WordPress notified me that I’ve hit my 4th anniversary in this wonderful blogging community, that’s cause to celebrate.
Thank you to all who have followed and/or visited my blog, the last stat shows some 204,300 visits – a number that blows my mind. Thank you also for taking such an active interest in my art, all your comments mean the world to me and are appreciated more than you know. My virtual friends, you are the only ones who get to see my work – your time and response is something I don’t take for granted.
The original purpose for the blog was to see how people would react to my art, but over time I also use it to maintain a level of discipline to keep producing and posting. It allows me to stay in the game and develop my creative muse.
I’ve enjoyed and am grateful for our unique friendships, it’s time then to start year #5.
Flowers in a Teapot (oil pastels, 8×10) – painted on cream tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper. My gift of thanks to you ~ click onto the image for a larger view.
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Thank you Ana, really appreciate your visit!
Congratulations Mary. You are a wonderful blogger and painter, and friend to so many. Thank you for the flowers in the teapot.
Thank you so much for your beautiful comments Gallivanta, they mean so much to me. I’ve learned a lot about perseverance and the human spirit through your amazing blog, as well as enjoying the photographs of your gardens – it’s been a joy to read your posts.
Thank you….that’s so kind.
Congratulations on 4 years, Mary! Here’s to many more paintings and creative moments 🙂
You are so nice Christy, thank you for your beautiful thoughts and well wishes. I love your writing and dedication to the profession, it’s been a real pleasure to discover your blog.
That is so gorgeous! And happy bloggiversary!
Thank you so much Fiona and for your congrats. I’m so happy that I discovered your beautiful blog, every photograph is stunning, with amazing atmospheric scenes that are breathtaking.
Congratulations on your fourth anniversary. That’s quite an achievement! 🙂
Thank you Bun for your kind comment – very nice to meet you.
You’re very welcome, Mary. Nice to meet you too. 🙂
Your flowers in a teapot painting is really a joy, Mary — and a great start to Year 5. Congratulations on your continued excellence, and thank you for sharing your creations. It has been a true pleasure.
Thank you so much Jet for your kind thoughts and well wishes – it has been a great 4 years in this blogging world. Always a joy to see your posts – from your photography to the story, history / information behind the photo we feel as though we sat right by your side to enjoy the moment.
So happy to be a part of your story, Mary! Happy creating and many blessings 💙
So nice, thank you so much Lorrie for your kind comment and blessings – means a lot.
Lovely painting, Mary. Congrats on your paintings and on your blogging anniversary! 🙂
Thank you Better for your lovely thoughts and congrats.
Oh yes! Well done, Mary.
Thank you my friend – you know how to make my day. Love your writing Cynthia – it’s been a real joy to have found your inspirational story.
Thank you, Mary. The feeling is mutual. Just today I wondered (but didn’t write) how good CAN her art get? It seems to me that you keep doing more and more truly lovely work and it’s my pleasure to witness your journey.
Thank you Cynthia, can’t tell you what your feedback and compliment mean to me. I’m hoping that the challenges/art work I do will allow me to continue to grow and develop as an artist. Thanks again, hope you have a lovely weekend.
Gorgeous & congratulations on 4 years! 🙂
Thank you Resa, means a lot that you have taken time to follow me blog. You are incredibly talented, the gown designs blow my mind – a real treat to have found your blogs, because the city murals you’ve captured through your lens show some amazing talents out there.
Love it. A teapot is a great vase.
Thank you Brenda – much appreciated. Love your writing and hope that you have recovered so we can read your amazing creativity of art through your words.
Thanks, Mary. 🙂 I’m still gray and tired but not in pain. That’s a blessing.
Love it, you’re an inspiration!
Happy blogiversary, my dear Mary and … I love your beautiful teapot! 🙂 xx
Hello my friend, thank you so much for your lovely greeting and feedback. I love your creative work, whether it is in paints, digital, music or writing – you bring a quiet beauty to what you produce and it’s been a real pleasure to have followed your blog over the years.
Oh, Mary, all those wonderful words! Thank you so much, my sweet friend! 🙂 You know it’s been a pleasure following your blog for me too and always a pleasure to see the beauty you create. 🙂
Congrats on four years! Bring on year 5!
Thank you so much Elena for your congrats – I really appreciate it. I’m always blown away by the incredible portrait work you do – amazing museum quality pieces that have me in awe for your talent as an artist. A real pleasure to flow your blog and progress.
Congratulations Mary! 👏👏 Another beautiful art piece. That teapot is gorgeous with the different colours. Lovely.
Thanks Joanna for your generous feedback and greeting – means a lot. I love your art, talk about creativity – you take your work to another whole level as an artist. Thank you for sharing it on your blog ~
Bring on year 5! And lots more wonderful paintings 🙂 🙂
Thank you so much Jo for your lovely comment and well wishes – your support and encouragement has meant a lot. It’s been a real joy to have discovered your blog and take the many walks through your part of the world, as seen through your lens. The combination of your writing and photographs always has me feeling as if I’m standing along side you. You have a wonderful blog ~
Congratulations on the anniversay, and on this picture
Thanks so much Derrick and for your support along the way. My hat off to you and Jackie for the most magnificent of English gardens – your photography takes us to the most magical of scenes, (virtual) scents and wonderful yester-years. Very happy that I discovered your blog, been a real pleasure.
