Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year And Day #1 Of The 30 Day Challenge

The start to the parks New Years Eve gathering. Amanda sparkled all evening and we had the traditional balloons to smoosh at midnight. We did karaoke, way after a few drinks, and lots of laughter.  I love waiting to hear the very first song of the New Year and last night it was Walk The Moon's "Shut Up And Dance".  I may have to have that as my pump up music for the year!! Plus, our granddaughter Kelsey is a dancer and I always think of her when I hear it.

Today is day #1 of the 30 day challenge. 

This was my inspiration.


When I first saw the photo I immediately asked the owner if I could "steal" it to use as a reference. She said "of course". I loved all the sepia tones in the photo and wondered if I could paint a piece with the same dynamic on an 8" x 10" canvas. What do you think? Oh, guess who bought it? Thank you Marcy!!!

Gratitude's...So so many. Health, family, dogs, my incredible friends, yes you!!!, CiCi Blue, and thankful for the talent God has given me. I put those randomly so I can pull one out and get excited about just one on any given day!  Today, January 1, 2016, I have sold my first 30 day painting and Roger just got a large commission!! Needless to say we are dancing around the coach thanking God, the Universe, angels and saints, (my mum would be so proud) and the dogs are dancing and barking right along with us!!! I take it as a sign that, oh yes, we are going in the right direction. We really can live the dream as artists and travel. 

Roger just started to heat up the Advantium Microwave/convection oven and my job will be to pop in the Cinna buns for our New Years Day breakfast.  So we wish you a happy, healthy and yes, prosperous New Year 2016!!!

Sheila, Roger, Sammy, Ozzie and Lola Bear!!!


  1. Yea!! Your year is off to a great start. 2016 is going to be awesome.

  2. Yay...Your first painting is wonderful. Congrats on the sale and Happy New Year.

  3. Yay...Your first painting is wonderful. Congrats on the sale and Happy New Year.

  4. Happy New Year and congratulations on selling your first artwork for 2016 :-)

  5. Perfect painting - sweet pose for that pooch and it's owner!

  6. What a great start to the new Year,Happy new year to you all,xx Rachel and Speedy

  7. Thank you Rachel and Speedy. Happy new Year to you too!! xx

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