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Happy, Happy, Happy New Year!

Well, we made it!  It’s officially 2012.  Unbelievable, isn’t it?

I’m looking forward to this brand new year.  I don’t know what’s coming, but it’s going to be good.  It’s going to be a great year!

There are some things I don’t like about a new year.  I don’t enjoy doing taxes, not even when I get money back.  I just don’t like doing it!   And the holiday bills.  The indulgences and over-spending always comes back to haunt me and I end up hating life for a couple of days.    And, the resolution I hope to keep but never do….. The D. I. E. T.   Oy.   It’s the one resolution we all make, I suppose.  I always make it, then break it, then make it again the first time I put on a pair of jeans that should fit but don’t and are so tight they barely move past my knees.  This year, as every year, I gained cookie, cake and brownie pounds because my face went into every party plate which was more like a cow-trough than anything.

That was then, this is now, one more year to get the diet dilemma right!

Anyway, the first day of 2012 went by so fast!   2012 will probably go by just as fast as 2011 did, if we’re lucky, I guess.    The older I get the faster times flies.  Growing older makes time go faster and end shorter in equal measure.  Well, that’s life, isn’t it?

I sure hope everyone is enjoying this holiday weekend!  Here’s a little gift from me.  I’m enclosing a few of my mixed-media experiments that I hope will bring you cheer!  If you’d care to give me feedback on these images – good or bad – I would appreciate it so much.

Mixed Media Creations:

This first one is a photograph that I added a little shimmer to:

Captured on a river in Winter Park Florida

This second one is a lovely gazebo that I’ve changed to look like a painting using dots of paint, kind of like the style of the artist Georges Seurat.

Sort of like the style of Georges Seurat

This is a photo I took on a river in Winter Park, Florida. At the end of the river bend, a white boat house waits:

On the river in Winter Park, Florida

Here’s another version of the gazebo I’ve made to appear blue:

The gazebo on the river in Winter Park, Florida

Another version of the gazebo – I wanted to make it feel as if it shimmered:

Another version of the gazebo on the river in Winter Park, Florida

I played with the colors of a Hummingbird. This is the same photo I posted earlier this week for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge:

New colors for a Broad-tailed Hummingbird

:nd finally, here is a photo of birds sitting in a cypress tree in the middle of the river.  I guess I’m into the color blue today because I washed this image in blue:

A look at birds in a cypress tree in the middle of a river

I would really love your feedback on these photos – good or BAD feedback is welcomed and appreciated!

I’ve uploaded all these images here:  http://andrea-oconnell.artistwebsites.com/

 

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