Sunday, February 12, 2012

She wants help with Colour



Helen Tilston plein air painting, painting is incomplete.
She loves our art work and her main home has a large collection of our paintings.  She has purchased a delightful cottage on the intercoastal waterway, at a bargain price. It was sold in what is known as a *short sale.  Her views are spectacular and this 3 bedroom home is in very good condition just  needs some new flooring  and the walls need painting.
Her thoughts on colour range the full spectrum and she is confused and conflicted on colour.
Artist Mary Rose Holmes


We had scheduled a day of painting in a historic area of Sarasota and invited our client to join us for lunch.
Burns Court Sarasota
Artist Mary Rose Holmes
 Equipped with cappucinos we set up painting in historic Burns Court.  We received a warm welcome from local shopkeepers who always welcome us with open arms.   Our painting en plein air commenced.
Artist Violetta Chandler
Helen Tilston decides on this vista
This beautiful vista captured my heart

Indian Rocks Beach Florida

Helen and Violetta at Burn Court

We stopped for lunch at a delightful French Restaurant on Main St.  We chatted and a little shopping was in order.  We took our client to a favourite store and knew she would be inspired by the colours, as we felt they would be fitting for her cottage

Violetta amid pastel shades
The introduction of pink
Tranquil blues and luxurious pure linen sheets
It's mine, no it's mine
A special and eventful day and so much enjoyment.  Our client was delighted and her colour selection was chosen.  Farrow & Ball is going to receive a paint order and some canvases of ours are being primed.

* A short sale results from what is called an upside down mortgage here in the USA. The mortgage extended is greater than the value of the home and the owners are in default. Enter the bank who are left with the property and decide to accept a low price from a new buyer.  I am not allowed to tell you what our client paid for this property, other than say it is ridiculously low.  For those with extra money and seeking ocean side property, there are some bargains with views that are exquisite.

(P.S. I neglected to take pictures of Mary Rose painting in Sarasota, so have substituted images of her taken in the past two weeks)

Does living by the ocean appeal to you?







72 comments:

  1. Beautiful painting!!!!! in Spain have similar problems with housing. A hug. Manoli

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  2. Hi Helen,

    Your day at Indian Rocks beach sounds delightful. The store really nice. Yes, I love living near the beach. From Rotterdam it's not more than a 20 minutes drive. We often go there enjoying the sea air and watching the seagulls and the boats.

    Happy new week!

    Madelief x

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  3. Love your latest painting on the easel - so lively and colourful.
    Looks like you all had a great time, and that shop looks wonderful!

    Sounds like some fab house deal!

    Gill xx

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  4. Thank you for sharing this fun and interesting day with us. Your painting is beautiful. I love all of the colors in your pictures--we don''t have those vibrant pastels in the northeast. I have always wanted to live by the ocean.

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  5. It's good to see you standing your ground for pink, Helen! I'm sure that with your advice she'll end up with a home that's lovely and harmonious, and even more so if it's to be enhanced by a few of your canvases.

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  6. Hello Manoli at By Nela

    Thank you for visiting and your supporting words. It seems like a Universal problem with housing and if one had money there are some incredible bargains to be had. In a few years we shall all be saying, why didn't I buy.

    Have a delightful week

    Helen xx

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  7. Hello Madelief

    Thanks for stopping by and yes we had a spectacular day. Good friendship, some painting, a delicious lunch and a spot of shopping. That is life!

    My best for a great week

    Helen xx

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  8. Nice!! I love choosing colours. There's just so many palettes to choose from and it's always a lot of fun!

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  9. Hello Gill @ Gillyflower

    Thank you for your kind compliments on my painting. The light is spectacular on this Gulf of Mexico coast and reminds one of the light in Provence, France. There are some wonderful deals to be had on housing on the water,which was unheard of years ago.

