Time for reflection

I have always found that leaving one calendar year and entering another is a good time for reflection.

As an artist, I am aware that all of life is interconnected.     There are no lines around anything, and as I often point out when teaching…to change one tiny portion of a painting, is to change the whole.    This same principle applies to everything in life.

With the internet and social media our interconnection is much more tangible.    We can communicate with people from around the globe in a way that has never been possible before.

As the environmentalist, David Suzuki says,

‘The human brain now holds the key to our future.    We have to recall the image of the planet from outer space: a single entity in which air, water, and continents are interconnected.    That is our home.’

Many indigenous peoples, saw the hummingbird as a connection with nature and the unseen worlds.


This past calendar year has been a good one for me and has been all about ‘interconnection’.

Through Facebook I have connected with Axlepin Publishing, and through Axlepin I have connected with some brilliant writers, poets, painters and photographers from around the world.

Early in the year, again through FB, I connected with a fascinating woman in Dubai, who suggested that I contact her son who is currently studying at the Royal College of Music in London.     This lead to a meeting with Arsha Kaviani – an extraordinarily gifted composer, pianist, which in turn led to my painting his portrait.


I had two fun visits from my friend and fellow artist, Suzy Davidson from S. Africa.      I first met Suzy when I house/studio/animal sat for her seven years ago in a wonderful place outside of Brussells.

This ‘still life’ represents an inside joke, which only Suzy will fully appreciate:)   For me, it represents a wonderful memory.


Last February I visited my friend Helga and her two lovely cats in Vienna….This time around we took the train to Semmering, a delightful place in the lower mountains of Austria…not much more than a two hour train journey from Vienna.    It was snowing and cold….and very beautiful.

Helga taking a mid afternoon picture in Semmering.


I also spent a long weekend with my old art college friend Maureen Poynter Franklyn.    We were reunited through FB after not having seen one another for 47 years!    Five minutes in one another’s company, and it was as if no time had gone by:)

I took this photograph in an ancient Dorset church when visiting Maureen last spring.


I visited and painted portraits of my friends Mick and Gail.     We have known one another since we were young children.     Our lives are intertwined in so many ways.

Gail Duff…writer, performer, musician, therapist and dear friend.


Mick Duff.   Photographer, performer, musician and dear friend.


I had a wonderful surprise in August when my friends, The Kearnsclan called to say that their daughter, Catherine was to be married in October, and that they would be sending tickets for me to attend!

I was at Lynn and Stratton’s (the parents) wedding in 1977, and have known their four children since they were born….they are family to me.

I painted this large watercolour of Catherine, the day before the wedding.    A very special moment.


It was a joyful affair…full of love and laughter….this picture shows the bride and groom and wedding party…..


Given that I was in the States, I also visited my beautiful daughter, Christie and my equally beautiful niece Kate and her husband and the the twins, in Ipswich, Mass……and we had so much fun.

Photograph of Kate, Christie and Grace in front of a mural in Ipswich, Mass.


Me painting with the glorious twins…..a very happy moment.


On the same trip, I saw other friends who I haven’t seen since 1968!    Once again we found one another through FB…..oh the power of the internet.

A photograph taken in 1967 when we were neighbours living on Staten Island, New York.   Helen and I were wearing costumes…a special memory.


This joyful picture is of Carmella….a budding young artist who lives outside of West Chester, Pennsylvania.     I have known her grandparents since 1974, and can remember the day that my daughter and I delivered a baby present to Carmella’s mother….Ruby.

Thanks to FB and the internet, we are all still able to be in touch and enjoy special moments like this one.


There were many more special moments in the past year.   T hese were some of the highlights.

Tomorrow, New Years Eve, I will talk about my hopes and wishes for the coming year.

A Bientôt

12 thoughts on “Time for reflection

  1. snowbird

    Ah…yes, the internet is an amazing thing isn’t it, I wonder where it will go in the next year. What an incredible year you have had, so many beautiful memories and superb paintings. I very much look forward to hearing what you get up to in the next year…..until tomorrow then….xxx

  2. gini

    I found myself tearing up..It is such a wonderful reflection Janet.. I am such a softie..
    May the New Year bring all of us memorable moments and peace. The hummingbirds brought
    us together. I am grateful. Interneting is the next best thing to HUGGING. ( smile )

  3. ShimonZ

    This is such a beautiful post… and it does give us a taste of the last year as you’ve experienced it, combined with pictures that let us share some of the peaks, and sense the depth of the experiences. Thank you for sharing. And a very special personal thanks to you Janet. Because this year you moved to a platform I could access. I was having a lot of problems with the previous platform… and though most of the time I could read what you wrote, it was near impossible to comment… I really appreciate the ability to add a few words when your posts provoke some special thought. May this new year be one of great new challenges, health and happiness, and many wonderful adventures and inspiration.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Hi Shimon….yes, this platform is so much better in every way….and I am so glad that we are able to communicate again and respond to one another’s posts. I am thinking of you and hoping that all is going well….I am looking forward to the new year, and hope that it will bring health, happiness and wonderful adventures for you.:)x

  4. lindaamon@yahoo.com

    Dearest Janet, meeting you and becoming your friend on FB is one of my life’s blessings in the year 2013. It is a such a privilege and a joy to be your friend. Thank you for your beautiful hummingbirds,cats and dogs paintings and sketches. Your people portraits are enchanting. This year-end reflection is so lovely and so touching.. Like you said, You are so beautiful and you are a truly beautiful person.

    As you said,, “This calendar is all about ‘inerconnection’ ” . Yes, I strongly feel and see that. Your love and compassion for people and animals is so deep and true.

    I pray that the coming year 2014 will bring you and your family Blessings of Love, Peace, Joy, Health and Prosperity!

    Love and Gratitude always, dear Janet! ❤

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Dear Linda….thank you so much for this beautiful comment. Meeting you during this past year has indeed been a blessing. We have so much to thank the internet and FB for:) I send you and your family wishes for a year full of love, peace and joy.xx

  5. kathryningrid

    What a fabulous post about a wonder-full year! So happy you had a lovely 2013 and even happier that you allowed us to peer into your happy year this way, with glorious photos, exquisite paintings and tales of warm and beautiful interconnection. Yes, a grand time for all. May 2014 be blissfully blessed for you and all of your connexions, dear lady! Thank you for sharing so generously with all of us.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning Kathryn, and thank you so much for this lovely comment. I have so enjoyed meeting you through your blog this year.
      Yes, let 2014 be a wonderfully creative, peaceful and happy year for you and your family:)x


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