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Friday, October 5, 2012

At Peace While Painting

In this life it is rare to find such a thing as a peaceful place, a place where contentment rather than happiness holds sway.  Happy is a high emotion and can rarely be sustained for more than a few hours and as such is over rated. Contentment is the greater thing, for it is quieter and more constant a companion when it arrives.

Of late I have been at peace while painting and find myself content to live each moment as it occurs. And that is why I have been absent from blogger. For the hustle and bustle of posting, replying and commenting would steal time from me, time that I do not wish to part with as of yet.


Lost with the miniature, using the brush to tease out the character that lies within the sculpt is a fine thing indeed. This is a close-up of just one of the pieces I have completed in the last week. And I am not ready to post the figure just yet. Next week, perhaps.


Color aplenty remains in my gardens and while there are still pictures like this to take, I'll be there to take them.  I enjoy my time on blogger but right now, I'm enjoying my real life more.

I may post next week as I have completed figures and a product review to do. If my days remain as pleasant as they are right now, I won't be in next week.  But I'll be back, because nothing lasts forever.

All photographs are Digimarked. Please do not download my work without my permission.


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    1. It could be worse-I could be painting a bodacious babe!

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  2. Love the photo of the garden! Very vivid..
    Now just waiting to see more of that character above.. looks like you really did a lot of work on the face for it.. great job!
    Also, enjoy real life.. I know I am at the moment!

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    1. He's done except for the basing and I'll post him next week if I decide to blog. A lot is finally coming off the painting table!

      You have a good weekend MR Lee!

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  3. !!Bloody excellent work Anne! His eye looks brilliant and the hair colour is great!!
    Cheers
    paul

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    1. Thank you Paul. He's to be a character in the book and his role is Top Secret. All will be revealed at a later date!

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  4. That face is very very good. Not very good for a new painter. Just very very good full stop.

    Take your time loving what you do. I find painting at this point one of those times I am at my best.

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian. The Spawn saw it and said "Mom, you painted that!" I lose perspective when looking at my own work, so it's hard to tell what's good or not good.

      I've gotten a lot done and as soon as I finish these bloody horses, I can start in on these dwarfs that just came in the post. They're really cool!

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  5. My wife does yoga. I paint 6mm figures. Both are relaxing in their own way.

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    1. Painting 6mm would be like putting my leg behind my ear in an advanced Yoga position! I'm just not that nimble!

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    2. Contentment is a beautiful thing ;-) in effect when I finish to paint some miniatures am pervaded by a nice feeling...:-)

      Don' t worry for 6mm I' ll blog a painting guide just for you ;-)...and the other followers...however Luisa has painted some 6mm ACW without too much difficulty...and 2mm and 4mm miniatures?

      By the way the yellow birds, Parus Major, are back on our balcony...

      Marzio.

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    3. It does feel nice to finish a figure and know that it is good. And then to pick up the next one and start anew, there's the unknown journey ahead that's exciting.

      I didn't know there were 2mm and 4mm miniatures-I'd like to see some of those.

      Take a picture of the Great Tit and post it!!

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  6. Such wonderful sentiments indeed. I often find myself caught in a dilemma between painting and keep up with the blogging; the latter taking more and more time away from the former. The secret is of course balance, for when it stops being fun, then it becomes a chore and I'm simply not prepared to let that happen yet!

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    1. It's hard to strike that balance with blogger for me because when I follow someone I feel a responsibility to keep current with their content and to be a good follower. And then there's all that Catholic guilt if I don't. Right now, I'm just going to enjoy painting for the sake of painting.

      Have a good weekend Michael!

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    2. I feel the same desire but you just can't always keep up so supress the guilt and enjoy the painting

      ian

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    3. I'm supressing it with the aid of cheese, crisps and chocolate!

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  7. Wow Anne, you've really got that face done well. It's hard to believe that you only started painting miniatures a few months ago.

    Keep up the excellent work :)

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    1. Thank you Tamisin. I've done extensive scroll work on the cape of this guy, so there's going to be more to see when I post him. This is a really nice sculpt by Jeff Grace and I've enjoyed painting him. He has a twin and I'll post them together someday!

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    2. I has a twin??? :)))) Pray do tell us more, Annzie :)

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    3. You do have a twin. I've already painted him and he's a dark haired version of the same figure. You'll have to tell me what to name him darling.

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    4. I thought this was the dark haired one :PPPPP
      Hope the twin is clad all in white, as I'd personally be if me was an Elven lord :)

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  8. Lovely post Anne, I'm so glad to hear that you feel content when you're painting, the differences between contentment and happiness are all very true as well, I don't like it when you're away but I'd rather you were if that was what helped you feel most at peace! Like you say nothing lasts forever so we should enjoy it while we're here.

