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New Years Eve - Almost 2013

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Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. ~Mark Twain

Cheers to a New Year

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Be always at war with you vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each NEW YEAR find you a better man. ~Benjamin Franklin

Cheers to a New Year

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Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right. ~ Oprah Winfrey 

Almost 2013

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An Optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in.  A Pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~ Bill Vaughan

Xmas for your pets

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In a recent study of American pet owners, 7 out of 10 buy their animals Christmas Gifts.
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Glory to God in highest heaven, Who unto man His Son hath given; While angels sing with tender mirth, A glad new year to all the earth.

~Martin Luther

Merry Christmas

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"One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the Living Room on Christmas Day. Don't clean it up too quickly."Andy Rooney


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A SOLDIER'S NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,

HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
PLASTER AND STONE.
I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.


I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.


NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.


FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.


THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.


THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

Grown-Up Xmas List

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No more lives torn apart,
That wars will never start,
And time will heal our hearts,
Every man will have a friend,
That right will always win,
And love will never end.
This is my GROWN-UP Christmas List.
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You will get a sentimental

Feeling when you hear

Voices singing let's be jolly,

Deck the halls with boughs of holly


Rocking around the Christmas tree,


Have a happy holiday

Everyone dancing merrily

In the new old-fashioned way.
"Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" Johnny Marks 1958

Rocking Around The Xmas tree

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Johnny Marks ~ 1958

Rockin around the Christmas tree
At the Christmas party hop
Mistletoe hung where you can see
Every couple tries to stop
Rocking around the Christmas tree,
Let the Christmas spirit ring
Later we'll have some pumpkin pie
And we'll do some caroling

Christmas Star

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A diamond shines no brighter
than that lovely Christmas star.
It shines in all its brilliance;
it's seen from near or far.
A symbol of the Christ child
as He lay upon thehay,
It tells to all the waiting world
a King was born that day.
O Bethlehem Star keep shining -
give us faith and hope and love.
Keep our thoughts forever turning
to the Savior up above.
Give us strength and hope and courage
to do our best by far
And never falter in our faith
as we watch that Christmas star.

Author Unknown

the best xmas gift

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The best of all gifts around any Christmastree: the presence of a happy familyall wrapped up in each other

Here We Come A-Caroling

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Here We Come A-Caroling Here we come a-caroling
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a wand'ring,
So fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you, And to your wassail too And God bless you and send you a
Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year.

We Wish You A Merry Xmas

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"What if Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. What if CHRISTMAS  means a little bit more."
The Grinch

BELIEVE

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"Not believe in Santa Claus!
You might as well not believe in fairies."
Editor New York Sun 1897

Big Shiny Christmas Tree

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But I wanted a . . "big, shiny aluminum tree... maybe painted pink".


Christmas Gifts

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Christmas Gift Suggestions: To Your Enemy, Forgiveness. To an Opponent, tolerance. To your Friend, your heart. To a Customer, service. To All, charity. To every Child, a good example. To Yourself, respect.
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Let It Snow Oh the weather outside is frightful, But the fire is so delightful, And since we've no place to go, Let It Snow!
Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

The Christmas Angel

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And the angel said unto her,
Fear not,
Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb,
and bring forth a son,
and shalt call his name
JESUS.
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Fabric Painting Collage

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These paintings are fabric collages. Glued onto gallery wrapped canvas. I've always wanted to try fabric instead of paper. The upside is - you can find fabric with fabulous textures and colors.If I wanted to pursue this further, I would dye the fabric myself, which is another whole process all together. The downside is fabric must be cut with scissors, not torn like paper. And I do miss the happy accidents I can get when tearing paper. However, fabric does produce strings from its raw edge. These string make very nice texture.

 If I had all the time in the world to paint, I would love to pursue this further. I don't, so I'll just continue to use fabric in my paintings and collages along with paper and paint.




But for now, Xmas chores are calling and Studio work must cease. Presents to be wrapped. Cookies to be baked. Cleaning to be done.  Iconic movies to be watched.  And old & new resolutions to ponder.

 Plans for the new year must be made.

 As long as 12/21/2012 lets it…

12/21/12

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I used the this artwork again for a second collage painting. The color copies are sized differently and arranged differently. I think I need to go back in and add paint. Some shadows and highlights, who knows where this will go.
Hopefully, 12/21/12 won't put an end to my painting!