Wednesday, June 29, 2011

So where were we?


'Hydrangea' coloured pencil on Stonehenge paper, 4.5"w x 6.5"h
copyright Teresa Mallen

I became one of those people...one of those people whose blog for some unrevealed reason just went silent. What happened? Where did I go? Why wasn't I posting?!!!

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who wrote and expressed concern about my well being. I am very well and have been well these past eleven months. Also, thank you to those of you who expressed such lovely sentiments on how my blog was being missed. All of your concern and kindness was and is much appreciated.

I never intended to stop posting, it is truly something that just happened. I meant to resume posting once I returned from the CPSA convention last summer. I got very busy with some things and next thing I knew a month had slipped by and then two and then three and by then I had lost my voice. Not physically mind you. I simply became aware that I had lost my sense of what exactly I wanted this blog to be about. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to say nor how I wanted to say it.

Well, I have figured a few thing out now. I have a lot to say regarding my art journey these past months and I will share more in my next posts. For now, let's go back and catch up a bit, shall we? Where exactly were we when I stopped writing?

Yup, it is time for a look back at what I did on my summer vacation, 2010! :-) I have flipped through the pictures from my trip to Los Gatos California for the CPSA's 18th Annual International Exhibition and Convention (earned Signature Status you might recall, woo hoo) and here are some highlights...


Art exhibit at the Art Museum of Los Gatos, a special reception for the artists...


very well attended event, beautiful gallery and room after room of gorgeous art, all done in coloured pencil of course...


and yes, that is my 'Neptune's Leaves' on the wall in the next pic...

 

the wonderful Ester Roi and myself (in front of Neptune's Leaves of course)...


I attended Ester's workshop. We had a great day learning all sorts of techniques on her fabulous invention, the Icarus Board, as Ester says, 'wax and heat, a match made in heaven'. A terrific workshop and a lot of fun...


a day trip to San Francisco and the surrounding area...crossing the Golden Gate Bridge...


ah, touring the Muir Woods...


CPSA friends and oh so talented artists, Elizabeth Patterson, Dianna Soisson (standing) and Lynda Schumacher. A big thank you to Elizabeth Patterson who provided her car for transportation and who did the driving.


 awards night, I receive a signature status pin and a certificate...here with more CPSA friends and again, oh so talented, Liz Patterson and Debbi Friedman (thank you to Lynda Schumacher for the photo)...


Okay, that is probably enough holiday snaps, right?
Remember the three month old baby goat that I didn't want to leave last summer? Here is Jonah eleven months later, a very handsome young fellow and a delight to have on the farm...


Here is Jonah's mom, no matter what she does she somehow manages to look comical doing it...we are oh so fond of our Veesa...


12 days ago, Veesa gave birth to twin boys, one pictured below. We have four goat kids romping around the paddock at the moment, just too cute...more goat baby pics next time. :-)


So, I am back, thanks for taking the time to have a look and a read. I promise it won't be 11 months before I post again! Oh and do you like the new blog look? Time for a fresh start in many ways...

14 comments:

Dianna Soisson said...

It's great to have you back Teresa!!! I have missed your blog postings so much! It's like that first great cup of coffee, morning paper, the solitude of the fresh crisp morning air, and the sun beaming through the trees.
Welcome back friend!

Teresa Mallen said...

Well goodness gracious (as my mother would say), I am gobsmacked and dumbstruck by your kind words - sheer poetry my friend. Thank you. A first great cup of coffee, heck that alone is a mighty tall thing to have to live up to. Oh the pressure! LOL
Going through the California photos and remembering our good times makes me wish I was going to Dallas this year. I know you will have a great time and I can't wait to hear about it.

Lynda Schumacher said...

"Where were we?", indeed! What a pleasant surprise! Great post and pics..........will sure miss you in Dallas.

Ann said...

I've missed you Teresa! It's good to see you back to posting again. I LOVE the hydrangea drawing! Thanks for the photo tour of the conference too. And that baby goat is awfully cute. Don't worry though, we'll be here whenever you feel like sharing your art and adventures :-)

Teresa Mallen said...

Lynda, just go have a great time and take lots of pics and then post them. I shall live vicariously. :-)

Ann, I have missed reading your blog and I look forward to seeing what you have been working on. Thank you for your kind words, I do appreciate them.

Ester Roi said...

Bentornata! I'm so glad you are back! I've missed you and I'm very excited to hear from you again. Kiss your baby goat for me. Ciao!

Teresa Mallen said...

Hi Ester! I am hoping you are having a more relaxed summer as you do not have to prepare for the CPSA workshops like you did last year. I did kiss baby goats today and I gave cuddles, scratches and treats to all the caprines, so I have that covered! LOL Have a fabulous time in Dallas. I have to skip on over to your site to see what you have doing these past months! Thanks for stopping by.

Vicki Greene said...

I am glad you are back! You were missed. Your goats are too cute!

Liz P said...

Hooray, Teresa! What a treat to once more have your writings to read, art to marvel at, and photos to let me imagine I live next door! All beautiful!

Teresa Mallen said...

Ah, thank you Vicki. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

And Liz, gee if only you lived next door - we could swap veggie seedlings, I could gift you with fresh eggs, you could be my spare milker ha ha...

Kathy said...

So glad to see you are back blogging, Theresa! I had enjoyed your posts with your wonderful insights and beautiful artwork. I'll be checking in often. :)

Teresa Mallen said...

Thanks so much Kathy. That was very sweet of you. Do check back often - I have suddenly discovered I have a lot I want to chat about! :-)

Beth said...

Hi Teresa! So glad to hear that you are well and are blogging again! I always worry when someone disappears for a time! Wish you could be in Dallas. I will be going this year. Love the goats!

Teresa Mallen CPSA said...

Hi Beth, have a terrific time in Dallas. Oh what am I saying, of course you shall have a terrific time! :-) Sorry to cause concern, I should have posted an I'm okay post somewhere along the line!