Saturday, 15 January 2011

Giving Myself Some Good Advice #3: Make Promises and Carry Them Out

Hey there sweet people! How are you settling into 2011? Do you have promises still waiting to be carried out? Any requests you've agreed to that still stubbornly hide inside your pockets? Well, I have a few of those! Last year, I agreed to do a drawing for Jenny May from The Swede Records. Long overdue as it was, you can now see my drawing on her super delightful blog. If you've been there before, I'm sure you know the kind of fun loving thing she has going with her man. At least that's what I sensed when I visited her for the first time. It's always nice to step into a world where you feel so welcomed as with Jenny's. So many smiles and laughter in all her posts!

Partners in Love, 8x10, acrylics and tea stains

Well, as you can see, I'm still pretty much in the vintage mood. I now have this craving to smudge, stain, splatter, tear and wrinkle! I'm sure it's a pretty common thing with artists during the beginning of the year to adopt a new addiction? Yes? :)) As usual, this one just made it into my shop.

Anyway, back to promises... Want to know something I'm very lousy at? Passing on awards!! My deepest apologies, I just never seem to have the time. But that of course will have to change. At least I'll do my best. So huge thank yous to Yeevon and Sara Lynn for giving me the Stylish Blog Award!

Now to share 7 things about me...

  • I cherish my first sip of hot coffee in the wee hours of the morning. Usually around 3-4 am!
  • Breakfast menus are my favorite. I would have them 3 times a day if I had my way.
  • I can never keep a sketchbook. They either mysteriously disappear or make their way to my girl's desk for her own use.
  • I have watched The Sound of Music more than 50 times in my life. Gotta love those puppets they played!!
  • When I was little, I once adopted an old, mangy, tattered looking cat off the street and named him Timmy, whom I loved adoringly.
  • I'm very good with visual memories but very bad at remembering dates and year.
  • One place I'm fanatically dying to see is Santorini in Greece.

And to pass the awards to some deliciously stylish blogs:

Anne of El Milagro Studio: Little Miracles of Art
Rossichka of Out of the Shell
Heidi of Art Journal of Heidi Alamanda
Faerwillow of ~Serendipity~
Ann Marie of My Dog is a Pancake
Cecilia of doodle doodle dum dum
Katherine of Katherine Thomas Art
Yasmin of Mundo Mundaca

There. Promises carried out as intended. And it sure feels good! Well, I have the same award passed on to my other blog, and you're welcome to read about it there. Have an inspiring weekend, friends!

Hugs to you,


  1. Oh my goodness! I didn't expect to see my blog listed! I was just going to comment on how gorgeous this painting is! I love the gentle colors. You have such a pleasing, unique style to your art! Keep painting and posting. I can't get enough!

  2. Well you deserve it, Katherine! Your art is incredible and I'm sure many would agree with me! :))

  3. This painting of you is great .
    It reminds me of the two characters in my favourite christmas- story by O´Henry.
    They look like Della and Jim.
    Congrats to your arward

  4. You have well deserved and award, and then you send me one??---thank you Sweetie! (If I had gotten off my plump rump, I should have sent one to YOU for the most delightful drawings...)
    7 things people don't know about me.
    Oh my.
    I could end up in jail.
    I wonder if they let you blog there??? :D
    I shall get this posted within the next WEEK--okay?
    And thank you thank you!!!

    Anne.....and I am STYLISH when I'm working.... ;D

  5. Oh my gosh! This artwork definitely GLOWS! I love the vintage look for real...I like to grunge up all my artwork and use tea to stain it. Your artwork is beyond breath taking and you did an amazing job on this one!

  6. *hearts hearts* Amalia~
    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend with lots of rest and laughter~

    Breakfast, too is my favourite meal in a day as they are light and easy and healthy XD You don't need greasy roast pork served with mashed potato in the morning XD XD

    Thank you so much for carrying out the promise :) I like your title very much because I like to keep promises XD XD

    p/s: That is a really beautiful drawing of her and her man. I think you have captured her witty and charming expression! <3

  7. Congtratulations on your award! I love the story about your sweet : )
    This painting is so nice, the couple looks very stylish.

  8. Oh my goodness! How absolutely romantic! This is so wonderful. I adore the new header and the post and all the other post that I've missed. Hope that all is well with you talented Lady. You are on such a wonderful creative roll and it shows with each beautiful piece you produce. Keep moving forward. I wish you well.

