Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas...


Phantom, Sinus and I hope you all have a magical holiday season filled with 
 a grand haul of gifts
  friends and family who think you are special
 a clear run to the checkouts at the grocery shop
 a house that magically cleans itself
no fail recipes and pinterest worthy wrapping
no traffic jams, or surly shop attendants
 a table laden with food that sends your least favourite relative home with a complex
fifty squillion fairy lights
quiet time to catch your breath
a never empty glass of something bubbly to calm the nerves
that the annoying uncle who drives you all nuts falls asleep at an opportune time
and most importantly
that no one gifts you slipper socks... or a foot spa... or regifts what you gave them last year

thanks you for being my tribe and making my life amazing
safe and happy holidays and happy painting xx

Friday, 18 December 2015

My Sort Of Christmas Colours...


The last few days have seen me pondering the whole christmas cheer thing
 I am a bit of a boots and all girl when it comes to Christmas usually
 the cookbooks come out early and complex and in depth menu planning commences
 which is then followed by me cooking the same things as usual of course
 the decorations go up, present lists are drawn up and all the bits and bobs get put out
 after all I like my Christmas to be served with a nice big old helping of kitch
 no colour coordinated, military operation here
 we have a crooked tree and weird and wonderful singing and moving animatronic things
we live in a mish mash of dodgy decorations and slightly sad strings of lights hung at a height that could take off your head if you aren't careful
which I can't tease Sinus about because it was just recent history where Phants and I ended up putting scorch marks on the ceiling of the dining room after our attempts to create a ceiling of fairy lights... turns out you can have too many fairy lights... who knew right
 but this year things haven't felt quite Christmassy
despite the fun challenge of a Christmas light obstacle course to get to the front gate

So I decided to attempt to paint myself into some Christmas cheer 
and every day has been all about the seasonal themed sketch to warm up
which saw me painting up some baubles the other day
followed by a deer head with some gold bits for lights
and it was mildly working... the first stirrings of humming carols started to emerge
and then I got an email suggesting it might feel a bit more Christmassy if I used Christmas colours because otherwise baubles just looked like balls with knobs on them
now I don't know about you