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    1. I'd rather be content than happy because happy doesn't last. It's here, then gone and afterwards you feel empty. I'm going to try to stay in this place for as long as I can. Eventually life will come around and kick me in the arse and I'll be miserable. Then I'll blog!!

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  9. Excellent garden picture, with such nice colours! I hope you will post a clear picture of that figure. It looks very promesing!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.be/

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    1. That's a close-up crop, enlargement of the face so there's some pixels in there. When I post the full figure it will be in good light. I've also free handed some scrollwork onto the figures cloak.

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  10. The mini is looking good. Enjoy your "you" time.

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    1. My son is coming home for the weekend, so some of my time will be "cooking his favorite meals" time. Food is the best way to keep your children coming to visit!

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  11. Anne, that's really fantastic painting. You're an absolute natural. Contentment - I feel exactly the same when painting, absolutely the same.

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    1. Thank you Sidney. It's a great feeling to get lost in the figure. Doing all that detail work is calming for me-the world disappears along with all its problems.

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  12. Lovely painting dear ~ Take the time to enjoy what you want to do as contentment is a rare commodity ~ After a year of blogging, I now learn to pace myself and I just can't do it every day and with the same passion ~ I need some time off too~

    Take care and have a wonderful weekend ~

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    1. I've been at it for over a year and try not to post more than 12 times per month and sometimes that's too much for me. Taking a week or two away every other month really helps me come back feeling "fresh"

      You have a good weekend too!

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  13. Teasing us yet again with this post when we're all expecting your story to continue!

    It's great that you can find something to do to bring you the peace so many of us spend our lives searching for. I'm never at peace with myself. I have an unrestful mind and butt loads of stress. Someday I hope to find the peace that I so desperately need. Someday soon I hope!

    Life trumps blogging so live it! We'll still be here...anxiously awaiting for you to put all these painted figures into action with your story that has caught the attention of so many!

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    1. The story in it's entirety will take about 6 months. The figures for the next 2 to 3 installments are almost done and then I've to build the scenery. So that bit is at least a week or two away.

      Then I'll put the next batch of figures on the painting table.

      Peace is rare for me too and that's why I'm taking the time to hold onto it.

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  14. Looking very nice Anne, that's exceptional work! Can't wait to see him when he's finished.

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    1. He just needs based and a few touch ups and he's done. He'll be the next thing I post. I also need some good light to photograph him in!

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  15. Wow Anne it looks to be coming along nicely. The best things in life is not rushed.

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    1. Like a good brandy, they should be savored.

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  16. That is a beautiful sentiment. I love the idea of contentment over happiness.
    But does that mean whenever you're blogging, commenting, et. al., that you're miserable?

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    1. No I'm not miserable when I'm blogging. It's just that with The Hubby's health and all those surgeries, there has been an enormous amount of stress. Feeling this good is a rarity in my life right now, so I want to make it last as long as I can.

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  17. I'm extremely happy that you are enjoying some peace, darling, we know how much you deserve it and need it... take your time and use every last drop of the serenity.
    PS don't forget to visit my last Monday's post on 2,000,000 MILLIONTH VISITOR.

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    1. You hit the 2 million mark!!! I knew it was going to be soon and dammit I missed it. I'll go back and read it. I remember last years million pageview post. We've been together for over a million pageviews darling!!

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    2. 'tis true, million light years, million eons, million lurkers and visitors, we count everything in millions, hugs included :)

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  18. Enjoy your Zen moment Anne. We'll see you when you get back. :D

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    1. Oh God I hope it lasts and that I won't be here next week!

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  19. Anything that brings us contentment, peace and relaxation must be cherished and nurtured! I'm glad that painting miniatures brings those gifts to you.

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  20. I see you are moving right along, getting better with each mini. Can't wait to see that one in some good light, he already looks very striking. Excellent work, you will be teaching me before to long now.

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    1. I'll never be good enough to teach you Kris! I've seen those carousel horses!

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  21. 'Morning, Anne: the work-in-progress looks pretty good right now. As you have been plying the paint on your sculpts, I can see your own personal style emerging out of the hrs spent dealing with both the mental gymnastics and the physical aspects of a figure painter: What colors, how much, to glaze or not to glaze, ? dip it, ? ink wash it, etc. I predict that although you may dibble-and-dab with the techniques of others, you have already 'come-forth' from novice painter status and are now on your own road to being full-Lady-Journey Person-Painter. Enjoy the journey...always learning, searching, experimenting and never stopping. The universe is huge and there has been placed in it more than we can ever observe and enjoy!

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    1. Thank you Jay. Each sculpt is different and has it's own personality and then there's all the different scales to paint. This is so new still and therefor is exciting. It's nice at my age to discover something brand new as it makes me feel alive.

      You remind me of the Hubby with that last sentence Jay.

