Art Studio News

Happy Christmas & Happy New Year!

Welcome to our festive blog post – a very Happy Christmas & Happy New Year to you all! We have had a busy couple of months with portraits and we are now taking some well deserved time to ourselves. The photos below are a few from our little cottage, its the perfect place to be over the holidays. So cosy with the woodburner going too. We hope you enjoy them. Above all, we hope that you all have had a most wonderful Christmas and our very best wishes for 2022 to you all!

Happy Christmas & Happy New Year!

I went to our local garden centre for our Christmas Tree this year and the helpful staff were wonderful. We all chose the perfect tree and it fitted beautifully in our cottage.

Christmas Gonk

Merry Christmas Card

The garden centre also had a huge array of Christmas decorations and I couldn’t resist this light up Gonk and a mug to match.

Christmas Gonk Watercolour Painting

In fact it prompted me to paint this Gonk watercolour and ink painting as our Christmas card for friends and family this year!

Christmas Tree Decorations

The tree looks lovely close up, the variety of bauble we have purchase dover the years really work well together. I have got quite a few of them from Nkuku.

Our Christmas Cottage Stairs Happy Christmas & Happy New Year!

I love decorating our cottage stairs. The garland isn’t real however looks it, so realistic! The gone and felt decorations work well with the cottage theme.

Stairway decoration for Christmas

Close up of the decorations on the stairs.

Inglenook Fireplace Decoration

The inglenook is always one of my favourite places and this year we put Lily a stocking up in the fireplace ready for Santa to visit…!

Little welsh cottage Christmas tree and decorations. Happy Christmas & Happy New Year!

We hope you have enjoyed viewing our decorations and cottage. Happy Christmas & Happy New Year! Similarly, if you would like to see our decorations from the last time we had a tree, head over to our post here – Christmas 2019. We send our very best wishes to you all! Keep safe and healthy!

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  • Kirstie Sharp

    Happy New Year Nicholas & Melanie,
    We love your Christmas photos; your delightful cottage is a perfect backdrop for the ultimate in cosiness especially with those gorgeous decorations. For some reason we missed your November and December blogs, neither of which came through the email.
    So I am glad I found the blog today (5th Jan) through Google!
    Ver best wishes to you both and Lily,
    Gordon & Kirstie, Roly & Archie x

  • Richard Petts

    Happy New Year Melanie and Nicholas, wonderful photo’s, your home looks so cosy and Christmasy, I love your Christmas card Mel. Looking forward to seeing more of your gorgeous artworks, paintings and blogs this year, very best wishes Richard

    • petportraitartist

      Happy New year Richard!! I am thrilled you enjoyed seeing the photos, it was so cosy. Have just taken the decorations down and it always looks quite empty 😀 I hope that you had a lovely time too! Roll on Spring now!! Melanie x

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