Saturday, 21 April 2012

Fields of Gold

I can't believe it ... A year ago yesterday I posted my very first entry to this blog. How time flies! So, in celebration of Blogiversary No 1, I thought it would be a nice idea to run a little competition. The lucky winner will receive one of my watercolours, chosen personally by me, and framed by a local gallery. Second prize is TWO of my paintings, third prize is THREE ... Chuckle, chuckle, you get the idea ;)

So, I decided that I would keep things simple and just pick the winner based solely on Google statistics. Based on the trafffic from referring sites, made to my blog in the last year and without further prevarication, the outright winner is ......

Tah ta-ta-ta ta taaaaaah .... Judy at De Draad Aquarellen !!!

Congratulations Judy, and a special thankyou for all your support over the last year, I believe you have commented on almost every single post I have made. Of course the same thankyou goes out to everyone that has taken the trouble to follow me, to leave comments and suggestions, or to just simply 'pop by' now and then. It is all very much appreciated and so thank you again, everyone. A special thankyou also goes out to Sandra at Sandraws,  for encouraging me to start my own blog in the first place !

And last, but not least, I offer this watercolour, with fond memories of my much missed mum, Iris, who was born 85 years ago on the 17th April. 'Fields of Gold' was one of her favourite songs in her later years.

Happy painting, sketching and drawing!

Fields of Gold, watercolour and BrushPen on Cotman Cold Pressed, 25.4 x 17.8cm/10 x 7in

26 comments:

  1. Congratulations Michael, 1 year Blogging and congratulations Judy. How nice that you have won a painting of Michael.

    Nice painting Michael.

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    1. Thanks Renske. I wouldn't be here without all the wonderful comments that I have received from yourself,from Judy and from many others!

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  2. Happy first blogiversary, Michael! I had to read this post several times, I never win anything! I did win??? I am chuffed, a word I learned through blogging. :)))))
    Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, and of course many congratulations too, Judy. LOL, I'm not usually lucky when it comes to winning stuff! I'm chuffed that you are chuffed ... I just hope you like the one I pick for your prize:)

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  3. Happy 1st blogiversary. Hope you have many more.

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    1. Thanks Sue. I'm hoping to carry on and perhaps to become a superannuated Blogaveteran!

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  4. Michel, happy anniversary for the first year of your blog! The "Fields of gold" watercolor is simply superb, beautiful tribute to your mum. Ciao!

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    1. Thank you Tito. I think it's a lovely tribute to my mum too. Ciao!

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  5. Congratulations Michael. I'm glad you were able to stick with it.

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    1. Thanks Keith. I'm glad that I battled on through too. Blogging and showing my work has really helped my right-brain development:)

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  6. Great painting Michael, I love it. All the best.
    Vic.

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    1. Thanks Vic. I'm glad that you love this one. All the best too, Michael

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  7. A Big congratulations to you, Michael... one year is a long time, and you have quite the following because of it :)
    A congratulations to Judy as well, and of course, a happy birthday (belatedly) to your mum in heaven. Love the sky in this watercolor and the foreground textures rock! :) You are a natural at watercolor landscapes. Hoping you are finding time during your recovery to play with your paints and enjoy the freedom to do so. Have a beautiful week!

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    1. Thank you, Rose. I never thought I'd get as many followers as I now have :) I'm not so sure I'm a natural at landscapes but I'm certainly getting there and I learn something new everyday! Thank you again for your lovely comments and kind wishes :) Have a lovely week yourself and happy oil pastelling !

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  8. Well done on your 1st blogiversary Michael. I'm glad you stayed with it as you're always a source of information and inspiration. Great painting. ;-)

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    1. Thank you, John, for your lovely comments. I'm glad I stayed too and I do try to give as much information as I can, but it's lack of time that stops me really

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  9. Hai Michael:) I just became a follower on your blog so I hope I'm on time for your 2nd Blogiversary... :) Judy was very thrilled about it. She just wrote it to me. And she deserves it, she is such a kind person.
    What does chuffed means? Google doesn't translate it. Or is it a code language? Anyway I think I'm chuffed too:)
    Congrats with you first year blogging!

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    1. Dankje Renate! Yes Judy is a very kind person and truly did deserve the painting I sent her:) Chuffed is a word we use in England when we are proud and pleased about something - it's a strange word and I've no idea where it came from. I'm chuffed that you decided to follow my blog!

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  10. Hello Michael!I' from Judy blog ,where I saw your beautiful watercolour landscapes and met your blog!Nice meet you,Rita!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments, Rita, and for following my blog too! Nice to meet you too:)

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  11. Well, I came here through Judy and I am really confused! I thought your blog had closed down? I couldn't get on it for ages and it said the page didn't exist so I assumed you had stopped blogging! So I cant understand it! Am baffled completely! And I have missed so much!!! I will put you back on my side bar :0)

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    1. Oh Sandra, I thought you'd just deserted my blog LOL. I think there may be something wrong with my blog as I sometimes have to moderate comments (like this one) and I've got all that nonsense switched off AFAIK? But anyway ... I'm still very much here, but only posting once/twice a month ... at the moment:)

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  12. Welkl how odd! It won't let me add you to my side bar - saying that you don't have a URL feed?

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    1. Sounds painful. I'd better get it checked out ;)

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  13. Michael! I was over visiting Judy and looking at her 'prize' (congratulations by the way - I shan't be celebrating my 10 weeks blogging!) and she referred me here. I'm glad she did - your work is fantastic. I don't paint so I'm allowed to be OTT

    When Pat and I were first married we made our home in Bassingbourne and used to go into Huntingdon shopping .....(whisper) in 1960!

    I've become a follower, I hope you don't mind.

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    1. Thank you very much, John. I took a little look at your work too - the pen work and the ceilings - amazing stuff! I don't have the patience to draw with such devotion and I still can't saw a piece of wood straight to save my life so I'm alllowed to be OTT too ;) Nice to know that you know the area. I don't think Huntingdon has changed much since 1960. Yes of course, I'm delighted/chuffed to bits to have you as a follower!

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