Thank you for everything 2019.

Welcome in, Opportunities of 2020!

In this painting, the past year is symbolized by the Crow. As he exits, we can reflect upon a year of experiences, both personal and shared collectively, that were meant to bring transformation, wisdom, grace and truth. The image of the departing crow is a symbol of learned wisdom gathered throughout the past year. He has completed his job.

The New Year arriving is represented by the Titmouse. The titmouse is a symbol of love, faith, hope and honor. All of our daily experiences are opportunities to see beyond the form, beyond how a situation appears and our personal judgements. Beyond the form is the essence, and in that essence is the truth, a gift of wisdom and grace, and the best of who you truly are, will respond with honor.

New Years Eve Tradition

Every year by habit, I find myself thoroughly cleaning my home the day before New Years Eve. The Christmas decorations are put away and everything receives a good scrub. At the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve I open the back door and thank the previous year for all of its blessings, and each experience to learn as an individual and as part of the greater whole. Then, I open the front door, and welcome in the New Year and all of the opportunities it will bring.

I am not sure where I learned this tradition, it just seems to have always been there. It may be an Irish custom? Begin the New Year with a clean home, gratitude for the past year, and a warm welcome for the gifts and opportunities for the next!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.

– Thank you!

 

 

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  1. That’s a beautiful image, and a lovely tradition, happy new year!

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  2. Thank you! And you as well. I hope it is filled with joy and wonder!

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  3. Love the image and the custom! Best wishes for 2020!

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  4. Beautiful painting, as always..Perfectly expresses the concept of a new year. Happy new Year! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Thank you so much Hillary! Happy New Year!

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  6. Happy New Year and the greatest of opportunities Cindy!

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  7. Thank you so much, and may 2020 be a brilliant year for you and yours!

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  8. Beautiful represent with photography 2019-2020. Wish you Happy New Year 2020

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  9. Wonderful painting!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ I love its meaning!! I love this tradition,even my family members follow this custom for New Year it has always fascinated me!! Many wishes for a peaceful and happy New Year! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰
    A hug from Italy,Ely. ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜˜

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  10. Thank you yieniaely! That is wonderful that your family follows this as well, happy new year and wishing you great joy!

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  11. Thank you Liza! I really love the painting and appreciate hearing about the symbolism within the imagery. Wishing you a prosperous New Year and I like your tradition – maybe thats something I can incorporate for myself at the end of this next year.

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  12. Thank you so much, Iโ€™m glad the symbolism is interesting! Sometimes I wonder if I use it simply because it was such a vital form of communication for artists that would under the religious radar throughout history. Yes! The New Years tradition always makes me laugh when I find myself talking to each year as if weโ€™re an old, and then new friend. Never too late! Itโ€™s still waiting if you think about it๐Ÿ˜. Happy new year!

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  13. Starting clean sounds like a good way to start a day, let alone a year. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers!

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  14. Fresh start! Thank you!

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  15. love the painting…and the tradition as well

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  16. What spectacular and meaningful artwork! I look forward to more in 2020. I can’t bear to let go of our holiday wreath out front but I did clean the house yesterday…Now I will make sure I am subscribed/following your blog.

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  17. Wow! Thank you for such a thoughtful and kind comment! My first thought s upon reading it it was; โ€œ…this is the best part of posting my work and the experiences that inspire it, and why.โ€ Sharing the good stuff in life…. Thank you again!

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  18. I tend to do more for the Chinese New Year – Iโ€™m not sure why because Iโ€™m not Chinese but the changing of the animal years resonates – I like to buy a small animal of the year and place it near the front door – have to find a rat for the year 2020 plus I like the feb start to the year because we are on holidays in Jan and I never feel quite ready till Iโ€™m home

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  19. LOVE this idea! You have inspired me, thank you! I too am Year of the Rat. It will be so much fun to find the perfect one and reacquaint myself on all of the aspects! Thank you again!

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  20. No worries – I love rituals they soothe my inner control freak ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  21. Gorgeous works of art you create!!!

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  22. ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’ซ๐ŸŒธ

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  23. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜‡

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