|'Ruby' - Doodimal commissioned pet portrait - A3 watercolour and ink|
So I hope everyone had their own perfect kind of Christmas. I know we did. This year was our first in our new Scottish cottage and we did what we always do which is to have a perfectly relaxing & quiet day with just the two of us & the dogs (& this year the cat too!) except this year we both went to the rescue Centre and spent some time walking the dogs there in the morning before coming home to assume the prone position on the sofa for the rest of the day.
There never seemed any point sweating and swearing crossing Brussels sprouts and stuffing turkeys (or tofurkeys!) when it was just the two of us so we've never bothered with Christmas dinner preferring instead to cook a whole pile of 'party food' like (veggie) sausage rolls, onion rings, spring rolls, potato wedges, nuts, dips, crisps - basically everything that's bad for you and we just nibble our way through that all day instead.
Normally we would go to my folks for Boxing Day but now we're up in the far north we had to make do with Facetime on the iPad instead this year which isn't quite as good as being there to enjoy their company and the amazing Christmas dinner that my parents make (just because we can't be bothered to cook one doesn't mean we don't enjoy my mum's home cooking!)
Anyway, our day was perfect for us and luckily we only lost 1 roof tile in the storms that battered the UK - I know some folk in the South of England were flooded and had no power and it must've been a pretty horrible time.
I decided I was taking a break from art over the Christmas and New Year holidays and I've done just that using the time to catch up on my reading instead which has been lovely as I never seem to get the chance to lose myself in a good book these days despite only working 2 days a week! I seem to have less time for reading than ever before-that was the only good thing about a daily commute to work I guess!
Anyway this is a pet portrait commission that I did just before Christmas. Her name is Ruby and she is an adorable wire haired dachshund. Her person is an old school friend of my sister who happened to see the dachshund doodimal in a photo on Facebook of my Christmas fair stall. She chose the colour palette and I have to say I love it - perhaps my favourite colours of any doodimal so far. Sorry the photo isn't the best - I've yet to master photographing A3 pieces without the shadows - I need a bigger scanner!
|The real Ruby - cute as a button.|
Anyway I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year and here's to even more creativity in 2014.