Sunday, January 3, 2010

One Year Birthday of My Blog

California Cuisine
Watercolor
22" x 30"

This is the first birthday for my blog, which I created on January 3, 2009. I am reposting a piece that I did during Mike Bailey's "Watercolor Beyond the Obvious" for a special reason. This piece is one of my featured pieces of art on the Silicon Valley Open Studios website. On New Year's Day the wife of a friend saw it while attending our New Year's Open House and purchased it on the spot! I was very pleasantly surprised as this is a purely social event. This piece has attracted attention from guests, and it's one of my favorites.

That was an especially nice end to a wonderful party where we hosted about a 100 people from all parts of our life -- dance, cycling, art, church, the gym, neighbors, and friends. Bob and I do major cooking. He's famous for his lasagna, carrot cake, and Chicago Beef, a dish from his native city. We made many other dishes as well. We had a great time kicking off the new year, but I am definitely behind in setting goals and doing art.

Stay tuned....


10 comments:

Claire M said...

Happy Birthday to your delightful blog. I guess I'll be right behind you later this month.

California poppies are my favorite and I was delighted to see your painting. What a testament to your work to have it so highly sought after. They are very lucky to have it.

Sheila said...

Congratulations Mary! It was an honor and great pleasure to meet you in person. I will continue to follow you on your journey of Art Adventures hopefully for at least a couple of decades worth of anniversaries.

ambermaida said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary of your lovely art blog! Your artwork is fantastic and I see why this piece was bought on the spot, that is such a terrific feeling!

It sounds to me as though you have a wonderfully full life, may 2010 bring you more of that and some more of that good Chcago food!!! (Sounds absolutely delicious!)

Looking forward to reading more of your new posts as you approach year 2 of your blog, best wishes to you in 2010, new friend!

Nancy said...

Congratulations, Mary! I'm so excited to be part of this blogworld -- it truly makes friends out of strangers! Hope 2010 is great for you!

Mary Paquet said...

Claire, I will be watching for your blog birthday post. Thanks for your best wishes.

Sheila, I am delighted that we got to meet and I take great pleasure in reading your blog and seeing your latest art.

Amber, I am happy we found each other in the blog world. I spent a bit more time on your website and noticed that you sell through a gallery in Montpelier, Vermont, a mere five miles from where I grew up. Your work is very creative and inspiring!

Mary Paquet said...

Nancy, thanks for checking in and Happy New Year! I admire your dunes painting in my studio everyday!

Watercolorist said...

Congrats and happy blogging - and painting - in 2010. Love this piece. It is visually appealing and I can see the influence of Mike Bailey. Wish I could take a workshop with him.
Jean

PAMO said...

Mary- So many things to celebrate! When I first started your post, I saw your painting and just stopped for a moment- it's beautiful. I'm so looking forward to your year two! Congratulations on many levels!
Pam

Christiane Kingsley said...

Mary, happy first anniversary to your great blog!Congratulations on your unexpected sale. This piece has it all: interesting composition, color and texture!
My... I am impressed by your energy! 100 people at your New Year's party...any entertaining for more than ten makes me shudder :-)
All the best for 2010.

Mary Paquet said...

Jean, Mike Bailey makes you dig deep inside yourself for the design. You would love his class.

Pam, I just love your observations. Thanks so much.

Christiane, Happy New Year and thanks for the blog birthday wishes.