"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!



Wishing you a Magically Merry Christmas 
and a Happily Wondrous New Year!

And I want to thank everyone who has followed my blog and taken the time to write their thoughts and comments to me this past year. I appreciate the great support I receive from everyone and the close friendships made and nurtured online always amaze me. In thinking back, I find that I have relied more on these online relationships in the art community than ever before and greatly value all the connections I have made. A big, warm hug and a deeply heartfelt thanks are in order!

I do have some exciting year end news to share and will do so as soon after Christmas as I can. Until then, I hope everyone around the world can celebrate their special holidays in peace, happiness and goodwill toward all.

35 comments:

  1. I enjoyed your blog as I have it on my blog list. Love these colorful creative Christmas images and look forward to more next year.

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    1. Many thanks, Carlene. A new year, new beginnings and, hopefully, many new accomplishments!

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  2. I always enjoy visiting your blog, Susan! These Santa's are fantastic and really make me smile! Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

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    1. Thank you, Judy, I always look forward to reading your comments. Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  3. These are beautiful and whimsical, have a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. And I love your Christmas snowman! Happy New Year to you, Celia, and thank you so much for visiting my blog.

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  4. These are the most original Christmas designs I've ever seen-they're wonderful. Wishing you a fantastic Christmas and I'll look forward to hearing your exciting news.

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    1. So happy you like them, Nicola. I have such fun in thinking them up and making them come to life on canvas. My news is still percolating - I will be ready to spill the beans in the new year!

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  5. What fun... and what positive energy these paintings give me. I love them! You are quite a brilliant and creative artist ... as well as a good blogging friend.to all of us.
    Not fair to dangle the "exciting news" and keep us waiting. It would have been an enjoyable rush of pleasure to hear it...like a christmas gift. Sigh... I guess it will be a nice New Year's gift instead.
    Enjoy a wonderful Christmas and all the pleasures it brings. I love and appreciate what you wrote - I value both you and your blog and look forward to lots more interesting and inspirational posts.

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    1. Oh, Julie - I am sorry for tantalizing you with the promise of some good news! It is still being formulated and I hope to be able to telly you all about it very soon! Hope your Christmas was wonderful and I am looking forward to continuing this art journey with you in 2015!

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  6. What fun... and what positive energy these paintings give me. I love them! You are quite a brilliant and creative artist ... as well as a good blogging friend.to all of us.
    Not fair to dangle the "exciting news" and keep us waiting. It would have been an enjoyable rush of pleasure to hear it...like a christmas gift. Sigh... I guess it will be a nice New Year's gift instead.
    Enjoy a wonderful Christmas and all the pleasures it brings. I love and appreciate what you wrote - I value both you and your blog and look forward to lots more interesting and inspirational posts.

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  7. I love these! A wonderful blend of Christmas magic and whimsy! Happy Christmas.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment, Catherine. I had a chance to look through your blog but was unable to leave a comment for some reason. I really like you camel sketch - he has attitude! Happy new year to you!

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  8. Good morning Susan!... Your delightfully whimsical and fanciful "steeds n' Santas" embrace the truest spirit of Christmas! Full of energy... imagination... bright colour and action!

    Thank you for adding further to the joy of my Christmas season! We do think... and paint quite similarly!

    Good Painting... Merry Christmas!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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    1. Such a nice, warm comment, Bruce - thank you for adding to my happiness! Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  9. Your hilarious Santa Claus is just great and in true Susan spirit :-) Wishing you and your dear ones a wonderful and peaceful Christmas . 'See' you in january.

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    1. Happy New Year to you, Jane - and thank you for all you nice comments throughout the year. I always look forward to them!

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  10. What a warm and wonderful message,Susan, and what warm and cheering images. Thank you.

    You are inspirational: when I first blogged all I was doing was pen & ink, then I stumbled onto your blog and it took my breath away. So I blame you, Linda, Julie and Sandra for the paint all over my clothes, door handles etc (and some on the canvas).

    Here's hoping that your good news is the fanfare for a successful 2015.

    nadolig llawen a blwyddyn newydd dda

    (Welsh for Merry Christmas and Happy New Year)

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    1. I am always thrilled to the tips of my toes when another accomplished artist tells me that my work is inspirational. What could be better than that?! And to see you progress in this wonderful endeavor in which we are all immersed is a definite joy for me. Thank you for your thoughtful, fun and enlightening comments this past year, John (you were missed while you were away), and for your Christmas greetings in Welsh - it looks like a quite unusual language to my eyes. I feel compelling to respond in Dutch - vrolijk kerstfeest en een prachtige nieuwe jaar - as my daughter is now living in Amsterdam and this is the first Christmas we will be apart. So sweet and so bittersweet! Here is to a fruitful and artful New Year!

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    2. Welsh is older than English, being over 1400 years.

      Welsh evolved from British, the Celtic language spoken by the ancient Britons. Alternatively classified as Insular Celtic or P-Celtic, it probably arrived in Britain during the Bronze Age or Iron Age and was probably spoken throughout the island

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    3. Hi, John I was just over to your blog looking at the wonderful Angolan woman that your painted - you have captured a knowing look in her glance! Unfortunately, I was unable to leave a reply without setting up some kind of profile. So sorry! I will try again in the new year - and happy New Year to you and yours!

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  11. Deze werken zijn inderdaad vol humor Susan, prachtig !
    Ik wens je een zalig kerstfeest en een gelukkig nieuwjaar!
    groetjes van Simonne

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  12. Veel dank! En ik wens je een hele fijne kerst en een prachtig Nieuwjaar!

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    1. Thank you - and a happy New Year to you!

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  14. What a wonderful collection of holiday cheer Susan. The images are the true spirit of the joyous holiday. They are indeed inspirational and uplifting, the glory inherent in all your work.

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    1. Many, many thanks, Linda. There are times when I feel so discouraged and I read your words and am re-energized again. I thank you deeply for that!

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  15. ciao,
    always beatiful works with many smiles!!
    cuao, auguri, ciao, Floriana

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    1. Many thanks, Floriana, and happy New Year to you!

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  16. Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/Happy New Year! Best to you also Susan. I wish you lots of fun painting and success in 2015!

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    1. And I wish the same to you - happy, healthy, prosperous New Year to you!

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  17. A huge THANK YOU to you Susan for posting all your magical beautiful art! (Oh, now I am so eager about your news coming after the holidays! I am not a very good waiting for good news person! So very looking forward to your announcement! ) But I digress... I am finally catching up with all my blog commenting! I have responded to your last couple of posts! So hear goes this one! Your flying outlandish beautiful creatures always make my day! Always a happy joyous feeling when I look at your outstanding art! The colors, the movement, the skill involved, the so very important and wonderful silliness, and so much more make your art a wonder to behold! Whew! I need to write less!! Bravo! Bravissimo Susan! Now hurry and post the wonderful news! Por favor!
    Your Merry Art Buddy!
    Michael

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    1. Dear, dear, Michael - your words always bring a smile to my face - I am so lucky to have you as my blogging buddy! My news is almost ready to reveal - perhaps another day or two - definitely early in 2015! I wish you a peaceful, magical and painterly New Year!

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  18. This is true art is all about: feelings, emotions, food for soul. Thank you so much for these paintings, they give the note:"it is time to joy and feast, time to make funny silly things.
    Happy holidays, all the best to you and yours!
    Waiting for your great news, hugs!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and your great encouragement and support, Irina. I hope your Christmas was wonderful and that the New Year brings your heart great joy! Happy 2015!

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