I’ve just be looking through all the wonderful awards I received in 2014 and thought it was time I gave some back… so here you go folks!
I’ve also included the Community Heart Award I made earlier this year for anyone who is part of my wonderful blogging community. 🙂
I’m not nominating any one person for just any one of these awards folks… it’s the Christmas Season! I’m nominating my whole community of which there are too many to list individually. 😀 So, Pick an award or two… Jeez, pick three if you like!
What do you have to do?
It’s simple folks:
Pick your award (s)
Share it/them and this post with you blogging community
Promote one blogger by sharing a link to their website and at least one way in which they have been an inspiration to you this year.
The Person I’m promoting for this year
The blogger who has been the most inspirational to me this year has been my editor and friend, Kate. With her hard work, dedication and aspiration for perfection, I have been able to bring my books up to a very high standard for publishing that I am truly proud of. Let me add that I have had no negative reviews or nasty comments on those works since she edited them and their very successful, second editions were published. Kate’s editing skills are second to none. The books she has edited for me are:
Miedo: Living Beyond Childhood Fear
The Wizard, The Girl and The Unicorn’s Horn
The Devil’s Apology
The focus of Kate’s main blog is about her life in Gibraltar. (She’s still very much a Yorkshire lass, though.) 😉 She’s not afraid to tackle tough subjects that arise there, such as human rights, animal rights and other such causes. She has two beautiful doggies: Pippa and Snowy. (The real reasons I visit her blog at all, but, shush, don’t tell her I told you that.) She has a couple of other blogs as well, each have a specific focus. Anyway, I won’t say anymore because I’m always afraid that she’ll be spotting my errors! ( Sh.s’ Don’t tell her I said that!) Jeez you folks deserve these awards just for keeping my secrets! 😀
Kate’s main blog is: http://roughseasinthemed.wordpress.com/
#AceFriendsNews – Featured Writers Post – Nov.14 – My friend Anne’s superb post of Monet.
Claude Monet would be 174 years old today. He was born in Paris, France and is, today, one of the world’s most famous and popular artists. His style and work lead to the name of an art movement, “Impressionism.” Themes in his prolific body of work were capturing , light, reflection and natural form. This lead an art critic of his day to insult him with the name “Impressionist” . The name stuck and an art movement born.
Monet, like many artists during their lives, struggled with depression, poverty and illness. For the last 40 years of his life, he lived and painted at his beloved farmhouse in Giverny, France. Below you see a model of the house, a quick shot of an incredible Gift Shop, and the heavenly gardens that you have visited in art galleries or museums.
Let me tell you a personal story. We were driving from Paris to visit the holy ground of Normandy. As some of you may remember, my oldest brother was a paratrooper who jumped the night before D-Day, the invasion, and later died of non-life threatening injuries. I wanted so much to visit Giverny and of course it was not a priority of the architect. But what a grand surprise when he detoured and we arrived for a half day visit. It is a very popular day trip from Paris and there were a number of buses, too many for the parking lot, with many were just parked along the small road.
I won’t try to describe the garden as the paintings and video are much clearer , but I did have a couple of memories about the house. From the little pop-up book model, you see the four main rooms. I loved the casement windows that open outwards and let the flowers, sun, and fragrances into the house which is set right in the middle of the garden! I also remember the color yellow which is shown in the model. I think these aspects of the house were to help him fight the never ending depression. Another thing that struck me was that there were none of his paintings on the walls, not a one that I noticed, but there were lots of Japanese paintings of water color and lithographs. Could this artist who is probably the most recognizable in the world today, have suffered with low self-esteem? Amazing. . . . . and yes, for the shoppers. . . . the gift shop is so complete that it will take you at least an hour. Never I have seen so many examples of an artist’s work for sale except at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona where Frank Lloyd Wright lived and worked.
Garden at Giverny
Are you a fan of Monet and Impressionism or not? Do you have a favorite artist? ( And Monet is not my favorite , BTW! ) let Anne know at : Source: