|'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.