  9. ~once more congrats to you and those beautiful artist you have passed this award onto...i simply adore your vintage addiction that has taken over your muse...just beautiful is this drawing pockets are overflowing with promises that keep getting pushed by the sometimes takes us down unexpected roads! i made a list with all that i need to finish up and release so that i can move forward without the weight of such things weighing on my heart and is hard sometimes not to feel guilty when we haven't gotten round to something that should have been a new year...moving forward...accomplishing only greatness in your day to day...i think our pisces spirit connects us in many ways...i too wake in the wee early morning hours and savor my first sip of hot coffee...thank you much for thinking of me...i am honored by such...wishing you a wonderful creative weekend ahead...much love light and blessings always be with you~

  10. love your vintage couple, I especially love the ruffles on her neckline and her hand muff. Hugs Amalia!

  11. Amalia, you are gifted with your expression of art! I love this piece.
    I went to visit Jenny May's blog and you did a wonderful job of capturing their spirits.

    lovely to learn more about you.

  12. Is it true?! Another award from you, besides such a special one? Oh, I am flattered that you consider I deserve it, Amalia, so I say "thank you"! I like to answer questions and to read others' answers, but this time I'll do it next week, because my last post is too "fresh"! It was nice to learn something more about you and to feel I know you better. I'm afraid the only thing in common is our passion for coffee!:) But while you drink your first sip eaaaaaarly in the morning, I sometimes take my last sip looooong after midnight!...
    The drawing of this happy couple is so adorable! I like that they are back to back, but together! This seems stronger than a hug! Such sympathetic smiles and flame in the eyes!
    Promises are to be carried out, yes! And I usually manage, I think I am a responsible person. But... I have two promises of one kind that are hanging like a sword over my poor, tired head. I'm gathering to carry them out in a few days and then I'll feel so relieved! Eh!
    Have a lovely Sunday and the rest of the Saturday, my dear Amalia! With love!xx

  13. It's a beautiful drawing for a sweet winter...


  14. awwwww mbak Lia thank you very much mwah mwah!!! it means a lot, one of the artist i adore much giving me the award! XD
    i've done my part revealing the secrets and passing the award to other bloggers, here's the post:

    thanks a lot! really made my day *hugshugshugs*

  15. What a beautiful drawing Amalia! It's always a delight to visit your blog and see these wonderful works of art! I adore the colours of this one, it certainly does have a very nostalgic feel to it. The romantic couple look so entranced by each other!

  16. Hi Janine! Thank you. And I love The Gift of the Magi! (^_^)

    Ahahahaa... Anne, bless your funny bones! To be honest, I can't wait to read what you have to say about yourself. I'm sure it'll be interesting! :D :D

    Hiya Shayla! Thanks so much! Oh, I LOVE your new avatar! I can definitely see the tea stain effects there... wonderful! :))

  17. Yeevon, thank you. You know, I can imagine you're more into "lighter" things...judging from your delicate art! Hahahaa... Have a good weekend too, sweetie!

    Cathy, thanks! Oh, I absolutely LOVED that cat. He wasn't the handsome kind and my parents couldn't figure out why I loved him so much. But I did. :)

    Oooo...good to see you, Miss Vee!! I have missed you! And thank you for saying that, means a lot coming from you! oxx

  18. Faerwillow, you are such a darling. Thank you for your kind words. Always. And I'm glad you're still so full of spirit after all that's been going on in your life. You are one tough lady, indeed. :) oxx

    Hi Karen!! Thanks so much! (^_^)

    Tammie darling, thanks. Yes, Jenny and her hubby are one special couple. It's no wonder why so many people enjoy coming to her blog. oxx

  19. Rossi dear, of course you deserve the award! You have a wonderful thing going on your blog and thank you for sharing it with us. Now, I can imagine you being the responsible type! For sure! I hope you can carry out those promises soon so you can relax... hugs!!

    Hi Ana! Thank you, sweetie! :))

    Cecil, loved reading your secrets!! You deserved the award. (^_^)

    Oh, thanks Vanilla! You're just so kind. I always enjoy coming to yours too... your art is so intense and serene in the same time! oxx

    16 January 2011 04:49

  20. Love the illus a lot, both men and women!Congrats for the award Ama!Your really deserve it!

  21. I ran into your blog today. I don't even know how I got here. But your work is fantastic!!!! I love it. I love all the vintage feel of all the piece. Just fab!!!!

  22. GOR-GEE-OUS! Oh wow, what a fantastic picture! They are so smitten and sweet with each other. And they way they are posed! They are saying, "Honey, I've got your back." :D Oh wow, this is wonderful!

    And Yay! Congratulations. You ARE one stylin' lady. Wow, you get up early!

  23. I love reading about Jenny May and The Swede. It's like a real life love story. Your piece of them is amazing. I saw it on The Swede Records first and fell in love. I adore your artwork.

  24. Oh 2011 is off to a roaring fabulous start!!
    I love your new vintage gig.. can never be enough tea splatters for me!!!
    You are awake at 3 am.... ouch!!
    Your blog looks fabulous as always..
    Cheers , Helen


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