Today our Art Blog is one year old having been born on the 8 November 2017.  

Looking back I am thrilled to see the range of topics we have covered. It's hard to choose my favourite blog post but I think the best story was the one about Louis Abrahams who played such a significant role in the development of art in Australia even though family and business commitments meant he never reached his own artistic potential.

My favourite art community is definitely the Hudson River School which featured in three blogs:
Post 1Post 2  Post 3.

(Credit: Art Cloud)

(Credit:erinhanson.com)

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Please take time to check out the website for Chris of New York

I have used Arsty to back me up on my Days of Rest. I think the most popular post from Artsy was on The World's Greatest Sculpture Parks.

I have many, many people to thank for helping me reach our first birthday.

And another dear friend needs to be thanked even she is not at all keen on social media and at times thinks I’m stark raving mad being on the dreaded Facebook and Twitter. She wants to remain anonymous but I can’t let this day pass without a thank you for her constant encouragement in the writing of the blog and in my painting endeavours.

To E of London, Chris of New York, Chris of Kent, Trevor of Canberra, R of the Philippines, Di of Bendigo, K of Hong Kong, KM of Sydney, the Gippsland & Mornington Peninsular People - thank you for all the emails of support, snippets of information and encouragement which have made the blog what it is today - an international conversation about art between people of many different backgrounds across several continents. One of these people is a jeweller and hopefully we will be seeing her work in the new year.  

To the Wheelers Hill/Mulgrave Mob- A&R, M&R, T&J, D&P, M., G., N., - you all know who you are and how much I value your local support, comments and suggestions. Thank you Linda for all the computer advise you give me. Your own craft work is amazing and so I propose a blog exhibition of your Christmas pieces.  And a special thank you to Carol who also assisted in the 6 years of teaching painting in the nursing home and now works as a volunteer at the Wesley Mission. One day I hope you will see her paintings when she finds time.  

To all my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram mates who have supported the blog faithfully for 12 months - thank you for putting up with all my mistakes such as slicing off half the artist’s face in the Hero Image! And for watching my videos - especially the one where the easel fell down while I was demonstrating how to paint a galvanised roof!

Finally a huge thank you to every member of my family, the members of which I have gathered along life’s journey. Thank you to those of you who have helped navigate the choppy waters of the internet and guiding me in learning Social Media Speak. And thank you for all the encouragement I get in all my ventures- creative and otherwise. At least the blog is keeping me out of trouble for a change.