Happy Holidays

"Kona Bella Christmas", 8" x 8" pastel on velourHappy Holidays! I have been so busy creating Christmas commissions that I never found time to send out Christmas cards. But… today is Christmas and I didn’t want it to get by without sharing my Xmas card for this year. Kona Bella is my brother Joe’s newest family addition. His dream dog has always been a chocolate lab… and I was excited to be part of finding this girl for him. And what a joy to paint her with a Santa hat on.

2015 was a bittersweet year. Bitter because we started the year mourning the loss of our girl Jasmine. Sweet because we found our new girl Dakota… a very sweet Shepherd mix of some sort. Also sweet because I had so much to do with my art. I completed 42 paintings in 2015, far more than I would have thought since I didn’t paint for the first six weeks of the year. I participated in several art shows and even won a few ribbons. I set up my vendor display several times throughout the year and met a great deal of fun animal-loving people. I also taught some classes for the first time… which was both terrifying and extremely rewarding.

So bring on 2016… and all the new paintings I will have opportunity to create. I have so many ideas in my head I just wish there was more time each day so I could make them all a reality. I’m also planning to teach a few workshops throughout the year… so stay tuned for dates. I know the first one will be March 11, 12 & 13 at Gallery IQ in Rocklin, CA. Until next time… I hope everyone has a very Happy New Year!

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3 Comments

  1. Kay

    Wow! That’s a lot of paintings, Marianne! Congratulations on completing so many and happy new year to you. May it be all you have dreamed of!! Hope to see you again this year!

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