    Wishing you a great week full of joy and sunshine

    Helen xx

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  10. Hello Jen

    Thanks for your kind words. The light here on the Gulf of Mexico is spectacular and reminds me of the light in Provence.

    I hope your wish of living by the sea becomes a reality. In my humble opinion, one can not be unhappy when living by the ocean (this comes from one who was born 50 yards from the Atlantic ocean and spend my childhood on a beach).

    Hope you week is full of joy

    Helen xx

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  11. Hello Mise

    Great minds think alike, dear Mise. I thought of you when I asked Mary Rose to take this picture. Madame X loved it and wants to use this colour in her bathroom. It makes all skin tones just glow, as you so well know.
    It is very rewarding that my art is appreciated by some.
    Hope life is being good to you and my two little friends.

    Helen xx

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  12. Rabbit Town Animator
    Thanks for stopping by and expressing words of kindness. Art is very rewarding, when all goes well and each day humbles us.

    Wishing you a joyful week.

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  13. What a lovely tour!
    Living by the ocean... in a heartbeat! Just not yet!

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  14. Helen, The paintings and the vistas are lovely. I love the pastel tutus hanging. What a beautiful way to display color. What delightful days you must have when painting. Oh, I long to live near the water. I often feel called to the water's edge. Bonnie

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  15. Dear Helen - what a great day you girls had.
    I did not realise that you live in the Sarasota area. For the past three years I have visited Anna Maria Island, and last March went to the Marie Selby Gardens. I presume that is your Sarasota? if so, it is a lovely place to be.

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  16. Victoria Art

    Thanks for visiting. It was a fabulous day.
    Maybe someday you will be my neighbour here on the Gulf of Mexico.
    A very Happy St Valentine's day
    Helen xx

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  17. Helen-
    Appears fun was had by all, and your work is beautiful.
    Nothing like a day in the sunshine to motivate the perfect touch with a paintbrush.
    Have a nice week.
    Tereas
    xoxo

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  18. Beautiful and very uplifting images, Helen! They really warmed me up!
    It looks like you all had a wonderful day.
    Love the sea side with its special light.
    And love your 'lively' painting.
    Bonne semaine,
    karin

    Thank you so much for your comment, Helen, which means a lot to me!

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  19. I see you shopped at Posh on Palm...I know the historic Sarasota area well. Sounds like a lovely way to spend the day...painting, dining out, and shopping.

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  20. Dear Helen,
    Burn court looks a light happy place. Your choice of painting is beautiful. You depict the colours so well..your paintings are inviting.
    Your client must have been very pleased at the end of the day.
    I love the ocean.. i dream one day, that i will have a little cottage , where i can walk onto the beach.
    Happy decorating.
    val

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  21. Hello Bonnie

    Thanks for stopping by. We had a delightful day and with such wonderful ingredients such as friendship, sunshine and a place of beauty, well, one cannot be but happy.
    Hope your dream of living by the ocean becomes a reality.
    Happy St Valentine's Day

    Helenxx

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  22. Hello Rosemary

    Thanks for your kind words. It is indeed a small world and Selby Gardens are beautiful. We painted there a couple of years ago, when we received our Award from Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. Anna Marie Island is a well kept secret too and how fortunate you visit.
    Happy St. Valentine's Day

    Helen xx

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  23. Teresa at Splended Sass

    Thank you Teresa for stopping by (I know your days are kept busy lately).
    We had a wonderful time, good friendship, being outdoors and doing what we love is always special.

    Wishing you a week full of blessings

    Helen xx

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  24. To answer your question... it must definitely does! But next to a warm ocean (I lived in St Andrews by the seaside up in Scotland as a student... not the same!). But growing up in Mexico City I have always craved to live by a warm seaside town (or at least vacation extremely frequently).

    Looks like you did a wonderful job, can understand why the client was very happy.

