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A Birthday Surprise!!!!

11 August 2008 33 comments

A Portrait of Charlotte !!

What a wonderful surprise to see this gorgeous portrait of Charlotte painted by the very talented artist... Christy DeKoning...

I'm speechless...thank you so much Christy...Charlotte is over the moon...
Christy is an Australian living in Canada and her Watercolour Paintings and Portraits are stunning....
you can read all about how Christy painted this portrait here:
Happy Birthday Laketrees Ladies - painting loosely from a B&W photo

and now onto the results of the Random Draw..
the Winner of the Birthday Draw is:

6. Megan from Imaginif

congratulations Megan...

Click on image to zoom

A very big thank you to everyone for your wonderful birthday greetings and wishes...
you have made our Birthday Weekend very special....
1. Blooms and Blossoms 2. Welcome To Our Classroom-Best HomeSchool Place 3. jookeboost 4. Much of a Muchness 5. Amy Lilley Designs 6. Megan from Imaginif 7. Jeyosa Exclusive 8. THE MOMMY AND ME BOUTIQUE 9. RANDOM THOUGHTS (International Blog) 10. The Flying Beagle 11. Mariuca's Perfume Gallery 12. Peripheral Vision - Inner Sights by Lynda Lehmann 13. RennyBA 14. Wonderland or Not 15. Win EntreCard Credits 16. Ken Armstrong Writing Stuff 17. TYPOS.DAYLIGHT.FATE 18. NothingLikeit 19. Tails of Terror from the Black Lagoon! 20. Christy DeKoning - Travels in Watercolor 21. SPEEDCAT HOLLYDALE PAGE 22. THE SPITTING VESSEL 23. SHARON HART


33 comments: to “ A Birthday Surprise!!!! so far...

  • Anonymous 11.8.08

    Oh Kim
    thank you. I am getting a present to celebrate yours and Charlotte's birthdays. Doesn't seem quite right somehow.
    Here's a virtual hug back to you both ((((xo))))
    I'm going to use the EC credits to advertise on blogs who raise awareness and prevention of child abuse and non violent processes.
    There's one in particular that I just love but I can never afford I'm off to advertise now.
    Thanks Kim. Mxxxxx

  • Kim 11.8.08

    oh Megan....
    that's very sweet of you :) :)
    you don't have to really ..really..
    the hugs will do just
    ...I'm really happy that you won and that you are able to put the credits to good use for your valuable and important cause....
    congratulatory hugs back to you :)

  • Mel Avila Alarilla 11.8.08

    Hi Kim,
    Thanks for your visit to my blog and for your wonderful comments. Although I did not win your contest I would still want to thank you. God bless.

  • Kim 11.8.08

    you're welcome Mel...and thanks for your great participation :)
    I will probably have these draws every I'll keep you posted :)
    have a lovely day :)

  • Speedcat Hollydale 11.8.08

    That is so COOL!!! Christy DeKoning is a fine artist.

    Hope your day was the best :-)


  • Michelle B. Hendry 11.8.08

    Happy Birthday girls!!! :)

  • Anonymous 11.8.08

    Did I miss my R.S.V.P. to the ParTAY? ;)

    Happy Birthday to you and Charlotte!

    Christy is a very talented and colorful painter!

  • Mariuca 11.8.08

    Oh that is a wonderful surprise indeed Kim! I gotta say Christy did a great job with Charlotte's pic, she is so lucky! I hope u guys had a wonderful birthday together. :):):)

    PS. Congrats to Megan for winning this contest!

  • Kim 11.8.08

    hi Speedy
    it's very cool isn't it !!!
    Charlotte has posted it on her my space blog too :) :)'s clean up Monday over here..and trying to get a bit of the Olympic swimming in as well :)

    hello Miss MP :)
    it has been clean up day today...and catch up on the housework...
    so many pizza much cake ..eek..
    we will have to go on a serious diet..
    will send cake asap...from the ParTAY.. :)
    Christy's portrait is sensational and aren't the colours wonderfuL!!

    we did Mariuca... :)
    and seeing the portrait at Christy's blog this morning was like the icing on the cake :)
    and yes lucky Megan is putting the ECs to good use :)
    ps I hope your banana choc cake treat went down well :)

  • Anonymous 11.8.08

    What a lovely surprise Christy's gift must have been! It really is very good!

    Congrats to Megan too.

    Hope you had a fab birthday weekend with lots of cake and champagne....