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  22. Time you take for yourself is always time well spent, sis. Got some new prospects on the yoga teaching front that I'll be emailing you about soon. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Oooooh, a new job I hope. I'll be checking for your email. You have a good weekend too!

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  23. Fantastic paintjob and great photographs.

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  24. "Time has a way of taking time."

    -Dave Mustaine

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  25. Forget about you having peace, this post and the way you had put it really gives peace to all of us Anne.
    I should find something to make me happy, not that blogging is bringing me down, but I dont want to bring anyone down with my comments , sometimes I loose control over that when I am sad.

    The picture of butterfly and flowers are so cute Anne, I can look at it all day long and that WIP figurine - badass.

    Dont bother about blogger and comments Anne, your posts are refreshing and do what makes you happy and gives you peace. Enjoy your time Anne.

    Thanks so much for your kindness and the energy you bring in to the blogging world Anne, you maynt know how many peoples day break had been made smooth by you and your positive vibe and energy.

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    1. When I'm unhappy or stressed I lose control over my comments too and I can have a nasty temper at those times. I throttle back when things are really bad as well and it's good to know I'm not the only one with that problem. You're people and mine are a fiery lot aren't we.

      I hope things get better in your life soon!

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    2. :)
      My life at this stage is like ticking b@mb. Dont know when the other shoe shall drop, hopefully I handle this setback and get back on track.
      I wish you the same Anne. Enjoy and we shall be waiting for you. Your posts makes us better, it is only fair if you take break to feel better too.

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  26. As mentioned, this is a bit of a tease.
    Can't wait to see the final product, and I agree, there is a simple peace in painting.

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  27. Nice face :)

    Your sentiment makes complete sense to me. I can easily slip into the zen of painting, converting & assembly, and leave stress and anxiety behind for that time. Long ago I realized I needed a creative project going in order to keep depression at bay, it really does help a lot. Contentment as a goal does seem to be overlooked by most people.

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    1. If I don't have something going I get horribly depressed as well. Being a musician was my earliest form of coping with that and I still play 2-3 hours a day. Without it, I'd have given up long ago. Painting does the same thing-it gives me a purpose and keeps my mind from wandering into dark spaces.

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  28. Didn't think you'd be back
    You lied at your shack
    They look really good
    Good thing the cat came to your hood
    As blogger did not show
    You were here on the go
    That first one looks a bit like Link
    But the God Cat is going to prevail over all and the kitchen sink.
    Contenment for the cat
    Is chewing viking woman fat

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    1. "Contenment for the cat
      Is chewing viking woman fat"

      I just threw up a little in my mouth...thanks Cat...

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    2. The God Cat has been fun and the color palette on it is really nice. Playing with all those different shades of golds, reds and whites has been a delight.

      @Elsie I know, I sicked up too. It's what he lives for! And get those dot dot dots off my page woman!

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    3. haha have to cut old one eye some slack for the .... attack. She is after all trying to keep this even and all so she needs to add some .... to your wall.

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    4. .....she keeps taking all these days off...I miss her....

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  29. At peace while painting. That's good to hear. Hope you're enjoying yourself. I don't have the same relationship with my hobby/passions. I enjoy writing (and am working on something right now) and although I love the feeling of a completed work, I usually want to rip my hair out and shout at the top of my lungs WHILE I'm still working. ha

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  30. I think it's not easy to find the right balance between blogging, hobby and real life. But I feel that you find your way. By the way, great looking figure, face and a beautiful garden picture.
    Regards
    Bruno

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    1. Thank you Bruno. I know being out of doors and looking at the wonders of nature matters as much to you as it does to me. Too many people miss the simple beauty of the world around us.

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  31. Ohhh time slips away. The god who's name is Time. I know what you mean Anne.
    But, you manage to cope well with all the aspects of your life. Family life, social life, business life and hobby life! :)
    Those who know how to wait, get rewarded in the end. And I will be waiting to see your work! :)

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    1. When my daughter was born time seemed to accelerate and it was then that I learned what really matters. Little things and moments that would never come again became paramount.

      Thank you Thanos!

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  32. Enjoy your peace. I wish I could join in with it, at the moment, but, alas, my brush time is not yet come.

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    1. School is in term and you've lessons to make, papers to grade and students to counsel and then there's the book. You've barely time to breathe right now. Maybe over the winter break you'll get around to it.

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  33. I agree; I'll take contentment over happiness any day. Its good just to chill and enjoy the beauty of the world sometimes.

    ......dhole

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  34. Wow nice work on that face. But of course.. not done, right? I'm understanding that feeling more and more each day.

    Take your time. It's beautiful to do what you enjoy so often. That's the very reason I always write :)

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    1. No, the figure is complete except for basing. The light was terrible so I couldn't get a good shot of him and I want to experiment with different flowers to put with him. He's been done for a friend and he matters.

