Mixed Media Artist

Gratitude and December Give AWAY

Recently I started writing my gratitude journal again. I found an app for my iphone.
Love it!
It is very grounding and so important to be grateful on a daily basis.
I am grateful for all of you. What are you grateful for?
All you have to do is write a comment on this blog post about what you are most grateful for and you could win this 4″x6″ OOAK fine art reproduction (Unseen Beauty) at the end of the month.


49 responses

  1. I’m grateful for my baby boy. There is nothing more precious than his giggles. I tell my husband every day ow blessed we are for having such a precious child like him.

    December 12, 2010 at 6:29 am

  2. I’m grateful for you. Looking after my kid. Hey….just a minute….shouldn’t you be looking after my kid?

    December 12, 2010 at 6:32 am

  3. Jane Cassidy

    I am grateful for the abundance of JOY I feel in my life – family, work, pets. I became acutely aware of my feeling of JOY about 4 years ago after a life changing experience. Of course it isn’t always there but I know it is always waiting just around the corner for me and I treasure it. Corny but true.

    December 12, 2010 at 6:50 am

  4. Michelle

    I am grateful for so many things! I try not to take anything for granted. But as this is an art-related post, I’d like to say that I’m so grateful to have the inspiration and ability to express myself creatively. Art is such a huge part of my life and it seems to help me through everything. To have the tools and love to draw, paint- whatever, is such an amazing gift. And I’m grateful that you have it too so that I always have your beautiful art to look at! =P
    Merry Christmas Maria!

    December 12, 2010 at 8:29 am

  5. Deidre Bruhn

    I am so grateful for my health and that of my family. Without it I couldnt enjoy my art or life for that matter and the hugely emotional creative part of my being would not be fullfilled. I love the snowflakes falling…I am in Western Australia and it is nearly 100 degrees today!
    I am also grateful for true friendships becuase they are rare! Cheers!

    December 12, 2010 at 9:41 am

  6. susan

    “Just living is not enough, said the butterfly. One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower”. Hans Christian Anderson. This is one of my favorite sayings but its only from all those pessky bugs and things that we learn life’s lessons and find freedom, I am grateful for that : )

    December 12, 2010 at 10:17 am

  7. I am grateful to be born at a time and in place where I have the freedom to be anything I want to be. That I can live however I want without fear. I am thankful for my wonderful, supportive husband, my family, home, health and career. I am truly blessed.

    I am also thankful for the internet, as without it I never would have found your blog and come to know your wonderful works!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your lovely family, Maria!

    December 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm

  8. I’m grateful for having a computer and the internet. I live in a remote area and being online has opened my world to viewing and enjoying the creativity of others. There is so much talent and inspiration. I love your work. It’s engaging!

    December 12, 2010 at 12:45 pm

  9. I am grateful for my family especially my baby girl. The most important thing in my life.

    December 12, 2010 at 1:35 pm

  10. Paige

    This is a Wonderful way to start the day, Maria! (also, I love the snow falling on your blog, as we don’t have snow, this will be the closest that I get!) I am grateful for my partner and the life that we share together. Happy Holidays to You and Yours, with LOVE!

    December 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm

  11. wendy

    where do i begin? this post came a the perfect time….. kids are being oppositional, house is a pit, coffee is not yet brewing, 3 foot snow drift across the driveway, a mountain of laundry, and no motivation.

    ha…. i know…. i am thankful for the peace that come from a clean house and a fresh pot of coffee.

    December 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm

  12. Iam graeful for my son and little daughter, the joy and pain of my life. They are the never ending sourse of inspiration. They make me want to do and be better. I am grateful for my husband, who is always there for me with a kind, wise word. Life is what you make of it. And I love my life!
    I am thankful and grateful to you, Maria, that every mounth you give this opportunity of winning one of your wonderful paintings.
    I am SO hoping that I will win this one. I loved it from the beginning.

    December 12, 2010 at 4:42 pm

  13. Shelly

    I am grateful for shiny things, sparkles and glitter….they reflect the glints of brilliance of our inner light to mirror to us that what we seek is already within.