  • Kim 11.8.08

    thanks Diane..
    yes quite a weekend of lovely surprises...
    no champagne....just a couple of chardonnays ;)

  • durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit 11.8.08

    Hello Kim,

    This is a stunning Birthday surprise. I would be speechless if I had received one like it. I don't mean Charlotte's image. LOL!

    Christy was able to capture not only her likeness but her bubbly spirit. Great work!

    As far as I can tell from your responses here, both of you had a good time. Stay that way all your lives! It's the best way to live. :-) --Durano, done!

  • Anonymous 12.8.08

    Your really worth it Kim - I'm so glad so many showed this contribution to you both!

    What a lovely portrait - my compliments!

    Thanks also for the Link Love - to be listed among those is an honour!

    Wishing you another lovely week :-)

  • Mufyn Love 12.8.08

    that is one gorgeous painting!


  • CharmaineZoe 12.8.08

    Thanks for popping by my blog. Glad you liked the button I made. The painting of your daughter is just lovely, what a great gift. Sounds like Christy had quite a birthday :-)

  • Amy Lilley Designs 12.8.08

    Chirsty's gift to you and Charlotte is one of the kindest, most thoughtful gestures I have seen...what a treasure for both of you....from such a gifted friend!!! Beautiful post...


  • Kim 12.8.08

    hi Durano..
    I couldn't agree with you more.... and of course a birthday wouldn't be a birthday without
    have a wonderful day :)

    thanks Renny
    I'm sure Christy will be pleased to hear that :)
    enjoy your week too :) :)

    wow is right Ragamufyn !!!
    thanks for calling by :)

    hi CharmaineZoe
    and now we have another year til Charlotte's 18th :)
    I'm thinking of using that button as my EC card.....that's if I don't change this theme again.. :)

  • Kim 12.8.08

    thank you Amy...
    Christy's painting will be's a wonderful feeling to receive such a gem...created so beautifully by another artist.....
    and thank you for your exquisite card too...
    I love it :)
    (( big hugs )) :)

  • Mariuca 12.8.08

    He he it's great to get surprises yeah? Like when Emila surprised me with the Phoebe graffiti, I was like wow and so happy!

    Thanks for visiting me today, here to drop my EC! Am starting my round really late today lol! ;)

  • Kim 12.8.08

    lol Mariuca..
    and I started early !!
    I can understand why you love your Phoebe looks just like her :)
    have a great evening :) :)

  • Anonymous 13.8.08

    What a beautiful portrait! I love the use of color!

  • Kim 13.8.08

    hi Jenna ..
    thanks for your comment ..
    have a great day :)

  • John M. Mora 14.8.08

    This painting is just pearl.

    Chicken Dippas!

  • Kim 14.8.08

    thanks John
    it is !!!
    :) :) :)

  • John M. Mora 14.8.08

    Congrats on women's relay win "last night" - saw it live - possibly you did too...shared a moment.

    Lovely yellow caps.

  • Kim 14.8.08

    hey John..
    yes I watched it live "today" and just watched the replay...
    what a race eh...I love it when the black horse(s)
    hehe great yellow caps...shame about the Aussie tracksuits/uniforms for the opening ceremony though....wish they could have got Ralph Lauren over to design ours :0

  • Leet 15.8.08

    Nice painting
    I like painting, maybe you can check my blog, it's about painting.
    If you don't mind, you can give comment about it

    Leet Gallery

  • Anonymous 15.8.08

    That is so cool. What a nice surprise for you.

  • Kim 15.8.08

    thanks for calling by Leet :)

    it was Cooper... a big surprise !!!

  • Melissa 17.8.08

    Oh yes, I'm totally familiar with christy's work, I recognize her from Etsy. She is so talented, just beautiful artwork. I'm dying to buy something of hers!

    My etsy shop:
    My Etsy blog:

    Your blog is great btw, I found you through EC :)

  • Kim 17.8.08

    hi Mel..
    I bought some lovely fairy art works from Christy's shop ...for Charlotte ... they are gorgeous :)
    thanks for your links ...I'll pop over and have a look :)

  • Anonymous 20.9.08

    A very fun and fine portrait!

  • Kim 20.9.08

    thanks Boyd :)
    how have you been??..
    thanks for calling by and for commenting on my recent posts :)

About The Author
Kim Barker is a Visual Artist (Diploma in Art and Graduate Diploma in Education). She is also a fully trained Reading Recovery Teacher. She has taught RAD (Royal Academy of Dancing) and Cecchetti Ballet Syllabii. Kim also manages the Top Artist' Directory and PoeARTica as well as her blog laketrees She lives with her family on the Eastern Central Coast of Australia. Follow Kim at laketrees on Twitter for updates and news