Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas on the Bayou

Willow Bayou, Water color/Mulit-media on paper 8"x10" © Kristye Addison Dudley
Growing up my friends and I used to play in these little streams. We called them creeks. When we moved to Louisiana, we found these all over, but here they call them bayous. Just like creeks, you never know what you are going to find.

It's been so dry here that the bayou near our home dried up and all the animals left. There were no more turtles sunbathing and plopping into the water. No blue and white herons, no frogs and crickets singing at night. But just recently we had a lot of rain, and before you knew it, life returned to the bayou. And it was like a breath of fresh air and a reminder of the renewing spirit around us. Just in time for Christmas.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

A few updates for you since my last blog. I have signed the contract to be a part-time art teacher next year. I am so excited about the opportunity. My mother is doing well and hopefully she will be visiting us out here soon. KJ got to meet Santa, it was sort of a mess. She screamed in his face and then almost pulled of his beard. Of course, we took pictures anyway with Mark and I smiling as she cries at the top of her lungs.

On the art scene, the magazine Fabulous Floors is in Barnes and Noble and is featuring my artwork in a special section. (Very cool). There was also a second holiday opening for the art show this weekend. I was able to meet more artist and make new friends. We are geared up for the holidays and so thankful for the reason for the season.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday.
Love and blessings,

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  1. This is a wonderful post and gorgeous painting! Love the part about KJ and Santa :o) Miss you but glad you are doing well and enjoying the Christmas season.

  2. Thank you Erin, I miss you too! Have a great Christmas and kiss the four legged babies for me.

  3. I found your site by happenstance - by clicking through the story of your beautiful friend lost to cancer and your other beautiful friend her husband who appeared to stand by her. I just want to encourage you in your time of losing some one dear to you but also in your work. Your art is expressive and moving with depth and imagination. May God continue to move your spirit to produce even greater works.

  4. Wow, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend Keasha. I have one beautiful sister that I met at Howard going on close to thirty years ago. To loose her would be devastating to me. Find peace in the wonderful memories she etched on your heart. Shalom!

  5. Thank you for the encouragement in my art and in the loss of my friend.