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  25. La Pouyette

    Bonne Semaine my dear Karin. Thanks for visiting and your kind compliment warms my heart.
    There is incredible light here on the Gulf Coast, similar to the South of France.
    Our artistic days together are always very special and always lots of joy.
    Keep warm and I still think of your incredible post this week.
    My best

    Helen xx

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  26. Hello Becky

    What a small world! Who knew you lived so near? We had a wonderful day and have fond memories. We are so fortunate to be living in such a beautiful state which is rich in so many aspects.
    Have a wonderful week Becky

    Helen xx

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  27. Val's Alentejo

    Hello Valerie.

    You would just have to transport your beautiful cottage and home to the ocean!. Thank you for your kind word on my painting. I am pleased, it is a good start. It is always so much fun when I paint with Mary Rose and Violetta, we save up our stories and share so much in common.
    Hope you are staying warm and painting

    Helen xx

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  28. PvdH Journal

    What a contrast between Mexico City and St. Andrews by the Sea, in so many senses. How exciting also that you have been exposed to such cultures. We had a delightful day and you would have loved being with us, I know you would have sketched and captured the fashions and essence of the place.
    Thanks for your visit and your sincere compliment is much appreciated.

    Helen xx

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  29. Hi Helen...I love that I can come here and find so much colour..especially this time of year. Yes..to live by the sea would be wonderful. I have a Pinterest pinboard devoted to 'The Someday House'...and it is by the sea.
    Thanks so much for your comment on my 'Can we Talk' post...I left a comment for you. :)

    Jeanne xx

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  30. Jeanne@ Collage for Life

    Thanks for stopping in and you are always welcome to my corner of the world and a spot of sunshine, Jeanne.

    A day spent outdoors is always so refreshing and makes for a good night's sleep.

    I am rushing back to read your comment.

    Happy Valentine's Day

    Helen xx

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  31. My word what an enchanting day. that is one lucky client! Beam me up Scottie/ Helen! Thank you for your visit yesterday and kind comments on Tina's post!

    Veronica

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  32. Very beautiful. I like all your photos with all the nice colors.:-) Hugs Stina

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  33. Looks and sounds like you all had the most perfect day! Your painting is so vibrant...and pretty, what a fortunate client you have!
    xo J~

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  34. I find it fascinating they way you ladies just fit together and paint together and create together - you just sweep aside the image of the difficult, moody, solitary artist!!
    Just read your mast post Helen and I am beyond impressed at your running!
    warmest
    Sharon

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  35. Hello Veronica and a very warm and heartfelt welcome on this your first visit to my blog, thank you for following.

    I love the expression you use "beam me up Scottie" ha ha. If only it were possible.

    Happy to have found your blog

    Helen xx

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  36. Lilla Kullan Hello Stina

    Thank you for you generous and kind words. Wishing you a very happy St. Valentine's Day

    Helen xx

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  37. 24 Corners

    Hello Jessica

    Thank you for your kind words. Our client are very special and we love her enthusiasm and company. It was a terrific day and on that note, I wish you a very happy St Valentine's Day

    Helen xx

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  38. My French Country Home

    Hello Sharon

    Thanks for stopping in and a very Happy St. Valentine's Day.

    Life is too short to be moody, depressed and unhappy in one's art.
    Violetta's father, a professor of art and an artist who joined us for morning coffee on this day, has an expression which is:
    The artist dips the brush in her paint, brings it through the heart and then on to the canvas. (he makes all the hand gestures with his elegant long fingers). If the heart in unhappy what will the canvas say?
    I will say adieu and get my running shoes on, the beach calls
    To a great and wonderful day Sharon

    Helen xx

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  39. I love Sarasota, it was one of the first trips I took with my husband!
    All the paintings are so beautiful and what a fun day spent in the company of wonderful friends.
    ~R

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  40. What a really fun day you had! =] I love choosing colors for homes and I love how everyone is different and resonates differently with different color schemes. it's such an expression of ourselves and, even when it's not to my taste - I can deeply appreciate the beauty of someone else's different choices.

