Monday, December 21, 2009

Wishing You the Gift of Joy this Holiday Season


6x8" oil on linen panel
sold



I know it's been a long time between cupcakes and Christmas. Mom continues to decline, and I'm hanging on. Please know that I'm thinking of you, that I miss visiting everyone's blogs as often as I used to, and that I'm wishing you and your families joyous and heart-filled holidays.
With love,
Liz


For Taz's story, visit Art for Animals. Thanks to Pam Townsend and the PGSPCA for the photo reference of Taz, who was adopted in 2007.

66 comments:

Cindi said...

liz you know you are in my thoughts... i hope you can relax an enjoy the day with your mom and family... we all miss you,but understand there is only so much time in the day...if you ever just want to yak.. just whisper.. ill be there..
xx

dominique eichi said...

What a beautiful piece. Your in my prayers LIz wishing a very sweet Christmas. =)

Angela Elledge said...

You are beautiful to give your mother the gift of yourself and your time through her illness. I cannot say I understand how difficult these days must be, but I do know that caring for your mother will be something that you will never regret. God has not only given you the gift of expressing yourself through your art, but also he has given you a Servant's heart. With that being said, as you take care of your Mom, please take care of yourself.

This little Christmas painting is delightful. I love that you have masterfully painted a beautiful contrast in colors and textures, the dark background and the bright, shiny golden package in the foreground. You're the best! Take care, Liz.

Manon Doyle said...

Hi Liz,
This a a beautiful painting!
I'm thinking about you in this difficult time. My prayers go out to you! Wishing all my best this holiday season!

manon
xo

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

This wonderful little piece is a delightful gift to all of us, thank you. I'm hoping the break you took to paint this was a gift to yourself too...you deserve it!
Best wishes Liz!

Mariano Zucchi said...

Hi Liz,
don't worry about us , just take care of yourself and your Mum, thanks for the present nicely presented, you are in my tought Happy holidays,
Mariano

Sandra Galda said...

Hi Liz, sorry you are having such a hard time. Nice painting here. Best wishes, prayers..

Tamela said...

Lovely painting, as usual, Liz. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. You and your mother are in my prayers.

Michelle said...

Merry Christmas, Liz! What a beautiful, cheerful painting. Blessings and prayers to you and your mother during this difficult time.

Carolina said...

I love your painting Liz! That IS a joyous face :)
I hope things become lighter for you with your mom, hang in there.
Thanks a lot for the wishes, and receive a big-big Christmas hug from me!
Carolina

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

We all miss you so very much.
Have a wonderful Xmas and a happy healthy new year.
Big hug to you and Momma.
XO, Irit

Mona said...

What a gorgeous painting Liz! Love it! Wishing you much joy this Christmastime too.

Mi said...

I wish you and your family a merry and peaceful christmas and a happy and blessed new year!! So good to hear from you :-)

Candy said...

What a beautiful, happy painting. How wonderful to know this sweet little dog was rescued.

Merry Christmas to you and your mom.

Kerri Settle said...

It's so good to see you post again, Liz. I wish your family and Mom the best.

Edward Burton said...

This is wonderful Liz, and very sweet. My thoughts are with you and your mother. Do take care and Merry Christmas.

-Don said...

My heart leapt with joy when I saw this beautiful work of art. I don't think I've ever seen a more joyous, expressive Christmas greeting. The blues try to creep in and take over, but the rich Christmassy reds and yellows keep them in the background where they belong. Merry Christmas, -Don

Art with Liz said...

Have been thinking about you - have a good Christmas - love this painting, such a cute little fella!

Dors said...

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2010

Look forward to seeing your work in 2010.

Hugs
Dors.

rahina q.h. said...

Liz, you are sincerely in my thoughts. love the energy and delight in your painting, suggests to me: looking out to find the beauty within you. all the best r.

Ann Buckner said...

Liz, thinking of you and your Mom, wishing you both a lovely Christmas together. Loved the painting and hope Taz has been adopted.