Very many thanks, Mary
Congrats on your blogaversary and your site statistics! Wonderful!
You know, I never put flowers in a teapot, and why is that! They look so charming and a little whimsical. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂
Thank you so much Ruth for your beautiful well wishes and thoughts on the teapot floral – oh I hope you do get some lovely flowers and find a new place to showcase them!! Love your blog, classic movies and Hollywood glamour of by-gone stars are so much fun to revisit.
Happy blog-birthday Mary! And thanks for sharing your beautiful paintings and even more your work in progress…it’s so motivating for the absolute beginner as I’m…:-)
Thank you Robert for your generous thoughts, I’m glad you enjoy my work, along with the “Work in Progress” – your encouraging comments are always so supportive of what I’m trying to accomplish. Love your photography and it’s been a joy seeing the world through your lens.
Congrats on your anniversary and thank you for sharing your beautiful artwork with your readers. 🙂
Thank you so much Judy for your lovely greeting – it means a lot. There is nothing like seeing your photograph of the beautiful sights in wonderful New Hampshire – so glad that I found your blog.
Thank you Mary for sharing your art and process! Happy Anniversary!
Hi Catherine, thank you so much for your lovely thoughts. I love your paintings, very fresh and inviting – scenes that I could step right into. Hope you continue sharing your beautiful work on your blog.
Happy anniversary Mary…I too have been around about 4 years. I am glad I happened on to your beautiful blog. You are such a gifted lady. I adore the above painting, it is perfection.
Thank you so much Holly for your kind and gracious words – they mean a lot. So happy that we’ve been able to connect – I love your writing and am so happy that I’ve been riding your journey with you through your blog.
Same here, your blog and art a delight to visit!
Congratulations! Mary, this is one of your best, just love all the light in this and the depth you achieved in the flowers and with a lovely composition. One of my very favorites in your flower series so far, my friend. Really glad to have the chance to see your work whenever you are keen to share it. Thank you. 💜
Thank you so much Laura for your beautiful thoughts on this painting – I really appreciate your continued encouragement and support for my work. I’ve been resting up from a shoulder injury these last two weeks and hoping that I can not only spend some time blogging (I’m way behind again), but also painting. Take care and looking forward to seeing your latest acrylics!! Always a pleasure to see how you continue to push and challenge yourself – the work is beautiful and fascinating.
Aw thanks Mary. I’m sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather, sending up prayers for speedy healing, my friend! Take good care and we’ll look forward to seeing more of your lovely work!
Thanks Laura. It’s going to take a bit of time to heal, I’m impatient which doesn’t help. Hopefully soon I’ll be starting back checking out my Reader ~
Happy 4th Blogiversary Mary ! I’m already looking forward to another year of your beautiful paintings. 🙂
Means a lot, thanks very much for your kind thoughts! Love your photography and places we can dream about through your lens.
That’s a beautiful picture with which to celebrate a big milestone – congratulations. I’m so looking forward to seeing your 5th year!
Thank you so much Rebecca, that means a lot to me. I love your art and level of creativity, especially your plein air work – it’s been a joy to have found your blog.
Thank you, and right back at you, Mary! 🙂
Many congratulations as your beautiful blog turns four. The blog is a treat to the eyes for me, always. Wish you many more creative years ahead, Mary… 🙂
Thank you so much Maniparna for your beautiful comment. It was a wonderful surprise when I happened upon your blog, your writing is filled with the goodness of life’s spirit and I love it.
Welcome, Mary. You have a kind heart and truly an artist’s mind… 🙂
So pretty Mary. Congratulations. You now know taking a break is okay. We have to learn that the hard way. 🙂 hugs
Thanks Susan, sometimes it takes a while to get to that point and then you start looking at the whole picture. I’m happy to be producing and blogging now at a pace that I can keep up with. I really enjoy your paintings, the daily ones are special because they keep you hand in the game and are about having fun.
Yes the daily paintings are fun, simple and easy to do but keeping up with all the news, and WordPress friends is time consuming. Worth it but I will have to cut back as well. It is about art and having time for it. Time. Keep on enjoying what you are doing here Mary. Your art is special.
Congratulations, Mary!! You’re such a big inspiration to me, and I always love seeing your beautiful work!
Thank you for your lovely comment, it is very much appreciated.
I’m going to be pulling back a bit from blogging in August, but I wanted to stop by and wish you continued learning, experimenting and painting beautiful pictures as you begin your fifth (wow!) year on WordPress. Much love to you, Mary…. and you go girl!!
Hi Cynthia – I’m so glad to read this. The breaks that I’ve taken during this past year from blogging were just what I needed to get refreshed in many different areas. I’ve slowed back a bit myself, not able to check my Reader everyday as I used too, but have given myself permission to feel okay about it. It’s been a joy of mine to read your writing, it’s some of the most creative I’ve read and is always a pleasure to spend time enjoying your work. I hope you have a wonderful August, writing a bit, reading some and perhaps listening to Verdi’s Requiem – to take you to that ultimate place of “quiet” silence. Much love to you Cynthia, my virtual friend, I wish you the best ~ looking forward to seeing you in September.
