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Finally I'm back! It seems like it was just yesterday the last time that I was posting a new image. I've been extremely busy during the last few weeks, with many side projects, including the promotion of my online store. But that's a topic for another occasion, let's talk about the new image.
This year's edition of my yearly Xmas image is quite a different one. As you can probably tell, this image fits with the style, mood and feeling of my latest images, where I am experimenting on the "not so cartoony" look, along with semi-surreal backgrounds. For this year's Xmas image, I am featuring the beautiful and multi-talented model Ijsselina. She is one of the models that supported my work from the early years, and I'll always be grateful for that. A dear friend of mine, and a fellow artist, Ijsselina was born in Belgium. She currently resides in France, along with the love of her life, David Enam, a very, very, very talented photographer. Together they do amazing work; in fact, two of the photos that they produced together worked as a reference for this new image. Thank you Ijss for all the support that you have given to my work and me all these years. I am proud to have you as a friend, as an inspiration. 

This image, as usual, marks the end of the year for me, projects wise. This month will pretty much go into getting ready for next year, tying loose ends, and also getting together with family. This is the time when I stop, take a deep breath and look back, to see what I've accomplished... and what I didn't. Whatever I didn't finish, it has been pushed to the next year. Speaking of years, I must say that this one was filled with accomplishments. There is still a lot, lot, lot more to do, but I am confident that things will work out. My artwork is getting more and more recognition every day, and at the same time, that's opening more doors. I am excited to roll into the next year, because I have a lot of plans for my artwork and everything related to it. You don't want to miss it, so stay tuned!

A big contributor to the mentioned feeling of accomplishment, comes indeed from the contributions of my patrons. I will never get tired of thanking each one of you for supporting my work. As I've said before, there isn't such a thing as "too small of a help", every single pledge helps me in a great way, most likely more than you can imagine. So, tip of the hat and big thanks for helping me keep doing artwork the way I want. Of course, there are many many people out there that have supported my work as well without necessarily being a monetary patron, be it promoting my stuff, patting my back or simply saying hello. My sincere gratitude goes to all of you.

I hope you enjoy this new image, and as always, all comments/questions are welcome. I do wish you a Merry Xmas... which translates to me wishing you a smooth and happy end of the year, enjoying whatever celebration you celebrate, having a great time with your family, friends, or close ones. Call it holidays, call it family time, call it party hardy... whatever you celebrate, do it with the people that is important in your life... and enjoy it. Those are my sincere wishes. Until next time!

~Pops.

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RainInTheWillows Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Professional Writer
A wonderful close to the holiday season :) happy holidays my friend, Feliz Navidad
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popeyewong Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Professional Artist
Hey there my friend! Feliz Navidad y Feliz Año Nuevo para ti también :) I had a woooooonderful vacation and now I'm ready to kick 2017's year! What about you, Rain? How was your end of the year and how does 2017 look to you? Sending you many many hugs your way, my dear friend. :)
~Pops.
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RainInTheWillows Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Professional Writer
Eh it was a quiet closeout, filled with marathon baking in my kitchen XD folks love the holiday seasons around me, I prefer making food to give than spend hours shopping for some commercial gift. Food transports the love we have for others well enough that no pair of store bought slippers or video game will show :D as for the new year, im not sure yet ^~^; but im glad to see that you've recharged and came back stronger than ever :D :hug: can't wait to see what's in store this year project wise for us both :la:
Much love,
Rain
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popeyewong Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Professional Artist
Mmmh, food rocks! I wish I was good at cooking. I can barely prepare a decent cereal... milk and Frosted Flakes, I mean :D (Big Grin) However, I am fortunately "blessed" with lousy taste buds. I'm serious, I don't have much of a sense of taste, which works great for me. I like pretty much all food, because I'm not really savvy when it comes to flavors. Some would see this as a disadvantage, but not me =P (Razz) I agree with you: food can transport the love and dedication that the person preparing it put into it.
Thank you so much for the wishes, Rain. So far the year is treating me pretty good. I do look forward to see what project we can round up. Patience is the key, but it seems like we both got it. Keep up the great work, my friend, the way you always do! Hug 
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RainInTheWillows Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Professional Writer
Having a sense of taste like yours would be a boon, that way no matter where you traveled to, you could dine like a king and never know a bad meal :)
I do hope the coming year is a very profitable and productive year for us both, and yes it should be a very interesting project we will devise when the time is right :) :hug:
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popeyewong Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Professional Artist
You are completely right, Rain. I keep saying that "I'm blessed with broken taste buds", because I can eat pretty much anything and it's good. :D (Big Grin) 
I look forward to see what we can do later on this year, my friend, something that will make us proud. Hug 
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RainInTheWillows Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Professional Writer
It will be epic I'm sure :hug:
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popeyewong Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Professional Artist
We'll make it epic! :) (Smile) Hug 
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