Saturday, October 11, 2008

Back from Blogging Break...

I am so happy to return to blogging after a much needed break. I have been very busy since my last post with all kinds of things including a terrific family vacation that lasted most of two weeks. This was not a restful vacation, but it was extremely enjoyable and a diversion. It included both my mother and also my hubby's parents and was a challenge to plan, but it was a very special time for us.

Since returning, I have been busy washing clothes and getting back into a normal (what is normal, anyway?) routine. Our oldest son had his 17th birthday while we were away, and he is in his senior year of high school. I can hardly believe my baby will be going off to college next year. We have spent the last week trying to get things together in order for him to make application to the colleges he has interest in attending. These are wonderful milestones, but they also make mom a little sad. I am so proud of the young man he has become.

"Apple Pickin" - watercolor on cold press

As you can see, I have also been busy with artwork since our return home. The watercolor above was one I had begun earlier in August (see this post) along with the EPCOT sketch below. I have continued to work on it since returning, but it's not quite finished.

The watercolor below was such fun to work on. The colors really inspired me, and I love the balance of the heaviness of the grapes amidst the papery fragility of the grape leaves. It is called "Abundance."

"Abundance" - watercolor on cold press

I must say a big thank you to those who stopped here and asked about me during my absence... you are all precious to me. I am looking forward to making all my blog rounds again... I will probably ease back into this process so please be patient with me. I am happy to be back in the cozy cottage.


  1. Welcome Home to your blogging cottage! Your time away sounds very busy indeed...glad that it was all so productive.

    All of your artwork is wonderful, but I especially love "Abundance." Perhaps it's because I'm thinking of Thanksgiving this weekend. :D

  2. I am so glad you are back. It sounds like you had a wonderful and restful break.
    We too will have a 17 year old in a couple of weeks. However, she has no idea what she wants to do after highschool. She is in the 11th. grade. She still has a little more time to decide.LOL

  3. Hi Christi, welcome back to you as well!!! Time away can be so important and is very valuable I think, to recharge creative energy.

    Love all your new work however, my favorite is Abundance, what a gorgeous piece, the grape vines seem to speak to me.


  4. Wonderful painting of the kids on the bench. But I'd have to say the grapes are my favorite. Welcome back.

  5. Welcome, welcome. How wonderful to hear from you again. You've been missed, and you've been busy! I hope your time away energized your creativity.

    Your abundance painting is lovely. And so appropriate since it's Thanksgiving here in Canada.


  6. Welcome back and what beautiful artwork . . . a well deserved break!



  7. Welcome back! So glad to see that you're blogging once more...

  8. Welcome back, you have been missed.

    I am glad to see you have been painting.

    I have been meaning to get back to my artwork lately...maybe I should take a blog break???

  9. Happy to visit your beautiful blog again..and to admire your wonderful artwork!!I love the "apple picking" children:-)
    Have a happy monday...

  10. Glad you are back Christi and that you had a good break. Cute painting of y our children when small.
    So hard to let them go when they get older, but it comes to all of us.I'm sure it will be balanced by how proud you are.
    Our Autumn colours are not fully developed yet this year but great colours are predicted.

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  12. I am glad you are back. The picture called Abundance is fabulous! Thanks for giving us a peek!