Thursday

To 2011





A whole new year ... 365 blank days... just waiting for us All to fill them up....
and we always do,  no matter what... fill them up to brimming without even trying.. 
 ...like magic ..Time is...  
a world going round and round...
 sunrise, sunset... 
repeat... repeat... repeat..............


... tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock...


We raise our glasses to the New Year  and to You, 
with wishes of Happiness, Hope, Strength and Inspiration 
...and many Good Things to come your way.
Give it your all... 



HAPPY NEW YEAR !





..."the toad, the rat and the mouse" ... pen, ink, watercolor.. approx. 7" x 8",  in sketchbook


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44 comments:

littlesliceoflife said...

what a lovely illustration - I plan on making merry in similar fashion! Wishing you a wonderful 2011 Gwen.
x

Jane Lancaster said...

beautiful!

George said...

A beautiful drawing, Gwen. Happy New Year to you and your family as well. I look forward to following your creative journey.

Morna Crites-Moore ~Wicked Waif ~ said...

I love this, Gwen. I'm looking forward to 2011 - and sharing it online with you and few other very special cyber friends. xo.

simply blue said...

Happy New Year, Gwen! So nice to see a new post...love the sketch. You just have a marvelous way of expressing yourself....thank you for sharing your thoughts with us!

Steven Cain said...

Happy New Year you two and company!


You don't keep mice frozen in the ice box for posing, like Tasha Tudor did... Do you?

They're wonderful, by the way... Frog, too.

kathi dunphy said...

A new year filled with creative possibilities, it's exciting isn't it!

Oldfool said...

I am being Mr. Toad at this moment.

Owen said...

How could I not possibly help but love any artwork featuring a toad ? Especially a toad with a purple sash...

It's been wonderful discovering your world over the past months here, looking forward to seeing lots more of your artwork in 2011.

Best wishes Gwen ... from Mr Toad and la Grenouille
:-)

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

And a very Happy New Year to you as well!! May all your dreams come true.

...louciao... said...

May you find inspiration to fill each of those 365 blank pages with what you find beautiful.

Marie Alton said...

Oh Gwen ... your scope of talent never ceases to amaze me!

Thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us out here in cyber space!

I'm hoping one day to visit your lovely world in person ... and give you a big hug!

All the Best ... Marie

Joy & Happiness be yours in 2011!

Arija said...

Dear Gwen, thank you for your visits and good wishes.
Some hours ago I lost my treasured Millie the witches cat, She was 21. I have no-one to ride my broomstick with anymore.

I hope you at least have a Happy New Year.

Hugs and Blessings from an old bereft witch.

Alina said...

I LOVE this drawing! Happy New Year XO

alaine@éclectique said...

Happy New Year to you and yours, Gwen. I'll look forward to your new projects this year! Love that sketch!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thank you All, you are all such a pleasure.


Morna, your fingers should be insured!!

Simply Blue, it just seemed to fit. I do have a tendency to talk a little backwards sometimes.

Stephen, just a frozen Squirrel and three birds saved for their nether-life in bottles but I haven't tried posing any yet.

Kathi, it sure can be.

OF... Clink, Clink!!

Owen, I should have honoured your Toad-dom much sooner with the Purple Sash award ... What was I not thinking?

Pamela,I'll be waiting to see what you have up your sleeve..

Louciao,your word games are limitless, off the cuff and unexpected... don't change too much next year.

Penny said...

Happy New Year to you and yours Gwen.Lovely sketch, we did something similar last night.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Rebecca, I hope you are preparing for it now.

Jane. Thank you, Salute!

George, as I do yours...You are The zen master..

Marie, I would say the same for you my dear. It would be a pleasure. Toast the new year for me!

Arija, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Millie... 21 years, that was a long time to enjoy each others faithful company, she will never disappear from your memory..
...... and there is nothing witchy about you, except that you do make unexpected Magical things happen, don't you? Blessings to you !!

Alina, Thank you, my best!

Alaine, They are already starting to mount up! Thank you and Take care.

Penny, You had a few Toads and Rats dining with you?? or you were clinking glasses and celebrating.. hope it was the last one.. My best!!

Ruth said...

Gwen, I'm inspired by your pen and ink and watercolor of the mice couple hosting Mr. Frog, and I raise my glass to you, John and Max too! Thank you for the beauty you create in this world of ours. Happy New Year!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Yea, Ruth, Now we can toast before midnight. I hope to read much more of your brilliant writing and poetry in the coming year. You have set a standard now.

deb said...

