Sending Warm Wishes

Forever Young
(words and music by Bob Dylan)

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you.

May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on ev’ry rung
May you stay forever young.  Forever young. Forever young.
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you.
May You always be courageous
Stand up right and be strong
May you stay forever young. Forever young. Forever young.
May you stay forever young.

May your hand always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift.
May your heart always be joyful
May you song always be sung
May you stay forever young.
~  Bob Dylan

And to end the year with some art.  Here’s something I don’t think I have shared.  Inspired by a painting by William Merritt Chase, this winter scene.  I was teaching myself about color when I painted this.  Some of the notes on the back:  “blues and grays of a winter day”, “yellow reflected in the snow (use Yellow Ochre)”, “grayed Cerulean Blue in the background”, “warm and cold areas everywhere”, “Cadmium Red Medium accents in the hats, sleigh, clothing”.

Winter Study by Linda Ruddy, inspired by William Merritt Chase

Winter Study by Linda Ruddy, inspired by William Merritt Chase

Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight and day…and a Happy New Year.  Sending warm wishes.  Take joy!


About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative with a diverse range of interests in writing and painting. She currently is revising a middle grade novel, and author and illustrating a picture story book. She is an active member of SCBWI, Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators. Linda has a body of paintings, which form the foundation of her artistic development. This work can be viewed on her website: Her recent illustrations are an outgrowth of the style she developed in these paintings. Another passion is sculpture. Linda often uses her figures as models for her art. Linda's blog is eclectic and journeys wherever her muse guides her attention. Her blog address is: Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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12 Responses to Sending Warm Wishes

  1. Wenona says:

    Beautiful, Linda. A peaceful and joyous holiday to you and all of your family.



  2. Cindy says:

    Thanks, Linda, for the inspiring words, and the great art. Wishing you, Ray, and family a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

  3. marilynscottwaters says:

    Lovely Winter Light! Warm hugs to you, my friend, and wishes for a creative new year!

  4. tbnranch says:

    Merry Christmas! 🙂

  5. I hope you had a wonderful holiday! 🙂

  6. JSD says:

    Love the picture! Hope your holidays were great!

    • My holidays ended up relaxing, which I needed. Happy New Year to you. When I think of the lyrics to Forever Young, I think of young at heart. I want to keep my sense of wonder….that’s a goal!


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