Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy Fabulous New Year!!

How the mighty have fallen eh? While my kids were at a New Year's Eve Party I gave in to middle age and dozed on the sofa last night. Here's a pic of me:

I watched CNN with Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper. Kathy Griffin was rolling around nude at the side of a pool doing the ice bucket challenge. Then she was just wearing a bra in Times Square. It was all a bit sad and desperate for attention. I thought of all the people crammed into Times Square for hours trying to get on TV. What happens when they have to go to the bathroom? It's probably best not to think about it!

Suffice to say New  Year's Eve passed me by this year. I had been at the National Gallery of Art in DC all day which can be pretty exhausting for an old fart like me.

Christmas Tree and the Capitol

I went with a friend who wanted to see all the Medieval, Renaissance and Mannerism paintings. My favorite was this El Greco. Absolutely amazing! Can you believe this was painted in 1610??

The Laoco├Ân by El Greco 1610-1614

2015 has been a hectic year that has just flown past. I have been doing a ton of pet portraits. Here's my latest one of a golden retriever:

Wishing all my friends a Happy New Year! Remember you are fabulous dahling!!

How did you spend New Year's Eve?

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  1. I spent New Years Eve watching a film in bed, as I have a sore throat and fever!. The museum visit looks wonderful, and I love all you have shown today.Happy PPF and a Happy New Year, hugs, Valerie

  2. The colours in your pet portrait are delightful!

    I like the photo of you on New Year's Eve! Heehee!

    Best wishes,

  3. Hahahaa...well, that was really funny! I also loved your painting of the golden retriever. I adore your use of color.

  4. Super review of your year and great art too. Happy PPF and new year too.

  5. Adorable pic of you on NYE Emma:):) Beautiful retriever painting. I am always in awe of the old paintings and buildings that have been so meticulously executed SO many years ago without any of the fancy products and tools we have nowadays. We spent a quiet New year's eve just hubby, dg and I and then watched the ball drop on tv while sipping champagne. Happy PPF and a very happy New Year!

  6. Beautiful pet portrait. Happy PPF! Wishing you a creative and magical 2016!

  7. Love your photo with popcorn and computer!! Your lab is beautifully painted - full of life! Happy New Year and PPF!

  8. That photo is so funny!!
    Last night was the first time in 3 yrs that I did not want to watch Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper. The year before, all she did was cut into him and it was all so negative...and LOUD.......I just wasn't in the mood for her this year and based on what you wrote, it appears I made the right decision! I opted for Ryan Seacrest instead.
    Happy Happy New Year!!

    1. I do love Kathy Griffin but sometimes it does seem like she is so desperate she will do anything for attention! I went to bed early and pleased not to have a hangover.

  9. Love that photo of you..pretty much just like me, popcorn and all!! Yes it's all fabulous...and love your dog portraits you truly are gifted!! Happy New year to you!!

    Hugs Giggles

  10. What a howl... that New Year's Eve photo is fantastic! ^..^
    I love the El Greco and your pet portraits are brilliant too.
    Happy New Year to you. All the best with lots of creativity thrown in too ;D

  11. I do like the way you paint the animals in such lovely and unusual colours and yet they are still completely life-like.
    Happy New Year!

  12. Another fabulous old fart is wishing you
    Happy New Year! :) :) :)

  13. Oh how cute the photo of you is! I love the pet portrait too! I also stayed in for new year's eve, happy new year to you!