Another work in progress! This one came out really nice, I love the pose I gave her♥️
I hope the finished product will come out as nice as the sketch, I'll try to use another coloring technique...fingers crossed!
When I was in high school, I spent some very early holiday mornings down at the kitchen of the parish hall in one of the downtown neighborhoods. I don’t remember the saint name of the parish right now, but I remember that it was the only one that still offered the mass in Latin. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, they would gather a group of volunteers to prepare and deliver a host of holiday meal baskets to families in the area. We started literally at the crack of dawn. I have always been an early riser, so I happily signed on for that shift. I have very fond memories of being in the big kitchen cooking with the other volunteers and carrying the packed baskets out into the bright morning so they could be delivered.
Many years later, with three kids of my own, I’ve often thought that I should find a similar place to volunteer where I live now. I would like very much to share those experiences with my own children, or at least model that example. But, every year, I find that even getting my head around it is too much. So, for the sixteenth day of advent, I have a two part kindness suggestion.
First, abandon all shouldy thinking. Seriously, let yourself off the hook for anything you’re trying to hold yourself too that’s beyond you at this time. Second, feed who you can. Many grocery stores this time of year will round up your bill or collect non-perishables for the food bank. Donate what you can spare, even if it’s only the pennies on your dollar. It will add up will all the other shoppers. Or bring a meal to someone who needs it, if you can cook some extra. And if you’re already planning to volunteer, that’s wonderful! If we all do what we can as we can, the world will be a lovelier place.
I finally got a camera that can take some half decent photos 😍I am EXTREMELY excited for Christmas (and my bithday). I love giving and receiving gifts (even though I'm not particularly good at picking out gifts). Honestly working in retail the holidays can be a really diffitult time for me to stay positive. Everyone is espcially rude at work and in a rush, even when you help them with what they want they're upset they have to spend the money on it. This year I have actually stayed semi happy throughout all the rush. Painting really helps with all that, after a long day it's really nice to have something to look foreward to. What do you guys look foreward to that keeps you going through rough days?
Sorry about the lack of posts recently, I’ve been trying to go back to painting A2 and up and as you can imagine that takes infinitely longer than smaller works.
Also I’m suffering from a case of amotivation that I really don’t know how to solve. Any help?
Best suggestion on how to get my drive back gets a free postcard.
Because making these little presents for you guys really cheers me up
Christmas artwork in progress: After laying down blues and reds in watercolor and gouache on four sheets of cold press watercolor paper, I used a spray fixative to provide a crisper writing surface. Otherwise the lettering would bleed. (Swipe to see three versions in progress.)