Much gratitude for you, friends, followers, guest artists, clients.

Coco and Sophie feeling the love!

Each December as I review the months past, I am amazed by all the connections I have made through social media. In April, I wrote Connecting with you in my online journey. As much as we might curse them at times, Facebook and Instagram do facilitate a sense of community through interest groups. In the many groups I have joined, people are uplifting and positive in their remarks, and I feel much gratitude for the encouragement and friendships I find there.

Of course, we all know that Facebook friends come and one can really figure out how algorithms work.

Consequently, every now and then, an old "friend" will suddenly reappear in my feed. There is seemingly no rhyme or reason as to how these sites work, but through them, we feel less isolated in our interests whatever they may be.

The year in review

As I look back, I feel a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

Although I have not participated in any craft show in 2019 (one goal left unchecked on the to do list), I was published in a local Ottawa magazine which was a first for me.

I am thankful for the two-page spread in Residents of Chapel Hill (circulation 10,000 households) and the skilful photography of Jason Reasbeck (Ottawa, Ontario photographer) and the article written by Matt Day.


Gratitude for our war vets

One of the most meaningful portrait commissions in 2019 was that of Nala, a therapy dog for a Canadian war vet. It was an honour and privilege to paint her for Dominique Brière who served in Bosnia and whose story I included in my April blog post.

I am very thankful for all the brave men and women past and present, who serve Canada and put their lives at risk in their assignments abroad.

Custom pet portrait of Porturguese Water Dog
Dominique and Nala and custom pet portrait.


Gratitude for my guest creatives in 2019.

This past year, I increased the featured guest creatives from one a month in 2018 to two for most months in 2019.  There were a few firsts here as well.

My first photographer, Kris Kennedy shared her spectacular flowers, and my first author, Phyllis Bohonis, described the path that lead her to writing her marvellous novels set in Canada.

I am truly grateful for all the artists/creatives from around the world who appeared as guests this year on my website. I have become friends with several guests, exchanging emails over the months. This feature will continue in 2020. We are united in one common way: so many of us discovered a new calling later in life, whether it is in painting, or writing, or photography... Please contact me if you wish to be featured in the coming year and I will send you the information letter I sent to all my guest artists.

Grateful for my clients

In 2019, my art work commissions increased and I had constant work throughout the year with the usual rush in the fall leading up to Christmas.

I thank everyone who placed their trust in me to paint their beloved furry companions. I include a special commission to paint unicorns on skates for a young girl's room.

To everyone, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

A very happy new year to all of you!


5 Responses

  • Thank you Graham. I make sure that I have time to do other things I like such as writing and travelling. I am wishing you a year filled with more inspiration for your beautiful, dreamy, watercolours. Through your work, I can imagine the scenery as you might see in your neck of the woods. Cheers from 🇨🇦.

  • Faboulous works of art!!😍😍 I love your paintings and your creations,they are wonderful,thank you so much for sharing your fantastic creations!! Many greetings from my heart for a peaceful and happy new year,full of peace,serenity,creativity and harmony! 🥰🥰😘
    A hug from Italy,Ely. 🥰

    • Ahhhh, Italy! I may return some time soon! I am happy to have found your website so I can enjoy your wonderful art and we can stay in touch. Possa il nuovo anno far avverare tutti i tuoi desideri. Un grande abbracio da me a te!

  • Well how could anyone not want to be connected with you, so generous and loving in time and friendship. I was one of the privileged to be able to spend time with you and and Neil together with my husband, and once the dust settles we will be in touch re our next trip together. To all of your friends and contacts from all forms of ‘social media’ and to you and Neil, HAPPY MEW YEAR 2020!!

    • Hi Sally: our meeting after all these years was definitely the highlight of 2019. I look forward to our next meeting. We both think of you often. Stay safe (we saw a map last night of Australia and all the fires along the coast and some so close to cities including Melbourne…Good health and much happiness in 2020😘

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