Friday, December 18, 2009

Dreaming of a White Christmas

The summer heat hasn't arrived with a vengeance yet - at least not in my home town of Perth - but my workshop roof attracts the heat and turns it into a furnace. I had planned on some woodworking activity over the Christmas break, but the temperature in my workshop is several degrees warmer than it is outside and the thermometer there currently reads 43C!

As I read of winter's first snowfall in some of the the blogs I follow, I'm reminded of how different our environments are. Through reading those same blogs over the past year and exchanging comments with their keepers, however, it's also clear that people are much the same the world over, regardless of climate and physical surroundings. It's a comforting thought in many ways and contributes to the sense of community I've enjoyed since beginning my blog.

My thanks to each and every one of you whose artistic progress I'm able to share and to those of you who are kind enough to offer suggestions and encouragement where my own efforts are concerned. I've come to thoroughly enjoy the blogging experience and I look forward to a repeat performance during 2010.

My sincere best wishes to you and your loved ones over Christmas and the year beyond.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

In Painting Mode

With Sandi's 50th birthday celebrations out of the way I hope to ease myself back into painting mode again soon. We enjoyed having interstate visitors to help us mark the occasion, but it's meant that my painting has taken a back seat for the duration of their stay. An added distraction has been a woodworking project I attempted to complete for a friend from Melbourne to coincide with his visit. I put the brushes down a couple of weeks ago in an effort to meet that self-imposed deadline but was unsuccessful anyway as it turned out.

I hope I can finish this one soon; it seems there's a finite amount of inspiration to draw on when a painting takes as long as this one has!