    It's interesting that I've always been confused at how I convince myself that I'm going for subtle and natural color schemes in my home and, then, wind up with so much soft color. It's like I can't help it. It's like, I can't see my style. But, then, I've noticed, it's what everyone comments on when they come into my home - it's what people comment on about my photos... So, you see...I love color. =]

    and, so, you see...it sounds to me like you had a wonderfully fun day! =]

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  41. Enjoyed this outing! Happy Valentine's Day to you.

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  42. Wow, I would love to live by the ocean instead of on the misty (Autumn/Winter) and sticky hot (Summer) Venitian mainland!
    Helen, thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog!
    Your beautiful paintings make me dream of Summer on a very freezing cold day :)
    Michela x

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  43. Gracious, your painting is gorgeous! What a beautiful talent. I WISH I were better at it. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

    Blessings... Polly
    (p.s. yes, the lace in the window is a vintage piece of tambour.)

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  44. Ocean living is the best:-) Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog.

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  45. Hello Helen, what a wonderful day you spent, and great that your client got sorted out as well. We live about 45 minutes from the sea, but it would be lovely to be closer and to walk the shore daily.

    Many thanks for your visit and kind remarks. I am not planning to use the purple spectrum at the moment. My next scheme is the living room which I am planning to do in grey shades, but I was thinking of adding some blue, but perhaps some dusky mauve, heathery shades would look well? So many colours, so much choice!

    Enjoy your weekend, love Linda x

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  46. Helen, I thought I was already following you! It seems I wasn't, have now rectified this oversight.

    What beautiful paintings and inspiration from a wonderful location. I currently live at the foothills of the Pyrenees but have always had a hankering to live by the ocean or the Mediterranean...one day.

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  47. Yes, yes, yes! Living by the ocean appeals to me very much! The water calms me a lot and the eyes can "graze" and the mind can fly... here in Switzerland this is not possible but I have the same feeling when I go up to the mountains! The colors in your pictures always remind me of Provence! Awesome!

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  48. Hi Helen,
    Just finished reading some of the posts I had missed, I loved reading the full circle one, wow, lovely story, so nice of you to stop by and leaving me comments, sorry I have been late with responding, but I love coming here, just so you know, enjoy the upcoming weekend! (and yes, I would love to buy something near the beach, my dream life, let's wait and see what this year will bring right? hugs xx)
    Maureen

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  49. Beautiful painting! I love the vibrant colors that you used!

    Have a great day, Helen!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  50. I can see I have some catching up to do here, not sure how I have missed your lovely blog and I want to thank you for all the lovely comments you leave on my blog.
    Your paintings are gorgeous!
    xxx

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  51. The choice of colour is so easy. (Please note that colour is spelled colour and NOT color)
    Paint everytnih inside a pale cream. Everything outside a lovely grayish beige.

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  52. Thanks for stopping by Helen.
    I would love to be able to paint so beautifully.

    I live near the beach, ten minutes. Nearby there is a nature reserve and then from this forest, you walk to the beach. Very beautiful and wonderful to just be there.

    Have a nice weekend!

    Linda

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  53. DEAREST HELEN!!!!

    Oh these pictures make me warm all over, knowing that soon we will all be basking in warm sunshine! Thank you for coming to visit me with such poetic and kind words my dear. It is so much fun to create in whatever medium we choose, isn't it? Your painting is as beautiful as a poem, and we create WHO WE ARE. What a lovely thought. Thank you so much for the blessing my dear; the same TO YOU!!! Anita

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  54. Acanthus & Acorn

    Hello Rebecca

    So you have been to Sarasota too. It is a wonderful place. So much to do and the Gulf is spectacular here.

