January 14,2012
A New Year and other Thoughts

Last year was a difficult one for me-one that ended with the passing of my Mom. I am looking forward to a better year for 2012-hopefully one without anymore losses.I have thrown myself into painting this year-my way of dealing with it all. I am having a small show at a locale cafe and have decided some big canvases are in order. I have always painted rather small but I notice my size keeps increasing the longer I paint. The big ones have their own special appeal. I have chosen closeups of bulldogs-four frenchies on 24 x 24 inch canvases and two english bulldogs on 30 x 30 canvases-I simply cannot resist those dear little faces. The size has been a challenge but I am enjoying the process.I plan to feature them on the web-site but for now a smaller version of one of them that I have on Ebay right now to go along with this blog.I wish all of you all the best life has to offer this year-hold your loved ones close,CarlaPortrait of a Black Frenchie

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January 02,2012
A New Year and other Thoughts

Here it is-2012. 2011 brought many changes in my life. I retired from my day job to concentrate on painting. However,Mom got sick and I soon realized that she was my priority. If you have been following this blog you will know that I lost my Mom on December 3rd. I do miss her but I have come to realize that life is change-some of these we don't welcome but we cannot change that-we have to accept it and carry on.I will throw myself into my painting this year-Mom loved the fact that I painted-she used to ask if I ever tired of painting dogs. I would tell her-no-but I like to paint cats and birds as well.I still have the rest of my family and I will love them more than ever this year. I wish you all love,peace and happiness this year-let the losses be few and the gains many,Happy New Year,CarlaBulldog Pair

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