I've wandered here from George 's place , Transit Notes, Gwenn..
and have "seen" your comments at Ruth's place.

now I'm wondering if you are a friend of Deborah Carr, since I see that you live in New Brunswick. Perhaps you are the Gwen I met while visiting her a few weeks ago?

if not, toss this aside as nothing,
if so... well , just wow I think.

Either way, Happy New to you as well.

And I am completely intrigued by this space here, and will be looking around for awhile no doubt.

BumbleVee said...

Happy New Year to you and John, Gwen ...

A very healthy, happy one to us all for 2011....

looking forward to your continuing adventures with stone, metal, wool and colour.... you guys are truly one with nature... in so many ways...

BLACK AND WHITE said...

DEAR GWEN ♥ HAPPY NEW YEAR ♥

cathyswatercolors said...

Happy New Year.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Welcome Deb, Lovely to meet you... Yes, I am a friend of Deborah Carr but I am another by that first name as I have not seen her since last year... although I have been following the success of her new Book, "Sanctuary".. I'm so pleased for her... small world!

Best of the New year to you, BumbleVee, I will be looking forward to more of your scrumptious recipes!!

Thank you Black and White.. may this year bring you more beauty to showcase!!!

Happy brilliant watercolors to you this year, Cathy.. keep that paintbrush full and flowing all year long!!

herhimnbryn said...

Happy, creative and peaceful New Year to you and yours G.

Chris said...

A joyous New Year to you Gwen! Wishing you much happiness in the coming year.

Cuidado said...

Happy New Year, Gwen to you and John. It's wonderful to start a new blank book every January isn't it. To your health and happiness....

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

Happy new year to you and yours, Gwen. May 2011 bring many, many blessings.

rauf said...

EEEEEEEEEEE Gwen, i read somewhere that this is a year of the Rabbit EEEEEEEE, all the rabbits will get a special discount this year. The year of the rat and the year of the frog is gone or coming ? Year of the Turkey is no good news for Turkeys i know. i am waiting for the year of the cow.
i don't know what i'll do in the year of the cow as i don't know what i'll do in the year of the rabbit.
Do we pray for the rabbits this year Gwen ? EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Enjoyeee !
Happy New year to you and the family.
Long time Gwen, hope you are doing fine

Gwen Buchanan said...

herhimnbryn, a doggie new year to you.

Chris, lots of snip-snipping new patterns to you.

Cuidado,may it be a new year with lots of walks and photographs.

Lorenzo, I wish you a beautiful year

Gwen Buchanan said...

Hello Rauf, yes it has been too long indeed,... you still have your wit I am happy to see... I hope the new year brings much more... I hope the new Year treats you, your friends and family with kindness.

iNdi@na said...

delightful drawing
happy days to you...

denise said...

I love that! Happy New Year.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thanks India and Denise, best to you!

Debbi said...

Oh Gwen I LOVE that illustration. Happy New Year to you as well, and thanks for your warm wished on my blog.

I also love your stone wall post, and reading it makes me wish I could just walk down the road and have a cup of tea with you and admire the work.

Hope you're not too cold this winter, and very productive!

rivergardenstudio said...

I just wanted to wish you a beautiful new year! roxanne

Gwen Buchanan said...

hi Debbi and Roxanne, I hope the new year is going smoothly so far.. wouldn't it be sweet to have tea with you both sitting under the shade of the maple on a warm afternoon.. a pleasure indeed.... the weather has been quite sunny.

Lord Wellbourne said...

The very same and more of all the best to you in the coming year from your neighbour to the west!

layers said...

Hi Gwen, how true-- blank pages of the calendar are ahead - I hope your days fill up with much warmth, creativity and success.

Seth said...

Hope everyday 2011 is filled with magic for you!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thank you Lord W, Donna and Seth, I shall be looking forward to your offerings this long year. Happy Days!

helen said...

All the best to you and your loved ones for 2011 Gwen....may each of the 365 days be filled to the brim with good things :~)

As ever, I love your art ~

Oh!...I went to see how the owl I buried was doing last week....and had the most wonderful surprise...four more skulls...tiny little creatures that the owl had eaten! I am hoping I can clean the earth off without damaging them.

Blessed be. H x

Gwen Buchanan said...

Oh Helen, that is so exciting!!! What a discovery.!!! they must be so delicate. oh I would love to see them.

The very, very best to you all!