Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Royal Honor Bestowed Upon the Queen...

So a little while back I received a sweet email from a dear Blogland friend and extremely talented artist, Jane Royal (Painted Heart Studio). Jane asked me if I would mind if she took this picture of me which she had seen on the blog:

and used it as inspiration for one of her fabulous portraits.

I was very touched, honored and excited by the idea, needless to say !

Imagine my joy when she said that she would even like to send me the piece when it was done !

Then triple that and apply it to my feelings when I opened the special delivery envelope and found this :



(sorry about the so-so photos - it is pouring rain here today)

Isn't it beautiful ?

My first reaction when I saw it was "I only wish I was that beautiful!"

Then my second reaction was "Well, it really does look like me...so maybe I am..." ;)

Anyway, I am just thrilled and honored to have this piece in my home. David and I went looking for a good frame for it over the weekend (he loves it too, Jane !) and we will hang it in the living room which we are in the process of sprucing up.

Thank you, thank you , thank you, Jane, for sharing your art with me and for making me feel beautiful.

You can find more of Jane's wonderful art work on her blog, the Painted Heart Studio.

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As I said above, it is a really rainy and grey day here today.

I am playing a little in the new journal.

But mostly feeling kind of grey and rainy myself...

Good tune for today...

Maybe I will brighten up tomorrow...

32 comments:

Sherry said...

Clapping my hands!! At Jane's amazing talent and at you -- saying you wished you looked this beautiful and then thinking, "well it does look like me so maybe I am"..trust me, you ARE!!!

Gorgeous start in the new journal...and rain. Yep, it's doing that here today too, but that's okay...good for the trees and flowers that are waiting to grow...a perfect day to just indulge in something for fun!! xo

Mary said...

I can imagine the surprise and joy when you opened the package. What a precious gift.

The painting and YOU are beautiful!!

We have had lots of rain too, I am (who likes a good storm) weary of it.

slommler said...

Oh such a beautiful portrait!! And by the way, you are beautiful!! Love your journal page too!
Hugs
SueAnn

dosfishes said...

Truly a beautiful portrait of you and what a surprise gift to receive. Wow...

Snap said...

The beautiful portrait is of a beautiful woman! Brava to all of you!

lyle baxter said...

what a lovely gift for a woman who is beautiful inside as well as out! you should be smiling rain or not! lyle

beth said...

you are beautiful and that painting just goes to show it....what a gift !

and I say let it rain.....as long as it's not snow, it can do anything it wants :)

Melissa said...

Lovely! Of course you are that beautiful and even more so silly cause as gorgeous as that painting is...it doesn't have your awesome personality!!

~magick~
Melissa

Lynn said...

What a beautiful gift for a beautiful woman! Wow!!!! I feel your joy.

Love your journal pages too...

And the video photos rock! Love the deep lines in mans face.

jgr said...

Hi Kim,
I am so happy you and David like your portrait!!
YES my friend - you are BEAUTIFUL!! I like the frame too! Thank you for posting about it, you've made my day! Big hugs and wishing you sunny skies tomorrow.

I like your journal quote, too.

Rita vindedzis said...

First of all I must say when I saw the photo of you today I thought-wow, that's a great shot, you are beautiful au naturel and with a scarf on your head yet. And then I scrolled down and saw the portrait. WOW. That is one nice painting and a lovely gift.

Weather says "the sun will come out tomorrow" really!!

Karen Cole said...

Yes, to you are beautiful and yes to the portrait is beautiful.

Paula said...

Oh, Kim, how wonderful...just gorgeous...just like you are!

Kate said...

Kim,

That portrait is fantastic. What a treat. I also love the journal page. So full of color and I love that quote. Hopefully you'll have some sunshine tomorrow.

Dawn said...

ooh that portrait is awesome!!!
i loveeeeeee your journal page. Full of life and color on a rainy day!

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Dawn said...

Aww ~ isn't it awesome when one of your art friends creates something with just you in mind and gives it to you? Sometimes we complain what a lousy, ugly world we live in and then someone like Jane comes along and blesses you, eh? Don't you just love having original art on your walls? I should do a post on my blog sometime about all the beautiful original artwork I've plastered my livingroom walls with. I love it!! Going to check out Jane's site now ~ thanks for the link, Kim.
Cheers ~
Dawn.

martha brown said...

This is a beautiful portrait of you, Kim! It's raining here too -- unfortunately it is filling up my basement... sigh... back to the towels and buckets....

BJ Lantz said...

You ARE that beautiful, silly :-) Inside & Out.

Beej

angel said...

Yes Kim - you ARE beautiful, inside and out! The painting is really nice and captures you well.
Love love the new journal page!
I am off to pack, yikes...I'll be in touch when I return, thanks for your sweet comments! xoxo

kikipotamus said...

Of course you're beautiful! Isn't it funny that we are the last to be able to see our own beauty sometimes? What a wonderful gift!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kimmy,
What a beautiful portrait! Looks like you:):):)!
Love you, Mom

Deb said...

What a wonderful surprise to receive in the mail! And it is beautiful just like you ~ except it doesn't show the beauty you hold in your heart ! And I love the journal quote ~ perfect !!

dragonflyreflections said...

Oh, so beautiful. You especially... and the portrait too.

arlene said...

What a beautiful portrait of a gorgeous woman!
Your project beauty Kim...and you create it too.
Hope the sun shines for you soon, it was snowy, wet and grey here today, so I'm praying for sun. And if you're blue, just look at that portrait and bask in the glow.
hugs,
arlene

linda said...

Just wanted to say you have beautiful journaling! And that portrait is lovely... :)

Kathy said...

A beautiful portait of a beautiful person (inside AND out)!

Seth said...

What a tremendous gift to receive. Very beautiful!!

Dream With the Fishes said...

Oh yes you are. You're that beautiful and more. That's such a great photo in itself. How cool to have a talented artist make it into a painting, too! It came out gorgeous. And, as always, I'm loving your journal work! How can one stay feeling blah when looking at your work? Ce n'est pas possible! (Thanks babelfish. heehee).

xoxo
Serena

Bethany said...

what a gorgeous painting and gift. Wow. And um, YES, you ARE that beautiful!

Bethany said...

again, amazing, delightful page. Love M.O. too.
Great line.

sk said...

You should write & illustrate children's books. Beautiful surrealist style & love your choice of colors. I'm 'journaling' now but it is our to-do book & appt. setter.
The painting really captures your eyes and the power & curiosity behind them so yes, you are beautiful. That's coming from a blogger who critiques about looks. I know it when I see it.