you. Especially as far as art goes.

  8. I love the dress and my wife loves the shoes (she’s a colorful heels type of gal). A very, very happy birthday to you! You’ve had quite a year, and it’s cool to have been there through it with you as it happened. Looks like everything worked out for the best, and hopefully next year will bring you even better things.

    1. Those shoes certainly get plenty of attention and I think every woman should have at least one pair of fabulous red shoes.
      Looking forward to 2014 and continuing our bloggy friendship.

  9. You’ve had a banner year as far as growth goes. Both in art and in learning to deal with an impasse at work. You are a talented and very bright lady and I’m so glad we’re still hanging in there 3 years later!! lol
    Happy Birthday and a Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family.

  10. Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, and hugs & best wishes for the new year to you and yours :-)

  11. it’s been a beautiful journey following your blog. THANK YOU. I am glad your Birthday was lovely, and I LOVE the Shoes……I can no longer wear heels, but I can always admire. MERRY CHRISTMAS, and may 2014 be your year to SHINE at EVERYTHING. xxxx

    1. Those shoes can be killers, I am surprised I don’t cripple myself wearing them/
      Wishing you and your family every happiness for Christmas and 2014

  12. A Happy new Year , lovely friend :). Kissessssssss.If this is you, wow you’re just as beautiful as your art. So lovely to see you. Many kissessssssssssssssssssssssssss.

    1. Yep, that’s me, all dolled up for an evening out. I thought that as people had seen me in my super daggy best in my painting videos it was time to show them I could be a girl too lol
      So thank you for your lovely words and kisses right back xxx

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