From my household to yours, we wish you Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and best wishes of the festive season to all. I hope you all have a wonderful time and have the opportunity to eat, drink, and make merry spending quality time with the special people in your lives.
I did not send holiday cards this year for a variety of reasons. Instead, I donated what I would have spent on cards and postage to the DNA Doe Project. I did, however, take the traditional “look how much they’ve grown” photo of our sons and the cats to share with family and friends near and far.
2020 was rough; 2021 was worse. We are very glad to be bidding farewell to 2021 but – I am sure like many folk – are trepidatious about the New Year. Maybe 2022 will undersell and overdeliver – in a good way – but only time can tell.
I will sign off with an outtake from our photoshoot.
Thank you for finding and reading my blog and interacting with me for another year. I shall not be sorry to say goodbye to 2019 – something I feel like I think every single year. Is that why we look forward to the new year, because every single year of adulthood is just mentally taxing and emotionally exhausting? Anyway, let’s see what 2020 has to offer.
From my family to yours, enjoy the festive season – whether or however you celebrate – I hope you dust off the cobwebs of 2019 and I wish you all the very best for 2020.
PS Is 2020 the year in which I become the shortest member of my family?
Keeping my promise to myself to conserve art time, I created this art journal page in two 15 minute shifts over two days: the first used to collage the background and the second to add the paint layer. I painted the negative space so that the pig emerged in the collage layer while the background got knocked back a bit by using diluted acrylic. The pig is the subject of my first art journal page of the year because 2019 is the year of the pig according to the Chinese zodiac. I love pigs and love drawing them so any excuse to create a pig is all right by me.
*Edited to add* Many thanks to bcparkinson for pointing out my error. Oops! Can you tell I created this late at night? Oh dear. I’ll have to do the art version of white out and collage over the 8 and turn it into a 9. Lesson learned, people: best not to commit thinks to ink or paint when you are bone tired.
Apologies for my blog having gone so quiet lately. It has become a bit like a wee ghost town with tumbleweeds breezing through. Life has just become super busy but not with anything that would be a worthy subject of a blog post – even if I could find the time to blog. However, the festive season should help me reset and I should be able to get things back on track in the new year. I am putting my blogging on a brief break but will then return with more posts about slivers of family life, travel, trips, and art. Until then, however, I wanted to wish you all Happy Holidays and send you best wishes for 2019. The thing that keeps me motivated to blog is my interaction with all you readers and bloggers, either on my blogs or on yours, so please know that I appreciate each and every one of you and have so enjoyed our online chit-chats. I look forward to more of that in the coming year.
From my family to you and yours, I wish you a wonderful festive season filled with joy, peace and love. I also want to thank you for reading my blog posts this year, for your lovely comments, and great conversation. I send you best wishes for 2018.
I am taking a break from blogging over the festive period because I will be so busy with family time. I want, therefore, to take this opportunity to thank you for reading my blog this year. From my family to yours, I wish you all a joyous and peace filled holiday season and best wishes for 2017.