Caio Fernandes said...

a gift of joy coming fron you is something precious that really works .
not like those gifts we recieve that at the next day are spoilted alread :) hahah!
this painting is so full of life , fantastic and pretty !!
i really loved it !
wow ! this dog has the christimas spirit !!
i wish for you , your mom and all around you a wonderful Christimas , all the good feelings inside your heart !
see you Liz !!

labrown said...

Merry Christmas to you too Liz Holm. Nice to see a painting from you and here is to more time with the brushes next year. Take care!

lauren said...

Oh, Liz! I hope you and you mom have a wonderful Christmas and that you both are well in the new year! I know it must be so hard on you! You take care! I love this sweetie that you painted for Christmas! Hugs!

Dean H. said...

Dear Liz, May all the blessings of this holy season be received by you and your mother. I pray for you and hold you in my heart...God holds you both in his hands.
I wish you both the Merriest of Christmases.

Avocaken said...

Dear Liz.

Merry Christmas to you and your Mom. You're our very special angel this holiday season.

Thank you for your "present". It means so much!

Love ya and think of you OFTEN.
Ken B.

Barbara M. said...

Hi Liz,

A beautiful painting. I have been away for the Florence Biennale. Take care of yourself. I'll be thinking of you and wishing you a happy holiday.

XOBarbara

Celeste Bergin said...

--funny when I saw the new thumbnail I thought about "FINALLY! the cupcake moves!" lol--(I know that you'll take that in the joke-y spirit it is given). You know you can't leave a Christmas dog up until March...or can u? lol. Take care of yourself and your Mom and we'll all be here however long it is until you're back at painting again! thinking of you and your Mom..Liz...Merry Christmas!
Love,
Celeste

corvedacosta said...

Where have you been? But at least you appear at the right time. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

What a cute Christmas painting. Lovely dog portrait.

Crescendo said...

Nice painting and fresh colors !

Spiritartartist said...

Sorry things are so rough for you right now Liz. I know you're tough though. You'll pull through this with flying colors! Hugs, Sandy

Ann Rogers said...

Over 30 comments so far, which only proves that your absence has not lessened your following of those who follow your art, as well as those of us who care about you. Love your latest dog portrait and the Christmas greeting. Wishing you and your mom a joyous holiday season and the best possible health and many blessings in 2010! Stay strong through this difficult time and know that your many friends are thinking about you and looking forward to your future art posts.

Don Coker said...

Liz, I'm so happy you took the time to create this lovely piece of work. Very nicely done. Now, take out that book of Frost poetry and find a quite corner and indulge. You deserve it. My best to you and your Mom. Peace be with you...

Rosemary said...

Adorable little dog and precious Christmas painting! Best wishes to you and your mom for a new year filled with blessings!

Marilyn M. King said...

Wonderful doggie portrait and nice looseness to the work. I'm so glad you were able to take a break and create this delightful painting. We all have you in our prayers and thoughts, you're a good daughter.
Happy New Year to you and your Mom.

Dean Grey said...

Liz!

You are handling your current situation with such grace and dignity. I need to take lessons from you!

I'm wishing you and your family a happy holidays!

And don't forget to keep blogging, even if it's posting a painting every now and then. Got it?

-Dean

Carol Horzempa said...

So good to hear from you...your kind words and Christmas greeting!

What a delightful little Christmas painting. It brought a smile to my face...love the warm colors and happy little pup that got his Christmas wish.

Hope the New Year brings blessings and peace in your heart.

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Hi Liz, love the little Christmas Pup, it's so good to see you are back blogging. I wish you all the best for the New Year. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. Take care.

Gregory Becker said...

Liz that dog is up to no good and he's happy about it. lol. Happy New Year

Renee said...

I am sorry to hear about your Mom dear friend.

I understand as my Mom is in hospital right now and not doing well.

We love our Moms don't we.

Love Renee xoxo

Liana Yarckin said...