    December 12, 2010 at 6:09 pm

  14. Nice comments everyone.
    I am grateful for much of the same. My girls, my husband, my family, my health and the health of my loved ones.
    AND … I am always grateful for a clean house and a large latte!

    December 12, 2010 at 7:14 pm

  15. i am grateful for so many things as well, there isn’t enough room here. i am also grateful to you for showing us your giggly girls picking someone’s name outta’ the hat! with your husbands voice in there, you seem like such a regular wonderful loving FAMILY! xo

    December 12, 2010 at 8:54 pm

  16. Jolene

    I’m grateful for a grandmothers who love to play and spend time with her grandson, and is always there when I need a hand.

    December 12, 2010 at 8:54 pm

  17. Sheri

    I’m grateful for the artists that I’ve met who have become friends; I value their friendship!

    December 12, 2010 at 10:52 pm

  18. Leslie Basse

    I am grateful for my husband and 2 daughters. I am also grateful that I can play the piano as this has been my inspiration throughout my life.

    December 13, 2010 at 2:13 am

  19. Alice

    I’m grateful each day for the people in my childrens lives. The teachers, coaches, parents and friends,who spend time teaching, inspiring and setting good examples for them. ~thank you!

    December 13, 2010 at 11:39 am

  20. I am grateful for my extremely large, extremely loving family. I’m the eldest of 13 and the aunt of about 52 & great aunt of another I don’t know how many more. And I’ve got a great hubby and 2 great sons. I feel totally surrounded by fun, and most important, love.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm

  21. I’m grateful for my 6 healthy children & the wonderful life I have..

    December 13, 2010 at 7:32 pm

  22. Hello. Your snowflakes inspire me to be grateful for the weather – sunshine and blue skies. Its been a perfect start to summer.

    December 13, 2010 at 8:32 pm

  23. Amy

    The ocean. Even though it’s far to far away…

    December 14, 2010 at 2:00 am

  24. Gayla

    I am grateful for my family, all my wonderful friends, for sunflowers and the stars and moon. I am grateful for the peace in special moments in time, for hard laughter and the smell of a new baby. I am grateful for every day that allows me to see all the glorius things happening around me. I am grateful that my chinese zodiac sign is a RABBIT 🙂

    December 14, 2010 at 5:07 am

  25. I am grateful for all of the uplifting gratitude!
    I too am grateful for blue sky, the ocean and the smell of babies (even if they are four)!

    OH, and I had a latte with baileys today …yum…grateful!

    December 14, 2010 at 5:13 am

  26. Am grateful for ten fingers ten toes relatively good health, most of my marbles, and being able to paint as part of my work.

    Would be more grateful for a better economy, full employment, no war, and for my house to sell.

    In the meantime, life is pretty good!

    December 14, 2010 at 5:37 am

  27. Kay

    Am not most grateful for any one thing—grateful for a great MANY things. Am grateful that I discovered that being grateful about as many things as possible is the key to a happy and fulfilled life!

    December 14, 2010 at 5:57 am

  28. Karen

    I’m grateful for creativity. My life would lack something if there weren’t wonderful artists, authors and muscians out there in this world. I am grateful for the contributions that people make to the creative spirit.

    December 14, 2010 at 9:09 pm

  29. Charissa

    I am grateful for many things but today as I write this I am grateful for my good health and for the good health of my family and friends. I didn’t used to think about my health too much and simply took it for granted–but like most things in life we learn from experience to appreciate what we have (and sometimes what we don’t have).

    Thank you for the lovely post,

    December 14, 2010 at 9:37 pm

  30. I am grateful for my beautiful girl friend, my cool house, and my numerous creative activities that allow me to skip frantically back and forth between left & right brain mode. And I’m also grateful that the personal culture I’ve created for myself continues to feed me. Clifford :o)

    December 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm

  31. Leeanne

    I am grateful for my boyfriend, my nieces and nephews, my three cats, my memories and my dreams – I am also very grateful that when I looked at that painting I felt gratitude for being able to see it.

    December 15, 2010 at 3:17 pm

  32. Sarah

    I am grateful for the 20 mins I had to spend with my son before God took him to a better place . Some people only get to imagine angels and I got to hold one.

