I would like to wish all who follow this blog - indeed all 80,000 of you who have looked in since the beginning, a very happy Christmas and a positive 2012. I know that many of us are artists in our own right, some well known, others less so, but as long as the artistic spark is alive within, keep fanning it until it burns bright and lights up your life and those around you.
My favourite quote of the year, courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Monge in International Artist, December-January 2012, is that of Norman Rockwell: "I think my work is improving. I start each picture with the same high hopes, and if I never seem able to fulfil them I still try my darnedest".
So, for 2010, try your darnedest! You can do no more!
I will spend the next few days checking the URLs in the older posts, before I post any more. Meanwhile. may I wish you all:
Happy New Year - Bonne Année - Feliz año nuevo - Glückliches neues Jahr - Szczęśliwego nowego roku - Yeni yılınız kutlu olsun - Buon anno - Gelukkig Nieuwjaar - Boldog új évet - Onnellista uutta vuotta - Ευτυχισμένο το νέο έτος - 幸せ新しい年 - С Новым годом
(The painting is an oil sketch of the Pyrénées, near St. Savin - I had no seasonal pastel to share with you.)