Art, Blogging, Thank yous, and Farewells

There’s much I’m investigating and experimenting with lately. Lots of mixed media work on paper, and little on canvas, and in between it all some work on the iPad – good fun! 

It’s wonderful to have some work on the go, and ideas percolating, awaiting a brush or pen. And so exciting when they get to meet their final…was going to say “end”, a fitting sound but not quite the right word! Really it’s a new beginning, finished pieces, ready to be displayed somewhere. 

This usually means placing them on a mantle piece, my kitchen bench, or tacking them on a wall. My illustrated poems are sometimes placed into a hand-made book. And for the past 4 years or so, I’ve shared some of my art and words here.

A drawing of a face
Another sketch in my little fabriano sketchbook. At the back, is an edge of print, of a moonlit landscape, which I painted it in the “Art Set Pro”app.

However, I’m soon to set my WordPress site to “private”, for a period of time…Not deleted, well I don’t think so.. I have thoughts to completely refurbish it, and make it more into an online gallery, maybe without a blog, not sure…I plan to make a hard copy of my blog, for a quirky family heirloom, which I mention in this post. Though I do sound a little unsure about this decision, I do know a long blogging break is needed.

I’d like to make more of my little books, “Thank you God” that you can see here….this is an old crinkled one, from my last batch I made. The Fabriano sketchbook at the front is only 4” x 6” I quite like working in that size.

I know, if, or when I return, these actions will have quite disrupted my “google” SEO ratings…not to worry. 

This is not an easy decision! Made with some feelings of melancholy, but the time seems right to do this. Or rather my lack of time is a large part of why I’m doing this. I don’t like to be half hearted in any thing I do. And I’ve always liked to write informative posts, (probably a bit too wordy, like this one!) along with the sharing of my art images, and illustrated poems… but don’t feel I can give due time and attention to this at the moment. I’ve enjoyed blogging here; it’s been a valuable, and enriching experience in many ways…

There’s quite a few half finished poems/illustrations grumbling away in my filing cabinet (I wrote a poem about them on bottom of this post here) that I’ll be able to catch up with, and will be glad to see me. Much like my brushes and pencils when I got back to using them again, though my iPad art still gets a look in! Actually, without my iPad, and various apps – which I used to build my site – and my iPad art, this blog probably wouldn’t exist!

Various art media
Not quite finished the tiny pears, 2.5” x 3.5”. Love to have some gumleaves nearby. Shouln’t leave my brushes in the water like that, but I often do!

I discovered I really enjoy playing about, and building a website/blog, rearranging widgets and things…the translation widget was a handy addition. So it’ll be a fun time, building pages, and placing my art within a new home, perhaps on this same site.

Many thanks for your support, to all of my fellow blogger friends here in WordPress; and to those folk elsewhere who’ve subscribed to my posts; and people in Facebook land. Thank you for your kind comments, and “likes”.

A landscape sketch
A quick ink pen sketch, with Inktense washes…

I’ve been encouraged by so many of your wonderful posts here in WordPress; and I hope along the way, I’ve also managed to encourage you. I’ll still be able to visit your lovely sites. If you see an Australian visitor in your “stats”, it may well be me.

I’m not sure if I’ll return to using my facebook Artist page. Though I will occasionally be posting in Instagram: @janette_leeds_art (which will probably be the name of a new site at some future time). I’ve already seen WordPress bloggers in there. It’s such a busy place, but I find it easier to cope, by (usually) having the comment section turned off. There is a handy option of private messaging in Instagram, so a “hello” is always welcome in that way! 🙂

I count my blessings for all of my art opportunities. It’s certainly only with prayer, and with God’s guidance that I manage to do anything! And God willing I’ll continue on with doing lots of art and writing. So thankful†

Before I go, a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and God’s Blessings to all of you. 

Well, enough said, thanks again, and rather than say goodbye, I’ll say, I hope to see you later – at some stage, and in some way…

P.S I’ll turn my blog to “private” in about 10 days or so.

*P.S.S After a short, much needed break, I’m back! My return post can be read here.

Thanks for visiting! All the best, Janette

16 thoughts on “Art, Blogging, Thank yous, and Farewells

  1. Janette, I’ve loved seeing your work and yes, you’ve encouraged me as well! I’ll miss you till you are back – it’s a bit sad but I do understand needing break and something different for a while. I’m sure when I see you again you will have interesting and lovely new work. Please send me a message as soon as you are ‘public’ again so I can find you! And also – I just started on Instagram, so perhaps I’ll see you there (PatAchillesDrawings). — Warmly,

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    1. Thank you Pat for your kind and understanding comment. So glad I’ll be seeing you and your wonderful work over in Instagram! Though, for a little while, I’ll not be there much. ~ All the best, Janette … God Bless


    1. Thank you Graham. I sort of had a lot I wanted to write about, and do like writing. Though if I do blog again, I reckon I’ll say a bit less! 🙂 I’ll be still be looking out to see more of your lovely work. ~ Janette


    1. Hi! Thank you for your kind comment….yes, it is a bit sad. But still, I’m looking forward to many more art adventures…. though whether I blog about them again, not sure…. Your work is lovely, so thanks anyway for the follow, else I may not have come across it! 🙂 All the best to you too.


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