Life is simmering at the moment, i've put my painting on hold as its nearly christmas and instead am getting into the business of making presents and cards for my favourite holiday of the year. This year is significant as it is the last we'll be spending at my family home, our celebrations normally involve plenty of gorging and drinking so we will be toasting to the house this Christmas and all the wonderful family memories we have had there......
my sister, daisy(christmas morning)
daisy and her man, mark(christmas)
my brother, fred and moonpie
last years tree
the dogs in the garden-i think i'll miss the garden more than the house
The reason its our last Christmas at home is because my parents are selling the house and moving on to pastures green. They are taking a big leap, my dad has stopped working and now they're focusing on their business The Natural Dye Studio, its awe inspiring how dedicated they are, in a world where the future is misty they have taken such a big risk, i think they may be the bravest people i know and therefore I'm not worried about their future.
Also, after Christmas Moonpie and I will be going to Thailand for a month, his parents live in Vladivostock, Russia, in winter it can get as cold as -31°C(thats a record low, its average low is -17°C) so they pack up and go live in Phuket for a few months to escape the cold. Last year was my first visit and it was a real eye opener, affecting me in ways I can't even explain. Moonpie and I spent the month living with his parents, driving round the Island of Phuket on a scooter, eating noodles every day and soaking up the suns rays, it was heaven and I can't wait to go back, I even bought my first bikini in anticipation of the trip.
moonpie and his parents(where we lived last year)
better picture of moonpies mama
So, any work that I do until February will be either as gifts or sketches, I realized this while I was painting on Monday, its a little scary because I have put alot of energy into my new work but I guess when I get back I'll be able to look at the paintings with fresh eyes and perhaps even add to the content. Fortunately (and perhaps even wisely on my part) the idea is so broad and expansive that each little house in the landscape is only decided on once I sit down to paint, so it should be easy to ease back into my work in February.