Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Few Last Words Before 2016 Ends

So...one last blog post before I officially withdraw until after the first of the year. My surgery is over and it has been weird and complicated (mostly weird) but it isn't cancer so that is good. I am spending a lot of time on the couch, foot propped up on pillows, surrounded by books: sketchbooks, fiction & reference books, puzzle books. There's a watercolor palette (or two,) drawing supplies, paintbrushes, and more remotes than are necessary floating around my couch nest as well. Two cats helpfully hold it all down in case a sudden, vicious breeze should threaten to blow it all away.

I think it is safe to say that 2016 has been a pretty awful year. Goodbye and good riddance to a year riddled with tragedy and terrible politics. However, here at Lost Coast Post, it is the first year in many that I haven't thought about closing up shop as the year winds down. I felt like comments here took an upswing and that has definitely helped as reader feedback always makes me feel as if what I write and post is being received somewhere by someone. Everyone was very generous to my tip jar as well and that is so deeply appreciated. It spurs me onward to keep creating content-rich posts that hopefully have information and inspiration to take away into your own artistic journeys.


As I sit here on the couch, I am jotting ideas for my very own online class (a series of classes actually.) I know the theme, techniques, and title but all will have to remain secret until I figure out and execute the logistical side of things, a substantial task. I don't want to announce anything specific and then not be able to deliver so I am just taking things slow. I can't even walk right now so "slow" is my mandatory mantra. I am very excited though because I think I can put together a class that no one else is offering. My audience might be small since I won't be following leading trends but I see that as a giant advantage.

Anyway, enough teasing. I sincerely hope that the remainder of 2016 is filled with joy and peace for all of you. I am so grateful for your readership, your comments, your donations, your enthusiasm, support, and patience. I am more in love with this space than I've ever been and all of you are responsible for that. I'll be back in 2017 and hope that you'll join me. Take care of you and yours...
Cheers,

6 comments:

Emie58 said...

Happy Holidays to you. Glad to know you'll still be blogging in the coming year!

Anonymous said...

Happy Holidays, Michelle! I'm sure your healing will be sped up with that feline love surrounding you. I hope you enjoy your quiet time now (even though it is rather non-voluntary). Definitely looking forward to 2017 and the magic that you'll be sharing.
-Ellie

Unknown said...

I hardly ever comment because my blog reader makes it cumbersome, but I read every word and am always inspired. Yay for an online class, can't wait! Enjoy your downtime. Love, Mareena

Leone said...

Speedy recover to you Michelle. Glad to hear you will be continuing with your blog. I read it every day that you post and really enjoy it, yours is really unique. I don't comment, I am really bad at that so I will definitely do better in the new year. I had a bog (still there but dormant) and remember how I loved it when readers commented. Look forward to your return in 2017.

Debbie said...

I can't wait for your online class. I'm glad that your online experiences have been positive ones.

Loulou in Texas said...

I'm so thankful that your foot surgery is behind you now, Michelle. Hope you're still continuing to get some good rest and time to think about your art plans for 2017.
Best wishes for the coming year! I look forward to seeing what all you have in store!

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