A relatively quiet month punctuated by time spent cuddling gorgeous shelter dogs waiting for their forever homes. Bundy celebrated his 9th birthday and unbeknown to us Australia Day was the last time we took Maxi to the beach, she loved splashing around in the surf and afterwards would sleep for hours.
Bundy ready for Australia Day
Maxi girl at the beach on Australia Day
A python and lots of cute puppies plus a lunch date with friends by the water. A short, sweet in stinking hot month.
Puppies at the AWLQ Shelter
Python at the shelter
Lunch date with friends
Maxi’s 15th birthday is celebrated, Easter fun and games with the fur kids and a new car.
Maxi girl celebrates 15 years
Me and the new car
Burleigh Heads at Easter
Sadly, we said goodbye to my father in-law who had been unwell for a couple of years. Even though he had been married to my mother in-law for a few years he was entrenched in our family and is greatly missed.
A much anticipated trip to Scotland. Traveling with a group of artists on a paint-along with my art teacher for two weeks was an amazing experience and provided me with lots of inspiration for my art and further travel in the UK.
Rainy day in Edinburgh
The Great Hall, National Portrait Gallery Scotland
Art teacher doing a demonstration
Seaside village of Crail
Crovie at sunset
Macaroni Cheese for lunch
Unison pastels being prepared for sale
Art studio, Gardenstown
Fellow artists in Scotland
Always lots of dogs waiting at the Animal Welfare League, I love my Sundays with them and it is hard not to fall in love with all of them.
Pig for adoption
Commissioned to do a portrait of Rumpole the chocolate lab in pastel, stalked by a pigeon on our morning walk and an art class focused on drawing birds. Finally winter seems to have arrived bringing with it some spectacular sunrises and the fur kids are loving their new blankets.
Rumpole, my first commission
Stalked by a pidgeon
Keeping warm in their new blankets
Glorious winter sunrise
Pastel art class – drawing birds
The weather starts getting warmer and Hubby celebrates his birthday with traditional fire making and drinks with family and friends. Walks with Maxi are getting shorter and she happily shares the rug with Bundy.
Two black dogs
Bundy making the most of the warmer days at the end of Winter
Hubby ‘making fire’
Losing Maxi broke my heart, such a vibrant and happy girl. Gone but never forgotten.
Fun at the beach
The last photo of our beautiful girl
Our Maxi girl
After losing our dear old girl, time with friends was especially important.
Grand final night in the park with friends
Annual catch up with a dear friend
Bushwalking with a friend
The festive season started early at work, our team heading to a winery for a long lunch to celebrate a good year with good people. There are always dogs waiting to be adopted and every Sunday I take photos of them to raise awareness on social media in the hope that it will assist in finding them a family faster. I also finished another commission, Honey the cat, sibling to Rumpole.
Lunch with my amazing team
Honey the cat illustration
A quick trip to Newcastle to visit my brother and his family as well as meeting my new niece. So nice that the two families live in the same city, makes it easy to fit in quality time with all of them. Christmas was perfect, good company and good food. Now I am in need of a break, some quiet time at home after a busy and emotional year.
Flight to Newcastle
My gorgeous new niece
Christmas in the park with friends
Bundy the elf
Christmas Eve with a very good friend. We have been friends since we were 7 .
Christmas Eve in Surfers
Bundy at the beach Christmas morning