Congratulations! This is yet another beautiful painting. I enjoy viewing your work on this blog. I’ve posted a link on my FB page.
Thank you so much Ben for your kind words and compliment, it’s means a lot that you take the time to visit my blog and enjoy my creative work – it is as they say, “a work in progress.” But the learning has been fun. Best wishes to you in your writing, whether blog posts or your novels it’s been a pleasure to read your work.
Stunning! I love the colors here, and how you did both the window curtains and the table.
Thank you Nicodemas for always being so generous with your thoughts on my work, that means a lot. I have really enjoyed your writing and am enriched by the beautiful messages you develop.
Thank you Mary. Peace to you.
Congratulations on your 4th anniversary! This painting is romantic and classic. 🙂
Thank you for sharing, Mary!
Thank you Amy for your kind words and always stopping by the blog – your beautiful thoughts on my work is one of the reasons why I enjoy this special wordpress blogging world. I have learned so much about photography through your amazing photography and explanations, I’m always in awe of the quality and care you take in getting picture perfect shots.
Your compliment means so much to me, Mary. I have the reason to enjoy the blogging world. 🙂 The connection and the common interest of sharing are so strong among us.
Feel lucky to be your follower. 🙂
Congratulations on your four years of sharing your wonderful artworks with us. I marvel at how you always manage to come up with such excellent paintings, and so often too. This one is really cute with the teapot. So quirky and lovely. 🙂 xx
Hi Sylvia, thank you so much for always being there with your encouraging words of support – it means a lot to have you as a virtual friend. I love your blog postings, photos of our animal/bird friends of nature, and life in general – there is something very real and genuine that endears you to all of us.
Wow, five years!! Congrats Mary. Great soft colors in this work!
Thanks very much John and happy that you enjoyed the painting. Looking forward to more of your experimental shots of the desert area.
4 years? Wow, that’s quite an accomplishment. Congratulations! I enjoy your blog very much and I’m happy to hear you will be continuing to share your work. 😀
Hi Jackie, thanks very much for your special words. I love your photography and am so happy that you share the stunning shots on your blog.
Lovely to know you too, Mary! I adore this little painting. Beautiful 😀
Thank you my friend, and happy to see you again. Looking forward to seeing your beautiful photographs of the farm and of your paintings.
Happy Anniversary, Mary! I love teapots and I love flowers…you knocked this one out of the ballpark! Definitely one of my favorites.
Thanks Jill your enthusiasm is one of the reasons why I enjoy the blogging world, it’s always there to lift everyone around you. Thank you for being present – this is an exciting time for you with your book due out, it’s been a lot of fun going through the writing stages with you on your blog.
What a nice comment, Mary…thank you. I always enjoy your posts, and your visits to my blog. Have a great day!
Happy blog-aversary! You and your beautiful paintings make this a much more colorful place to hang out. 🙂
Thank you so much Audrey, I really appreciate all these years that you’ve taken the time to follow my blog. I’m in awe of what you and the others do for the Goldens, the gift of love is an amazing thing to witness with the dogs and volunteers. Looking forward to continuing the journey with you.
And I with you, Mary! Thank you.
Beautiful work! We should thank you for continuing to post and sharing your paintings with us.Life would be so dull without them.
Dear Hien, thank you for your generous and kind words – means a lot to me. Your photography has been a joy to see, as you bring an intimacy to the subjects that has us enjoying your work all the more. I’m looking forward to seeing more of the world through your lens.
I am extremely grateful to have met you here and thoroughly enjoy seeing the work you produce, including this lovely offering. Have a lovely day and weekend ahead…janet:)
Thank you so much Janet. In return my life is infinitely richer having found your blog and incredible creations – it’s your ease of fluidity and vibrant color that hold me in awe. I’ll forever think of you whenever I see a hummingbird, a new appreciation for the delicate bond you have with the little creatures – you’re an amazing artist. Janet your outward enthusiasm and support for my work is appreciated more than you know. Looking forward to your book and latest paintings!
Thank you so much for this lovely comment…I really appreciate. I hope you enjoy a very creative weekend…and week ahead….janet:)
Happy Anniversary, Mary! I like how you have used your blog and grown with it to become more productive with your lovely artwork. Congratulations!
Thank you very much Cynthia for your lovely thoughts. I’ve really enjoyed your creativity, there is a wonderful sense of freedom to the fluidity in your work.
What a nice thing to say! Thank YOU!
Mary, whenever I visit, your art make me soar a bit…and feel good. Congrats on your four years, and may there be many more for us all to enjoy!
Thank you so much Ann-Christine for your generous and always warm feedback you’ve, been with me from nearly the beginning. I’ve loved your photography from the start, there is always an immediate connection with your beautiful subjects.
I believe I found you because it was meant to be!
Congratulations on your 4th anniversary.
Thank you Lee. I’ve enjoyed your Planet Earth photography newsletters/blogs, amazing shots from the members ~