    Wishing you a great weekend and thanks for stopping in

    Helen xx

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  55. Katy Noelle

    Hello Katy

    You are right, we have personal taste when it comes to colour, which one must put aside when selecting colours for the client. In my past life, as designer, I worked at choosing colours for clients's personal wardrobe and I find selecting colour for their homes is an extension of that. The colours of the home should also flatter those who reside there.
    Then one can get into the psychology of colour and my oh my, it can go on and on.
    From your blog, I see you have sophisticated taste in colour and your home is beautiful.
    Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a great weekend.
    Helen xx

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  56. S Etole

    Many thanks for stopping and commenting. Thank you for the belated Valentine's Day wish. Wishing you a year full of joy and love

    Helen xx

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  57. A Garden Just outside Venice

    Hello Micaela - I hope by now your climate in Venice is getting somewhat warmer. I do remember bring there one time and being so cold. It is such a beautiful part of the world.
    The sunshine and light here on the Gulf Coast of Florida is spectacular, it is reminiscent of the light in Southern France.

    Thanks for your kindness

    Helen xx

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  58. Counting your Blessings

    Hello Polly

    Thank you for such a generous compliment on my painting. We had such a beautiful and harmonious day together,which adds to the joy.
    I loved your decor.
    See you soon

    Helen xx

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  59. Anu @ My Dream Canvas

    Thank you for taking the time to visit and yes, living by the ocean is always joyful and uplifting. There is such energy and life.

    Wishing you a joyful weekend
    Helen xx

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  60. Flowers on my Table

    Hello Linda

    We had a delightful day and our client became a friend. She is a joy to work with and is open to suggestons. Sometimes the client gives no clues and it is good to spent time just shopping and browsing and getting to know their taste.

    Your plans for colour change in your home sound exciting. I will be looking forward to your posts.
    To a great weekend Linda

    Helen xx

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  61. Hello Dash and a big warm welcome to my blog. I am happy to have you as my follower and I in turn love your blog.

    Thanks for your words of praise. I love the ocean too and the Mediterranean is just beautiful too. The Pyrenees must be spectacular and their is another beauty in mountains.

    Helen xx

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  62. Emilie's Daughter

    Hello Christa

    Switzerland has its own beauty with the mountain and lakes and I can understand the peacefulness you must enjoy being there.

    I love the ocean, I was born ride beside the Atlantic ocean in Ireland and for me nothing compares to salt water.

    Thank you for your compliment on my painting and yes, Christa the light is similar to the south of France.

    My best of a great weekend

    Helenxx

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  63. Daydream Living

    Hello Maureen

    Thank you for your comments. I do hope you will one day live by the ocean, as you so dream.

    Thank you for reading my earlier posts.

    Wishing you a great weekend and a joyful week

    Helen xx

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  64. Mixandchic.com

    Hello Jessie

    How kind of you to compliment me on my art work.

    Thanks for stopping and wishing you a joyous week

    Helen xx

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  65. Hello Lyn

    It is a pleasure to visit you blog

    Thank you for your visit and kind comments and support.

    Soon

    Helen xx

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  66. Hello Lyn

    It is a pleasure to visit you blog

    Thank you for your visit and kind comments and support.

    Soon

    Helen xx

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  67. Twisted Scottish Bastard

    You have a good suggestion here and that would work

    Helen

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  68. Hello Linda @ a day full

    You live in a beautiful area Linda, with the forest and the ocean.

    Thank you for your words of encouragement on my painting.

    To a great weekend

    Helen xx

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  69. Hello Linda @ a day full

    You live in a beautiful area Linda, with the forest and the ocean.

    Thank you for your words of encouragement on my painting.

    To a great weekend

    Helen xx

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  70. Castles Crowns and Cottages

    Dearest Anita

    You are so right we create in the medium wherein our gift lies. Your blog is always a joy and I look forward to it.

    Thanks for your support Anita and may your week rock!!!

    Helen xx

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  71. So excited to read what you have to say

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  72. Looks as if you had a wonderful time. Wishing you a wonderful day and offering you the award at my house! Cathy

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