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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last Painting of the Year: The Outlook!







This alcove was spotted in Piketberg, shaded by a Victorian corrigated iron roof. The large sash windows have frames encrusted with dark "heritage green" paint, which in South Africa usually indicates a National Monument or very old building. The chairs and blackboard menu invite the passersby to rest and eat. Outside is the sunny sky of Piketberg and the road from the mountain sloping by.....


Here are my New Year's wishes to you: there are steps to take, and roads to cross, an uphill climb, a downhill slide, new doors to enter and new windows to open. As we wait with bated breath to enter the New Year, may the choices be many and varied and exciting!

11 comments:

  1. I love this painting. It symbolizes our walking out of the darkness and into the light of day to me. Enjoyed reading your 10 question interview Marie! You have many blessing to count. Have a wonderful and prosperous New Year!

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  2. Marie,
    Another informative and lovely painting...you bring your country alive through your paintings. Wishing you a prosperous, joyful, and exciting New Year filled with adventure, growth, and wisdom!

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  3. Marie, another great slice of South Africa. Your poem speaks of opportunity -- I love it! May you have a very fulfilling new year.

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  4. Beautiful painting and wonderful sentiments, Marie (except the downhill slide part, of course! LOLOL). Your country is beautiful and I am so enjoying coming to see it through your eyes.

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  5. Thank you Sheila, Linda, Mary and AutumnLeaves for your kind remarks. (AutumnLeaves: The downhill slide is supposed to indicate the easy part of the coming year, the fun bits and the free-wheeling. I hope you have lots of those moments!) (Sheila and Linda, I am hanging onto those lovely wishes!)

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  6. Wonderful painting with such great colors and I love your wishes for the new year. Happy new year to you also.

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  7. Ahh, thanks for that clarification Marie. In these parts, a downhill slide is generally not a good thing. I was thinking of how this aging body is on quite the downhill slide itself! LOLOLOL

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  8. AutumnLeaves,Now you have me giggling...maybe that IS the meaning! English is not my first language so idiosyncrasies appear from time to time! Thank you, Barbara!

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  9. looks sort of mysterious...love the colors...happy painting in the new year!!

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  10. You make the West Coast come alive Marie!

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  11. Anyway, I have gone and done it....I changed my painting from gloomy to brighter. This last image is truer to the blinding light of Piketberg!

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