Friday, 20 December 2013

A surprise tea party...

'Mushu in blue' - gouache and ink on watercolour postcard

A few weeks ago Eva and Kristin over at Paint Party Friday mentioned that they had something special up their sleeves, 'something that involves art, kindness, secrets and virtual gift-giving'. Well,  I, for one, was intrigued and had to find out more and when I discovered what it was they had in mind I just had to take part. 

Those of you who are frequent visitors to Paint Party Friday will know of a very lovely Antipodean lady called Tracey Fletcher King who has had a rough year, going through chemo for breast cancer yet still managing to keep us all entertained on her blog, with her beautiful illustrations and funny tales of life Down Under.

Eva and Kristin had the lovely idea of putting together a collage of artwork created around a tea party theme in honour of Tracey, as anyone who knows anything about her knows she is famous for her love of tea, tea cup, tea pots - anything involving tea really!

Tracey has a gorgeous little dog called Mushu whose mishaps and misadventures often feature in her blog stories and so I scoured Tracey's Facebook photos looking for a photo I could use to paint the little fella - there was always going to be an animal involved in my piece! Keeping in mind the tea party theme, I added a tiny red tea pot to Mushu's collar - I hope this counts.

Tracey is an inspiration to so many of us in blogland and the love and concern all of us art bloggers have for her is testament to how it's possible to develop friendships with folk on opposites sides of the planet that we might never meet in 'real life' but who we find we have so much in common with thanks initially to a shared passion for creating art and showing that art off in cyber space! 

I'm going to take a blogging break over the festive period so I wish everyone happy holidays and hope you all have a fabulously festive time and here's to 2014 bringing the best the universe has to offer to all of us.

38 comments:

  1. Oh what a beautiful painting of Mushu. Absolutely awesome. Tracey will love it! Happy Holidays to you too. Take care.

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  2. Tracy Will love it. Wonderful art.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  3. A beautiful Mushu portrait! And i LOVE the tea cup pennant:-)

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  4. such cute tribute! Merry Christmas!

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  5. A lovely piece of magic for Tracey! Merry Christmas Nic!

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  6. Oh it is s cute Tracey will love it.

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  7. Lovely painting of Mushu! Valerie

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  8. Love your painting of Mushu, such a beautiful idea!
    Happy PPF
    Erika

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  9. Happy PPF. Love your gorgeous painting of Mushu with her tiny red teapot collar, so neat. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas, hugs Annette x

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  10. such a lovely post and beautiful painting!

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  11. What a lovely surprise for our adorable Tracy!! And I love your painting of Mushu! And of course the tea-pot collar was a must!
    I had never been to PPF before now - It really is great!
    Have a wonderful Christmas beak Nic! xx

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  12. That's such a cool idea! And your thoughtfulness really embodies the spirit of the season! Aw, I love this painting and the story that you've written about it's creation! Thanks for the uplifting post Nic!

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  13. Musha is wonderful. I love the tiny tea pot. I know that Tracey will be thrilled with his portrait.

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  14. great painting!! the teapot on the collar is such a nice touch :)

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  15. This is soo cute and I just LOVE the little red teapot that's on his collar. Tracey will love it! Enjoy your holidays and have a wonderful Christmas ♥

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  16. What a precious painting. That little teapot is adorable!

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  17. This is a great tribute to Tracey. . .pups are always family. Thank you for visiting my blog. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  18. Your tribute to Tracey by featuring Mushu is beautiful. (Wiping away tears!)

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  19. Oh Nic your painting of Mushu is so darling- and I love how you incorporated the "tea theme" :) Beautifully written post too. Wishing you and yours a beautiful holiday!

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  20. So adorable Nic....I LOVE LOVE LOVE Mushu....and that teapot is the icing on the cake!!! She can't help but love it!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  21. Yes Tracey is great and she deserves so many well wishes. Cute dog!!

    Happy Christmas
    Happy PPF!
    Tam

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  22. Tracey will LOVE your painting of Mushu...absolutely ADORABLE!! Great post, Nic, and a great tribute to Tracey is so inspiring. I showed my ignorance by having to look up the word 'Antipodean' and learned something new and interesting. :)

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  23. Mushu is adorable! Love his little tag....

    Have a relaxing and very Merry Christmas, Nic. See you in 2014!
    xo
    EVA

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  24. Love the tiny teapot you gave Mushu! A wonderful painting!
    Have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!
    Ilona

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  25. This is so amazing. The little red tea pot is brilliant. Your work is always a delight and I so appreciate how you take time to encourage and inspire all of us in the party. Blessings to you and thanks for all the creature you honor with your work and your beautiful paintings.

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  26. Nic this is so sweet and you have captured him perfectly. I showed him as he is lying right beside me tucked up in bed and he licked the screen like mad. A bit of self love from the mutt. Nic thank you so much your words have touched me and have of course made me cry with gratitude at the bond we all share. Friendships are no less deep real or meaningful just because their is a little distance involved and I treasure your friendship so much. Thank you and hope you have a fabulous Christmas season. I wills end you warm mango scented thoughts whenever I can. Xx

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  27. This is a very sweet and thoughtful tribute to Tracey. Blessings!

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  28. When I saw Mishu in the collage of works I though it might be yours. He is so sweet and I love the red teapot on his collar!!! Enjoy your break and Merry Christmas

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  29. I love Mushu's portrait and the little teapot is awesome! :)

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  30. No wonder Tracey is so moved by your wonderful portrait of Mushu with his little red teapot hanging from his collar, it is beautiful. I've loved visiting your wonderful blog this year, so I send a Christmas thank you for the pleasure you have given me.

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  31. Oh, I love this wonderful doggie portrait. You did a very good job!

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  32. Mushu could be my little dog, Payton! Happy Holidays, Nicola!

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  33. Your painting of Mushu is so very cute! And what a lovely post for Tracey! Have a fabulous christmas x

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  34. Your painting of Mushu is terrific. I stopped by Tracie's blog and then PPF and you guys are the best! What a wonderful gift you gave your friend.

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  35. The little red teapot is such a great touch. You can feel it came from your heart. I too went to Tracey can PPF's blogs. What a wonderful bond you all have. Love your work. Have a great holiday.

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  36. What a beautiful idea and so sweet. I adore the touch of red with the teapot, so quaint and fitting. I'd love to see Tracie's blog and wish I would've known about this joint effort sooner, I would've definitely been a part of it. Is it too late??

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  37. This is my favourite kind of dog. You´ve painted it perfectly! Wishing you a happy new year!

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