Silent Night

Cast iron lampost at night

This Christmas we had some family visit us for the day and we cooked a roast turkey dinner for everyone. When everyone had gone home in the early evening we went for a walk to enjoy the City at one of its quietest times of the year.

St Mary le Bow church

I still struggle a bit taking night time photos without a tripod but in spite of the graininess, these 5 came out OK and document a little bit of our walk.

Ye Olde Watling Pub and Christmas lights

I hope you have had (and are possibly still having) a happy, restful and peaceful festive season, however you celebrate it.

St Paul#s cathedral and Christmas lights

Globe theatre at night

Creative Links #4: Simplifying and Staying Sane During the Festive Season

St Pancras Christmas tree

I’m finding that as Christmas gets closer this year I’m feeling the urge to start decluttering again. I’m not sure if there’s a link between the two but maybe it’s because it feels like there’s so much to plan and do that the idea of retreating or keeping things simple feels really appealing.

This has been on my mind for a few weeks so some of last week’s links were about simplifying things and this week’s are following the same theme.

  • I came across a blog post that Courtney Carver wrote a few years ago about ways to simplify the holiday season.
  • I know I’ve shared a lot of Joy’s blog posts recently but I think we’re on the same wavelength with a lot of things. This week she wrote a lovely post about keeping holiday gifts to a minimum by focusing on experiences and starting a new family tradition.
  • Crystal Moody is fast approaching the end of her brilliant 365-day project and she’s written about how to avoid clutter when you make a lot of art.
  • This isn’t specific to the festive season but I think it’s worth bearing in mind the ideas that Koosje Koene has for staying sane over the next few weeks!

[Note: I’ve been posting on my blog 5 days a week for a while now but over the next two weeks my plan is to post something once a week. I’ll get back to a more regular pattern in the new year and I hope you enjoy the festivities over the next couple of weeks, whatever your plans are.]

Flower Doodles

Black line drawings of flowers

Unlike yesterday, this definitely is a page from my sketchbook that I’ve not posted on here before!

Another artist whose work I like is Lisa Congdon. This page is one of a few in my current sketchbook that was inspired by her work.

Although I really enjoy drawing from observation and illustrating things from my everyday life, now and again I fancy doing something a bit different. This is the kind of drawing that I can do while watching a TV programme so it’s great for winter evenings or days when I’m tired but still want to draw something.

Like any kind of drawing, not every one turns out perfectly, as you can see here, but it’s just another way that I get my pen to paper sometimes.

Relying On An Old Drawing

Kilner jar and tiny jam jar

I’m feeling ill again today so I decided that rather than push myself to get a new drawing done for today I’d share an old one that I don’t think I’ve posted before – of my sugar jar and a very tiny, empty jam jar. On the plus side, I realised I could scan to a USB drive so I could get this drawing onto my Chromebook. Silver linings and all that.

Edit: I’ve just realised that I have actually shared this drawing before in one of my sketchbook posts. Never mind! It’s in a slightly different format here I suppose :).