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spiritsrise2This is a test…my blog seems to have been put in storage and I can’t get it back out. Please let me know if it gets to you 🙂

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  1. Yes, it’s here, and lovely!

  2. Oh thank goodness. Thanks Robert! 🙂

  3. Beautiful painting (and blog)!

    1. Thank you Angela! I can’t believe it has taken me so long to get back to you~I’m sorry! It is always so good to hear from you, and to see the beautiful things you are knitting.

  4. Yes it got here and it is beeuuutiful!!! I love the birds and colors. Really Melissa, just gorgeous!

  5. I also got it!

  6. I like the new template very much!

    1. Thank you Linda! I like it too. I suspect there are more things I can do with it and I will be exploring that as soon as the dust settles from closing the gallery and setting up the home studio and organizing 2 exhibits and decorating for Christmas and……. LOL!

  7. Yes, happily I can see it – gorgeous painting! 🙂

  8. Yes, i did get it. Beautiful painting. 🙂

  9. It certainly got to me in more ways than one, Melissa! I love the atmospheric lighting and colours this lovely painting conveys, and the movement of the birds and the grasses. Pure beauty, and a place one wishes to visit 🙂

  10. Beautiful scene with lots of good things going on!

  11. Hey Mellisa, I got it. Beautiful!

    1. Thanks Mark! I always love gazing at all of your gorgeous images on your website. The ones in Illinois are just so beautiful and always look like where I’ve been, tramping around, seeing the same things. BUT, when I saw your images from the Pacific Northwest (HOME!!!!) I knew I’d found the one I wanted to buy. Can’t wait for it to come 🙂

  12. Your post is in my reader and here for me to enjoy.

    1. Oh good! Thank you 🙂

  13. Nice image, Melissa!

  14. It got to me, too! And I enjoyed it so very much. Eric would love the birds. I’ll have to show it to him. too!

    1. Thanks Gunta! That painting went over big~the man who bought the original asked me to duplicate it, larger, for his office. I wish I saw that sort of thing more often to paint because that seems to strike a chord with people. Yesterday I came across a local photographer who’d captured nearly an identical image, only the birds were ducks!

      1. Oh! That would be marvelous as a larger painting for an office! It’s funny, but when I’m in landscape photography mode, I sometimes get annoyed when people get in the shot. Birds or other wildlife is a different thing altogether. I can’t help but wonder if it isn’t that sense of wildness that we crave when shooting or viewing landscape.

      2. I know just what you mean. I find I cling to the illusion that humans are far far away when I’m out in the field. Oddly enough, when I place a person in my paintings, those are the ones that sell immediately. Huh.

  15. It’s Thanksgiving, so you can give thanks that the posts are out of storage (even if the Home and About buttons at the top are still crossed).

    I very much like the horizontal movement in this panoramic painting. I know you posted it as a test, but you didn’t say anything about it except in the comments. Perhaps you can talk about this painting in your next post.

  16. Ah, well…the man who asked for a copy of the original waited 2 years. By then I didn’t remember exactly how the original looked. Not only that, he refused to look at any drafts, saying to just send it along when it looked right to me. He was paying a fair amount for it, and had been fairly effusive in his praise for other pieces he bought. I stressed a great deal over this one and when I finally sent it off to LA, I never heard a word from him which I interpreted to mean he was disappointed. So, when I just grabbed this image quick for running a test, I never expected much reaction! I’m thankful that you all seem to like it. Thank you!
    Incidentally, a couple of days ago I posted a new painting but didn’t get any response at all. Turns out, I’d inadvertently written the post on the “new” blog that appeared when I tried to upgrade this one. Bah. I wish I could delete that other one.

    1. Can you re-post that latest post over here so long-time readers can see it?

      1. Yes, I will soon as things slow down a bit. We had lighting of the tree yesterday in Grayslake, and there were a lot of people in town. Then there was a little art show with live music by a friend of mine, and another friend had an open house going on…busy busy busy! 🙂 Today I want to get into the gallery early. I think it is Small Business Saturday or something, but regardless, this is a big shopping day.

      2. Happy shopping (of other people buying your things)!

      3. Thanks! I did have several groups of people venture in yesterday~more traffic than I generally see in a month!

  17. Breathtaking painting! And I bet it is even more amazing in real life. So you never heard back from the buyer? Weird. I remember you posted that painting before, back when you opened your gallery. The colours and movement (birds, grass and clouds) and time of day give it a wonderfully compelling energy.

  18. Thank you so much, Myriam. Yeah, it was disconcerting that he never responded in any way. Hopefully he likes it though.

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