This is a very special day for the AnArt4Life blog as we can celebrate our 3rd birthday having been in operation for 1095 days and written nearly 1030 posts that go out each day from Melbourne in Victoria, Australia to South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and then off across the world to England, Scotland, France, Italy, Austria, America, Brazil, Hong Kong and The Philippines.
The blog team have chosen some of our favourite posts to share with you, plus there are a few thoughts we would like to express. And we are taking two days to celebrate!!
We will commence with Jane's posts which highlight her love of travel, the strong connections she has to her Dutch heritage and the surprise delight in discovering a relative of van Gogh is living in Gippsland, Victoria and painting exquisite images of Australian bird life.
As subscribers and followers, you know that we meet our commitment to you to deliver a daily post into your email box. And we love doing this and gain an enormous amount of pleasure from seeing the posts launched. As the appointed Editor in Chief (EiC) I do want to thank the GAALs (Girls About Art in Life) - Jane, Caroline and Julie for their amazing contributions which give the blog posts such variety and quality.
What you don't see are all the other people who have also shown amazing commitment to the AnArt4Life blog. Behind the scenes from the beginning is Matt Cameron our website manager and social media mentor. Matt has been looking after my website for over 10 years and the challenge to be engaged in blog writing came from him and he has maintained his commitment to look after our technical needs all the way. Thank you Matt.
There is a third group of people who have also been committed to this venture - you, our subscribers - many of whom have been with us from Day One. We write for you and thank you for your loyalty and continuing support.
Moving onto Caroline as she shares with us her Marvellous Movie Girls posts where her Movie Group of Friends open their doors to reveal treasured art works and the matching intriguing stories that are found in their homes.
It is fun and interesting to write the posts especially as we enjoy discovering new artists and unearthing hidden treasures.
But even more rewarding is receiving correspondence from subscribers. We have gained so much from those of you who write to us with comments on our offerings and ideas for future posts.
The monthly mailbag has become a favourite where we showcase the correspondence we have received. Please keep sending in your "finds" and "ideas" as this gives the AnArt4Life blog a very special quality. New correspondents are always most welcome!
Tomorrow we will move on to show you some more posts from those Julie has written and I will conclude our birthday celebration with a few of my past posts.