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  35. I'm so very happy to know you are content and serene, Anne. These last few months have been so stressful for you and you deserve this time, enjoy every moment of it my dear friend. As the days grow shorter and colder, soak up that sun, paint your mini's and relax. You've been blessed with this time.

    The detail in his face is amazing, Anne. Absolutely beautiful.

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    1. You know better than most about how things really are in my life Elsie. And with your health you know how rare a clear space can be. I dread winter and those short days as it's when depression takes hold of me. I want to put that off for as long as I can. The flowers are still in full bloom and will be until the first hard frost, then the barren ugliness of winter will come. I can't live in a world without color.

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    2. no colour in winter? Nonsense, darling. Here's an official order from the court of the Intergalactic Elven Highness Dezzy Ming I (that would be moi) - whenever the winter misery strikes you, you are to think of me and Elsie, clad only in red and white striped socks with little jinglebells strapped to our bums, doing a Riverdance like we had tones of whiskey in our system :P

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    3. Oh Jesus, I've got that image in my head and it won't go away!!!!

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    4. Oh, Dezzy! So funny!! I just started laughing and it's not even seven in the morning here. The images dancing around in my head right now are hysterical.

      Fall is in full swing here now. The mums are everywhere with their vibrant yellows and oranges. Pumpkins are on sale, hay rides are starting. It's time for me to admit summer is coming to a close, even though hubby and I sat on the beach in our tee shirts the other night. A golden moment we were able to enjoy when my head was pain free and the weather was beautiful!! Seize the day =)

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    5. ...you two sat on the beach during night .... and then what happened? Please tell us the rest of the story.... Hope you two didn't get arrested if caught in the middle of action :)))

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  36. Good work, Anne! Enjoy life!

    Photos are awesome, too! :)

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  37. I know the feeling of losing yourself in your art. I often do. Turn up the music and just paint and before I know it the whole afternoon has disappeared.
    Blogger and blogging will always be here for you to come to when you want.
    Life is to precious to waste on doing things that you feel you have to rather than those things you really enjoy

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  38. I think the only time I ever truly feel content is with my girlfriend. It's really too bad that she's so busy nowadays...

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  39. You don't have to explain cailin, life can be short, make the most of it!

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    1. Good times are so fleeting these days I just can't afford to miss them when they come. When things go tits up, I'll be back!

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    2. Hola
      No se si al final mi comentari se a perdido ¿?
      Pero por si las moscas jajajaja aprobecha todos esos dias que luego no se recuperan
      UN SALUDO

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  40. Your happiness takes precedence over blogging, and definitely over commenting. That's why I like to consolidate, and I only read/comment at certain times. I'd rather go back over your old posts that I missed all at once than blog every single day. It's just not doable. And likewise, I don't expect that everyone hinges on our every post and reads our page the moment something's put up.

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  41. Hola AMIGA
    Casi se me pasa y con la preciosa foto de tu jardin serias una pena,yo tambien me perderia si tubiera ese jardin,disfruta de ese tiempo.
    un saludo

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  42. I know how you feel, Anne! Sometimes it's nice to enjoy real life instead of worrying about the responsibility of blogger. No one will blame you, especially when you show us your beautiful artwork. Hope you enjoy your break :)

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  43. Glad to see you're posting. Being creative with a brush (and a mini) or a camera is a wonderful release. Just spent mine last week wandering around a tropical rainforest with a camera - all that stress just flies outa yer head! Hope all is well with you and keep posting - wanna see that great looking figure finished!

    All the best from 'tother side o'the world!

    Doc

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  44. i am liking the character you are working on...and i understand anne, there are times we need every moment...so i hope that life allows you again soon and all things smooth out...

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  45. Wow, it looks like a painting, those eyes... Perfect!
    Well done, my compliments on this one...

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  46. Do whatever you need to do. Real life before online life as my friend used to say before he disappeared from our community.

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  47. Ummm...I could have SWORN that I commented on this post...I know I read it. Whatever the case, I know I suck. I seem to be in the midst of this blogger slump...I can barely get my posts up. And I really have the want to do it, but the energy (I think) has left me. I am kind of glad now though. I get to be the first to tell you here how much I love the new look!! Its gorgeous!! Reminds me of a beautiful, serene snowfall before it gets destroyed by man. And man's cars.

    You take all the time you need for yourself! You deserve every bit of it and then some. <3

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  48. I like the new look. Plus I found another place to come harass you!

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  49. in your absence you have been tinkering...i like the look of the page...and a very cool header anne...

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  50. So you changed it around and it looks great, saw it days ago but still no knew posts, the cat needs to cause you some hate hahaha

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  51. Love the new look of the blog and those pictures are fantastic. Love the color.

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