“A Silent Night. All is Calm”
With the kiddos now back at school, I’m back at work and I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!!
This piece was done for my holiday card entitled “A Silent Night. All is Calm”. I wanted to use past years’ characters (Old Man Winter and Mrs. Old Man Winter) and develop their personalities and interaction. I figure that after so many years of creating winters together, their love and commitment toward one another must be so grand. As I find affection and kindness in gifting food, I played off that with a simple act of kindness by the Mrs., warming their hearts and bellies over hot cocoa, while enjoying a quiet moment together at a most amazing spot possible, on top of a mountain.
May you find much kindness from those around you, and pay it forward in 2014!
Sometimes you just have “those” days and you get off on the wrong foot in the morning. All day I’ve been feeling down because of a discussion that happened with my daughter. I can’t wait ’til she comes home.
I need a hug
It feels a little windy today.
So I set out to do a quick self portrait since I need one for my new website (that I’m currently building!) and I just have to laugh at myself for what it evolved into. I started with some questions to myself, “what really represents who I am? What do I really LOVE to do?” and here is how the conversation went on in my head…
“What I’d really love to do right now is drink hot cocoa!”
“Okay, Sara… this is deep! Give me something that you like to do.”
“Run – don’t want to draw. Paint – nah. Hmmm. What would I LOVE right now? Nothing… that’s it! I would LOVE NOTHING. Just quiet, calm and warmth.”
“Okay, I’ll run with it.” So I put me in some stripy tights and slippers and a cozy warm sweater. Tucked me in a super comfy, engulfing chair. Surrounded me with just me and my cocoa (actually now was teetering between cocoa and coffee). “Ahhhh, this is what I like, especially on a soon-to-be winter day in Minnesota!”
Then I thought, “I should maybe try to add some element of realism, so I can identify it as me. I sort-of created my hairstyle. No that doesn’t do it. (I’ll work on the face later.) What else?
Oh, I KNOW… so I added a little boy lurking behind the chair and TOOK AWAY the silence and serenity because this is how my self portrait is daily with my dear, dear pre-school son at home!”
Self portrait SOLVED.
Self portrait idea
I can totally relate to this character today… no self-control when it comes to Halloween candy! My poor kids… having their own mother sneak a piece (or eight) out of their sweet stash. May tomorrow be more honest! 🙂
Caught in the candy jar
So I officially signed up for SkADaMo, which translates “Sketch A Day Month”. Now this is not my most favorite drawing, but with the time I had to work with to sketch and the fact that I have to be at a Halloween party in less than an hour dressed like this, this is the ONLY thing that came to mind.
Stay tuned for more doodles this month!