Monday, December 27, 2010

A Great Festive Season to Everyone!

I hope everyone out there had the most wonderful Christmas ever!  Whatever you did, I hope you did it well.

Here in Sunny SA we lunched next to the water wearing our cut-off jeans and t-shirts and didn't envy anyone in the Northern Hemisphere AT ALL!  What dreadful weather you guys up there are having - all those airplanes being grounded and just before Christmas as well!  All we see are pictures of snow and more snow!  So here's a picture of the Father Christmas who visited us - (it's actually our friend Dawne, but who cares, we had a good laugh!)


And despite the fact that I haven't been blogging or computing very much, I have done a couple of paintings.  I get up really early (5am), take the dogs for their walk, feed the birds (and the dogs) and then get into the studio for a couple of hours before it gets too hot.   This I did over a few days that way.  It's of a gorgeous young lady who lives in Sweden.  Her name is Sophie and if she sees it, I hope she likes it.


By then it's too hot and after pottering in the garden, it's time to watch cricket!  Yes, Summertime is Cricket Time!  Love it.  And for all my Indian friends out there, my small tribute to one of the greatest cricketers in the World!

Sachin Tendulkar

28 comments:

Cathy Gatland said...

Stunning portrait of Sophie, Liz - she looks a lot like my daughter at that age, especially the glorious hair. We're enjoying the warm sunny Christmastime too - and of course the cricket (not good for painting and sketching though!)

Arti said...

Envy you,Liz! Though we are not having all that snow in Delhi, its still very cold!....The painting of this beautiful young lady is great, with the background complimenting her green eyes.
About the sketch, its very good-(I am sure Prabal is going to be very excited ):) you caught sachin's charateristic grin very well!
Wish you a great 2011.

Willy. CREALINELIJNEN said...

I still follow your creativity,with much attention, and you keep surprising my!!!
A happy life for you, your family and friends,Willy
P.S. please remove the 27°C ....
I'm getting a little...

art2cee2 said...

What a wonderful portrait artist you are! Love these! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for visiting my blog...the music is by the Transiberian orchestra. We always go to see them at Christmas. Look them up they are wonderful. :-)

Anthony Duce said...

The portrait is wonderful. It’s odd from up here in the north to be thinking about lounging in shorts and being too hot. Have a great New Year

Shelley Smart said...

How could Sophie not enjoy such a beautiful portrait! It's gorgeous! And your sketch pretty cool, too! Love them both!

Watercolorist said...

The portrait is lovely. You have captured the innocence of youth. I'm sure she will love it.
Jean

martinealison said...

Quelle chance vous avez de pouvoir profiter de la nature sous le soleil et la chaleur... J'apprécie ce portrait et je suis persuadée que la jeune suédoise sera ravie de le découvrir...
Bravo également pour ce joueur de cricket.
Je vous souhaite tous mes voeux de créativité, de bonheur, d'amour et de paix à l'occasion de la nouvelle année.
Bisous

Sofie said...

It looks like me but better!
My mother thought you had catch my soul in the eyes.
She was very impressed.


Wich you come back soon to Sweeden,
It was nice to see you!

Love Sophie

Barbara Pask said...

What a beautiful painting Liz. Love the skin tones and that gorgeous red hair. I bet she will love it too.

Lori Bonanni said...

Liz, wonderfully well-done portrait! And please send some of that good old hot weather this way!!

Ramesh Jhawar said...

A beautiful portrait! No doubt, Sophie is very happy (as we make out from her comment)
And a lovely portrait of the master blaster as well!
Last but not the least, thank you very much for following my work and loving it!
Wish you a very happy new year:)

Marian Fortunati said...

So glad you enjoyed your Christmas...

It's always funny when most of the nation is "white" ... we did have a break in our storms (which were wet not white) and our Christmas DAY was beautiful... then it rained again at night.

Happy New Year to you!

hmuxo said...

Beautiful portrait painting of Sophie. You did an amazing job.!

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Liz, your painting of Sophie is gorgeous! Wish I was battling hot weather instead of cold!!!! We had our first white Christmas in years.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

WOW the painting is amazing!
I have been thinking of you and wanted to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR
love
tweedles

Art with Liz said...

Hi Cathy, and thank you. Sophie does have the most beautiful hair and was great to paint! Just spent the last 3 days at cricket and will be going again this morning!


Thank you Arti and as for the cold - well - when it's as hot as it was yesterday and going to be today, a bit of cold would be nice! But you think the other way round! And yesterday I got Sachin's autograph on the sketch! Will post it to make the whole of India envious!!

Art with Liz said...

Hi Willy, thank you and a happy new year to you and yours as well! I wish we could go back to 27! It was 34 yesterday!!


Thank you Crystal and love listening as well as looking at your blog!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Tony and may your new year be absolutely wonderful and full of amazing paintings and sketches.


Hi there Shelley! and thank you so much. Sophie did like it and so did her mom, so it will be going to Sweden with my compliments!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Jean, and yes, I'm so glad she did like it!


Dear Martine, Merci! Your turn with Summer will come, but we are enjoying ourselves right now. And all be the best to you and yours for 2011!

Art with Liz said...

Hi Sophie! Thank you for being such a wonderful model! And my next trip will definitely be in Summer as I can't get used to all that snow you have! If not this year, then definitely next. Lots of love.


Thank you Barbara - she is gorgeous and as you can see, she likes it!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Lori and I would gladly share a few of those excessive degrees we're having. 34 is over my limit!


Hi Ramesh, thank you and your work is very easy to love! When I grow up I want to paint like you! And saw Sachin get another 100 yesterday, plus his autograph on my sketch!

Art with Liz said...

Hi Marian! Your turn with the heat will come again soon! Like you, in winter we don't have snow, but it does get quite chilly with (hopefully) lots of rain!


Thank you so much Hilda for your lovely comment.

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Rhonda! She was great to paint. For us, a White Christmas is only in pictures!


Dear Tweedles, thank you and a happy wonderful bone filled year to you too. I met a wonderful Pug called Annie who had a stroke and was rescued and I told her all about you!

Sheila said...

Liz Liz Liz!!! It wouldn't be a Happy New Year without my first blog commenter! I haven't been post much until the last week and I have been remiss to follow anyone's blog. I'm glad I'm back to see your GORGEOUS portraits and look forward to continuing to follow your work. hugs hugs hugs.

oh and BTW I near cried with what you wrote on C3 because it was EXACTLY what I was going for. I thought I was being too sappy feeling sorry for crabs but now I know I'm in good company....okay one more hug!

Megha Chhatbar said...

Thank you Liz for visiting my blog. It is nice to hear from you after so long. You have done superb job with those portraits. Sachin Tendulkar is obviously one legend to paint. Great work. Keep in touch dear!

Prabal said...

I love Sachin.. And this simple sketch captures his expression and spirit so well. As Arti predicted I am really excited about this one. I love you too. :)

kathleen.artkat.hebert said...

Sophie is gorgeous!!!! So delicate.