I made this design over at SketchbookSkool last November while studying 'Let's Make Greetings Cards' with Salli Swindell of They Draw and Cook. Salli was inspirational and I came away feeling so creatively nourished. Last September, my eldest son started at his new school and I was completely absorbed with helping him to settle in. So, this was the first painting I'd done for a while, having had a break for a good couple of months. It can be hard to get back into your creative groove if you stop for too long, however much you might love it. This class gave me permission to just create for fun, which was the perfect tonic and I've found it hard to put my brushes down again ever since!
As 2017 begins to draw to a close, it's a good time to reflect... preferably in front of a log fire with plenty of mulled wine!
It's not been the most creatively productive year for me, as family life has been so demanding. But, I do feel like I've channelled my energy into the right places. This December though, I've found myself happily back in the flow of painting and have spent most of my studio time concentrating on Christmas designs. I signed up with Victoria Johnson at http://www.victoriajohnsondesign.com to take her course in 'Creating Christmas' which has been thoroughly enlightening and inspirational in equal measures. She's running a second course starting on 15th January which I recommend signing up for!
So I leave you below with a series of my Christmas paintings and wish you all a very merry festive season!