Good morning gorgeous people around the planet!
Isn't it amazing that we can connect this way as we sit by our computers, all of us spread across this little ball of rock and water, spinning through space in an infinite Universe?
Stuff like that makes me feel kind of overwhelmed sometimes
The BIGNESS of it all
The WONDER of it all....
and this has been a wondrous year indeed
in fact, so wondrous
that the very telling of it
has me feeling overwhelmed
so this morning, when I woke,
I thought to myself
rather than avoid your blog again today
why dont you just share a few little snippets
from the past week or so
and then maybe
tomorrows wrap up of the year wont seem so daunting
So here we go......
I've been spending more time in my studio and actually have it fairly organised and clean in anticipation of the arrival of my beautiful friend Orly Avineri in a couple of weeks. Orly is teaching two workshops at our home and I am sooooo excited she is coming!
I've also been practicing painting faces. I love the anticipation of seeing who will emerge!
We celebrated on Christmas Eve at my dads house and of course ate far too much!
Post gorge lounging!
Christmas morning present time!
Marco was uber thrilled with his present from Santana~ an original White album from the Beatles!
and I LOVED all of my pressies too! The basket is from Ghana and is now attached to the handlebars of my bike. Isn't it the cutest?
Luna under the Christmas tree wondering where her presents are....
Santana with one of her presents...she loves collecting beautiful props to use in her photography :)
Santana recently took these beautiful pics of our gorgeous nieces, Chloe and Aimee, when my sister Jean and her sweet family came to visit ♥ You can see the shoot here along with more of Santana's work.
Christmas Day was super low key this year. After hosting 25 for Thanksgiving I figured I deserved some chillax time. Santana decorated the dining room and our lovely friend Alison joined us for a simple but delish meal.
After her near death experience last month Bella (horrible paralysis ticks!) continues to recuperate but unfortunately Sienna lost both of her goldfish on the same day last week. RIP Marcos Tacos and Luhan ♥
Strangely the cats don't seem quite as interested in drinking from the cat bowl now that there are no longer any fish in it......
Yesterday I spent some more time in my studio and after spilling half a bottle of orange ink on the counter I decided to experiment with it, pulling out various substrates that have been building layers over time and adding the flame orange ink and a new marine blue that has just arrived....loving the combo of the two colours ( both from the Daler Rowney F&W Acylic ink range).
Cant wait to see where these will go next...
Wishing you all so much love during these holy-days.
Here's a lime vodka mint cocktail for you and a little Aussie Summer sunshine thrown into the mix!
Back tomorrow with the BIGGER story and a painting giveaway to celebrate the gratitude I feel for all of you being in my world ♥
ps mi amor officially opens his kite surfing school today and is currently on the beach setting up with his snazzy new flags and equipment. He admitted to being a bit nervous in his new venture so send him your good vibes and I'll pass them along..... :)