So here’s something a little different. Two of my gorgeous friends, and my lovely mother-in-law, have all just moved house. So I decided to paint a housewarming card, print it, and send it to each of them to wish them much joy and happiness in their new homes. I was walking in the woods this morning when the image began to form in my mind……

…a perfectly quirky woodland retreat, blending into the landscape around it, and sprinkled with a little whimsy. Nestled in a gold leafed wood, with a homely sign showing the way. A little house magic!

I haven’t painted for quite a while, so I’m hoping this is the resurrection of an old habit…..the first small stirrings of a long slumbering beast.

About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. I love art which is here now and gone food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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60 Responses to Housewarming

  1. Ciao MacKenzie;- 10:40 A.M on u’re side I see the Sun Burst over the Ocean from my home…Looks like u’re photo except over the Ocean as the Sun Rises from the East ๐Ÿ™‚ Next time send u a pic. by Richard Honan.

    This reminds me the dawn after the Ice Age…..The warmth and Heath over the Earth “Planet” ( The Sun Burst.)

    Albert Einstein State :

    ” That the Absolute Absence of Heath is ( -450 degrees F.) ( -267,7 degrees C.)

    Regards to Scotland


  2. Wishing you and u’re family a fruitful New Year.

    Pax; “Peace”


    I read everyone of u’re posts

    How far are you from Edinburgh ?

    • Thank you so much, it’s always lovely to know who’s reading along.
      We live about 8 miles from the city centre….Edinburgh’s not a big city, one of the reasons I love it ๐Ÿ™‚
      Love and Light to you and yours in the dark season of the year.

  3. poppytump says:

    Aah another talent you have Seonaid ! Gorgeous work ๐Ÿ™‚
    I seem to have been missing your posts from my reader … so am on a delicious catch up ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. wildsherkin says:

    This is absolutely adorable! You have such artistic and creative talents. Like others here, I can see a children’s book. Now, I may not have mentioned it, but I am sure I may be moving house over the next twenty years or so….:)

  5. Completely lovely cards which they will treasure I’m sure! You really should consider illustrating books. Children’s books would be great. It’s the fantasy inside you, the stories and the positive thoughts coming out. Brilliant!

  6. wisejourney says:

    Cute- quirky and made with love- a card anyone would love to receive

  7. adinparadise says:

    What stunning artwok, Seonaid. I would be so happy to receive such a wonderful hand painted house warming card. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. theinnerzone says:

    I have been meaning to comment on every breathtaking picture you post and the wonderful words you write so perfectly! But this one, just made me stop and I had to write this comment. !ts beautiful! I am sure the owners of new home are warmed and happy.

  9. Leanne Cole says:

    I love it, I wish I was moving house so you could send me one. I bet they will love it.

  10. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    How magnificent! These are gorgeous paintings. You surely are an illustrator for books – children’s tales? If not, you should be. Just gorgeous.

  11. Hanna says:

    The paintings are so cute, Seonaid ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Quite nice. I very much like the style … I hope to see more in the near future. D

  13. This looks like the cover of a children’s book (with a nicer story than Hansel and Gretel!). Such lovely colours and free brushstrokes. I wish I could turn my hand to something like this. I’m sure your cards will take pride of place on the mantlepiece of the lucky recipients

  14. colonialist says:

    It is really lovely – fresh and a trifle quirky. This style would do well for children’s books.

  15. This is so beautiful and creative! You’re quite the talented painter ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. You might as well include a frame because they will want to display something this beautiful and original. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. you never cease to amaze ๐Ÿ™‚
    what other talents have you got squirrelled away? ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Paula says:

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Oh Seonaid its fab, is there no end to your talents?

    • Gilly, thanks so much for the encouragement. I hope there isn’t an end to my talents…..or anyone else’s for that matter ๐Ÿ˜‰ I had to be quite brave to post this…..funny the things we find difficult!

  20. What a talent — creativity bursting from every seam! They will treasure these cards.

  21. twoscamps says:

    Oh, beautiful your painting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. gorgeous! both the idea, and the painting ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. says:

    You are so very talented and KEEP GOING! I need to get back on the horse myself!

  24. Colline says:

    Love this little painting. It will definitely be a keeper for those who receive it.

  25. momasteblog says:

    You are so amazing. I absolutely love your painting. It is totally charming. What lucky people to receive such a gift!

  26. Brenda says:

    How talented you are, such happy whimsy in your card. ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice present!

  27. Rosa de los Vientos says:

    What a cosy little house!

  28. Beautiful! Love the colours and fun in the cards. A card specially made is wonderful to give and receive.

  29. buyfromvegasnv says:

    Reblogged this on Lighthouse Planetary Productions Inc and commented:
    Very beautifully done, Friend!

  30. Seonaid – not only are you a poetess, nature lover par excellence, photographer, but you are also a painter. You are upping the ante for the rest of us….I am sure your friends and mother-in-law will treasure these beautiful house warming gifts.

    • Too kind ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so happy to hear you think they will like the cards. Art’s a funny thing, I’ve no sooner finished something, than I’ve decided it’s no good, despite being filled with delight as I created it….for me much harder than photography!

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