    December 15, 2010 at 5:48 pm

  33. Emma

    I am grateful for my sister oh my beautiful talented sister:)
    love ya Emma

    December 15, 2010 at 6:03 pm

  34. Francine

    I am grateful for the love of my family and wish for their happiness always, above all else and good health.

    December 16, 2010 at 3:06 pm

  35. I am grateful to have been born into and family with much love and so much amazing talent

    December 17, 2010 at 4:59 am

  36. Shannon Sookochoff

    I am grateful for Sandy’s and John’s carolling party where I remembered how much I like to talk to interesting people. I am grateful for moments in winter that are warm and comforting. I am grateful that my children can create fun with other children that they just met. And I am grateful that I have only three sleeps before Santa comes.

    December 23, 2010 at 6:39 am

  37. Lynn Mamet

    wonderful! As always!!!!! Your work moves me to tears.

    December 28, 2010 at 11:11 am

  38. Lynn Mamet

    How gracious and lovely. She sings in front of my eyes.

    December 28, 2010 at 11:12 am

  39. I am greatful I get to wake up every morning and do something I love.

    December 29, 2010 at 4:37 pm

  40. Gratitude is essential – moment by moment. I am thankful for God and His numerous blessings, our family with all their differences and gifts, and art which brings such joy, sense of being me, beauty, challenges, and accomplishment.

    December 30, 2010 at 12:09 am

  41. I am grateful I have been able to spend more time to do what I love.

    Your artwork is wonderful!

    December 30, 2010 at 2:14 am

  42. Emily Raboy

    I am grateful for the ones I love: my family and friends. I am grateful for life and the opportunities and surprises that await around every corner. I am grateful for my dreams and for all of the dreamers in the world that allow innocent imagination to flourish and creativity to pursue. I am grateful for happiness and laughter and for real smiles. I am grateful for art and for self expression. I am grateful for the unique gifts and talents that each of us bring to this world. But most of all, I am grateful for love and hope, for without these two simple things, nothing else in the world would matter.

    (I am also grateful for your artwork, which never fails to bring a smile to my face!)

    December 30, 2010 at 3:19 am

  43. juliebroom

    Some fantastic replies have been left. I’m simply grateful for every second of life. This unique experience of human living and all it brings is such a great privilidge even if we do forget that during darker days.

    December 30, 2010 at 11:43 am

  44. Dinah Frese

    I am always inspired by your wonderful work. I am grateful to have a mother who always supported my love of the arts in every possible way. I miss her every single day – my mother was my hero. Thank you so much for breathing life into your art and bringing beauty into the world.

    December 30, 2010 at 3:40 pm

  45. I am grateful for my children, grandchildren and my supportive husband who pushes me to create my art – he is my best fan. I am grateful for the true friends I have found who where helpful and loving when life was so hard. I am grateful for life. There is so much to be grateful for that I could not write it down on this little note and there is not enough English words to use to express how grateful I am. I would need to use French which is the language of my youth to express myself more…..MERCI pour tout. 🙂
    I am also grateful to have discovered your site – your art brings me smiles and a lot of pleasure. Thank you Maria!

    December 31, 2010 at 12:57 am

  46. Tish

    I am grateful for many things but at the moment:
    I am grateful that after almost 10 years of marriage, my husband has finally picked up on my hints on what I would like for Christmas this year.
    And this may sound corny but I am grateful for vision and the ability to see in color. I am in love with the colors you use in your paintings as well as the mixture of media used to create your works of art!

    December 31, 2010 at 6:39 am

  47. This Give Away Is Now CLosed. Good luck and remember to try again next month!

    December 31, 2010 at 4:45 pm

  48. OH, and thanks for all your wonderful and inspirational comments, I am most grateful!

    December 31, 2010 at 4:45 pm

  49. joanne brown

    I am grateful for all the usual things; a loving family, great friends and good health. I am grateful to be living in a safe, beautiful country. And I am grateful to have worked for a good company who still has it’s pension funds intact (I am retired) which allows me to do lots of happy things! Hope the New Year brings everyone happiness…..

    December 31, 2010 at 7:04 pm

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