Things around the world seem particularly tricky , I know too that we all face different challenges and issues , when I am struggling I often think of this quote and smile.
"Your track record of surviving bad days, so far, is 100%".
I am trying my best to cling on to the happy times, to take comfort in nature
This was Saturday afternoon, by the canal in Exeter , drinking in the view.
Also enjoying time spent with my family , and cherishing times when teenagers come out with us and leave there mobile phones behind for a minute or 2.
I think kindness on every level could change the world.
So humming a Christmas carol . I thought I would let my brushes do the dancing, and I would share with you a simple but effective Christmas tree painting, for all of you to lose yourselves in.
Firstly I taped my paper to the board.
then I drew a rough ( very rough) tree shape.
Now I wet the whole piece of paper.
Now while the paper is wet I added phtalo blue then indigo around the tree shape, going from light to dark.
Then I threw salt on it to see what happened
And let that dry.
Now rub off any salt, especially where you are going to paint your tree.
I think of the tree as a shape, and add lots of greens and blues into it
Working my way from top to bottom,
changing colours as I go.
Then let that dry and add in some darker tones
And a bit of colour
Then I mix some of this gold pigment with water
And add a star and some golden baubles, well it is Christmas x
Finally I add a little flourish of snow, with splatters of white acrylic .
My Christmas tree is ready, my Christmas preparations certainly aren't...
Oh my goodness what a year, please please, take time for yourself this Christmas, relax, reflect and pat yourself on the back