Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy, Bright New Year!

Just as I suspected... I sketched these day lilies in our garden for New Year last year too - they're about all that are flowering at this green, green time of year. Painted very messily and feeling out of watercolour practice, they do come with my very best wishes for a 2011 that brings you everything that you'd wish for yourselves and your loved ones. May it be a richly satisfying creative year!
I haven't made any hard and fast plans, I am doing an oil painting course that spans the year in four sessions, though I don't think I'll be blogging about it, because of copyright clauses on the course material, but also because I want to just do the work without talking too much about it or seeking advice or your valued comments this time - maybe at the end of it I'll show the results. It may mean fewer (even less!) blog posts, but I want to try and keep the blog true to it's name, just sketching, when I can. One plan that did come about in 2010 was finding a couple of like-minded sketchers to join me on expeditions, which will help me get out of my comfy cocoon and into the world.
Thank you to all my visitors, and the lovely friends I've made here, for your feedback and time. As with some other bloggers, I have been posting and commenting less, not due to lack of interest but just trying to juggle a way to spend less time on the computer and more in the studio, or out sketching. For some reason it takes me an inordinately long time to compose blog posts and comments - my muddled brain battling to sort thoughts and words into a legible state, so I might be writing less to go with the pictures... if I remember... I can also babble on regardless, which I'm doing right now. So without further ado, HAPPY NEW YEAR, let's get going!!!


Unknown said...

Happy New Year to you too Cathy. May 2011 bring peace & happiness.

Love this colourful start and I look forward to seeing your sketches throughout this new year.

RH Carpenter said...

Happy New Year, Cathy, and may 2011 be colorful, bright, happy and productive. Love the flowers, too - what a gift amidst our snow and/or rain (rainy and 55F yesterday and today - amazing). Oh, and good luck with the oil painting class.

Anonymous said...

I know that struggle!
Good luck with your oil-y adventures and Happy New Year.

Carol King said...

Ah, what joy to click on your blog to see these beautiful day lilies when we are blanketed with snow.

Happy New Year to you too. I look forward to more of your wonderful sketches in the upcoming year.

And good luck with the oil class.

Penny said...

Have a lovely year, full of paint and joy. You have inspired me to paint my day lillies which are flowering here in Oz too.

Cathy Gatland said...

Thanks so much Sue, Rhonda, Dinah, Carol and Penny - I've been thinking of those of you over in all that snow - stay warm and safe! Penny, enjoy painting your lilies!

Robyn Sinclair said...

Wishing you a wonderful year of art, Cathy - and all good things in the rest of your life. I'm happy to receive Daylilies from you every year. ;) They are so vibrant.

MrsDoF said...

Beautiful flowers, and Happy New Year to you also.

the Illinois prairie had sunshine today, so much that I wore my prescription sunglasses to drive home from church; but the temperature reached a high of 21°f.

A favorite Artist blogger of mine is Woolgathering at
she puts up a sketch a day, and has never failed to make the beginning of MY day much nicer.

Anonymous said...

You explain it all so perfectly. I miss blogging... alot! But other things called life take priority and getting off this computer, at times against my wishes, makes me think of other avenues, like creating my watercolors and physical outdoor activity.
Properous Año Neuvo
(Prosperous New Year) for us english speakers,
peace n abundance,

Art with Liz said...

A wonderful new year to you Cathy and these day lilies are just perfect! All bright and sunny and sunshiny!