For ages I sat back and thought of a lovely Christmas scene to sketch. I wandered around shops, felt cheer from Christmas trees, listened to my Christmas playlist and got the old Christmas DVD’s out; I also sought inspiration from the images on Christmas cards. Whilst they were all so lovely and joyful and so wonderfully festive, I still didn’t sketch them.
Then I saw an image of a small child with the expression that all young children have at Christmas, that we all once had, the wonder, the surprise, the curiosity, the pure amazement of the magic before us; everything from sparkly baubles, fairy lights, snow flakes to empty boxes and pretty paper caused us excitement and caused a bubble of excitement deep within to burst.
Christmas means many different things to many different people, a time of forgiveness and joy. A time of perpetual hope… Tis the season to be Jolly! It’s a Holy Night. A peaceful night. It’s a time to show love and kindness. A time for giving. A time for making someone smile and spreading the joy. And of course, it’s for the children…
Me and a friend visited an Enchanted Woodland a few weeks ago. It was so beautiful…
… and so colourful!
There were hidden gems everywhere. This little door beneath an old tree was one of my favourites. Many people wandered past without even noticing it which, to me, added to the magic; like I was part of the secret
The deeper you went into the woods, the more you discovered…
… like the picnic area. Such a truly magical place!
I wish I could have taken the child me along with adult me, she would have adored it… I probably wouldn’t have been able to drag her away though; the adult me just about made the exit I’m not a photographer, the images were taken on a standard digital camera so really I have not done the woodland justice. I’m just a daydreamer (and a drawer) who wanted to share something beautiful at this magical time of year. Hope you enjoy them and that they take you somewhere amazing
Just after our Indian Summer we seemed to bypass Autumn and head straight to Winter. One day I was looking out of the window and saw that the sky was a bright grey colour, the type you get just before it snows; people were wrapped up and walking around all hunched up from the cold. It felt like a late November evening (it was actually an early October morning) and I felt like reaching for a hot chocolate and cuddling up under a blanket. My mind began to drift off and this is where it ended up.
(we seemed to have back tracked and we now have a nice Autumn feel…crazy weather)