Hi Liz,
I have not blogged for a while, but, I thought of you today when I was thinking of what I want to paint next. That is what do I want to paint that I will be excited about. And then I remembered the photo of your mom as a bride and the lace on the gown. And then I couldn't wait to get home to see if you had posted anything since the cupcakes. I have told you about my Great Grandmother and my Grandmother and now we are beginning to experience my father-in-law with his age. I just tell you this to let you know that you are not alone.
Thank you for the photos. I will make some time to do a painting from them.

Alex Perez said...

Liz, thank you for your visit, your comment and wishes, for you and family a wonderful and Happy new year 2010!
Alex

Riad said...

Hi Liz, it is good to see you back.We missed you.I wish you a happy New year to you and your Mom.Nice painting as usual.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I love this painting, Liz, and it's nice to 'see' you back in the blogsphere **** good wishes to you..

Elizabeth.PhotoNotes said...

Have a great New Year in 2010!

sam said...

My thoughts are with you Liz during these difficult times, I hope you had a little joy with your mum this Christmas too.
Nice to see a painting from you, I think he is waiting for you to unwrap his present...

Ruth said...

Hi Liz, Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I appreciate it so much. Words are so small physically, but their meaning containing encouragement are powerful. Sorry to read about your Mum. May God bless her and if His will see her back to good health.
Ruth

Frank A. said...

Liz... the very best of all to you and yours for a very blessed and peaceful 2010.

DEB said...

And we are thinking of you two, Liz. I hope 2010 turns out to be an amazing, blessed year for you and your mom.

LeAnn Whitacre said...

Liz, thank you for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I hope this new year will bring you blessings and joy - you deserve it! I love the Christmas painting - I can just see that little dog stopping for just that brief moment, picking up his present again, and running off...

Dar Presto said...

Wishing you all the best, Liz. Thinking of you and your mom.

The painting is adorable and so well done. I'm happy you had the opportunity to play with paint!

Carole Baker said...

Your paintings are beautiful. Thank you for visiting my blog and in answer to your question: I usually use linen thread. I wax it by running over a piece of bees wax. You can find waxed linen in some art supply stores. I found a spool of artificial sinew at a thrift store and am using it too. I've also used waxed cotton embroidery thread. volcanoarts.com has a lot of supplies. Best to you and your mother.

David Larson Evans said...

Just about the happiest painting that I've seen in quite awhile.

Nicole Horn-Fakher said...

Hello Liz,
very nice picture, cute guy. Wish you and your mom the best for 2010.

Becky Drees said...

Lovely painting. All the best to you and your mom.

SYLVIANE said...

Dear Liz,
Thank you for dropping on my blog and leaving nor nice comment, in spite of your worries, I was moved.
Happy New Year for you and your mom, my thoughts will be with you.
And you painting is beautiful!

Arti said...

Hi Liz..great to hear from you.I am sorry to hear about yoy mom's condition..lets hope things improve soon.Hang on!
BTW thats a beautiful painting.Tells so much about life.Wish you a better year ahead.

Renee said...

Happy New Year dear friend.

xoxo

William Cook said...

Wonderful painting as always. Hope you find time for yourself. Stay strong.

rob ijbema said...

all my best wishes to you and your mom liz,lots of love rob

Jala Pfaff said...

Do hang on, and we all miss you! Happy New Year.

Paula Ilha said...

Hi Liz,

Your paintings are wonderful!
Best wishes.

Paul Coventry-Brown said...

Hey Liz,
Sorry to hear about your mum, my thoughts are with you and we are all there for you.
Take lots of care and make me laugh again .......

Hugs
Paul

Rob Hazzard said...

Missing your posts...

What strength and devotion you must have to be caring for your mother on this long journey you've both been on, it can't be easy. Keep hanging in there...

Gary Heller said...

What a delightful painting, Liz. Brings a smile and a warmth to my soul right away.
Wishing your loved ones well, and peace throughout.
Thanks for your wonderful words.